Now’s The Time to Save $$$ On Wedding Photography


APW sponsor deals you’ll want to snag right now (your budget will thank you later)

by Keriann Kohler, Advertising Manager

Wedding couple holding hands, smiling, in front of trees with autumn foliage

Happy November, y’all! With the holidays fast approaching (seriously, when did that happen?), planning a wedding can easily take a backseat to, well, life. I should know. I was the person who booked a venue in September, breathed a huge sign of relief, and then did, um, nothing else until January 1st rolled around and induced a panic attack.

But when it comes to snagging deals from wedding vendors, the early bird totally gets the worm. The worm in this case, being hundreds of dollars in savings. (Savings that could totalllly buy cute wedding day shoes or more booze.) See, November/December is the time of year when many photographers still have plenty of space left on their calendar for the next year, so they offer discounts for booking early—and they are that much more likely to have your date available.

So scroll on for amazing APW-reader-only wedding photography deals (plus videography!) from some of our all-time favorites.

bride in a marsh with bouquetwho: JOnas Seaman  |  10% ($450) off full wedding package ($4,500)

where: Seattle, WAshington, and travel nationwide

what: Couples who book APW hall-of-famer Jonas Seaman within thirty days of inquiry for weddings in 2018 will get 10% ($450) off Jonas’ full wedding package (regularly $4,500). This includes: full-day coverage (up to 10 hours of consecutive photography); a second shooter for most of the day; a flash drive of all the finished high-resolution images; and both color and black and white edits of every delivered image.

Bride with colorful tattoo sleeve smiles quietly at you, illuminated by an unseen light in a dark roomWho: Shawnee Custalow  |  10% off any wedding booked by January 1, 2018

Where: Richmond, VirginiA, and Worldwide

What: Any couple who books Shawnee Custalow (aka the-artist-formerly-known-as-A-Lovely-Photo) by New Year’s Day will get 10% off their package: that’s $320 to $520 off! And with photos like these, why wouldn’t you? Plus, packages always include free travel, anywhere, period.

bride and groom standing on Joshua Tree highwayWho: Vivian Chen  |  City Hall and elopements—$1,200 for 2 hours of coverage (regularly $1,500), or $200 Off

Where: California

What: Whether you’re headed to San Francisco City Hall or a beach in Point Reyes, this winter APW Bay Area go-to Vivian Chen is offering $300 off her epic elopement coverage. For $1,200, all couples will receive 2 hours of photography coverage, a pre-planning session, an online gallery connected with a professional print lab and all edited non-watermarked high-resolution digital photos with exclusive usage rights. Final edited photos will be delivered within two weeks of the shoot via FTP download. Travel is included for any adventure elopements in Northern California. (Elopements must be booked and photographed between November 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018 to receive the discount.) See here for all the details!

PLUS! For APW readers ONLY, Vivian is offering $200 off full day-of wedding coverage for the first three APW readers who mention this post and book by February 28, 2018.

two brides with heads together, smilingWho: KARA SCHULTZ  |  $500 or $300 off any wedding package

Where: Chicago, Milwaukee, and beyond

What: Longtime APW sponsor Kara is offering $500 off any package for the first three couples to book, and $300 for everyone else.

WHO: Sydney Marie Photography | $300 Off any wedding collection

Where: Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois 

What: Book your 2018 wedding before December 31st and receive $300 off any wedding collection. Wedding collections start at just $2,600 for eight hours of wedding day coverage, two photographers and an online gallery with digital download and print release.

bride with colorful flower hairpiece and groom stand in front of a colorful graffitied wallWho: JUSTIN MCCALLUM  |  Free travel for 2018 bookings

Where: Based in New York City, frequently shoots from New England down to washington, d.c.

What: Justin, who we recently gushed about right here, is offering free travel to anywhere in the continental U.S. (or $500 off travel costs for Hawaii, Alaska, and the rest of the world!) for 2018. Just mention APW and book by Valentine’s Day.

Bride with red and pink flower crown smiles and embraces groom in a lush tropical environWho: EVANGELINE LANE  |  $500 off

Where: Los Angeles, California

What: Evangeline, who we love for her balance of romantic images and meticulously caring service, is offering $500 off for the first three readers who book a wedding package and mention this post!

bride holding little boy ring bearer and bouquet in front of blue wallWho: STUDIO ZU  |  $300 travel credit to the first six APW couples who book 2018 weddings! (Rates start at $2,600)

Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota, and beyond

What: Studio Zu has lots of 2018 availability and packages start at just $2,600 for 7 hours of coverage. And they are offering a $300 travel credit for the first six couples who book 2018 weddings. Couples can inquire here!

four young girls in pink dresses and flower crowns smile out through a rain-drenched yellow framed windowWho: CHRISTINA RICHARDS WEDDINGS  | $500 or $250 off

Where: Boston, MAssachusetts, and New England

What: Long-time APW favorite Christina Richards is returning to her East Coast roots (our loss, your gain). And to celebrate her move from San Francisco to Boston, she is offering $500 off all-day wedding coverage in New England for the first three couples to book and mention APW. She is also offering $250 off for the first couple to book a city hall wedding or elopement in Boston or New England. Full-day wedding coverage begins at $4,200, city hall weddings begin at $2,500, and elopements begin at $1,500. Contact Christina for more info!

PLUS VIDEOGRAPHY!

Black couple hugging at end of wedding ceremonyWho: Wandering Study  |  $500 off winter weddings between now and January (PACKAGES BEGIN AT $3,250)

what: LOs angeles, CAlifornia, and Worldwide

Where: Wandering Study has a soft spot for winter weddings and still has weekends available throughout the end of the year and into January. Packages begin at $3,250 include a 4–7 minute story edit that showcases the very best, fun, and emotional moments from throughout the day and two longer documentary scenes to capture words, dance moves, and conversations more fully.

Keriann Kohler

After spending her formative years in a monastic pursuit to become a professional ballet dancer, Keriann has since embarked on a mission to make up for lost time by doing All The Things. A reader since way back, the APW community has taught her wanderlusting, commitment-phobic self that while exploration is good for life experience, marriage isn’t so bad for a relationship, and she’s been happily married since 2011.

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