Haverkampf Photography and Video
Photography on Alabama's Gulf Coast, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Photographer
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Thanks for checking out this wedding photography web site and congratulations on your engagement! Isn't it exciting and romantic! Let's guarantee you have a fantastic and romantic wedding day - full of love, emotion and beauty! Let's make sure your wedding photography shows just how amazing your wedding day was. Believe it or not, that does take some planning!
Are you hoping to have an "average" wedding day that is stressful and not very organized. A wedding where the guests hardly get to see you, and you are so exhausted that you don't want to smile. A wedding where it seems like you're always dealing with problems and solving emergencies. One where everything just goes wrong...
If your looking for that "average" wedding, then this web site is not for you. I'm sorry for wasting your time. Please read no further.
I Know that sounds silly , but most didn't read this far. That means you are one of the few who are actually willing to put in the extra effort to be sure your wedding is perfect. Admit it, you've been to those weddings where you could tell a little extra planning would have gone a long way. You are the one who deserves the most romantic, beautiful and emotional day of your life you deserve to enjoy every minute of your day; you deserve to be the most beautiful bride your friends and family have ever seen; you deserve to spend wonderful quality time with your guests; you deserve to remember with happy tears all the love, emotion and joys of your wedding day!
My name is Dale Haverkampf, and I LOVE being a wedding photographer! I've been photographing them for 20 years - not because I have to for the money, but rather because I WANT to, because I love the emotion and romance of the perfect wedding!
Every wedding is unique and the perfect wedding for you will be different from any other wedding. Your wedding planning will have more to do with the feel of your wedding than anything else. Whether you are planning a beach wedding or a traditional church wedding, there are a few things that consistently affect the feel of your wedding.
Have you ever noticed the photographers at weddings are always following the bride around? (they should be anyway) That's why the the photographer you choose to photograph your wedding can make or break your wedding day. Yes, your wedding day - not just your wedding photography! Why? Because he's THERE - with you and your family, in person - interacting with all your family and wedding guests - and representing you every minute of your wedding day. He will even be a part of the impression your wedding guests take away from your wedding day.
Really, we're not just talking about wedding photography here - we're talking about YOUR WEDDING - how YOU FEEL on your wedding day, and how smoothly your wedding goes. You see, your photographer determines this by the way he helps you plan your wedding, the way he treats you and your loved ones, and the way he conducts himself throughout the wedding. If you're confident your wedding photographer will make you look good, that's just one of the pieces that will help you relax and enjoy the romance of your wedding day.
Here's the secret: Get to know your photographer. Before you hire anyone to photograph your wedding be sure the wedding photographer talks to you in person! Most brides don't realize that many studios hire part time photographers to photograph their weddings for them - high school and college kids, friends, relatives, etc. This means that you go to a studio, talk with a salesperson, look at samples, and make a decision - without really knowing who will be photographing your wedding! Without really knowing who took the wedding pictures you looked at. And if it's not just the right person doing the wedding photography, and interacting with all your family and guests, everything can be ruined!
1. Who did the wedding photographs you are showing me?
2. Who will be photographing our wedding if we hire your studio?
3. Can we meet our wedding photographer before our wedding?
4. How will you dress at my wedding?
3. How long have you been a wedding photographer?
4. How long will you be at my wedding?
5. Before you leave our wedding, who do you check with first to see if there's anything else we would like you to do?
Then, decide if you REALLY LIKE HIM, as well as his wedding photography! Because he's going to be spending a lot of time with you and your family and friends, on your wedding day.
How Would I Answer These Questions?
I will be photographing your wedding personally. I will dress as a well dressed guest would dress. I don't think the photographer should dress like he is a part of the wedding party. The groom should stand out and the photographer shouldn't act like he is a part of the wedding party. On the other hand the photographer should dress down in any way. He shouldn't dress too casual as that would take away from your wedding day and look unprofessional.
I'll be at your wedding until you, your husband (how exciting - your "husband!"), your parents, and your husband's parents all say they have nothing else for me to do. I NEVER will leave your wedding without checking with all of the above people!
SECRET #2: An Important Warning: Miss This Secret, And A Disaster Could Happen At Your Wedding!
This one seems so obvious, and yet brides miss this one all the time, and pay a BIG PRICE for it during and after their wedding day! Be sure the photographer has lots of happy brides, grooms, mothers and fathers who have written him and told him how happy there were with both him, and his wedding photography! We're talking TESTIMONIALS here! From real people, with their full names, and their city and state, so you could call them if you wanted to, just to "check them out" and make sure that they really said what the photographer says they said.
Lets be honest. These days anyone can take a good picture from time to time with the right camera. It's so easy to put together a pretty wedding photography web site. They may have done wedding photography at a dozen weddings and taken a couple great pictures at half of those weddings. They may have taken a few decent ones at a few more of those weddings. Maybe at a few of those weddings they didn't really take any wedding photographs they would want you to see. That's just not a chance you want to take. An experienced wedding photographer will take hundreds of wedding pictures at every single wedding that you would be proud to show off. Those testimonials tell you that the wedding photographer you are considering consistently keeps brides happy.
You will notice that throughout this web site are testimonials from some of the brides and grooms and families I have been honored to work with on their wedding day. Also notice that their FULL names, city and state are listed, so, if you wanted to, you could look them up in the phone book, and call them.
SECRET #3: Announcing The Single Most Important 'Secret' You MUST Know About Weddings!
Here's a really big "secret" that most brides don't know about. What kind of guarantee is their wedding photographer willing to give them? What happens if you aren't happy with the wedding photography, or the way you and your friends were treated, or if the photographer left your wedding before he was supposed to, etc.
This is of the utmost importance! The guarantee (make sure it's in writing!) tells you just how committed they are going to be in taking good care of you, and doing a great job doing your wedding photography.
Here's My IRON CLAD, 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:
You will be THRILLED with how we represented you and your family at your wedding, and also THRILLED with your wedding photographs, or we will do whatever necessary to have you be THRILLED with them, or we will return ALL YOUR MONEY. Period. No hard feelings either. We want you to LOVE everything we do for you!
You see, we understand that you can't do this over again. This is a "one-time-thing" and everything MUST be perfect! You have our written guarantee that we'll take great care of you!
SECRET #4: A Magic Way To Have A Great Wedding
One of the things that you should look for in your wedding photographer, is someone who is an EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER! An artistic wedding photographer whose images combine to tell the EMOTIONAL STORY of your family, your friends, and your wedding day. This is really important, if you are looking for wedding pictures which will be PRICELESS to you for years and years to come!
And here's why this is so important! If an artist is an EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER, there's a really good chance that he will be compassionate about not interfering with the romance, beauty and emotions of your day. You see, only a true romantic can truly understand how important this day is to you, and how perfectly you want it to go.
A true romantic will be sensitive to NOT INTERFERING WITH THE EMOTIONAL ROMANTIC FLOW OF YOUR WEDDING DAY! When your wedding day goes well great wedding pictures will follow.
I could tell you many horror stories here. But let me just mention one so you understand how important this is.
Not long ago, I heard about a photographer who was hiding behind some flowers up at the altar (something that I will NEVER do!) and he dropped a lens on the marble floor with a huge crash, and then swore out loud so loud that everyone heard it! He obviously wasn't a romantic EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER or he wouldn't have ruined the romance and religious significance of the ceremony by hiding behind flowers where everyone could see him come and go - and, of course, there is NO excuse for the outburst!
So, looking for a romantic, EMOTIONAL STORY TELLER, who will beautifully tell the story of your love for each other, and for your family and friends, will also result in someone who will respect you and your wishes, and conduct himself in only the most professional and friendly way, because he understands in the most intimate way, the importance of the "Story of Your Wedding Day."
And, by the way, my brides tell me that they really love the way I emotionally tell the story of their wedding day.
Secret #5: What They Don't Want Me To Tell You!
It is not my intention to say anything bad about any other photographers in the area. I know most of them personally, and count many of them as my friends. However, I don't want you to have to go through some of the problems that you would otherwise never know about.
Well here's a big one! Many photographers will cram as many weddings into a day as they humanly can. Many times, this means they must rush from photographing one wedding to photograph another. This type of photographer just isn't going to be able to capture the EMOTIONS, ROMANCE, LOVE, AND RELATIONSHIPS between you and your husband and also between you and your family and friends. He's just won't have the sensitivity and enthusiasm and love for what he does to be able to capture those feelings. And he won't have the time or energy.
A friend of mine told me about a photographer who photographed so many weddings in a single day, that the only way he could remember the names of the bride and groom at each wedding was to write their first names on masking tape, and stick it to the back of his camera! Not only that, but if he had, say five weddings, he would simply stack layers of masking tape on the back of the camera, and as he left one wedding for the next, he would just rip off that layer, and the next couples names were now showing! I swear to you this is true!
I Only Photograph One Wedding Per Day.
I understand how important your wedding day is to you, and your wedding will be my priority that day. This also means that I'm rested and energetic. It also means I'm enthusiastic about what I will be doing for you. As I mentioned earlier, I photograph weddings because I LOVE them, not because I have to photograph weddings. Since I only photograph one wedding a day, I'm not tired or burned out on your important day.
I want you to cry when you see the wedding photographs! Cry tears of joy, because in those photographs are all the people you and your husband love and care about - showing their real personalities and emotions like you never dreamed they would!
Most photographers just want to get home before midnight, or hurry to the next wedding they are photographing.
SECRET #6: How To Be Assured That You Will Be The Most Beautiful Bride Your Friends Or Relatives Have Ever Seen!
You deserve to have a wedding day where you are the most beautiful bride any of your friends or relatives have ever seen. That's the dream of every girl when she begins visualizing her wedding day. Since you've read this far I know you're willing to put in the extra effort. You deserve to have that!
Let's see to it that is exactly what happens! How? Simple. Yes, you will select the perfect dress, headpiece, veil, flowers, shoes, etc. Yes, you will have your hair and make up done. But it goes much deeper than that. You see, your beauty is also in the way you FEEL on your wedding day. The way your emotions show on your face, and the way you glow when you walk down the aisle and look in the eyes of the love of your life.
Many of my brides will understand this when I say it: When you hire us to photograph your wedding, you're really paying for me to be there. To help take all the pressures and tensions out of the day for you. You know that I am there, and that I truly care about you and your wedding day and will help you with EVERYTHING so the day goes perfectly.
You see, if you, your husband and your family and guests are all having a wonderful time, you will be more beautiful than you have even dreamed you would be. Because there will be no tension there. And, by the way, your wedding photographs will be WONDERFUL, too, because you looked so wonderful and were having such a great time.
See how it all "fits" together to result in a wonderful day, and wonderful photographs? You really can't separate them!
In my humble opinion, the tender fabric of your life is sewn together with beautiful, emotional moments between you and your loved ones. I want to capture and express all those wonderful moments for you in your wedding pictures and this can only be done if I do my part to make your wedding day the best it can be!
Here's What To Do Right Now!
Here's what I strongly recommend you do IMMEDIATELY! Pick up the phone and call me right now. Ask us if we still have your wedding date available. Here's the problem - because we are so well known and respected in the community, and because we ONLY photograph one wedding a day, and because we strictly limit our weddings to no more than 45 each year, it is very possible that we will already be booked for your day.
SIMPLY call 205 750-0222. Remember, there's no cost and no obligation just to chat.
So DO NOT WAIT EVEN ONE DAY ON THIS! If you agreed with and liked what I had to say on this website, call us NOW. There is NO CHARGE AND NO OBLIGATION for this call! Let's just chat a bit, see if your date is still available and then, if and only if you would like to, we can set up a time to get together in person and talk about your wedding. There is no charge or obligation for this, either. Just give me a call at 205 750-0222 or email me at Dale@HaverkampfPhotography.com
Haverkampf Photography and Video
“Dale has a gift for wedding photography! Our wedding pictures are priceless. If you are lucky enough to get him on your date you won‘t regret it!”
“I had a great time on my wedding day! Thanks for working so well with us. I have really been enjoying looking at the wedding photos. They are so good!”
Little Rock, Arkansas
“Dale, I truly cannot tell you how pleased we are with the wedding albums!!! We knew that they would be amazing but you absolutely exceeded our expectations!!! Everyone who has looked through the albums have said it was undoubtedly the best album of any sort they have seen. So thank you so much, we could not be more pleased with everything that you did for us and we will certainly contact you in the future for any and all of our photography needs!!”
“We are so glad we chose to have you photograph our wedding! We have been thrilled with everything from the engagement photography session to the wedding pictures. We will cherish our wedding pictures forever.”
“You gave me so many beautiful pictures to choose from that I wanted to put all of them in my album. Picking my favorite was the only difficult thing about working with you; for that I thank you!”
Miss University of Alabama
“My wedding was a dream come true. It was more fun than I ever dreamed and the wedding pictures are perfect! I can’t thank you enough!”
“Thanks for the great pictures! My mother loved them. I can’t wait for my next chance have some pictures made.”
“Thanks so much for the professional and personable way you worked with our guests on our wedding day! All of our needs and wishes were fulfilled and most of all our wedding pictures were breathtaking.”
“I love the wide variety of pictures you did at my wedding. I really enjoyed seeing all of the pictures I didn’t even know you took. I love your work! You really did a wonderful job.”
“We were looking for a timeless portrait and Dale worked with us every step of the way to get us just what we were looking for”
"We couldn't have been happier with our pictures! My mother cried tears of joy when we gave her a canvas print for a gift."
"There were so many great pictures to choose from! I appreciate everything you have done for us and I especially appreciate that you didn't mind traveling so far for my wedding. Kevin and I will cherish these pictures always."