Allgood Photography: Blog en-us (C) Allgood Photography (Allgood Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Allgood Photography: Blog 84 120 The Wedding Album A wedding day is the culmination of hectic planning and nervous anticipation, and on that day the Bride and Groom revel in the moment of now, living on the edge of wow!

All professional photographers will document a wedding with photos that can be viewed in print or on the web, and of those, only a few will you choose to have framed. Although time will never repeat itself, you can still cherish and relive that day through a custom designed wedding album.

Your wedding album tells the story of you both getting ready for the long-planned event, your entrances, the ceremony, the formal photos, the reception, and your departures. Many photos a photographer will take during your wedding, but photos of tears and looks of pure happiness may never make the walls in frames, but the album is where your story comes to life, and the journey begins.

When considering a wedding photographer, it is important to know if she/he offers an album in the package. Will the photographer design the album themselves, and can you approve or make changes. Your input into the final look of the album is just as important as your wedding day, for these are your memories and those of generations to come.


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The Engagement Photo Shoot Engagement Pictures

Why are they important

When was the last time you had professional moments taken of you
and your fiancée.  In my experience I've found that most couples do
not have fun day pictures. This e-session is almost like a date with a
paparazzi.  The engagement photography shoot is an opportunity to     
capture some great candid moments, before the hectic wedding day.
The more comfortable you are in front of the camera and photographer
the better the images will be of your wedding        

What Location Should We Choose  

My first suggestion is a place that is sentimental to you both. Place of
your first date, first kiss, or some place you visit frequently. Other
suggestions would be a park, the beach, a museum, the mall, an


The more comfortable you are in front of the camera and photographer

urban location, or just a walk around town.


What Should We Wear

Go casual, consider using two different outfits, and don't forget to
dress the groom.  Create a theme that fit your personalities, but  
most of all dress to have fun.  Wear something you wouldn't mind
getting dirty if rolling in the grass or splashing water at the beach
strikes your fancy.    


When is a good time to schedule the shoot

As soon as possible you arrange for the service, the closer it gets to
your wedding day the less time you'll have to get things  accomplished.
 I can shoot anytime, day or night, but the very best time would be after
sunrise or before sunset.  Most often I spend 2 to 3 hours with a couple
and during that time I will have easily taken a hundred or more photos.           


Additional Information

I can guarantee you, that once you see the images from you  engagement
shoot, you will have more confidence in yourself and  your photographer,
and will enable you to be more relaxed having a  camera pointing at you on
 your wedding day. Once you have your engagement photos there are many
 things you  can do with them, announcements, invitations, programs for
 the wedding day, and what parent does not love to have photos of their
 children. These are just a few of many ideas for you engagement photos,
 and I'm sure you can think of many more.                                                         





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Some of my favorite captures This is what I love about wedding photography, capturing that one moment of pure bliss

. You're all mine


The groom got just a little too much cake on the bride's make up, and boy did he have to pay.

Here's your cake and eat it too


This picture says a lot to me, a young man looking at what a real man is all about.

  Looking into manhood


What better gift can a father give to his little girl, than the wedding of her dreams

Thank you Daddy


This shot was pure magic, the group shots had just ended, when the bride and groom turned to kiss and the wind lifted her dress

Always be prepared for that magic moment


Digital photography is only limited by the photographer’s imagination


  My favorite toast is you


There are unlimited pictures in everything we see, as a wedding photographer capturing the main photos is a given, you know the script.  But every wedding is unique, and although a Bride and Groom will most likely not choose photos like these for print, its in a wedding album that they reveal the spirit, the emotions and uniqueness  of that special day.

Thank you for viewing my blog, and as always comments, and suggestions are welcome.




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Welcome Welcome to my blog.

Thanks for visiting the Allgood Photography blog.  With the start of 2017 my goal for this blog has changed.  This is partly due to my being the worst blogger on the planet, and partly due to my rethinking what I want this blog to be.  I already have a full website to showcase my wedding photography and I have come up with some ideas to make that website even better!  Going forward, this blog will be for me to post anything else that I want to share.  It will be for my other photography projects, personal musings, etc.  Basically, just a place to maybe get a glimpse into me.

If you’re thinking about booking Allgood Photography for your wedding, please look around the blog and also be sure to check out my main website at If you have any questions, I’m always happy to answer them. Just drop me an e-mail at

Enjoy the blog!

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Cost and Value of Wedding Photography The value of some things is easily determined.  A wedding cake, a venue, a gown, etc – all of these are tangible, straightforward and subject to repeatable calculations. But how does one go about measuring love, happiness, and joy?  These are intangibles, and much harder to place a value on, or pin a number to, and as a result, decisions that are made, quite often do not take into account their impact or future importance.  Limited financial resources and errors in judgment can lead to bad decisions when determining the allocation of resources when planning a wedding and in the end, can result in money being wasted.  Today will always become yesterday, and as time goes by when a couple looks back to one of the happiest days of their life together, memories become precious, and photos from a wedding, priceless.

All couples instinctively know the importance of having a professional wedding photographer document their wedding.  A wedding is a big step in a couple’s life together, and having the spirit of that day frozen in time is proof of how much that day really meant.  As a newly engaged couple looking to provide all those wonderful details, maybe making photography the last thing on your list, isn’t the best choice to make.  A wedding day is probably the most important day in a couples life, and since this is expected to be a once in a lifetime event these moments must be captured, and the photos must be of high quality portraying the true meaning of the day.  An article in Yahoo Voices under the Lifestyle tab, titled; “Wedding Photography: The Reflections of a Bride’s Special Day” States: “  A Professional Wedding Photographer is a vital link to a bride’s wedding day memories so it is important that a bride chooses her wedding photographer very carefully and not make the mistake of choosing the photographer strictly based on low price.  The lowest price combined with inexperience is the perfect combination for disaster.”  Ask any married couple for a look at their wedding photos, especially those that have been married for quite some time, and the importance of professional wedding photography will become clear.

On the Bridal Gathering website appears an article presented by the Standard-Examiner; an Ogden, Utah paper, titled,  7 Common Wedding Regrets. Number two on this list was a paragraph on wedding photography, the articles states; “Hiring the wrong photographer/videographer has caused a regret or two.  Hire the best professional photographer you can afford.  Look for one with creativity and an outgoing personality.  Get plenty of photos of family and friends while they’re there you can’t rewind time.”  Another website devoted to helping couples with the planning of their big day is, Something Blue Book, an article on their website filed under, “Wedding Planning 101, Photography” guest bloggers and professional wedding photographers, Gary Latimer and Maria Sharron, gives couples advice on the ten things they should look for when hiring a photographer for their wedding:  Experience, Concentration, Equipment, Emotions, Coordination, Standards, Relationships, Education, Exposure, and Post Production.  All across the web, similar articles can be found to tout the importance of wedding photography, but the best advise a couple can get is from a family member or friend, who has experienced the ordeals of the before and after of a wedding planning.

Just as there are proponents of professional wedding photography, there are also those who feel as though the fees a professional photographer ask for are; as commented by a bride on Craigslist “I think your prices are Wack” (Puget Sound). She also goes on to comment, “I know I’m speaking for more than just myself right now.  A lot of brides out there think the same thing. & I bet all you fancy photographers won’t even read this. oh-well.”  Maybe there are cheaper photographers that will read this and LOVE to take my photos :)”  These sentiments are probably quite prevalent amongst couples planning a wedding.  Although the deciding factor in a couple decision will always depend on their budget, but needless to say like all things in life, you get what you pay for, but with diligence, a shopper can always find what they want, at a price they can afford.

Photographers spend substantial sums of money on equipment, education, and software, to ensure that the specialized services they provide and the products that are specifically crafted for each individual is of heirloom quality.  Photography literally means to “paint with light” and like the art masters of old, professional photographers study and use the same techniques, that artist like Da Vinci and Rembrandt, use to create their masterpieces, and like all works of art, the artist value is determined by his/her skills and reputation.

Photographs of families and family events become a record of a family’s history that grows more precious with time, and their importance cannot be overstated.  In a story aired May 22, 2012, on American Public Media, “Riding Out the Joplin Tornado” and “Saving The Photos” The host Dick Gordon, interviews Angela Walters, a genealogist who has taken it upon herself to archive all the photos various people have recovered after the tornado. She goes on to tell of how the most precious of all thing that the survivors of that disaster look to recover are the photos that were lost in the storm. She quotes the sentiments of many of the survivors that contact her in hope that she might have recovered pictures of their loved ones, “I’ll give anything for my photographs.”

With today's digital cameras the power of photography is readily available to everyone, and with its ability to instantly see a picture after it is taken, it’s easy for anyone to think; who needs a professional.  Most amateur photographers only know how to shoot with their camera set to automatic. What happens when a church official tells the photographer, “No flash allowed” or the sun is setting with a mixture of bright light and dark shadow; these are just a few of the instances where professional training, experience, and equipment will make the difference between great photographs and missed opportunity.

Although it is the professional wedding photographer’s skills that are the backbone of his/her business, perfecting those skills require constant training and experimentation with different styles. Photographers who specialize in wedding, incorporates techniques of photojournalism, glamor, portraiture, the timing of a sports photographer, and the patience of Job, just to name a few of their attributes. But to ensure the very best in photographic excellence, a wedding photographer must also have the equipment that is supportive of his/her trade. A professional camera body is only the first tool that a photographer requires, pro-grade lenses, which can cost just as much as the camera body if not more, various forms of lighting equipment and massive storage media to hold it all. Photographers invest a great deal of money and time to ensure that the spirit, emotions, and uniqueness of a wedding day is preserved, not just for the couple to relive that day, but also for the generations to come.

Not by accident does a wedding takes place, months of meticulous planning, and attention to every detail goes into making that day, a dream come true. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen dressed as royal attendants, parents at their grandest, a groom in a tux of splendid armor, a bride looking so beautiful in her gown, that it brings tears to her mother’s and father’s eyes. The makeup, hairstyle, nails done to perfection, the venue, linen, flatware and centerpieces, all become backdrops to a grand affair. A cake not just any cake, a wedding cake, one that entices and fill the eyes of children, with greed and anticipation. And like the opening night of a big Hollywood production, the star arrives in her chariot like no other. But unlike a Hollywood movie, there are no, take twos, no replays, or cut, and redoing the scene, no a wedding day comes and goes, like any other day. How to preserve the joy and laughter, the tears and love, of this day, should be of careful consideration, for it cannot be repeated.

On a wedding day, photography is not tangible. You can’t wear it, taste it, or see it. But weeks after the wedding when the guest is gone, the cake demolished, the Tuxedo returned, and the Gown cheerlessly hanging in the closet, who is it the couple hungrily anticipate seeing, the photographer, who now has the tangible proof of how happy and event their wedding day was. Weddings are already hectic and stressful, and the only parts you have left besides the rings and each other will be the photographs.

 Sources Cited:

Latimer Gary, Sharron Maria, “Top Ten Things to Look for When Hiring A Professional Photographer

for your Wedding” Something Blue Book, n.d. web, 21/05/2012

Grizzle Jeremy,” Can Today’s High-Quality Digital Cameras Turn Anyone Into a Professional

Photographer?” Ezine Articles, n.d. web, 21/05/2012

“Wedding Photography: The Reflections of a Bride’s Special Day” Yahoo Voices, 20/03/2010, web, 21/05/2012

Donnell, “The Importance of Wedding Photography” HubPages, n.d. web, 21/05/2012

Puget Sound, “Attn: Wedding Photographers :)”Seattle Craigslist, 17/01/2012, web, 20/05/2012

Gordon Dick, “Riding out the Joplin Tornado and Saving The Photos” American Public Radio, 22/05/2012, Podcast, 22/05/2012


Donnell is a HubPages blogger, who has written extensively on a wide range of subjects ranging from, Photography, Real Estate, Home Improvement, and Games, Toys, and Hobbies.

Gordon Dick is a renowned radio personality and host of the radio program, The Story, a former foreign correspondent. He was also a Parliamentary reporter and correspondent in Moscow and South Asia. Grizzle Jeremy runs a professional photography business in North Georgia, along with his wife, and is considered an expert author.

Latimer Gary, Sharron Maria are both professional wedding photographers with over thirty years of experience between them and are regular bloggers for the Bridal website, Something Blue Book. Puget Sound, is an anonymous posting by a bride, from the city of Puget Sound, in Washington state.

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