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A picture is worth more than a thousand words, especially if it’s of your wedding.

Wedding day photographs are important, and if you’re lucky, you’ll have them to share with your grandchildren one day. And although practically everyone these days has a digital camera to capture all the mishaps and stolen kisses of everyday life, it’s important to get some professional pictures taken.

The big day goes by in a blur, but if you pick the right photographer and pay attention to some useful tips, your memories on film will be clear and permanent.

doug keese of artisan style photojournalism
504-861-6062 |

How much of a bridal budget should be spent on photos? I think it really depends on the couple and how important photographs are to them. Someone recently pointed out to me that a couple’s wedding album is generally the first family heirloom for a couple, so how much is that really worth? Most of my couples devote a large part of their budget to photography, and it typically ranks in the top items of importance for them.

How many photos should a couple have taken of them on their wedding day? As many as possible! I’m a huge fan of the couple seeing each other beforehand. You can get so many more fun and stylish photos of the bride and groom beforehand, and that’s what it’s all about. Otherwise they’re usually just left with the couple of photos on the altar after the ceremony.

What has been your most positive experience so far with wedding photography? Well, there are quite a few. We recently started hosting “image release parties” at the studio. About three weeks after the wedding the couple can invite about 10 people to the studio and we project all the wedding day images on a 90-inch projection screen. This allows the couple to relive the entire day together with their close friends and family. Just hearing and seeing the reactions of the parents and grandparents as some of the images flash on the screen is priceless to me. And when you get a big hug and tons of thank yous at the end of the party from those people, to me, that’s what this job is all about.

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