Here's the "funny" part, though. Look at Google's estimated photography budget.
A lot of people are going to be disappointed if they take that seriously. Last year, we had two couples bring their wedding photographs (from other photographers) to us asking us to "fix" the pictures. It's just not possible. You can't change light after it's captured the same as you can't change your Toyota Camry to an SUV. Sure you can put a lift kit on it, change some paint here and there, give it some big tires, but it still looks like a Camry. We can't change expression or focus or blurriness after the fact. Both of these couples hired photographers that seemed more affordable, but in it end up costing them beautiful memories of their wedding day.
I'm not saying you have to pay $20,000 to get great images, or that someone charging $400 will ruin your special day. But it's far more rare to hear someone say "we over-payed" than it is to hear someone say "I wish we'd invested in a better photographer."
So if you take Google's advice and your photography budget is $400...
3. Top Ten Wedding Regrets.
You can read the entire article here on how to avoid wedding regrets, but I'll just give you the quick version. Of course, each couple has their own priorities, so this list isn't necessarily one size fits all.
10. My dress didn't fit.
9. My ceremony was too far from my reception site.
8. I should have eloped.
7. I wish I wasn't so obsessed with not seeing my groom before the ceremony.
6. I wish we didn't leave for our honeymoon so quickly after the wedding.
5. I wish I would have been more comfortable at the reception.
How cool is this? A clever little key-topper from ModCloth to help you quickly identify a certain key in your keychain!
5. Life & Death
We had the privilege of attending the most amazing funeral service I've ever been to this past week. A woman from our church, a dear friend, lost her battle with cancer at age 59. She was a wonderful, godly woman who lived her life with the glory of God as her focus. She had everything planned for the funeral exactly how she wanted it, with regard to her audience, and asked me to sing 8 of her favorite songs throughout the service. What an honor. Each song seemed more powerful than the one before it as worship rang through the rafters of the building that day. Throughout her life, and in her death, she inspired many people to live for what matters most, and to worship God no matter the circumstances.
You've only got one life... what are you doing with it?
6. Iowa Children's Museum
If you've been to the Coralridge Mall in Coralville, you've no doubt seen the Iowa Children's Museum near the food court. We've been blessed to have worked with them the past couple of years, creating promotional images for their website and marketing material. But we were stoked to find out that NASA is using a picture of our son Jackson, who happened to go with us one day we were shooting at the Musuem, on one of their posters nationwide! Just look for this image by the front door at the ICM.
7. Training Wheels For Motorcycles?
If you live in Iowa and like to ride motorcycle, but just can't figure out how to keep the thing from falling over all the time... help is on the way! "Training wheels" might be legalized! I just think this whole thing would make the Hells Angel's motorcycle gang a little less intimidating. Especially if the new law would provide for the gang to also clip a baseball card to their bike's frame so the wheel spokes make it sound like a motorcycle. :)
8. Is it summer yet?
Seriously. It's a dreary day today, and days like this make me want to sit by the fire with a good book, or just play games on the iPad all afternoon. I can't wait to take my golf clubs for a walk again!
That's the list for this time! There's some super-adorable kids/babies coming to the blog this week and next! Our first 2011 wedding isn't until mid-April, so we've been working with a lot of children and families recently, which has been quite fun! See you soon!