There are times when it is exquisitely fun being a photographer. Like the moment when one of your friends says to you: Hey, I’m getting married in two weeks at a frozen waterfall with just the bride and I and two others…want to come be our photographer? We’ve been friends for a lot of years, so I was on board when as soon as he said “getting married.” But frozen waterfall?!?! YES!!!!
It wasn’t until a few hours after the discussion, when I got home and my brain fully engaged. March 12. Of this year? That was only ten days away. I had to call him back to confirm the date. Not only was this the smallest number of people I’ve photographed at a wedding, it was the shortest prep time I have ever witnessed.
Jordan and Natalie White were married on Sunday, 12 March, at the base of a frozen waterfall in the wilds of Northwest Montana. It was simply perfect.
And it taught me something important. Before this I was basically letting couples choose from three “packages” in terms of weddings. These ranged from 6-10 hours and gave couples various options. I thought this was making things easier. And maybe it does for some people. But after talking with Jordan I realized my packages are not built to serve the non-traditional weddings. Montana is a dream destination for a lot of people. That is especially true when it comes to destination weddings. I have only photographed a few of these destination weddings, mostly in Glacier National Park, but the smaller guests lists don’t always lend themselves to the traditional packages.
So, while I haven’t completely scrapped my pricing system based on this wedding, I have changed it. I will still offer so-called packages for those who want them. And I will always be upfront about what I charge. But I would rather work with a bride and groom individually to see what their specific vision is and what they need. It’s not quite as clear cut as pre-made packages, but hopefully it will serve clients better. (On a personal note: when I am searching for information on a vendor I don’t want to meet them for coffee or whatever until I know they are within my budget. It frustrates me when I have to jump through hoops to get basic costs – so, “do unto others….” I will always list my prices on my website).
Enjoy these photos from a day with Jordan and Natalie in the winter wonder of Northwest Montana. And if you are looking for a photographer in this area don’t hesitate to get in touch. I would love to hear from you.