Seven Reasons to Treat Yo’ Self to Birthday Boudoir

Seven Reasons to Treat Yo’ Self to Birthday Boudoir

Treat Yo’ Self Day is a day for pampering, indulging and celebrating (and popularized by Parks and Rec’s Donna and Tom)– and at Allebach Photography we think there’s no better day of the year to Treat Yo’ Self than on your birthday.

Check out our reasons below to Treat Yo’Self to one of our solo (or couple) sessions with a Birthday Boudoir session in our studio located in North Wales, just 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia.

Celebrate this milestone

Whether you’re turning 21 or 40, every year we spend on this earth deserves celebrating and memorializing. Boudoir has no age.

Give yourself the gift of confidence

You will leave our studio feeling a different person than when you came in. This is more than a photography session; it’s a transformational and empowering experience that will leave you walking taller.

You deserve to be pampered

Between work, family, school, most of us find it way too easy to neglect ourselves. In our studio, you’ll be pampered by our professional hair and makeup artists and be treated like a rock star. 

Did we mention it’s an experience?

The best gifts in life can’t be bought (though we wouldn’t pass up a trip to the King of Prussia mall to pick up some birthday fragrances and fine leather goods, #amIrightDonna?).

You’re going to enjoy yourself

Boudoir can sometimes sound intimidating, but trust us when we say we’ll keep you feeling relaxed (and even get a few laughs out of you). Boudoir is ultimately about making you feel good about yourself.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving

Even after the session, you’ll be able to look back on your session and your photos and remember how badass you look and feel.

You don’t need a reason to celebrate you!

Last but not least, gone are the days when you need an excuse to do boudoir. Heck, you don’t even need a significant other. YOU are the reason. And you are enough. Especially on your birthday!

YOUR NEXT STEP
Call/text us today at 610.539.6920 to book your birthday solo boudoir session or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

Join our VIP group on Facebook to hear about more experiences at Allebach Photography

Free boudoir phone consultations at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone 

French Quarter Boudoir by Allebach Photography

Ready for boudoir at Allebach Photography? Check out this video of our newest boudoir area in the studio called French Quarter.  The tones of the French Quarter meld with the industrial loft of Allebach Photography.

Boudoir is the perfect gift for anniversaries, holidays or birthday!  Treat yoself! You deserve it!

We are located only 2 hours from NYC and 1 hour from the Philadelphia airport.  We are accessible via the Doylestown/Lansdale line on the Septa Railway. Call us or text us at 610.539.6920 or use our contact form at http://www.allebachphotography.com/contact/ 

 

10 Reasons for a Solo Boudoir Experience at Allebach Photography


10 Reasons for a Solo Boudoir Experience at Allebach Photography

Whatever the occasion, a photographic boudoir experience is a perfect way to celebrate YOUR life. People just like you are having boudoir experiences at Allebach Photography.  All genders, ages, ethnicities and body types come into our studio for photography. You’ll start with professional hair & makeup and ending with designing artwork. Unveil the badass within.  You’ll leave your boudoir session feeling more confident, empowered and sexy as hell.

 

Below are 10 of our favorite reasons to have a solo boudoir session!

1. It’s your birthday (we gonna party like it’s your birthday)
What better way to celebrate the birth of you than by slipping into your birthday suit and workin’ what your mama gave you?

Birthday Boudoir Reveal 

2. You set and reached a goal 
Whether you’ve been putting in the time after work or getting up at the crack of dawn to run around the neighborhood, you’ve hit your fitness goals and encapsulating them with a photo session is the perfect way to freeze this moment in time.

3. You just got a promotion at work (like a boss)
You kicked ass at work and you’ve been recognized for it. Instead of hitting happy hour with some co-workers you barely know, treat yourself to one of our empowerment boudoir sessions. Shoes and shirt optional.

 

4. You just ended a relationship or started a new one
Changing your relationship status is a perfect reason many of our clients have boudoir sessions. A boudoir experience can be the perfect way to boost your self-confidence and embrace the new single you.


Nighttime Boudoir at Allebach Photography

5. You just had a baby
It’s been 9 long months since your body’s belonged to you. Motherhood has changed you, mentally and physically. Thank your body for making a tiny little human and embrace the changes it’s gone through.

6. You just got engaged/married
A solo session can have the double bonus of being both a gift for you and your partner. Treat yourself to the session, and then gift your photos and artwork to your significant other as a wedding gift.

7. You’re celebrating sobriety
In today’s culture, not all milestones are created equal; in fact, society would even prefer to pretend some don’t exist. But celebrating milestones, whether it’s 30 days or 30 years sober, are what truly make the up the fabric of our lives. Staying on the straight and narrow route is worth commending yourself on.

8. You finished school
The endless nights of cramming have come to a close and you’ve finally crossed that stage and gotten your hands on that coveted diploma. Break out the Vitamin C and instead of immortalizing this time in your life with that cliché studio portrait of you in a cap and gown, take some photos of how you really want to remember yourself.

9. You just retired
Many of our clients ceremonialize retirement with boudoir! Celebrate this next chapter of your life by proving that beauty and confidence are timeless.

Philadelphia Boudoir Album

10. You’re celebrating overcoming an illness
To come out on the other side of a serious illness, whether it’s a disease or cancer, is a truly transformational experience. Illnesses challenge us to change and to rise above. Solo boudoir, for many of our clients, has acted as therapeutical, as a sort of “Fuck you,” to the illnesses that tried to destroy them but wound up making them stronger. .

Whatever your reason or even if you have no reason at all, boudoir is a way to treat yourself.  It’s time to take the step and book your boudoir.

YOUR NEXT STEP
Call/text us today at 610.539.6920 or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

Join our VIP group on Facebook to hear about more experiences at Allebach Photography

Free boudoir phone consultations at http://www.meetme.so/allebachphone 






 

Join the Allebach Photography
Boudoir & Couples Boudoir for Giveaways and Sales

We respect your email privacy

Subscriber Counter

10 Reasons Why to Give the Gift of a Boudoir Album

Philadelphia Boudoir AlbumYou and your partner did it, you came out Allebach Photography’s boudoir studio, got all dolled up, and had a blast making fun and sexy memories together. Now what? The next step after your photo session is to sit down with us and create your artwork in our design gallery space.

Below are 10 reasons to commemorate your session by gifting your partner (and yourself!) a boudoir album.

Couples Boudoir Album - Philadelphia's Boudoir Photographers

  1. They’re professionally curated
    Cropping, color correcting, making sure your photos are of a high enough resolution for print…we deal with the technical aspects of the album.  Each album is handcrafted in New York.  
  2. You’ll relive your session every time you open it up
    Boudoir Album

    Think of your photo album as a mini time capsule. Each time you open up your album, you’ll be transported back to that magical day in our studio.

  3. They don’t force you to choose a favorite
    Can’t decide which photo is your favorite? The best part about choosing an album is with its many pages you don’t have to!
  4. No need to worry about losing your digitals 
    “Having a physical album is nice because it’s private and you’re less likely to have an album destroyed than digitals (hacked, a computer breakdown, etc.)” says our client Desiree M.With physical, hard copies of your photos, there’s no need to worry about your digital versions getting destroyed because you forgot to backup your hard drive.They make for great foreplay .
  5. Snuggling up in bed with your partner and pulling out your album can be a great way to spice up your foreplay.
  6. They’re elegant
    Photo albums are timeless and no matter how many digital photo-storing crazes come and go, a well-bound album you can hold in your hands will never go out of style.“There really is something about being able to see your art on your wall or in a book. It adds an element of elegance,” says Kayla C.
  7. You can showcase it on your coffee table
    While some of our clients prefer to keep their more risqué photos more private, many choose to display them in their homes, like on a coffee table for visitors. “I have our album on our coffee table for everyone to see!” says A. B. 
  8. It will make you feel sexy all the time
    “When we went back to pick up our artwork, we ordered a huge album with all the photos she wanted in it. I want her to feel pretty all the time,” Meredith T. said of the photos of her and her girlfriend.
    Couldn’t we all use a daily pick up like that?
  9. You get the offline experience in the online world
    We spend so much time on our devices, staring at our computer screens until our eyes are dried out. The experience of scrolling through our camera roll on our iPhones can’t compare to the feeling of gently turning the pages of your special album.
  10. It’s another tool to tell the story of your love and anchor your love
    If you could create a time capsule encompassing everything that celebrates you and your partner’s love for one another what would you include? A few concert ticket stubs, some love notes…how about a photo album of you two at your happiest?!


Ready for the gift of boudoir? Ready to begin creating your boudoir album? Call us today at 610.539.6920 or message us on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact.

We serve people from all 50 states!  Our studio is located 1 hour from Lancaster, Philadelphia, Allentown, Delaware County, Berks County and a short drive from Lansdale, Doylestown, King of Prussia

Empowering Boudoir – Kayte’s Story

Empowering Boudoir Philadelphia New Jersey Photographer

Empowering Boudoir Philadelphia New Jersey Photographer

Ask anyone that knows Katye, a confident and bodacious plus-sized Jersey gal, and they’ll tell you her personality has always shined bright like a diamond.  

“I have always been plus size, and I usually rocked out any outfit at any size and made it known to the world that I didn’t care what others thought of me,” says Kayte. 

Philadelphia Boudoir Photographer

Finding her partner, Chris, boosted her confidence, even more, when he proved he loved her for who she was, regardless of size, by proposing to her. 

But two years ago, Kayte’s confidence was shaken to its core. 

Two days before her wedding, in June 2017, Kayte’s mother passed away after a grueling year battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer. 

“She made me promise that I would still go through with it and party and be happy and go on my honeymoon, knowing that that is what she would have wanted,” says Kayte. 

Empowering Boudoir New Jersey Photographer

“It was literally the hardest thing that I ever had to do.”

When her and her new husband, Chris, returned from their honeymoon they took in her younger sister and nephew and suddenly she was married caring for two kids. 

“My life took me in a whirlwind.”

Kayte put on the most weight she had ever gained at one time. Her weight gain, coupled with her mom’s passing, put her in a depressive state. 

“Feeling confident in my plus size body went away pretty quickly and I stopped dressing up, going out and letting my ‘sexiness’ show for my hubby,” says Kayte. 

Kayte came across an open call for an Empowerment session with our photographer, Annie. 

“My husband and I had just had a conversation about wanting to do something like a couples shoot. This would be solo, and I thought it would be a perfect way to get back on my feet and get my head straight. I wanted to be able to show the ‘real’ me. The confident, fun-loving, bold personality that I am known for being.”

The Empowerment shoot did just say, she says, adding that throughout the process Annie was a “gentle soul”, putting Kayte at ease throughout the entire process. 

“I was able to explore some spaces in the new studio, try on a number of different outfits (or lack thereof), and basically smile and laugh out loud the entire time. My hair and makeup were on point! Katherine [our makeup artist] is literally amazing and also made me feel like a million bucks! One of the highlights of this experience!”

Empowering Boudoir Philadelphia New Jersey PhotographerWhile Kayte says she may not be exactly where she wants to be in terms of her weight, the empowerment session gave her back her confidence and helped her set some goals for when she returns for a couples session with her husband. 

Empowering Boudoir“I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I feel so much better than I did – and I know what my future goals look like. There is a light out of this tunnel. And THAT is when Chris and I will do a couples session – to celebrate being where we want to be (or at least closer) and share that special time with one another, capture it, and savor it. I absolutely cannot wait to come back and do a shoot with my husband.”


Book your own empowering Allebach Photography boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920 .  Join our VIP group to learn more at https://www.facebook.com/groups/allebachboudoirvip/

Couples Boudoir in Black and White

In Bed Couples Boudoir

Check out these Couples Boudoir in Black and White

Our clients get to design their wall art in either black and white or in color.  Any photo we take can be either black and white or color.  So we thought it would be fun to put our favorite photos in B & W.

Schedule your couples boudoir session by calling 610.539.6920. Our studio is located outside of Philadelphia.  Only a 3 hour drive from Washington DC, 2 hour drive from Baltimore, New York City and North Jersey and a 1 hour drive from Lancaster.

Our studio was designed around having couples in and building gifts of albums or wall art for each other! This experience is huge and loads of fun!

Leave your session with wall art or an album and more confidence than you walked in with!
Bucks County Couples Boudoir Creative Couples Boudoir In Bed Couples Boudoir Cute Couples Boudoir Starwars Couples Boudoir Smiling Couples Boudoir Black and White Couples Boudoir Booty Couples Boudoir Kissing Couples Boudoir Philly Couples Boudoir Sporty Couples Boudoir Butt Grab Snow Kiss In Bed Couples Boudoir Upclose Couples Boudoir HOt Couples Boudoir Sensual Couples Boudoir Funny Couples Boudoir Kiss Couples Boudoir Smokey Couples Boudoir Hair Pull Couples Boudoir Topless Couples Shoot Booty bite Sensual Couples Boudoir Bed Couples Anniversary Couples Boudoir Topless Couples Boudoir FUn Couples Boudoir Butt Grab Couples Boudoir Black and White Couples Boudoir Shower Couples Boudoir Flogger Couples Boudoir Sensual Couples Shoot Laughing Anniversary Photoshoot Fun Couples Boudoir Sexy Couples Photoshoot Couples Boudoir Kiss Hugging Couples Boudoir Video game Couples Boudoir Undressing Couples Photoshoot Sexy 50 Shades Couples Boudoir Hold me tight Never let go Couples Boudoir Tattooed Couples Boudoir Tatted Couples Boudoir Kissing Couples Boudoir His Look Soft Couples Boudoir Dancing Couples Boudoir 50 Shades of Grey Couples Boudoir Bedtime Couples Boudoir That Look She Gives You Hot Couple Laughing Couple IN Love Photoshoot Sexy Engagement Photos Hot Couples Boudoir Sexy Couples In Love Couple Anniversary Photo Session Philadelphia Couples Boudoir Lancaster Couples Boudoir Philadelphia Couples Boudoir

 

 

 

How can you not want to try out a fun and sexy photoshoot after seeing this! Call us at 610.539.6920 to book your session.

This is Allebach Photography – Boudoir & Couples Boudoir Studio

Couples Boudoir, Engagements, Weddings, Family & Boudoir Studio

For the last 14 years we’ve been the photographer for everyone who was a little outside the box. People just like you asked the question, “who can photograph us?”  Who won’t judge us for who we are.  Whether it was a tattooed punk rock wedding, interracial non-religious wedding or same-sex couple, we’ve been the photographer for EVERYBODY who didn’t feel like they could find a photographer.

These days you’ll mostly find us in the studio!  You’ll love being photographed here.  Every day we make people feel like rock stars.  The process starts with a phone call where we find out how to bring out the best of you in the photos. Once you come in you’ll get hair and makeup to make you feel like a rock star.

After the photosession you’ll see your photos right away in our design gallery space! You’ll get artwork that will anchor you to your experience and your badass.

Couples Boudoir Engagement Photos Bald and beautiful couples boudoir Couple Anniversary Photoshoot

 

allebach photography, lesbian same sex wedding, philadelphia, new jerseyBook Your Session today by calling 610.539.6920 or visit http://allebachphotography.com/contact/

7 Reasons Why Boudoir and Couples Photos are the Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Your Significant Other

7 Reasons Why Boudoir Photos are the Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Your Significant Other

We’ve all been there. Searching through the racks of dress shirts and boxers at the mall asking yourself, “What do I get him for Christmas?” This year, think outside of the box and get him something he’s sure to remember for years to come; a photo album or piece of artwork featuring you at your sexiest and most confident.

Holidays aside, gifting your lover photos from your boudoir session with Allebach Photography is the perfect present for all special occasions, from anniversaries to birthdays, to “just because”.

Below are 9 reasons to book your session with us right now!

1. You already know they’ll love them

You are one of the most important people in your significant other’s life. They love you just the way you are; the way you move, the way you laugh, and the way your eyes sparkle when you’re feeling confident and strong. Imagine their surprise when they pull that bow off your gift and see you’ve captured your beauty for them in the form of photos.

2. It’s a treat for you too 

A solo boudoir shoot isn’t just for your beau; it’s a chance for you to pamper yourself. Sipping on champagne, getting your hair and makeup done and then slipping into something that makes you feel sexy and beautiful is something every woman should experience.

3. They’re unique

This is a gift that no one else can give them. I bet you can already tick off your fingers the expected gifts they’ll be getting from mom and dad – hats, shirts, gift cards to Starbucks… This is your chance to give them the perfect gift, you.

Boudoir Pizza Sexy Time

4. It’s the gift that keeps on giving

Every time your partner opens their gift, it’ll be like receiving that gift over and over again. Many of our couples tell us they still look at their albums years after the session has taken place and it brings them right back to that special time in their relationship.

5. It will make them fall in love with you all over again

Sometimes it’s easy for us to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget about what really matters to us. When your significant other sees those photos of you, it’s be really hard to focus on anything else, let alone last night’s dishes!

6. They’ll be completely surprised

Unless you and your partner have talked about it already, a boudoir album is something they will never expect to see wrapped up under the tree and is something sure to make their jaw drop.

7. You can skip those trips to the donation bins

How many times have you thrown out or donated yet another tchotchke someone thought you just had to have? Instead of filling your home with clutter, give them a gift they’ll want to hold onto for years to come.

Contact us to today to book your holiday session at 610.539.6920 or on our website at https://allebachphotography.com/contact

Feel free to stuff their stocking with a Gift Card for couples boudoir as well!

Super Cute Drop What You are Doing, You’ve Gotta See this Couples Boudoir Session

I took the first 20 minutes of a couples boudoir session and made it into a video slideshow for you.  How can you not want to do a couples boudoir session when you see this?

Time to get your session on the books today.  There is no better time than now.  Call us at 610.539.6920 to get a time on the calendar.

Got questions? Join our Couples Boudoir Tips email list here.

Wanna chat right now?  Start here.

6 Reasons Pizza is Better Than Boys

Pizza is Awesome

#PizzaIsBae

We set out for the most epic boudoir photo session with Emmy Szadyr.  They said love is dead. They said millennials killed it.  They were wrong.  Pizza is love.  Pizza is alive. Pizza will bring world peace. Here are the top reasons pizza is better than boys.

Top 6 Reasons Pizza is Better than Boys

Pizza never gonna…

  1. Give you up
  2. Let you down
  3. Run around and desert you
  4. Make you cry
  5. Say goodbye
  6. Tell a lie and hurt you
Boudoir Pizza Sexy Time
28″ Pizza
Pizza Pizza Pizza
(c) Allebach Photography
Pizza Boudoir
Pizza is the best
Pizza is Awesome
Pizza Won’t Let You Down

Book your taco bell boudoir session, pizza boudoir session or breakup boudoir here.  Get on our waiting list as we book up to 2 months out for boudoir. Oh and yeah we still do that couples boudoir thing.

9 Reasons to Get a Boudoir Photo Experience

Top 9 Reasons to Get a Boudoir Photo Experience
A boudoir session with Allebach Photography is much more than just taking sexy photos of a woman in lacy lingerie. Boudoir photography can uncover the most intimate part of who you are in a way that showcases your own unique beauty. It can reveal a new sense of confidence that makes you proud of your curves, your body and your smile. It can unveil a new type of comfort within your own skin. And it can expose your strength in a different light that makes you go home feeling beautiful and in love with yourself and your body again.  A boudoir session with Allebach Photography is much more than a photo session, it is a way to rediscover what makes you, the magnificent person you are both in body and in self.

Being Pampered – Every woman deserves a day to feel like a true queen. Sipping on champagne, getting your hair and makeup done and then slipping into something that makes you feel sexy and beautiful is something every woman should experience.

Celebrating the human body – The amazing thing about the human race is that each and every person is different. Each body, each smile and each expression is uniquely yours, therefore, we must celebrate it. We spend so much time hiding our bodies or feeling insecure but it is time to celebrate every freckle and every curve.

Gift for your SO – Your  significant other loves you just the way you are. They love the way you move, the way you laugh and the way your eyes sparkle when you are feeling confident and strong. What could be a better gift than giving them artwork of one of the things they love the most.

Treating yourself – Women rarely do things for themselves. Either you are a mom chasing after your kids, a wife making sure all the errands are done, or a career woman who is motivated and working long hours. Women sometimes get so lost in the shuffle of everyday life that they don’t take the time to appreciate themselves as a woman, and being a woman is definitely something worth honoring.

Healing/Therapy – No matter what traumatic experience you have been through, if it is domestic violence, a car accident, an illness or etc… you are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and you have earned the right to remind yourself just how beautiful you really are. No matter what life altering experience you have been through, you are more stunning and stronger than ever. Time to peel away the trauma and show yourself that strength!

Feeling free to be yourself – Walking into a boudoir session could be a huge step out of your comfort zone, but once you are in front of the camera, and start feeling more confident and comfortable, your personality will slip in and not only will your artwork be sensual and beautiful, but your art will also be as quirky, cute and silly as you are.

Feeling fine. You have set a goal for yourself, you have been eating healthy, working out and drinking plenty of water. You are feeling good. No, you have been feeling great! You just tried on those jeans that you couldn’t get above your thighs last summer and they fit, your arms are looking toned and you catch yourself smiling as you check yourself out in the mirror. Time to call us and set up that boudoir session.

Couples boudoir experience:  Let me ask you one question, do you remember the last time you and your SO did something that focused solely on how much you love each other? The two of you have walked through heaven and hell together. They are the the first person you call when something good happens and the one who comforts you the most when things aren’t going well.  A couples boudoir session is a way to show each other how deeply you cherish your relationship. You will walk away from the session feeling more in love, stronger and with gorgeous wall art that you and your SO can hang up in your bedroom that showcases your love for one another each and every day.

Artwork– Boudoir sessions are a great way to capture the beauty you possess in artwork that will act as a daily reminder that your body is beautiful, your soul is stunning and your personality is magnificent. On the days when nothing feels like they are going right, you are stressed, tired and are feeling down, you can take a look at that artwork and remember just how alluring you really are.

Allebach Photography is now book Boudoir and Couples Boudoir.  Contact us today at 610.539.6920 or on our website here.

The Tattooed Bride Manifesto

Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

I recently had some issues on Facebook with people being surprised by what I post. Here is the manifesto I posted.

12 things wedding photographers want to tell you, but can’t

Offbeat Bride
All photos by Allebach Photography

Most wedding magazines will give you a list of questions to ask your wedding photographer. Stuff like: “Can you describe your style? What equipment do you shoot with?”

Let’s be real: Those questions are boring. And you probably don’t actually care about the answers anyway.

So I surveyed some brides and photography-friends, and put together a list of all those questions you really want to ask, and all those things we really want you to know. 

Tattooed Bride
Natural wedding photos by Allebach Photography

1. How do I pick a good photographer when there are hundreds listed in my area?

First, look for a forum or blog that appeals to your style. Obviously, if you’re an Offbeat Bride, you’re in the right place — I receive my best clients through the Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide. The photographers listed are both gay-friendly and accustomed to photographing offbeat weddings.

Once you’ve got a few favorite photographers, narrow it down to a handful of favorites, and set up a time to meet them. Make sure you’re meeting with the person who will be wielding the camera at your wedding, not a sales consultant or studio owner. You have to, like, trust and get along with your photographer — that way you can leave the magic of photo making in the photographer’s hands. Not only should you like their images, you should also like them! You’ll be spending many hours with them during your wedding day.

New York + Philly Wedding Photographer
See wedding photography by Allebach Photography

2. How many photos do I get?

The wedding photographers I surveyed typically deliver 50-100 photos for every hour of coverage they provide. Four hundred photos may seem like a lot, but your wedding photographer is preserving all those little details and the moments you missed while you were mingling.

Tattooed Bride
Book your wedding by Allebach Photography

3. I love those photos with the blurry backgrounds. How do you get that look?

You’re talking about shallow depth of field. Photographers get that look by using professional lenses that are able to focus tightly on the subject.

4. I found one photographer whose images look soft and pastel, one whose images look clean, and one whose images look like they were shot on old film. What’s the deal?

Every photographer has a different way of editing their images using computer software (the high-tech version of a darkroom). This is called “Post-Processing.” Most photographers do some basic lighting and color adjustments, but you can also use editing software to create a unique look. Three popular styles right now are:

  • Clean: lightly processed to appear natural
  • Matte: a low-contrast look with muted pastel colors, similar to vintage film
  • High Contrast: a vibrant look with rich colors that pop

It doesn’t matter which style you go with, as long as you love it!

Trash the Dress New Jersey Allebach
Wedding photography by Allebach Photography

5. Why is wedding photography so freakin’ expensive?

This is the question I see most from brides on the interwebs. Wedding photography seems like easy money — work for one day and rake in the cash, right? But most full-time wedding photographers I know carry over $15,000 worth of wedding gear and often work 60-hour weeks. (Remember those 800 images from question #2? It takes several full days just to edit those.)

Add insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, repair, shipping, and studio expenses, and many photographers end up making less than minimum wage for the first few years of their career.

Profoto B2 photo by Allebach Photography
Book Wedding Photography by Allebach Photography

6. How can I make sure I look good in my photos?

Relax. Trust your wedding photographer.

If you’re relaxed, it’ll come through in your photos.

Leave some breathing room in your schedule so you don’t feel rushed — I recommend a minimum 30 minutes for family and wedding party photos, and an hour for the couple portraits.

Oh, and get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water the night before.

Take it easy at the rehearsal dinner. Wedding-day hangovers are not fun.

Groomsmen smoking wedding photo
Unique wedding photography by Allebach Photography

7. I keep hearing about “shoot and burn” photography. Sounds painful. What is it?

Actually, yeah, it can be kind of painful. “Shoot and burn” is slang for photographing a wedding and burning it straight to DVD or USB without post-processing. It’s usually super cheap — for a reason. Bad lighting isn’t corrected, distracting elements aren’t removed (hello, Speedo-clad photobomber!), and zits remain proudly on display.

Digital files may be important to you, but find a full-service photographer who will edit the images and print reference proofs before handing over the digis.

And please, don’t let the digitals rot on your hard drive. As a photographer, I want you to proudly display your wedding photos. It makes me sad when I think of all the photos that never get printed. Don’t hide your wedding photos! I tell my clients to hang up a large print or two — when you’re having a crappy day, it’s great to look up in your living room and see a photo of an awesome day.

Philadelphia Engagement Photography
Engagement Photosession by Allebach Photography

8. Should we do a “first look”? And, um, what the hell is a “first look”?

The first look is a chance for wedding couples to see each other privately before the ceremony. Two-thirds of my clients currently opt to do a first look. It’s a great chance to get the wedding jitters out and spend a few minutes alone together. I find that first look photos tend to be some of my favorites. It’s a real moment with real emotions.

Honestly, it’s also a great way to avoid stress on your wedding day. (Some of my couples even choose to get ready together!) And many of my couples get to enjoy their whole cocktail hour because they got all of the photos out of the way before the wedding.

heritage trust mt sinai
Natural wedding photography by Allebach Photography

9. Do I really need a second photographer?

No one needs a second photographer, but they can provide you with more images and a different perspective. Many of the top photographers only work with assistants who carry gear and help with professional lighting. The best thing is to ask your wedding photographer to see how they prefer to work. You can get good results either way.

10. How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?

Many in-demand wedding photographers book weddings at over a year out. As it gets closer to your wedding date, it will be harder to book your first-choice photographer.

If your favorite photographer is unavailable on your date, don’t panic. Ask them for recommendations — they may know someone with a similar style and a lighter schedule.

Happy Tattooed
Unique fun photos by Allebach Photography

11. You can Photoshop that, right?

It depends. As a photographer, I want to get everything as perfect as possible in camera. Posing, location scouting, and camera settings can “fix” most things before I even click the shutter. If your uncle photobombs you, I’m going to retake the photo — it’s much easier to get the photo right than to fix it with Photoshop. Many photographers charge for extensive editing in Photoshop, because it can be very time-consuming.

Eastern State Philly
Unique photoshoot locations. Photo by Allebach Photography

12. Should I tip my photographer?

I get asked this a lot. There was a great article about tipping on Offbeat Bride. For photographers, “Tips are never expected but are always appreciated.”

Hopefully this clears up some burning questions about wedding photography — and makes it a little bit easier to find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.

See if we are available for your wedding date here! 


Tattooed Bride Photographer Guy - Mike AllebachPost written by Mike Allebach of Allebach Photography.   Originally published in Offbeat Bride

Mike Allebach (aka The Tattooed Bride Photographer) is a wedding photographer who also writes tips for tattooed brides, and has an unhealthy addiction to Taco Tuesday. Book your wedding, engagement or boudoir session here

Profoto B2: Cherrish: Out of Prison Story

Profoto B2 Off Camera Flash Launch: Cherrish’s Out of Prison Story

This was my contribution to the Profoto B2 Launch.  I’ve been using the Profoto B2s for over 4 months now. Cherrish graciously shared her story of cancer fight.  The photoshoot takes place at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, Pa. See my review of the Profoto B2 here.

Thank you to Cherrish Krasulak for being the inspiration for the video, Ed Seiders for shooting, Ryan Hendricks for lighting assistant, Gene Smirnov for BTS and Steven Skidmore for UAV footage. I scored the music and played guitar  in the second half of the video.

Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia Wedding: Casey and Greg

Look! Casey & Greg had their WEDDING at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia! What?!! I’m serious! Take a look at some of the detail shots we captured on this awesome day of marriage.

Featuring Jack’s Firehouse Restaurant, Bar and Caterer across the street (they catered the wedding too)!

(Venue details at bottom of post)

eastern state 1

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state 7

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state 21

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

eastern state 31

eastern state 32

eastern state penitentiary allebach photography

Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

http://www.easternstate.org

Jack’s Firehouse
2130 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

http://www.jacksfirehouse.com

Wedding dress:
www.Dollycouture.com

Book us for your Historic Prison Wedding today!

Amada Restaurant & The Powel House Philadelphia Wedding: Robyn & Brent

Picture perfect bride and groom, locations, food, and perfect pictures!  Robyn and Brent had their first look and ceremony at the lovely Philadelphia historic landmark, The Powel House. Food and fun followed with delicious food tapas at Amada Restaurant.

Check out this wedding!  Oh and don’t miss all the delicious Garces Group food at the bottom.

Powel House Amada Allebach Photography PowelHouse28 PowelHouse27 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography PowelHouse24 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography PowelHouse22 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography PowelHouse12 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography PowelHouse6 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography PowelHouse3 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Amada12 Amada11 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Amada9 Amada8 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography Amada5 Amada4 Amada3 Powel House Amada Allebach Photography

 

 

Amada Restaurant in Philadelphia // A Jose Garces Group Restaurant

217-219 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106(215) 625-2450 http://philadelphia.amadarestaurant.com

Powel House Historic Landmark in Philadelphia

244 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106(215) 925-2251 http://www.philalandmarks.org/powel.aspx