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budget | Jen Abert Photography

When I was getting married in 2009, one of the last vendors I hired was my photographer. Not because it wasn’t important to me, but because it was the most important, and I was such a control freak about it. I wanted someone great, and I wanted the disk of images so I could make my own album. And of course, I was on a budget (isn’t everyone?). I was so lucky to have found my photographer through family friend connections! In hindsight though, I wish I’d just hired someone who would take care of everything from engagement session (I didn’t have one) to wedding album (I made my own). I was still relatively fresh (one year in) to wedding photography, and I figured, “Hey, I can do this!”

Sure, I could do it…but it’s a lot of freakin’ work! And I wasn’t getting paid to make my own album. In fact, I was paying more money to do more work! You will never hear me say, “That’s too much money,” when we’re talking about photography. I don’t plan on marrying again (once was more than enough), but I hope to one day have children, and when I need photographs (and I will need photographs!), I know that what I pay for them will be money well-spent, because I will have done my research and picked my photographer based on value, and not on price.