Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Shai & Tek

On June 20th, we shot one of the craziest weddings yet this season. All that Shai and Tek wanted to do on their wedding day was have a blast. And that is what we did! After the ceremony, it was off the the Botanic Gardens and Glenco Beach for some fun in the sun. Their reception was nonstop! All the groomsmen shaved one leg for the wedding games, and Shai tossed her bouquet through her legs! With some of the best vendors in the city, including Hello Darling and Ben Mahoney, the wedding went off without a hitch. Thanks guys for let us tag along!

New Save the Date Cards

Here at G+S, we love Save the Date cards. So when one of our vendors came out with new designs, we all got very excited! If wondering what to do with your engagement photos, here is a great idea! These are very customizable and look great as postcards, or any other type of card for that matter!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Laura and Jason

We really enjoyed working with Laura and Jason! The ceremony was held at the History Museum and the reception was at the very fun Blackstone Hotel on South Michigan. You guys were amazing! We had so much fun! Thank you!

Robyn and Jason

We shot this wedding a couple of weeks ago and had such a great time with Robyn and Jason. They were game for anything and were very nice to work with. Congrats!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Katy & David

This weekend we had the pleasure of shooting Katy and David's wedding. The ceremony was originally going to be held at Holy Name, which is closed for repairs. So they traded the drama of Holy Name for the intimate setting of St James Chapel at Quigley Prepartory Seminary. Then off around the city for a photo shoot.

For the 2nd week in a row, we shot at Fulton's on the River. The room, one story below street level, looks out over the river with dramatic views of the city. Katy and David had a beautiful evening, filled with family and friends.

Thanks guys for including us! 

The Cost of Wedding Photography

A friend of the studio's, L.A. based photographer, Jen Alders, sent this article along to us. It was originally posted on Photocritic.org and is written by Randolph Quan, a London based photographer. We thought we would copy and paste it here for future reference by us and others in the industry. Thanks Jenny for sharing....

Why is Wedding Photography so expensive? By Randolph Quan

Spring is in full bloom here in the UK, so the hectic summer wedding season is about to arrive. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of couples asking me why wedding photography prices are so expensive. While it may seem like wedding photographers live an amazing life by charging through the roof for a day of work, it’s hardly the case.
It goes without saying that weddings are a costly affair. From the venue to the caterer to the wedding favors, the tab just keeps getting higher, and it often seems that wedding photographers are charging a large chunk of that tab. But have you ever though why wedding photography prices are so high? It’s because of the associated costs of being a wedding photographer.

Being a good photographer is an expensive investment. Sure, you can find cheap wedding photographers out there, but they’re cheap because they’ve possible cut corners on equipment, and insurance. Or they’re just plain stupid (you hired cheap and stupid?) So let’s take a look at what goes into a photographer’s overhead that adds up to the final cost of your wedding photographer.

1. Labor costs. This one is pretty standard across all industries. A photographer’s work doesn’t end when your wedding does. After the 5-10 hours they’ve put in working (on a Saturday, no less) at your nuptials, the photographer spends hours and hours editing your images so you get a wide array of perfect photographs by which to remember your day. Its not uncommon to work a full 3-4 days editing a wedding. Their time is even more valuable when you factor in the limited number of weekends in a year there are for a photographer to work.

2. Staff salaries. If you book a photographer that comes with assistants or second photographers, your cost is going to be higher. In return for getting more images from various places on your day, your photographer is going to have the pay those assistants.

3. Equipment. The pieces of equipment a photographer carries around is not your typical point-and-shoot. High-end lenses and bodies average around £1500 each. Photographers also carry back-up equipment in case their primary equipment fails, which adds to the cost of the wedding photography prices. In case your photographer is living in the Jurassic period and hasn’t switched over to digital (there are a few out there, somewhere), you also have to factor in the cost of film. Good wedding photographers easily can bring over £10,000 worth of equipment to shoot your wedding. Add in the prices of computers and editing programs like photoshop ( you did buy it right?) and costs begin to skyrocket. Luckily, its not always necessary in the UK to own a car so let’s not go there.

4. Insurance. Because cameras and equipment cost so much, photographers are smart to insure them. Just in case your drunk (who your mom insisted on inviting) cousin Jimmy decides he wants to spray champagne all over the wedding photographer’s equipment for a joke.

5. Web site. In this day and age, a photographer has to market himself with a very high-tech, professional Web site, which can cost a lot to design and maintain if the photographer doesn’t have web design skills. Its not unreasonable to spend over £5000 a year on website updates, and online marketing such as the sponsored links on Google.

6. Advertising. In that same vein, photographers also have to spend money on other types of advertising such as ads in the newspaper, business cards and brochures.

7. Photo extras. If you knew how much albums cost you’d have a heart attack. Albums are extraordinarily expensive and are often added into the wedding photography prices. Don’t forget the time it takes to design them as well.

8. Education. The more educated a photographer is, the better techniques and specializations will be used while shooting a wedding. As everything else, that education comes at a cost through instructors, college degrees, extra classes and seminars, etc. Intangibles such as expertise aren’t easy to measure monetarily, although we try!

So while you may be asking, “why does photographer X cost so much more than photographer Y?” the answer might be simple: Photographer X has spent more money developing his or her business into a full-fledged photography service, which ends up costing more money than an inexperienced photographer who moonlights part time on the weekend.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Charlotte & Robin

Contrary to popular belief, downtown Chicago's Harold Washington Library is not just for racking up overdue charges. In fact, it doubles as a breathtakingly beautiful wedding venue! Charlotte and Robin's wedding was planned and organized by Renny Pedersen of Bliss; they started their day at the Palmer House hotel, and the sky turned blue right before Kurt and Melody went out with them to take photos around the city.

We got lucky with the weather, avoided the crowds of Blues Fest, experienced a lovely ceremony and reception, and then we finished the night by taking a walk outside with the newlywed couple. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Chicago Social Brides

Gerber+Scarpelli has two featured weddings in Chicago Social's Brides issue for fall/winter 2009! Check it out to see how busy we have been documenting weddings all around Chicago.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Kendra and Ron

A few weeks ago we shot Kendra and Ron's wedding at St Alphonsus and Fulton's on the River. Even though it rained that morning, it did not stop us from running around and getting some wonderful pictures. Kendra and Ron put a great deal of thought into making their wedding unique. From the church we went to their apartment in Wrigley for lunch (Jimmy Johns!), then around the city for pictures, followed by their genius idea to take a water taxi. The afternoon turned into a beautiful evening, and all Kendra's hard work paid off!

Thanks guys for a wonderful time!

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