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Sunset Over Mount Royal

Beth and I took a long weekend vacation to do some Montreal photography last week.   It was an awesome train ride together and we got to see some old friends, eat amazing food and buy bagels.   I'll post our photos as we get to them but I also shot this timelapse of the sunset over Mount Royal.

Sunset Time Lapse- Montreal - April '11 from Travis Jon Allison on Vimeo.

Bright Wedding: Lisa + Paul

Beth and I travelled to Bright, Ontario to shoot Lisa and Paul's wedding at their farm. It was a very funny day weather-wise - super hot plus rainy but it was awesome how friendly and welcoming everyone was to us.

I always feel honoured when I get chosen as someone's wedding photographer but it's a bit nicer when your client is a great photographer in her own right.

Thanks to Lisa and Paul and their families for such great day!

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Unrelated Side Note: Bright always reminds me of younger days: Our bus route to Innerkip Public School took us all the way out to Bright and Sarah Jane took figure skating lessons in Plattsville and I used to drive through Bright to pick her up on cold winter nights.

Printable Wedding Budget Worksheet

Wedding Budget budgeting worksheet to help plan for a wedding

My friends at WeddingFavours.ca (you should see their Ingersoll show room!) have just posted a printable wedding budget worksheet on their blog.  Click here to download it for free.

It's a great resource for budget planning - and making sure that you don't forget anything.

How Much Should We Budget for Photography?

Clients often ask the "should" questions - and they are great questions.    The thing with weddings is.... (surprise!) they are expensive.  It is incredibly important that a bride and groom (or bride and bride, groom and groom) set a firm budget and stick to it.   Not only will this relieve some after-matrimony stress from looking at credit card bills but it will cut back on money arguments during your preparations.

Obviously, your total budget is a discussion for  the two of you.    The best I can offer is a look at what percent of your budget "should" go to photography. Within a tight budget it is often tempting to de-value photography.

Now my bias is pretty obvious, but I firmly believe that photography should be one of your most thoughtful considerations.   When you wake up the day after your wedding you will have three things by which to remember the day that you spent so much time preparing and getting absolutely perfect:

  1. the one you wake beside
  2. the ring on your finger, and...
  3. the pictures

After your wedding day you won't have the flowers or the meal but you will have your photos.

Should the pictures, therefore, be worth as much or more?

The Allens at the beach

On a beautiful sunny Sunday Beth and I drove down to Lake Erie to take some pictures with the Allen Family. Megan and Rebecca arranged the photoshoot for their mom and dad's 25th wedding anniversary.

I love ending a photoshoot with homemade food around a table at the cottage. Thanks Allens!

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Cambridge Engagement : Jennie + Keenan

On a super hot night in July I became a Cambridge wedding photographer for Jennie & Keenan. We had a hilarious night shooting at the park and by a great old factory in their neighbourhood (call me old fashioned... I LOVE the new Grain available in Lightroom 3!).

Alicia and Conor's "Day After" Shoot

This afternoon of shooting was great fun (as always with Alicia and Conor). We drove out to the camp of a friend of ours' near London and shot around this great old mansion that is the centre piece of the property. Alicia was brave out there in her strapless dress... after doing a 15 km run in the morning.

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