Emilie helped to plan Christy and Bryce Monson's April 2010 wedding./Photo courtesy James DeCamp Photography

Blog post by: Emilie Duncan, guest contributor and owner of Emilie Duncan Event Planning I once had a bride ask for advice deciding between two photographers. Here are the basics of the situation:

* Photographer A is a phenomenal photographer who has a lot of experience. The bride cried while looking at the sample books and absolutely loved the photographer personally they hit it off immediately and the bride said she felt like she was chatting with an old friend. She said she could absolutely see this person at her wedding. * Photographer B is a less experienced but still pretty decent photographer with a good eye. The bride liked the pictures she was shown but didn't have the same emotional reaction to them as she did with Photographer A's work. She liked the photographer but it wasn't an "old friend" kind of moment.

When the bride first came to me, she listed photography as one of her top priorities. She also said she wanted all day coverage as well as an album, some prints, parent's albums and an engagement session. To get all these things with Photographer A would have been about two times her actual photography budget but Photographer B would include everything she wanted plus some extras for right around her budget.

She ended up booking Photographer A. Why? Because as I reminded her, you can always save up the money and buy an album and prints after the wedding if you love your pictures but it is really hard to fill up an album with pictures that are just okay.

She booked Photographer A's smaller package and got the coverage and a small print credit which she will apply to an album in the future and she LOVES her photos.

Just because you can't afford the huge package with your favorite photographer right now doesn't mean you can't afford their time and talent now and their products in the future. I consider photography extremely important--don't settle for pictures that are just okay when you could have amazing pictures that make complete strangers cry.