*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
Today I get to introduce a new APW sponsor, who, oddly, at this point needs no introduction. You guys remember Alex of FedorovFoto in New York City who, with his wife Natalia, decided that they wanted to shoot two Team Practical weddings for free, for people who couldn’t afford a photographer, in honor of their second wedding anniversary? I know, right? Who DOES that? Apparently APW wedding elves do that again and again and again. It sort of blows my mind. But back to the topic at hand.
So! Before I even get in to how clearly awesome Alex and Natalia are, I wanted to give you an update. So, reader Julie, who is *in the middle of planning her own limited budget wedding* left this comment:
Oh, this is the most beautiful gift! My little sister, Kate, is getting married on Sunday September 19 and they have no photographer because of their tight budget. She’s really bummed about it but there really is nothing she could do to make it work. She is a sophomore in college and her fiance’, Joe works for his families small business. They’re just starting out and consequently, are getting married on a shoestring budget. They’ve been dating for over four years and finally decided that they didn’t want to put off being married any longer because of money. I looked into covering their photography charges myself as a surprise but the cost was a little too high for me to handle.
The one snag is that they’re getting married in Columbus, Ohio which will likely disqualify us but I saw this beautiful, generous offer and thought I’d at least give it a try for her sake. If there’s any possibility of this working with your schedule then I would gladly pay your travel expenses to make this work.
Yes, you read that right. A bride, on a budget, decided that she wanted to PAY for FedorovFoto to travel to Ohio to shoot her baby sisters wedding (man, I’m such a sap, because I almost teared up typing that). And Alex and Natalia agreed, and it is so totally happening in two weeks. Ahhhhhhh!
Ok. So now, after that, I’m supposed to tell you why FedorovFoto is awesome, which almost seems pointless because it’s so effing clear (I mean, you’ve seen the pictures so far, right? And the kindness?) Well. Ok. I’ve lived in New York City, I’ve thrown events in New York City. I know. Throwing a wedding on $20K in New York is like throwing a wedding on, uh, $5K? In the Midwest. So when people email me to ask me about sane, kind, New York City wedding photographers who might just be getting started and be affordable, I used to slam my head down on the computer screen before typing, “Um. I got nothin.*” BUT NOW I DON’T HAVE TO!!!
FedorovaFoto’s rates… Oh. My. God. I must have triple checked that they were in New York City, and then looked at the images again, and said, “Whhhhaaaaaaaaa?” So yeah. Good prices. But that’s not all. They are giving you guys a killer discount. Alex sent me this:
Following your blog keeps reinforcing my feelings about wanting to work with practical, down to earth people for whom the wedding is a celebration of their love for each other. To thank your readers for being true to who they are I would love to offer a 15% discount to all Practical Wedding couples, no matter when their wedding date is (provided that I am available). My only criteria would be that they would have to book their date with me before October 15th, 2010. Those readers whose wedding is in 2010 would get an additional 5% off.
Yayyyyy! What else should you know? Alex said that his focus is capturing the spirit and the feeling of the day (translation: not just a bunch of trendy shots, but the real you), and he’s unobtrusive (you know to always ask wedding photographers that, right? Yeah. The screaming photographers are enough to make you loose hope in humanity.) So seriously kids, what are you waiting for? Greater New York City area? GOOOOOO!
*Though Kelly is now shooting in the Tri-State area now too, thank god.