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Why professional photographers charge what they do.




1. We spend WAY more than 4 hours on your wedding.


Couples are often shocked at the price tag attached to their wedding services.  “But I’m only hiring you for four hours!” is a common reaction.

What you don’t know is that we spend many hours outside your wedding day timeline on planning, communication, rehearsals, meetings, travel and all the logistics necessary to make that “four hours” look easy.  This doesn’t even take into account the necessary time investment in training and education to keep our skills sharp.

Let’s take photographers as an example.  According to this recent survey, the average photographer spends 65 hours invested in each wedding; when all the hours invested in a wedding are factored in, a typical wedding photographer makes an hourly wage only $37 per hour before expenses!  DJs, florists, officiants, planners and other pros are in a similar situation.

Most wedding professionals are not living large on “wedding ripoffs,” a charge often lodged by the media.  While the average wedding in the US costs around $25,000, a recent survey of our wedding professional audience revealed that 48% of wedding businesses make less than $25,000 in an entire YEAR.

2.  If you hire an amateur for your wedding, expect an amateur result.

Wedding professionals are not a commodity item.  You’re hiring a unique personality, talent and experience set.  We charge more because we are worth it.

Those amateurs you can hire for a dime a dozen?  They’re worth the price you pay, too.

Sure, you might luck out and find the next undiscovered Preston Bailey for your wedding, but you’re much more likely to get sub-par performance along with that bargain price.

3.  You pay more for wedding services because you get more.

Much has been made of the so-called “wedding markup,” a phenomenon that occurs when secret shoppers get quoted a higher price for identical services when they are booked for a wedding as opposed to another type of event.  While this certainly can occur, journalists neglect to address the very real reasons WHY this happens.

Providing any service for a wedding is far more involved than a similar, non-wedding event.  Wedding pros make themselves available for planning meetings, calls and consultations, and may well send hundreds of emails back and forth with a single client in the year or more of planning up to the wedding.

This type of time and attention isn’t expected or required for most non-wedding events; the time investment alone is enough to justify a higher price.  The quality of wedding services often requires a greater degree of skill and specialization, not to mention the stress and risk involved should something go wrong.

4. We stay up at night worrying about your wedding, too.

We may participate in dozens or even hundreds of weddings per year, but yours really IS important to us.

Each and every wedding can make or break our reputation.  We worry about what can go wrong and we sweat the details because it’s our responsibility.  If we mess something up, we know that in the age of viral sharing on the internet, it may very well destroy our business.

5.  Listening to our advice will save you time, money and stress.

We love your ideas and your enthusiasm.  Please know that when we suggest changes to your dream wedding scenario it’s not because we want to take over your wedding; it’s because we have your best interests at heart.

We probably made a lot of mistakes when planning our own wedding, and it’s inspired us to ensure that pain NEVER happens to you.

We’re wedding experts.  If you take advantage of our knowledge and experience, we will save you time, help you avoid mistakes and make your wedding even better.  But only if you let us.


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Father's Day Special

Father’s day is only a month away. Why not create a one-of-a-kind gift for the Dad in your life with photography from Cameo Portraits.  Your portrait can be custom-framed for a classic Father’s Day gift, or order it on any of our other custom merchandise options. 
Schedule your session today and make this a Father’s Day he’ll always remember. (And get a free portrait for Mom also).
Session plus 2 – 8 x 10 units Plus a choice of 1-8 x 10 or 2- 5x7s for Mom.  
An $ 86 value for only $ 42 plus tax. 
 (Orders must be placed by Friday, June 6, 2014 to arrive in time for Father’s Day).

2014 Wedding Trends

Christine Dyer of Bridal Tweet has collocted some wedding trends for 2014. It would be worth a look if you or someone you know are planning a wedding in 2014.

You can see her post at



History of the Bridal Veil and Train

 Here is an interesting article I found in Wedding Traditions

Like most customs, there are many different stories regarding the origin of the wedding veil. Some historians say that the ancient Romans were the first to incorporate the veil into the wedding ceremony. Believing the bride may attract evil spirits on her important day, the Romans used a veil painted with fire designs to cover the bride’s face in order to confuse and frighten them.

Others believe that the wedding veil was introduced in medieval times. Again, the theory goes that this covering was used to ward off evil spirits, though another popular theory argues that the veil was a symbol of the bride’s modesty and purity.

Arranged marriages are often cited when discussing the origin of the wedding veil. In the past, men often asked a potential bride’s father for her hand in marriage rather than courting the bride herself. The veil was used to conceal the bride’s face until after the ceremony.

Through the years, the veil has come to signify the bride’s virtue. The lifting of the veil also symbolized that the groom was taking possession of the bride by revealing her face. 

Veils became more of an ornament during the middle of the twentieth century due to lean times. Because dresses during this era were much simpler, some veils only covered the eyes and were attached to a comb or hat.

In the past few decades, as wedding gowns became more elaborate, veils followed suit. Today, veils are used to signify that the wedding is a special event and allow brides to feel like princesses for the day. Most modern wedding veils are made from cotton or nylon netting and feature decorations.

In the past, blushers (which cover the face) were a popular choice for brides. However, many brides today choose to show off their faces when they walk down the aisle rather than have it covered by material.

Veils come in many different lengths. While the cathedral veil, which often ranges from eight to 12 feet in length, is typically worn for very formal ceremonies, there are several other veil types such as the: Chapel veil, Ballet veil, Fingertip veil, Fly-away veil, and Birdcage veil.

When you think about elaborate wedding veils throughout history, Princess Diana probably comes to mind. While she did hold the record for longest known veil for a period of time, Star Jones wore a twenty-seven foot veil for her wedding day. That’s two feet longer than Princess Diana’s!

Unlike wedding veils, the origin of the bridal train is much easier to find. In the Middle Ages, marriages between a princess and a royal groom were often political in nature and served as a means of gaining an alliance between two countries. Because the wedding was so important, the wedding dress had to showcase the wealth of her nation in order to impress her groom’s family and country.

While wealth was often shown by the types of materials used for the dress (silk, satin, and fur were popular choices), the amount of fabric was also symbolic. For this reason, many princesses chose long trains to show that their families could afford these expensive materials. Because other brides wanted to emulate the royal style, bridal trains became popular for all classes.

Our modern wedding gown traditions are often traced to Queen Victoria. Choosing a white dress, Queen Victoria was the first royal bride to have her train carried down the aisle by bridesmaids, prompting a new wedding trend among the upper class.

Throughout much of the twentieth century, many brides chose to forego the bridal train, choosing gowns that reflected current fashion trends. Today, however, brides are free to wear whatever dress suits them on their special day.

Whether you are interested in a train or a veil, knowing the history of these bridal fashions may make your decision all the more special to you on your big day.

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