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Andover Country Club Wedding Video, Andover MA : Christine + Frank

Andover Country Club WeddingChristine + Frank got married on a beautiful fall day in late-September at St. Francis in Medford with a reception at The Andover Country Club.  Every so often, we get the chance to get to know a couple deeper than the initial phone consultation and booking and sometimes we even become good friends.  Leading up to the big day I had several phone conversations with Christine about all sorts of topics and she even hooked us up with Game 6 World Series tickets and we were lucky enough to see the big win in person at Fenway.  So when the day finally arrived, I couldn't wait to share in such a momentous moment in Christine + Frank's lives.

Such a fun, loving couple, the day was amazing.  Christine + Frank, Thank you for letting me share in your day and provide you with a one of a kind wedding video!  Much love to you both and here's to years of happiness!

Wedding Location: The Andover Country Club
DJ: Drew Rissler @ Get Down Tonight Entertainment
Cake: D'Amici's Bakery
Flowers: Exquiste Linen and Florals

Jonathan & Mark - Boston - Wedding Photography

We have been very fortunate over the years to have done weddings all types of venues and locations, but never have we done a wedding at City Hall in Boston.

This story begins with Jonathan & Mark getting together 12 years ago.  I have personally know the both of them for almost as many years through family connections and have seen their relationship grow to what it is today...true love and a true family.  They have an amazing 1 year old son Noah who is as cute as they get.

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We started out at Boston Common to get some family images and images with just as a couple before grabbing a taxi to City Hall.  From there you will see what 12 years of committment looks like as they say their vows.  

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We say congrats to you and your young family and may you both have all the happiness in the world!

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Keiji + Colleen's Boston Wedding Video | New England Aquarium

Keiji + Colleen have such a fun loving, easy going spirit and it was such a pleasure to work with them this past Saturday to capture their amazing day on film.  Just 12 days after the Boston Marathon bombings, Keiji + Colleen were in the heart of the scene and refusing to let it bring them down, just proving how STRONG we really are.  The day started with them getting ready at the Lenox Hotel and a first reveal up on the roof.  We then headed over to Boston Commons for some photos and then to the New England Aquarium for the ceremony and reception.  The weather and scenery could not have been more perfect.   Thank you Keiji + Colleen for letting us share these memories with you!

Venue: New England Aquarium
Florist: Karla Cassidy Designs
Cake: Cakes for Occasions
DJ + Uplighting: Locomtion DJ Productions
Photography: NH Images Photography & Video

Are All (Wedding) Photographers The Same?

Hi Everyone,

I hope this blog sees you well.  I came across this blog post done by Andrea Joki and thought it was brilliant so I am reposting.

A question I am asked frequently is why photographers charge what they do. There is such a discrepancy in prices – and those shopping purely on price alone are nearly always going to go the least expensive route. But is that the wisest decision? One phrase I hear a lot is, “it only costs 10c to make a print – so why do you charge so much?” And if the value of the image was only the print paper cost itself, that would be a valid question. But then again, a lawyer makes several thousands and all they produce is paper worth less then a penny. So why do we pay lawyers upwards of 100 euros an hour?

The easy answer is that an experienced photographer – one who has spent years studying the craft, honing skills, and perfecting style, is going to give you a much better image than the beginner who is simply clicking a shutter button. If clicking the shutter is the only parameter of a professional photographer, I’d like to offer the services of my 7 year old – she takes great pictures (everyone says so!) and I’m happy to hire her out for $200 for a disk of images. She’ll be happy too – she’d love a new Lego Star Wars set. But why pay $200 for my 7 year old (or a beginner photographer) when you can just have the grandparents click the button instead – and for free?

I could make this post longer by summing out costs of being a photographer: VAT/taxes, insurance, business development costs, time, software, equipment, the desire to not work for free for other people ……. but really, I would think that most would recognize there are obvious costs behind owning any business. Would you really feel you were saving money if you hired a lawyer who had no formal training or education but who felt they would be good at winning lawsuits because they saw someone do it on TV? The parallel is true since many photographers are encouraged by friends and family (would you tell your best friend that the image she shot and is so proud of has a kid in dappled light and a telephone pole sticking out of his head with a white balance so off that he is practically blue?). Similarly, many photographers are not licensed business owners – so if you get charged for poor portraits, you have no recourse. I would love to charge less – and certainly my photography business isn’t going to buy me a Lexus. But at the same time, it is frustrating to be legal, pay taxes, and yet lose customers to those operating illegally.

Truly: professional images comprise a lot of factors – otherwise, why would you hire someone to photograph your children if you could just do it yourself? Composition, metering, focus, white balance, skin tones, light in the eyes, pose, post processing….. these are skills that take time to develop. And the difference in quality should be fairly obvious if you compare portfolios. Which always leads to the next question: “It’s just the camera, right?” And that one hit kind of home for me. One day last year, my sister told me she wanted to take images of her family and have them be as good as mine – so she asked which DSLR she should buy. I answered her honestly: unless you are going to shoot in manual modes (not auto) and learn ISO, F-stop, Shutter speed, spot metering, etc, she could spend thousands and thousands and not have as good images. Good images are about using the equipment and reading the light correctly – neither of which can be obtained in AUTO by clicking a button. If you don’t believe me, go ahead and spend thousands. But also be prepared to admit that it’s not the camera, it is the artist BEHIND the lens, that is making the creative and beautiful portraits. And as for my sister? She bought a prosumer and not a DSLR and has been very happy since. And saved quite a bit of money in the process.

One thing I really find interesting is that people will buy Coach purses, fancy flatscreen TVs, expensive toys and sets for their children, and all manner of luxury goods that have maybe a 1-2 year lifespan. But when it comes to professional portraits, which will last a lifetime, they base the decision purely on price. I’m not sure at what point children and family become less important than a fancy purse. But I can tell you that those who purchased high quality portraits have a beautiful reminder of a time that has past – and those portraits are still hanging or displayed while the purse has long since been thrown away.

Sure, parents can choose to purchase inexpensive photography based solely on price. Not everyone can afford the price of a good photographer and the compromise often is quality. But I truly hope and encourage buyers to really consider what they are buying and why – and not to choose solely on price. Your memories do not have a price tag and once this moment is gone, you forever lose the chance to have hired a true professional to beautifully capture your family. Choosing the best you can afford will always be the best advice given to anyone looking for quality professional portraits. As with anything hand-made and requiring an artistic eye, those who produce quality work often charge more – it compensates for the amount of time they have spent learning and perfecting their art. Choose not based on price – but on how the photographer expresses themselves – and how that will translate into your family’s portrait work. Choosing based solely on price is saying that all photographers are the same – and that really isn’t true. Sure, price may not always reflect skill. That’s where a buyer’s judgment and comparison of portfolios come in. But it is a good bet that a lot of the cheaper photographers will disappear in a year as they realize they are actually losing money and working for nearly free. And that is also a concern because they may not have an interest in protecting or archiving your photos.

Attention fellow wedding vendors / venues!

Would you like some new pictures and video to showcase your work to potential clients?!  Peter and I would like to extend a free offer to all of our fellow wedding vendors and venues that we have the pleasure of knowing and working with during wedding season. 

We would love to provide you with some new photos (digital and/or prints) of your work/products so that you can showcase your incredible talents through your website, facebook page, print materials and at bridal events.  We would also like to offer you a 2-3 minute promotional video that you can feature on your website, facebook page or where ever else that's appropriate!

Email us at info@nhimages.com or give us a call at 603.888.7204 / 603.865.7445!


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