The Hidden Costs of Cheap Photo Booths

Screenshot of a website showcasing how they nickel-and-dime their customers

The Hidden Costs of “Cheap” Photo Booths Researching the Competition I’m always working to make Max Photography a better company, which is equal parts customer service and the product we offer.  In doing so, I often do market research to see what the competition is up to, and how we can best compete.  Wedding photography and photo booth rentals are crowded markets, and ultimately I’m doing this to put food on the table, so it’s important to keep abreast of what other companies are doing. I’ve noticed recently that the price for our photo booth rentals has started to seem out of line with what others are offering, and that initially seemed surprising to me.  When I started the photo […]

What is the best time for wedding ceremony photography?

Dramatic sunset at a wedding ceremony at Vintage Villas in Austin, Texas

What is the best time for wedding ceremony photography? What time should my wedding ceremony be? Trying to determine the best time of day to have your wedding ceremony can seem overwhelming. It’s easy for a seemingly small detail like this to get lost amid the shuffle of wedding planning. But the difference between a well-timed ceremony and a poorly-timed ceremony is the difference between epic wedding photography and “meh” wedding photography. It’s important to put some thought into it. Unfortunately, if you Google “what time should I have my wedding ceremony?,” you’re not going to get a straight answer. In fact, the first hit suggests you start your wedding ceremony at either 10:15, 1:15, 2:15, 4:15, 5:15, or 6:45. […]

Sneak peek from Robyn and Will’s summer wedding

A bride and groom hold each other at night in front of blurred tree lights at The Lookout in Austin, Texas.

This past Friday, I had the pleasure of going out to The Lookout to photograph Robyn and Will’s outdoor summer wedding.  Although the weather was a screaming 102˚ (with a heat index of 117˚, if you can believe it), clouds rolled in for the ceremony, offering everyone a small respite.  And although the guests were by and large from Alaska, everyone seemed to enjoy the beautiful hill country scenery.  

Wes and Sara’s Marriage Proposal at Hamilton Pool

Athletic man proposes to his girlfriend on one knee in front of a natural pool in Austin, Texas

When Sara’s sister contacted me to see if I’d be down to hide out at Hamilton Pool and capture Wes’ marriage proposal, you can bet I jumped at the chance.  Hamilton Pool is one of the most beautiful places in Austin (and probably Texas), and my family has been going there for generations. Anywhere else, and an outdoor February proposal by the water might be a nightmare, but here in Austin, we got a beautiful early spring morning.  Maybe a little too cold to swim, but perfect for short sleeves at sunrise. Wes included his and Sara’s families in the planning process, and had secretly brought them in town for the proposal.  Sara thought she and Wes were just taking […]

Truly Unique Austin Wedding at Voodoo Doughnut

Bride and groom looking at each other

The wedding couple When Cheryl and Jason first reached out to me last summer to see if I was available for a wedding at Voodoo Doughnut, I jumped at the opportunity. When I found out that they are pro-level cosplayers, then I knew I was in for something very, very special. Cheryl and Jason, who are just as sweet as can be, share a love of cosplay, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, and doughnuts. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and it made for an incredible wedding, with Voodoo rituals, flickering lights, invocation of spirits, audience participation, and sprinkles (yes, sprinkles). The wedding ceremony Cheryl walked toward the stage in her self-crocheted, TARDIS-inspired wedding dress, to the dulcet […]