Derek Lewis Photograpy and Your Wedding:
Why Choose a Professional?
With the average wedding cost reaching nearly $30,000 these days, it’s tempting to skip the photographer. At Derek Lewis Photography, we think this is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. It’s natural to become a little overwhelmed in the midst of all the wedding planning, but a professional wedding photographer is one of the best investments you can make. Even if you don’t choose us to capture your special day, we urge you to seek out a knowledgeable photographer.Here are several reasons why:
Your cousin Bobby may have gotten the newest digital camera, but high-end equipment is just a fraction of what goes into creating great images. A professional has knowledge of light and how to use and manipulate it to flatter a subject. A professional can compose in a pleasing manner and knows how to choose proper background elements that won’t clash with the image. Most importantly, a professional will know how to deal with those little issues that will come up during any wedding day. Do you really want to trust your wedding day to cousin Bobby and his new toy?
You want the confidence of knowing your wedding is being covered! You have enough to worry about on your wedding day. Is anyone allergic to alfalfa? Is Aunt Gertrude seated too closely to evil Aunt Bertha at the reception? Is that red the right red? With a professional photographer by your side, at least you can be assured you will walk away with fantastic images.
Think of it this way: Would you rather spend the money and get beautiful images to cherish for the rest of your life or spend less money and get nothing you’d be willing to display in your home? Your memories are priceless.
Professional photographers also have access to products that the average consumer doesn’t. I’m sure you’d much prefer a gorgeous, well-crafted wedding album to show off to friends and relatives (much like our wonderful Graphistudio albums from Italy) than a CD of bad photograph files to stick in a shoebox and throw in the closet. A professional can offer a higher quality print that will last longer too! The result is simply a better product for you and more value overall.
If you’re still not convinced, think of this: No matter how much you spend on your wedding day, there are three things you will probably keep from that day for the rest of your life. The first is your spouse. The second is the dress. And the final is a collection of your images to look back on for years to come. Don’t gamble with cousin Bobby. He’s got bad luck written all over him!
Okay, But Why Choose Derek Lewis Photography?
The best reason to choose a photographer is because you like him and you like his work! I might not be the best photographer for everyone, but for those of you who connect with my images, I have a lot to offer.
First of all, my studio is small (I work from home) and I take an intimate approach to all my work. I am the primary photographer for every wedding booked through Derek Lewis Photography, LLC. This means that you won’t hire my studio and be surprised when some newcomer you've never met shows up with a camera! And the additional photographers I hire for each wedding are trustworthy and competent professionals as well!
Another advantage of a smaller studio is individual attention. I am available to meet with my clients as much as it takes to fully realize their wishes. My studio takes on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure you are given the attention you need and deserve!
My contemporary style is another quality that draws people to my wedding work. It can be described as a mix of fashion and photojournalistic approaches with a fine-art flare. I strive to be up to date with all of the tends in the wedding industry while still creating images with a sense of timelessness that can be enjoyed for many, many generations.
My education from Hallmark Institute of Photography has given me all of the technical knowledge needed to accurately capture your wedding with the highest quality possible. Workshops, a love of tutorials, and curiosity provide me with continued learning in the ever-changing field of wedding photography!
But the final product is just as important as the photography itself! Each Storybook Collection offers one of our individually designed Graphistudio coffee table albums. These albums are gorgeous! And we do not hide behind falsely priced collections, either. From our Love Poem Collection to our Epic Romance Collection, you will receive everything you need. Upgrades are available, but not expected. Our philosophy is not to sell our clients half a product upfront and the other half later. No none likes unpleasant surprises when it comes to wedding photography! We start with quality from the beginning and merely expand upon it. We will work with you to give you a product you’ll love while fully considering your budget.
This quality also extends to our prints. We create many photographic prints in-house up to 13x19 inches, and a professional print lab handles large-format prints and specialty canvas prints. All album design is completed in-house, and each design is unique using text, graphic effects, and of course the beautiful images from your wedding day!
Most importantly, I realize that your wedding is YOUR special day... not mine. I will maintain a good balance of capturing great images while still allowing you to enjoy the event. Avoid prima donna photographers at all costs!
The only thing left to say is that I’d love to Photograph Your Wedding! Check out of Storybook Collections to see for yourself why you should choose Derek Lewis Photography!