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#1 Linzibella

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    Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:07 PM

    Hi girls, I'm looking for your thoughts on a photography issue.

    So I had decided on and booked a photographer from home that I'm really happy with for our wedding in Jamaica in January. He's not charging me for the photography but we have to pay for his and his wife's (who is his assistant) travel expenses. This should be okay, because we have enough people booked on our group package that I'll get one "free" trip, so we'll only really be paying for one person and I figure that this a great deal for photography for basically the whole week. And I really wanted nice photography.

    So where's the problem, right? Well, last month I found out that I'm unexpectedly pregnant. I'm going to be about 7 months at the wedding. So this is not going to be the wedding that I had in my head, but we're going to still go ahead as planned.

    I can't decide now whether I should keep the good photographer and pay for his trip, or since the pictures aren't going to be what I had imagined (well, what I had imagined but with a beach ball under my dress and a chubbier face) should I just go with the photographer at the resort, who isn't as great but will be cheaper. My dress is going to have to be altered and so it's not going to be "perfect" anymore and so I'm waffleing about this now because I'm just not sure if I'll be happy with any of the pictures.

    What do you ladies think? I know this is a personal decision, but you are all always so insightful and helpful in making decisions. Anyone been in a similar situation?

    Thanks as always!

    #2 JUSTUSTWO

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      Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:22 PM

      I think that you should keep your photographer. I only say this because it is still your wedding! Altho you're pregnant, these are still pics that you want to look back on & be happy about. As a matter of fact, being pregnant is more of a reason to have great pics.
      So, while they won't be the pics that you envisioned, they are still pics that will tell the story of your wedding. Even though you say your dress won't be "perfect" & that you'll be a little "chubbier" LOL, your wedding will still be wonderful!
      Why settle for a resort photographer who you say isn't that great! KNIM?
      Either way, you should do what you feel will make you the most comfortable!

      #3 CayoLargo

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        Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:27 PM

        I believe that you have an opportunity to really get some great family shots before the baby arrives not to mention in a beautiful destination.

        Just think you can have the photographer do some baby bump shots on the beach, in the water...it would be very special to look back on.

        Even though it is not what you envisioned the pictures will still be the memories in photograph form of that day and that week! You will be glowing no matter what...they will look great and it gives the photographer something more to work with to capture your special day...

        Ultimately like you said it is your choice!
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        #4 MARIOLA

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          Posted 26 August 2008 - 01:28 PM

          I agree ! I still think you should keep your photographer. If you already have him & his wife budgeted and you can afford it...keep him. Pregnant or not, you will still have beautiful pics !

          Good luck !

          #5 joshfrommontreal

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            Posted 27 August 2008 - 05:35 PM

            I say keep the photographer as well. It may not be how you initially pictured it but you will have great photos now that have a double meaning.

            #6 Davematthews16

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              Posted 27 August 2008 - 06:55 PM

              I wouldn't think twice about keeping your photographer! You can still have "perfect" pictures and be pregnant. You should feel so blessed that you are able to conceive! You will be absolutely beautiful and so will your pictures. There are so many special poses you and your hunny can do that will not only show you having a blast, but will show how cute you look

              #7 Tropical Imaging

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                Posted 27 August 2008 - 07:42 PM

                Keep your photographer, but instead of having a TTD session, bring some flowing types of fabric and do a cool maternity shoot. 7 months is the perfect time.

                We've had a few maternity shoots over the years on island and they are so fun. Most of them are not on our blog as our moms have been very daring and choose not to have them online, but here's an idea. http://blog.tropical....nths/#more-529
                http://blog.tropical....-and/#more-381

                and a couple of samples are in this post
                http://blog.tropical...27/fathers-day/

                We have a few more in our portrait gallery on our website as well.

                Get excited about what amazing maternity shots you'll have and maybe you can make plans to have a family portrait shoot a year later. (We have a few families that started as brides/engagements and come back every year to have us document their lives from maternity onward.)

                Here is a recent family that has come every year since their engagement/wedding/maternity...
                http://blog.tropical....rains-part-ii/

                I hope some of these can help you get excited about some amazing photographs you can get!!!

                Congratulations.

                Krys

                #8 Davematthews16

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                  Posted 27 August 2008 - 07:57 PM

                  I'm actually jealous that you will have a belly for your wedding!!! Your pictures are going to be so beautiful! How rare it will be for you to have the chance to do a sexy pregnant photo-shoot on the beach!!!! Ahh, lucky you!

                  #9 Linzibella

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                    Posted 27 August 2008 - 08:26 PM

                    Thanks so much everyone. After reading only a couple of posts, I decided I must have been having a "pregancy brain" moment(s) when I was thinking about cancelling. You're all right. I should keep the good photographer and get the best pictures possible of this wonderful moment. I would regret it later on I'm sure if I didn't go with what I originally wanted.

                    Great idea on the maternity pics. Thanks for the ideas. I will be sure to post them when I'm back (although it's not for a long time still).

                    Thanks again for all your support and advice. I knew I could count on you.



                    ~Lindsay

                    #10 Linzibella

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                      Posted 27 August 2008 - 08:38 PM

                      Dear Krys,

                      Thanks so much for your post. I really appreciate you taking the time to include the links to those gorgeous pictures you took. I think your suggestion of doing a maternity shoot instead of a TTD is a great idea (my Mom wasn't really impressed with the TTD idea anyways LOL!).

                      Your pictures really are great and captured the joy of the parents.

                      Thanks again!

                      ~Lindsay


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                      Originally Posted by Tropical Imaging
                      Keep your photographer, but instead of having a TTD session, bring some flowing types of fabric and do a cool maternity shoot. 7 months is the perfect time.

                      We've had a few maternity shoots over the years on island and they are so fun. Most of them are not on our blog as our moms have been very daring and choose not to have them online, but here's an idea. http://blog.tropical....nths/#more-529
                      http://blog.tropical....-and/#more-381

                      and a couple of samples are in this post
                      http://blog.tropical...27/fathers-day/

                      We have a few more in our portrait gallery on our website as well.

                      Get excited about what amazing maternity shots you'll have and maybe you can make plans to have a family portrait shoot a year later. (We have a few families that started as brides/engagements and come back every year to have us document their lives from maternity onward.)

                      Here is a recent family that has come every year since their engagement/wedding/maternity...
                      http://blog.tropical....rains-part-ii/

                      I hope some of these can help you get excited about some amazing photographs you can get!!!

                      Congratulations.

                      Krys





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