When I was in college with full-time vocational church ministry in my future, I took photography classes as electives using a manually operated Nikon and I actually won awards above the students who were taking the courses because of their major.
I may have officiated over 3000 weddings, but I have also done simple photography for well over 1000 beach weddings with the help of my children.
If you are looking for some simple photography options or just wondering what to do about photos for your simple wedding or elopement, let me share with you some ways I may be able to help…
FREE – I am happy to give a referral to a professional full-time photographer. In fact, just check the form below and I will be happy to send you back an email with some recommendations.
FREE – I am happy to take photos with your own camera or smartphone. My officiating fee is for scheduling my time and once I’m there, I am more than happy to take photos with your camera or smartphone, at no additional cost. I can even take a few photos on my own Droid Turbo smartphone and immediately email them to you, at no cost. (See a beautiful picture that I took with my Droid Turbo at my September Sunset Photo blog post.)
$50 – I have a professional Nikon D5000 camera with customized lens and for an additional $50.00 fee I am happy to bring it and take some photos, but only if it’s just the two of you or your immediate family and you don’t require a lot of photos. If you are planning on having guests, this option may not be best for you. I do take photos during the ceremony, because my wedding ceremony is memorized and I actually will take photos throughout, including the ring exchange and kiss. I am happy to take some photos afterwards, too. The cost has more to do with the actual processing time from camera to laptop to USB/DVD to mailing and is ideal if you only want 20 – 50 or so photos.
$150 – Sometimes I am able to bring my daughter with me to take photos. Over the years all my children have taken up photography and have snapped hundreds of beach weddings. My daughter Payton is sometimes available, depending on her school schedule. If you are looking for 100+ photos (count variables apply: weather, family, etc.), 1/2 hour photography coverage, poses and candid shots through ceremony and afterwards, high resolution digital photos, DVD provided with all photos taken, 3 to 5-day USB mailing turnaround, no watermarks or logo imprints, no copyright restrictions.