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Five Reasons Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer

One of the most important things you can do when planning your wedding is to find the right photographer. While there are plenty of amateur wedding photographers out there, a pro will give you the better experience every time. In that vein, here are five reasons to go with a professional photographer.

Professional Photographers Help you Plan

Professional photographers have been in the industry for some time, doing weddings day in and day out. That means we have a good idea of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to planning the photography for your day. More often than not, a professional photographer knows how best to budget your time for a first look, or what the schedule will look like at favorite photography spots when you plan your portraits.

Improved Vendor Communication

Because we’ve been doing this for as long as we have, professional photographers have good relationships with a number of different vendors. If you’re not sure who you should use for your catering or your music, don’t be afraid to ask your photographer for good recommendations. We’ve seen it all, and we can steer you toward what would work best for your vision of the day.

Safe and Secure Image Archival

You don’t want to lose your wedding pictures and lose those memories of that most important day in your lives, so professional photographers keep you covered. Here at Andrew Samplawski Photography, for example, we archive all of your pictures. So, if you lose your CD or USB, you can call us up and we will have your wedding day portraits. There’s no reason to take chances with your memories!

Fast Delivery

Professional photographers can give you the option of a perfectly prepared album rather than a bunch of pictures that you would have to organize and pick through yourself otherwise. We know what pictures are the best—usually at the same moment we take those pictures—and we know how to lay them out to showcase your day. Let us highlight your big day the best way it can be highlighted!

Heirloom Quality

Most importantly, professional photographers offer you quality. We have been doing this for a long time and make a living out of it. Our careers depend on knowing how to make you look like a movie star on your wedding day. Trust us to do our jobs and you will be thrilled with the results! From the right lights to the right angles, professional photographers know how to make you look your best in every image. We do this every day so you don’t have to worry.

As you prepare for a wedding—or help a friend or family member prepare theirs—the most important thing you can do is make sure that your memories are well-preserved. Let a professional photographer take that load off your mind.

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Morgan & Brady | Duluth Engagement Session

I met up with Morgan and Brady in Duluth for an engagement session, and I enjoyed not only playing tour guide but photographing this hilarious couple. Morgan and Brady had never been to Duluth, but they were absolute rock stars as they ran with my suggestions for places to get some great engagement portraits. 

We had a blast all around Duluth, and I can honestly say that the two of them are a joy to be around. They complement one another and love each other unconditionally, but best of all, they weren’t afraid to be themselves, which is perfect for photography, because it makes it easier for me to capture those genuine moments and smiles. I particularly loved some of the dip pictures, because they perfectly capture that feeling.

Of course, since they are huge Green Bay Packer fans, we couldn’t pass up the chance to do some shots in their gear. Jordy Nelson is one of their favorite players, and since Brady’s last name is the same as Jordy’s, they wanted to add in a surprise to their engagement session and have a Baby Nelson’s photo to announce that they were expecting a new addition to the Nelson Family. Those are some of my favorite pictures from the session—they are both clearly over-the-moon excited, and they had a blast with the itty bitty onesie finding new ways to pose with it.

Sadly, the weather wasn’t quite as good as we might have hoped it would be. It rained on us a bit, and the sky was gray rather than blue—but when I had a couple that couldn’t stop laughing with each other and being sarcastic and hilarious, we were able to get some incredible imagery anyway.

Brady & Morgan, thank you for asking me to be your  photographer for your engagement session as well as your wedding next year! I’m so excited for you two to be married next year, and I know you’re going to be amazing parents!

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Veronica & Andy | Madeline Island Wedding

Andy and Veronica were married on August 18th, with a ceremony on Madeline Island.

I started out the day photographing Veronica as she and her maid of honor, Jolene, got dressed in their hotel room. Andy was with his best man, Michael, in a different room so that they wouldn’t see each other ahead of the ceremony, and then the boys left early so that they could help to get the arch set up on the beach next to Lake Michigan.

With everything set up perfectly and the waves of the lake providing a gorgeous backdrop, everyone and everything was ready to go… except for the officiant. As you can probably imagine, there was no small amount of panic as everyone made multiple attempts to find the officiant. But eventually, Andy and Veronica decided that they still wanted to have their beachside wedding and held an impromptu ceremony.

It wasn’t until later that the officiant finally made it to the island so that Andy and Veronica could hold their real ceremony and legally tie the knot. They victoriously held up their marriage certificate once everything was signed. The later ceremony ended up being a beautiful moment as the sun was starting to set and the golden light glowed all around them. It ended up being a beautiful moment even after all that stress earlier, with the waves hitting the rocks as the sun set behind them. They looked like something out of a movie. Their first sunset as husband and wife was simply magical.

All throughout the day, I had a blast with Andy and Veronica as we adventured out into the wilderness to grab some wedding portraits. I loved being able to take advantage of the natural beauty all around us on Madeline Island. It was also easy to capture the genuine warmth and love these two share. My job as a wedding photographer is always easier when I have such perfect subjects and backgrounds to work with.

Veronica & Andy, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your destination wedding. I’m glad that you were able to get the beautiful sunset ceremony you deserve!

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Chelsea & Jack | Bridgeport Art Center Wedding

Bridgeport Art Center Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Chelsea and Jack were married on July 8th, with a ceremony and reception at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago.

My second shooter, Alberto, and I had a blast at this Chicago-area wedding, especially because we had perfect vendors to work with. With a genuine couple like Chelsea and Jack paired with the historic sights of the city, we were spoiled as photographers. Their love was so natural, their affection so effortless that it made photographing them so easy. Working with great people against a stunning, iconic backdrop like the Chicago skyline made for an excellent trip.

After a sweet first look shared between the bride and groom, we took pictures with the whole wedding party on the waterfront near the SHED aquarium. The wedding party had as much character as the locations we were visiting. It’s not every wedding that I see a bride thrown that high into the air! I couldn’t help but laugh when they threw Jack into the air as well. It really set a tone of fun for the day having everyone in this wedding party so excited to celebrate with their friends. Read more

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Samantha & Darrin | The Barn at Harvest Moon Wedding

The Barn Harvest Moon Wisconsin Wedding Andrew Samplawski Photography

Samantha and Darrin were married on May 31st, with a ceremony and reception at the Barn at Harvest Moon.

These two met all the way on the other side the world in Australia. In a true show of how love can span the vast expanse of the ocean, Darrin made the move to be with the love of his life. That’s one way to prove your commitment! Their love truly knows no boundaries. Read more

Elizabeth & Keith / Eau Claire Wedding Photographer / Rice Lake Wedding Photography / Samplawski Photography

It’s WEDDING DAY for one of our amazing couples!

We are excited to be working with an awesome couple, Elizabeth & Keith this weekend for their wedding.

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Wedding Trends for 2013

I have had the opportunity to watch many trends happen over the passed 5 years of being in the wedding industry particularly working with brides and grooms. Working with our clients on a one-to-one base to find out what they are looking for in their photography is huge. Read more

2013 Bride’s Choice Award

EAU CLAIRE, WISCONSIN – January 13, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Samplawski Photography has been selected as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 for wedding photography in Eau Claire, WI area! Read more

Eau Claire Engagement / Eau Claire Wedding Photographer / Samplawski Photography

Here’s our recent engagement with Lance and Kristi with their daughter Kylie! This amazing Eau Claire engagement was truly one of a kind with some hidden trails along the Chippewa River. Read more

Photo Booth + Wedding Photography = Samplawski Photography


Something very exciting for us… we have announced our “Outside the Box” photo booth this week! It’s something we are adding to our studio. Check it out on our website too! Read more