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How to support your photographer during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Mar 20, 2020

How to support your photographer during the COVID-19 Outbreak

We wanted to take a moment to talk about how COVID-19 is affecting local wedding photographers. 

We know many industries have been hit hard and these are trying times for everyone. Wedding photographers are no exception to that. 

In just the last few days all of our couples for the next 2 months have made the brave choice to postpone their wedding dates until a later time. And thankfully, we’ve been able to successfully reschedule everyone who’s made the decision to postpone. ☺️

We know that this was an unbelievably difficult decision that our couples had to make. We love documenting weddings and we get genuinely excited to celebrate their love with them, so our heart genuinely hurts for the couples that will not be able to celebrate their wedding when they were expecting to. 

As much as we are saddened for our couples, we are also facing the reality that our own income over the next few months has been and will continue to be greatly affected along with many other wedding photographers around the world.

It’s possible that due to the surrounding circumstances some photographers may be out of jobs or even there homes.

Let’s stand together! Because so many photographers are in the same situation, we want to let people know of a few ways they can support their local photographers during these unusual stressful times.

1) Consider buying prints, frames and albums for your home.

We think it’s a great idea to buy prints for your homes, family members and close friends. It is very likely that the revenue that photographers make from print sales is going to be what will pay their bills over the next few months.  

We are actually looking forward to nesting over the next few weeks and still have empty spots on our walls. So we just ordered a few photos and frames from our last trip to Paris to fill those empty spots. We always print our favorite images because we strongly believe that prints truly live on paper and not on our devices. 

When we leave images on our phones, they typically get lost in time and completely forgotten about. So it’s never a bad idea to order prints or albums. We urge you, if at all possible, to support your local photographer— whoever that may be—and get those prints off your phone. Our clients have invested in photography, to not only have their special moments documented, but to live on through photographs that we can hold in our hands and heirlooms we can pass on.

We have offered to all of our couples a 20% off all digital and print images available through your Pic-time galleries for the next two weeks. Just go in, choose the images you want and use the code “together” at checkout.”

A note for photographers. If you need help setting up these discount codes for your couples using pic-time let us know. We are all in this together. Contact here.

2) Where possible, hire your photographer for a family session or purchase a gift certificate from them for a future family session.

We 100% understand this may not be possible or even safe in all areas. We are certainly not recommending being unsafe or disobeying local laws on gatherings.

Circumstances may be different from city to city around the world but when safely possible, consider hiring your local wedding photographer for family sessions. Doing even small sessions in an outdoor and spacious setting will give you images to cherish for the rest of your life and will help support and photographer who likely needs the work.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable venturing out for a family session at this time, consider purchasing a gift certificate from your local photographer to use at a later date. Not only will that give your family something to look forward to, it will help your favorite photographer pay the bills until they, too, can get back to regular life again.

3.) Consider ordering or adding pages to your wedding album.

If you recently had your wedding documented and you have not yet ordered your wedding album from your photographer, consider getting that order in or, if you’ve already ordered, adding a few more pages to your album.

There is no better resting place for your wedding images than in a beautiful linen or leather album. Imagine the happiness you will have when you one day give this album as an heirloom to your grandchildren. 💜

These albums are often very expensive and can cost the photographer hundreds of dollars just to make the album. Adding a few extra pages to that album can help offset that cost and maybe even bring a little profit to the table.

4) Book your future wedding now.

COVID-19 = This too shall pass.

Booking your wedding with your photographer now is a great way to show your support to them during this time.

Many of us photographers still had open dates later in the year to book weddings. However, now with so many couples needing to move their dates, our availability has suddenly become very limited.

However, we would all love to fill in any remaining available dates! Booking those dates sooner than later is a huge help in securing an amazing wedding photographer (who will be ready for your event) and also doing your part in supporting an industry that needs a little love at the moment.

There are just a few ways that photographers can continue to get finacially supported during the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19

If at all possible consider utilizing on of these idea to support your favorite photog. They would greatly appreciate it. <3

We are incredibly thankful and grateful to everyone who has supported us on this journey of documenting life as we know it, and all the little moments in between. We already feel the love of so many! You are all near and dear to our hearts. Thank you!

How to support your photographer during the COVID-19 Outbreak

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