Friday, November 7, 2008


We are on a pretty tight budget. Mostly because we decided to get married in one of the most expensive cities in New York. Yes, yes, I know, I could have totally indied it out and had a super budget wedding, but in the end, I don't want my last memory of my elderly relatives to be their continual harping that their boxed lunch didn't have chips. They shall have dinner. Just no favors. or save the dates. or other little things that end up increasing the costs.

Now, about the photography. I have been known to cry when viewing online galleries of friends' weddings (esp when set to Feist's Limit to Your Love, geez, waterworks!). So, we wanted someone good. But then you contact photographers and all of these terms start floating in your head, high res cd, low res online gallery, art edits, full resolution, blah blah blah.

I had no idea what to ask for. After interviewing numerous photographers, we went with someone affordable but awesome and I'm really excited.

Here are my helpful hints/questions when interviewing a photographer:

1. Make sure they bring a sample of their books
2. Look for the photos that you want yourself to be in
3. Ask what their timeline is to getting you photos after the wedding
4. Ask what their timeline is to getting you the completed package you sign up for
5. Ask that those timelines be included in the contract
6. Ask for contact information for at least 2 of their former clients, get their feedback before you sign anything
7. Do they have liability insurance (required by most venues)
8. Do they mind having a list of "must have" photos
9. Do they require a second photog for over a certain amount of guests? ours doesn't and i find it odd that a few do
10. How long have they been photographing?
11. Look for pictures in all sorts of light
12. Do they ENJOY what they do and can you tell from meeting with them that this isn't just a way for them to make money when they really want to shoot fruit for a magazine all day
13. Would you want to be friends with them? because you want to be comfortable with the person caputuring some of your most intimate moments.
14. Are they confident enough to handle your most annoying relative? you know, the one with the disposable camera ruining your professional pictures with their interference?
15. Do you get rights to all of your photos? you'd be surprised, some make you pay
16. If albums are your thing, how much will they help you?
17. What is their payment structure? I'm not comfortable paying the full balance until I see the product. I find it to be a huge leap of faith.

Just my thoughts.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bright Spot

Regardless of my job drama, my day had a great bright spot. I LOVE voting in New York and will rue the day when they switch the old machines to some horrible computerized thing. The lever is the best. You really feel like you've exercised your right to have a say in this great messy ridiculous democracy. Check out this ridiculous video:

there's the lever!

I left feeling all fired up and ready to go!

Job Dilemma

I know that other brides-to-be have struggled through career related decisions/crises while engaged and though I didn't think it would happen to me, it has. I thought I was in a good career place when I got engaged. I had just gotten a big promotion at work and a new boss 6 months prior to engagement. Well, the new boss got fired, the founder/president has turned into a full-on egomaniac and they hired someone senior to me who only has one more year job experience. And today, to add insult to injury, I was completely humiliated in front of all of my peers by being overlooked completely by the executive director.

So now the question is, do I stay? And kind of coast in a position of relative comfort but guaranteed aggravation depending on my ability to Zen it out day to day? Or do I leave for (possibly and as yet undetermined) greener pastures in a time of economic crisis? The year before my wedding when everything is sure to hit the fan? Ugh.