Top 5 Reasons Why You Must Hire a Wedding Cinematographer| Pennsylvania Wedding Cinematographer

Having a wedding film is usually considered a luxury and isn’t placed high on the list of wedding vendors that are priority. Why is that? Maybe it’s because couples aren’t adding it into their wedding budget from the very beginning, or maybe they think that since they already hired a photographer, they have no use for video. We want to know your thoughts! Please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

We are so not the pushy kind who pressures our clients into booking a service that they don’t want or that they don’t see as a crucial part of their wedding day… BUT! We wanted to share with you the top 5 reasons why we think you MUST hire a wedding cinematographer. Here they are:

#1. RE-LIVING YOUR WEDDING DAY OVER & OVER AGAIN!
Sure, having pretty photos to hang up on your walls or to share with your families and friends is a great way to look back on your day, but when you get to WATCH it over and over again, there truly is no greater way to re-live it! We all know that we wish we could go back to our wedding day and have the same feelings we felt when we saw our soon-to-be-spouse for the first time and all those awesome dance moves Grandma showed off during the reception.

#2. A KEEPSAKE FOR YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN & GRANDCHILDREN!
Having a recording of your wedding day and being able to share that with your future children and even grandchildren, will be so amazing for them! They’ll be able to see how your love story began.

#3. YOU WON’T SEE OR HEAR EVERYTHING THAT A VIDEO CAN CAPTURE!
There are certain parts of your wedding day that you’ll have to miss, instances like when your flower girl walks down the aisle, or how your guests react to YOU walking down the aisle… video will capture everything so that you WILL be able to see and hear all those sweet moments.

#4. CAPTURING FRIENDS & FAMILY MEMBERS IN THAT STAGE OF LIFE!
When you invite your aunts, uncles, cousins, babies, and grandparents, it will be so special to look back on the moments shared with them and to see how much they’ve changed throughout the years.

#5. NO REGRETS!
Don’t let it get to the days, months, or years after your wedding, regretting your decision NOT to hire a wedding cinematographer! Talk to TKP couples or your friends who made the choice to include a cinematographer in their budget.

A video is able to capture the power of all the emotions felt on a wedding day. They make you laugh and cry, and when it’s over, it leaves you wanting to see MORE. Please consider including a cinematographer in your wedding budget, even if it’s not us! We really think you’ll be so happy with your decision if you choose to have a video.

If you would like more details on our video collections, please get in touch with us! We’d love to hear more about your love story, and to see if we’re a good fit for each other. You can also view more videos here.

Hugs and Happy Planning,
Tracey & Brandon

7 Reasons You Need a Day Of Coordinator

What is a Day Of Wedding Coordinator? Someone that aims for you and your new husband to have the BEST. DAY. EVER. She ensures that your day is stress-free and goes exactly as planned. She’ll work with your entire wedding vendor team, create a wedding day timeline to stay on task, and if any issues arise, she’ll be there to solve the problem!

My friend, Brittani Potts with One Wall Weddings, shares her top 7 reasons why you absolutely NEED to hire a Day Of Coordinator for your wedding:

  1. So you can control all aspects of your wedding without having stress on the day of.
  2. To have your plans organized without paying for a full-time wedding planner.
  3. To ensure your plans are carried out smoothly.
  4. To be the “go-to” person at your wedding.
  5. To discreetly handle any problems that may arise.
  6. To make the awkward decisions you don’t want to.
  7. So you can enjoy your own wedding day.

Even if your venue has a coordinator on staff, you really should think about having your own personal Day Of Coordinator. All of your needs will be met and your coordinator will be focused solely on YOU. She will be present throughout your entire wedding, which is not always the case for the venue’s appointed coordinator.

Get in touch with Brittani to hear more about her profession, the services she offers (she is also a super talented designer and creates amazing wedding invitations, logos, and more!), and your potential investment. Take it from someone who has worked with several coordinators at past weddings; they are such a blessing and they make the day go by smoothly for everyone involved. You can also find Brittani on Facebook and The Knot. Read what past brides are saying about her and contact her today!

5 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

You’re engaged to the love of your life (CONGRATS!), and now the wedding planning begins! This is the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life, so you want everything to be perfect. Wedding planning should be enjoyable for the most part, but we know that’s not always the case. Hiring a team of professional wedding vendors can be an extreme task, but we’re here to make that a little less overwhelming and more fun for you.

Here are 5 questions that you should be prepared to ask a wedding photographer that you’re interested in working with.

#1. Do you have testimonials given by past brides that I can read? May I contact them?
You want to know what a photographic experience is like with the photographer you’re interested in hiring and working with for both your engagement session and wedding day. Most photographers have testimonials displayed right on their websites, or on their profiles with The Knot or WeddingWire. You want to hear all about a bride and groom’s connection to the photographer, how they performed, what their work is like, if they meet deadlines, etc. Even ask the photographer for names and contact info. of brides they’ve worked with so that you can speak to them over the phone.

#2. How many weddings do you shoot per month? How many total weddings have you shot all together?
You would like to hire a wedding photographer that responds to your emails and questions right away and who gives you the attention you deserve. If a wedding photographer is shooting practically every weekend of the year, that’s one busy schedule with tons of brides who are seeking their attention, too! Some photographers limit the amount of weddings they take on each year so that they are able to answer questions, help with the wedding day timeline, give advice, and so on. You also want to consider the number of weddings they shoot each month as that affects when your images will be delivered to you. Ask the wedding photographer how many weddings they have under their belt. Do you want a seasoned photographer who has shot for years and has tons of experience, or do you want a new photographer just getting started in the wedding industry, but has a heart of gold and a passion for the business? There are certainly pros and cons to both, and more often than not, budget plays a role in this decision. Think about this super important investment when talking with the photographer.

#3. May I see a full wedding gallery?
Social media shares the wedding day highlights. Blog posts are super helpful, but they do not show every single image that a wedding photographer delivers to their couple. Ask to see an entire wedding gallery. This will show you the getting ready shots, the bridal party, first look, family formals, the ceremony, and the reception. What do their photos look like when they shoot mid-day in full sun? If you’re having an indoor reception, you’ll want to see what their experience is in working with off-camera lighting or flash. Think about the parts of a wedding day that you want captured the most, look at their work, and make sure you love what you see!

#4. Do you have back-up equipment?
Ask the wedding photographer for a list of their equipment, and make sure they have more than one camera and a variety of lenses to suit any scenario.

#5. Have you ever worked at my wedding venue/site before?
It’s important for the wedding photographer that you’re working with to be familiar with your wedding location. They’ll know right where the perfect spots are for portraits, will know the rules of the venue, and will have already worked with the venue staff. If they haven’t worked at your wedding location before, that’s okay! Ask them if they’d be willing to take a trip to your venue a month before your wedding day, or see if they can arrive an hour early the day of your wedding.

Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience. Be sure to do your homework and think of other questions to ask in addition to these five.

Photography is a huge part of your wedding day. You leave your reception with your spouse and your pictures… that’s it! Ask these five questions and you’ll be sure to find a great wedding photographer who delivers exactly what you want.

Things to Consider when Searching for the Perfect Wedding Photographer | Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

Most brides (and grooms) go into planning their wedding not knowing much about weddings, or where to actually start in the planning process, and that’s okay! This is where my role as a wedding photographer and friend comes into play.

Let’s start with cost. The average price for a professional wedding photographer with years of experience is around $3,500. This will vary depending on the area you’re searching in, of course. My pricing for an 8 hour wedding day starts at $2,350 and includes high-resolution images, an online gallery, and print release. I allow my clients to build their perfect wedding photography collection by adding on services such as an engagement session, additional hours of coverage, albums, and a second photographer. The average price my couples end up paying is around $3,250. This is after they’ve added onto the 8 hour starting collection.

Next, let’s talk about quality. High-quality imagery is so important. Girls, this is your WEDDING DAY! Please, please, please make sure you check the quality of the photographer’s work. Most photographers will have a website where you can view their portfolio online before you even decide to meet with them. When I hold my consultations with couples, I always have an album and prints with me, and I pull up images on my phone or my laptop so that they can clearly see the detail and quality in each image. Ask the photographer you’re meeting with for testimonials given by past brides and grooms. (You can view testimonials given by my wedding clients here.) It’s crucial to pay more attention to the quality and not the price tag.

So, what all does a wedding photographer do? Please remember that your photographer is not just taking pictures of you for 8 hours on your wedding day. We also have to go through the 1,000+ photos taken, edit the photos, design the album, order prints or other special products, answer emails and phone calls, and carry out all of the other administrative duties that owning a business entails. (I love every minute of what I do, and I’m so blessed that God gave me this talent to serve others in this very special way!) It’s easy for someone to think that a photographer makes $3,500 for a day’s work, but that’s just not the case, my friend. There is work being done before and after the wedding as well.

Save yourself from the heartbreak of booking an inexperienced photographer for your wedding day. Yes, all of us photographers start somewhere, but I believe that we should be starting out by photographing smaller sessions like portraits, and second shooting for other wedding photographers before booking a wedding of our own.

The bottom line is that you get what you pay for. I want to help you make the best decision possible so that you have no regrets about your wedding day. Let’s meet over coffee (or tea in my case) & donuts! I’d love to hear all about your love story and what you envision your dream wedding to be like. Contact me to set up your complimentary consultation today. I can’t wait to hear from you! ♥

Vendors I Love! | Tracey Krick Photography

You’re engaged! CONGRATULATIONS! This is such an exciting time in your lives and should be celebrated with family and friends! Let the planning begin!

I know most couples tend to get overwhelmed or stressed out when planning their wedding. Trust me, I’ve been there! My very own wedding was (almost) 9 years ago, and I can still remember the times where I struggled and felt that I needed to spend every last penny on something wedding-related. Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of moments that were enjoyable (i.e. cake tasting and picking out my dress were my favorites!) and very much worth spending every penny on.

The number of decisions you need to make can almost feel endless, and that is why I’m here to help! I’ve compiled a list of my very favorite vendors that I’ve worked with at past weddings. It’s my hope that this post will save you time (and possibly heart-ache) while you’re in the beginning stages of planning your dream wedding. I’ll even mention wedding venues that I absolutely love! Venues are the first stop for brides & grooms. All of your other vendors follow behind. I will say this, though; it’s extremely important that you find a photographer that you connect with and adore right away. I book 1-2 years in advance, and lately I’ve had to tell a lot of couples that I’m already booked. It’s good for me, but it makes me feel bad to tell someone that I’m not available. With that said, don’t wait to hire your wedding photographer!

Wedding Venues

Bridal Shops

Florist

Bakery

Hair & Make-Up

  • Brittany Smith (Ask me for her contact info. She is in the process of building a site!)
  • Bombshell Brides in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Breanna Light with Hey Gorgeous Hair Studio in Myerstown, PennsylvaniaZeigler Wedding-83.jpg

DJ

Catering

Event Planner/Coordinator

There are so many talented individuals that work in the wedding industry. I’m so excited to work with these amazing vendors again and to meet new ones for my 2017 weddings!

If you’re currently searching for a photographer to capture your story, I’d love to chat with you! I always love hearing all about your dating history, your favorite moments shared, and your proposal story. Let’s chat over coffee & donuts! Email me at contact@traceykrickphotography.com or call (717) 422-6857 to book your complimentary consultation.

I can’t wait to meet you!

Beginning with the Details | Tracey Krick Photography

The whole day begins with DETAILS! This is one of my favorite parts of the wedding day because it allows me to prepare and get really creative! It warms me up for the rest of the day. I photograph a bride’s details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day. So in some ways the details set the stage for the look of the whole wedding and I love being able to style and shoot everything from the decor, to the jewelry,
to Grandma’s handkerchief!

Here’s a list of the most common details I shoot. I ask brides to gather any details they have before I arrive so that I can walk in, say hello, give you lots of hugs and then begin with all the goodies! (And, please tell your mom that I promise to take GREAT care of the dress!)

  • Dress
  • Veil / Hair Pieces
  • Rings (All three)
  • Shoes
  • Bouquets & Bout (Ask your florist for extra blooms so that I can use them during styling!)
  • Jewelry
  • Perfume
  • Invitation Suite (This also includes your save-the-date, envelopes, etc.)
  • Heirloom Pieces
  • Garter
  • Borrowed & BlueFry Wedding-5.jpgFry Wedding-3.jpg

Here’s a list just for your groom. Just like I ask brides to have all the details ready for me, I will ask the same of grooms so that my second shooter can start right away with his details.

  • Suit/Tux
  • Tie/Bow-tie
  • Watch
  • Cologne
  • Shoes
  • Cuff Links
  • Belt
  • Matching Groomsmen SocksMoll Wedding-53.jpgWalter Wedding-280.jpg

Having all of these key elements in advance saves lots of time and ensures nothing is forgotten about. It makes my job easier and allows me to create the perfect series of detail shots!

Every little detail counts. Happy Planning!

Interested in setting up your complimentary consultation with TKP? I’d love to meet you and hear all about your love story and plans for a beautiful wedding day! Get in touch here.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Tracey Krick Photography!

Did you know that roughly 6 million proposals will take place this Valentine’s Day?! Yes, you ready that correctly. 6 MILLION. That’s crazy, right? This literally makes my heart happy to know that so many couples in love will be celebrating this V-Day by becoming engaged!

With that said, I would absolutely LOVE to offer any couple that books a proposal shoot with me a $200 discount on any of the wedding collections I currently offer! Guys, this is all on you. You need to call me, text me, or email me to get this secret shoot set up. I have a proposal shoot lined up in a couple weeks, and I am so excited! So many emotions coming to mind; I hope I can get through it without bawling like a baby. Haha! (Just kidding; I’ll be a total pro.)

This is such a happy time of year, and I can’t wait to hear from some really amazing couples and learn all about them and their love story! To schedule your proposal shoot or complimentary consultation, call me at (717) 422-6857 or email contact@traceykrickphotography.com. I look forward to receiving that phone call or email from you soon! ❤V-Day-2.jpgV-Day.jpg