*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
Last week, I got involved in a bit of a controversy with some Etsy vendors who didn’t know my work. I’d written a post for the (awesome, awesome) Etsy blog team about hacking your wedding (an age old theme on APW). The post was about finding ways to work around high costs on items where you flat-out couldn’t afford to go whole hog. The idea, as always in APW land, is that most of us decide to prioritize spending in a few key areas, try to get the best possible value that we can, and then cut spending like CRAZY everywhere else. Right. So. These random vendors were not thrilled. I was accused of a lot of things that are totally not true, including not wanting vendors and artists to charge what they’re worth (artists charging what they are worth is, of course, a guiding principle of my work). So all this brought me back to thinking quite a bit about what it is I actually care about and promote with our amazing APW Sponsor and Vendor Community. I’ve realized that the core values I belive in are the things that I had a hard time finding in wedding vendor land: value (not cheapness, but real value for what I’m spending), sanity, and genuine customer service. (You know, people that really care about me as ME, not as a walking dollar sign.) In other words, the APW Sanity Pledge in action. So this week, I started chatting with Leah and Mark, our long term sponsor photographers out of Atlanta, who will shoot your wedding anywhere in the US… about what else? Value. And I got to thinking about what an awesome job Leah and Mark do of living up to APW values (and value).
Last year, Julie of Up Up Creative (and now Aper & Pink) wrote an excellent post called Price is Not the Same as Value, and that, I think, is the core of the conversation. When Mark and I were talking about value, we were talking about Leah and Mark‘s skill and experience (honed over the years on you guys… they’d shot exactly two weddings before they started advertising on APW, and now they’ve shot just about a billion of your weddings, all over the country). We were talking about the quality of their photographs, but also all of the things that they include when you hire them to work for you.
I mean, seriously. Let’s break it down (don’t bother trying to figure out how they make a living giving you such awesome rates, because I can tell you how… Mark Never. Stops. Moving.) Their APW Only package is $3,650 for anywhere in the continental United States (and they are not raising their rates for 2013! High Five!) What’s included is this:
- Travel in the continental US
- Ten hours of coverage
- Hi-res .jpg files on dvd with a personal use license
- A 2-3 minute Wedding Home Movie highlight reel (free for APW couples only)
- A full Wedding Home Movie for only $950 if you want it
- Rehearsal Dinner coverage included
- A second shooter for $450 (yeah, that’s less than their cost) if you want it
- An Engagement Session (where they FLY TO YOU) for $400 if you want it
- Photographers you really want at your wedding
I mean. I know, right? That is value right there, and when you add in photographers who treat you right, and you want to hang around with, that’s MAGIC.
So I’m going to let Mark tell you a little bit about why they’ve set up such a crazy (amazing) business, that lets us brag that wherever you are in the United States, we have an APW photographer for you. “We’ve always known that hiring photographers to fly across the country for a wedding is a little ridiculous. There are so many talented photographers out there and we are still grateful for every couple that takes a chance on us. Of course after three years of traveling across the country photographing weddings—we’ve kind of become experts at flying into a new city, meeting clients for the first time on the day before their wedding, and doing an absolutely amazing job—on a consistent basis. It’s all a little bit crazy and so are our clients. We honestly believe that we are the best photographers to be shooting our clients weddings. We’ve been doing this for a while now and we confidently say that we’re experts and we can handle any wedding in any location. We think that our creativity, and experience combined with our improvisation skills enable us to be our best, all the time, for every wedding. We say that in the most confident and humble way possible. When a couple hires us we want them to know that everything photography will be taken care of.”
Last time we talked about Leah and Mark we got to introduce their Wedding Home Movies. They are offering simple and beautiful little movies (shot on the same cameras they’re shooting the wedding). And seriously y’all, these movies are GOOD (just when you thought you couldn’t afford wedding videography). And because things just keep getting better around here, they’re continuing their awesome APW only Wedding Home Movie deals.
Mark says, “It’s been a welcome surprise that so many of our clients are really interested in our Wedding Home Movies. Ever since our last sponsored posts we’ve booked many couples because they wanted video, but it just wasn’t in their budget – and our APW offer of a free 2-3 minute highlight reel was a great bonus. So although we had originally planned to end the free highlight reel promotion at the end of May, but we’re extending it until the end of June. Again—any couple that books us for photography, will also receive a 2-3 minute video highlight reel at no extra charge.” Plus, if you want a full wedding home movie, not just the highlight reel, they are extending this offer as well, “We’re offering our Full Movie package for only $950 for APWers—down from our regular rate of $1,750 (this is an add on to a photography package).”
So! If you want to book with Leah and Mark, now is the time to drop them an email. Except for a few dates left open, they are mostly booked for 2012. BUT! For APW couples, they are not going to increase pricing at all for 2013. So get on that, you guys. Enjoy awesome customer service and great value. And have fun.