Anything great starts with a surprise. Posted on Jan 6 2014 by amarishames

Alright, 2014, I don’t know if I’m 100% ready for you, but let’s get crackin’, yeah?  There’s a lot of incredible things standing at the top of the chute – like a line of 4 year olds – and I’m standing at the bottom, excited while also praying I don’t get kicked in the face.

For those of you that have participated these past few days, thank you!!  Giving things away was, I think, the most fun thing I’ve done in this business.  You sent photos of your reactions and messages of kindness I never saw coming.  It was fantastical!

If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, you should go do that here.  It’s the biggest giveaway of them all and you have until 11:59pm on February 1st to enter!  So, go.  Go check it out.  Don’t worry, I’ll wait. 🙂

Last year was my first official year doing this job full-time.  Over 150 of you graced the other side of my lens and it was ab.so.lutely magical.  I tripped a few times, learned a *lot* (like good night, a lot), and did my best to keep moving forward.  There’s a quote in Rocky Balboa that really helped these past 365 days: “It’s not about how hard you hit.  It’s about how hard you can get hit and still keep moving forward.”  If you ever want to learn intimately about yourself, start a business.  You learn your faults, whose really got your back, how to say no and what you really really love.

My love is people.  I am overjoyed to chase kids with a camera and wear ridiculous costumes and help keep brides sane in an effort to show folks how incredible they really are.  It’s a great job and someone has to do it! 🙂

As I’ve learned a lot about this biz and myself, 2014 feels like a new page with a chance to treat others (and myself) better.  Our new pricing is an attempt to do part of that.  As always, win-win situations are at the heart of my drive.  Everyone deserves stunning photos!  I will believe this forever.  Today’s surprise is part of my effort to treat others better.  Specifically, brides and grooms!

Every wedding photographer is different and it’s an *incredibly* important day.  If you hear nothing else, hear me well on this – pick someone who fits your budget and fits YOU.  Cheap and inconsiderate photographers lead to bad photos.  Pick someone you LIKE.  Ok, thanks for hanging in there. 🙂

We offer only all day coverage with at least two photographers.  The end.

No, but seriously, I attended a friends wedding in Georgia a few years ago and she came up to me, panicked.  ”Amaris, can you capture our exit?  Our 5 hours ran out 15mins ago and we don’t have anyone!”  No bride should ever have to experience this on her wedding day!  So, we always show up about halfway through the brides hair appointment and we are there until the bride & groom leave.  We spend the whole day with your families.  We capture the whole day.

All of our wedding day coverage includes an engagement session, as well.  This is a great way to learn how we work together, get you somewhat used to a camera and have some fun!

We meet with our couples at least three times before ceremony day to discuss schedule and see how our team can help.  Every couple has found this helpful.  We are also always present at rehearsal, in order to meet your families and capture some images on (what is usually) a more relaxed day.  A goodie bag for the bride comes with me to her hair appointment and images post in 6-8 weeks.  Every image of yours is hosted in an online gallery with rights to print for personal use.

For 2014, wedding coverage for us will start at $3300.  As always, we are totally down to travel!  We’ve got bookings confirmed already and I’m excited about this year.

Heres the surprise. 🙂 I might love this more than yesterdays.

This year, we are inviting 3 couples with 2014 dates to have us as their wedding photography team and pay what they are able.  Yep, 3 couples will pay what they can for full wedding coverage!  We hope it will allow an incredible couple who might otherwise not have photos to get a great experience or allow a couple to sign with us who are a great fit, but just can’t get the budget there.  I am so excited!

Each couple will need to apply, letting us know their date, location, number of guests and estimated photography budget.  Just be straight with us.  We will help, if we are able!  To get started, click “Who We Are” right up top here and fill out the form.

A few of our favorite wedding images from 2013 are below.  We *love* what we do and are excited about the possibilities!  Ok, 2014, let’s get started.