I am always particularly delighted when I get to write a post for a sponsor that generally doesn’t advertise, does all word of mouth business, and has decided to just-this-once, make an exception to their No Advertising Rule for APW. Christopher Morris Photography is one of those businesses. Christopher told me, “It’s always great to be recommended by someone because of your work, and the personal connection that comes with it makes it feel more like a friend’s wedding and not just a transaction. The community feeling that your website has, for us, is like a good friend’s recommendation.” (Awwww you guys! Also: True.)
Plus, today is extra exciting for me, because Christopher Morris Photography is located in the Capital Region of New York (and beyond!), an area where we don’t currently have a single APW sponsor (but where we’re getting press, and having meet ups with cows. Wait. That sentence got away from me…) So Capital Region Brides, take note!
Christopher Morris told me, “we’re looking for people who know they want great photography, but also know they shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to get it.” And holy moly, do they deliver. Their rates start at $650 (that is not a typo) and he says, “I keep my pricing structure simple and rates reasonable. I haven’t raised them in 4 years. I don’t offer typical “packages”; instead my hourly rates easily cater to each couples’ budget and wedding schedule. In lieu of proof books or albums, couples always receive a high resolution disk of edited; color corrected, and finalized proofs. I stay away from heavy after-effects in Photoshop, and prefer to deliver beautiful, clean, images that are true to life. Albums, prints, and proofs are always an option- but I choose to deliver a quality final product to the couple that gives them total flexibility. I love to work with creative, artistic, computer-savvy couples- so why should I limit what their options are with their end product?” And amen to that. Not just the we-don’t-photoshop-your-images-to-death-because-we-don’t-need-to message, but also the, ‘you own your images’ message, because YES.
Plus! They are so thrilled to work with y’all that they are giving you a deal! Any APW couple who books a 2011 wedding date will receive their choice of either an engagement session, trash the dress session, or an extra hour added to their wedding. Hurrah!
But a little more about the “they” in Christopher Morris Photography. Christopher has his degree in Graphic Design and Photography, and started shooting weddings in 2004. He’s been shooting ever since, working with couples he loves, almost exclusively through word of mouth referrals. In the last year, his girlfriend and now fiance (congratulations you guys!), Lauren, joined the business as a full partner. And Lauren, well, Lauren has been reading APW since the beginning… like the VERY VERY beginning (May 2008. That’s one month after I started APW), and since she is one of you guys, she thought they’d like to shoot y’alls weddings, thank you very much.
And me? I can’t wait. Christopher Morris Photography is beyond affordable wedding photography, and his work is strong and clear and true. So for those of you anywhere near the Capital Region in New York? I’d be giving him a call. I can’t wait to see the pictures!