Why should I order a Wedding Album?

Why should I order an wedding album when I can just look at the photos anytime I want on my phone?

That’s a great question! To continue the conversation from a few weeks ago when we talked about weather or not we should even order prints anymore. Today we are talking about albums.

It seems that these days more and more people are looking at photos on their phone. (Myself included)

While we are seeing photos all the time on social media. It’s my personal opinion that we are being desensitized to photos these days. Just open up Facebook, or Instagram, or Snap chat. Photos are everywhere! So why should you order an album? Do they even matter anymore?

With every wedding that I photograph, I include a ‘preview album’.

That preview album includes every Photo from the data. They are also numbered as well to make albums creation and ordering the prints even easier. Just a couple weeks ago I was at a former clients house. And on her dining room table was her wedding album.

Now this client got married eight years ago. When I flipped through her wedding album it’s still look brand-new and she had it out on the dining room table where people could see it. After your wedding day you will be very excited and want to share your beautiful photos with everyone that you know.

When friends come over they will not want to sit and look at your computer or phone and look at your Facebook page to see the photos.

However if you have a beautiful Album is sitting on your coffee table or on your dining room table or on the end table in your living room they are much more likely to pick that up to look at your beautiful wedding day images. A good wedding album will be able to tell the story of your perfect day and what better way to Share it with your friends and family.

5 Great places for Engagement portraits in Sheboygan

Engagement portraits are one of my favorite types of photography.

One of the things I like most about Engagement Portraits, is to see happy couples are in that newly engaged, euphoric, in love stage of their relationship. Quite often they have only just started their wedding planning, and their stress levels are typically quite low.


Happy Anniversary to Katie & CJ! Their Sheboygan wedding was 1 year ago

One year ago today I had the privilege to capture all of the special moments of Katie & CJs Sheboygan wedding.

Katie & CJ Sheboygan Wedding portrait in the church

It was also featured as one of my favorite weddings last year. You can view that post here.

This is what Katie & CJ had to say about working with me:

“We had no hesitations about hiring Arius. He was a very fun person to work with! He was very easy to talk to, was straight forward with us, and there were no hidden fees either!

Arius made sure our concerns were taken care of, and always got back to us quickly when we contacted him. (unlike the other photographers we tried contacting)
We got everything we wanted, and even more!! We would highly recommend him to any couple looking for a wedding photographer!”
Katie & CJ

One of my favorite parts about this wedding was going back to the place where I took their engagement portraits months before the wedding. We went to the Waelderhaus in Kohler, WI.  (They do offer free tours daily) Here is a photo from their engagement shoot, and one from their wedding day portraits.


So now on their one year anniversary, let’s take a look back with this video!





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Katie & CJ’s Sheboygan Wedding

Another one of my favorite Sheboygan wedding from last year.

Here is what Katie and CJ had to say about working with me:

“We had no hesitations about hiring Arius at Jacks Photography. He was a very fun person to work with! He was very easy to talk to, was straight forward with us, and there were no hidden fees either!
Arius made sure our concerns were taken care of, and always got back to us quickly when we contacted him. (unlike the other photographers we tried contacting)
We got everything we wanted, and even more!! We would highly recommend him to any couple looking for a wedding photographer!”
Katie & CJ

Their ceremony was at Saint Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. It was my first time in this church, even though I lived almost next door to it a number of years ago. I was quite impressed with it.

After the ceremony it was off to Kings Park with the wedding party to take some Portraits. After a few shots there, we headed for the Waelderhaus in Kohler, WI. This was also the location of their engagement shoot. (They do offer free tours daily, free of charge)

Next it was time for the reception, which was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Range Line Inn, in Kohler, WI. I do like the Grand Ballroom at Range Line. It’s much bigger, and setup better than the Badger room. They had great food as they always do!

The DJ’s were Boogie Time Duke.

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5 Places to consider when choosing your Reception Venue in Sheboygan

The reception hall is a very important part of your wedding.

It is usually one of the first places that you secure in your wedding planning process. One of the great things about being a wedding photography, is that I get to go to most of the reception halls in the area. Here is a list of some of my favorites. They are in no particular order. I’ve been to each one of these places at least once for a wedding that I was working at. I’ve included some photos that I’ve taken at each place so you can see what that place could look like for your wedding. Each one that I’ve listed is unique, and they all have their way of doing things. Some places provide food, and some places you can choose your own caterer. So take a look, and visit the websites of each of the halls to see what is going to work best for you. And let me know if you have any questions!

Jakums Hall

5 Things to ask yourself before hiring a professional photographer

If you are planning your wedding, you have probably already heard a number of questions to ask a photographer before you hire them. Here are 5 questions that you should ask yourself before you meet with a photographer!

  1. Why do you want to hire a professional photographer?
    • When I meet with potential clients, this is usually one of the first questions that I ask them. There are plenty of people out there with a “nice camera” who would probably be willing to take pictures for you at your wedding. You probably have a friend or two with one. Or maybe even a family member. Since you are reading this, you probably already have a reason why you want to hire a professional. There are plenty of good reasons to, but it’s something that you need to ask yourself. Most often, you “get what you pay for”.
  2. What style of photos do you want?
    • Photographers all have there own style of shooting, what type are you looking for? Traditional? Photo journalistic? Artistic? There are many photographers who combine these styles to make their own unique style. When you are looking through a portfolio, you should be looking to see if their style is what you are looking for.
  3. How do you want to enjoy your photography?
    • Do you want prints hanging on your wall? Do you want an album that will last a lifetime and can be passed on for generations? Do you just want to view them on your phone? Thinking about these questions will help you come up with some questions to ask your potential photographer. You can ask them what they offer, and what is included in their packages
  4. How long do you want your photographer to be around on your wedding day?
    • Do you just want photos of the ceremony? The reception? Formals at the church? (or wherever the ceremony is taking place) Location formals? Getting ready photos? Some photographers have an hourly rate, some charge extra to go to the reception. So figure out what you want, and then ask your potential photographer what they offer.
  5. What is your budget?
    • You should at least have a price range that you are looking to spent.

5 Great places for Portraits in the Sheboygan area on your Wedding Day

Here are a few of the more popular places that I’ve gone with my couples to take their wedding day portraits.

Now before we get to them, you might have a few questions. Such as:

  • We are already doing pictures at the church, do we have to go somewhere else as well?
    • Of course not! Its your day, you can do whatever you want! Now if you are asking if you should, that’s a different question. I would highly recommend it! Some of my couples favorite shots have come from these shoots. When they order prints, they almost always choose at least one of shots that we did on location. I’d say about 95% of the weddings I’ve done, we have gone somewhere in between the ceremony and the reception to take some nice wedding day portraits.
  • Who is having their portrait taken?
    • That part is also up to you.  Some couples want picture of just them, sometimes it is just them and the best man and the maid of honor. Most commonly its the entire wedding party.
  • Is there an extra charge?
    • That depends on the Photographer. Some will charge extra to travel to a location for portraits. For me personally, I don’t charge any extra for that service. It’s part of the package
  • My wedding day will be very busy, when will we have time?
    • Typically its after the ceremony, and portraits in the church. We then travel to the location that was chosen, and have a fun photo shoot.
  • Where should we go?
    • Well, that’s up to you.  Sometimes the couple wants to go to a place that has special meaning to them. Maybe it’s the place where the proposal happened. Maybe it’s their “special place”. Sometimes the couple just isn’t sure where to go. It’s something to discuss with your photographer. I’ve had a few weddings where the couple didn’t decide where they want to go until after the ceremony. The earlier you decide is usually better though. And sometimes weather can play a factor as well.

Now, onto the list!

These are not necessarily the top 5 locations, but in my experience, they are 5 of the most common places requested for wedding day portraits.

There are plenty of other places that I can recommend. And I’m always open to learning new places!

5. A Playground (with swings) – Multiple locations

Now you might be thinking, wedding portraits at a playground? Yes you read that correctly. Sometimes the playground has some special meaning to the couple, or maybe they want to show their playful side. Either way, there can be some great portraits at a playground.

Groom and Bride in a Park on the Swings for their wedding day portraits

4. Ellwood H. May Environmental Park (AKA Maywood) – Sheboygan

There are plenty of places for portraits at Maywood. Most popular is the bridge over the Pigeon River.

Bride and Groom on a Bridge at Maywood in Sheboygan, WI for their Outdoor Wedding Day Portraits

3. River Park – Sheboygan Falls

There are a few places at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. As the name suggests, the river is the main attraction, as well as plenty of trees. The trees show great colors in the fall, and there is a playground with swings as well.

Bride and Groom with their Wedding Party Outdoors on a Deck by a River in Sheboygan Falls, WIBride and Groom with their Truck Outroors in River Park, Sheboygan Falls, WI

2. Evergreen Park – Sheboygan

Evergreen has a lot to offer. From the stone entrance, to a bridge over the Pigeon River, lots of evergreen trees and a playground.

Bride, Groom, Maid of Honor, Best Man, and Family in Evergreen Park Sheboygan, WI Groom and Bride with their Wedding Party on a Bridge in Evergreen Park, Sheboygan, WI Holding Flowers for their wedding day portraits



1.  Lakefront – Sheboygan

By far the most popular choice. There is multiple  beaches, the lighthouse, the pier, lots of options!

Bride and Groom taking their wedding day portraits with their Wedding Party on the Beach Jumping

Groom Kissing Bride on the shore of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, WI for their Wedding Day Portraits Groom and Bride on Sheboygan Lakefront for their Wedding Day Portraits


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Why I didn’t follow my own advice and hire a professional photographer for my wedding

I started my photography business in 1999, and I’ve been photographing weddings since 2001. In 2005 I made a huge mistake.

When my fiancé and I got engaged, we were young, broke, and in love. My sister was also engaged at the time, and we ended up making a deal with her fiancé. He would photograph our wedding, and about a month later I would photograph his.

It sounded like a great idea at the time. We both would get what we wanted, and we simply traded services. The only problem was, he was not a professional. He told me that he had taken some wedding photos before, and from the couple of samples, I saw he did have some talent. And of course, he did have a decent camera.

Looking back at it now, I didn’t realize the value of my own work. It was only when it was too late that I realized the value of hiring a professional photographer.

I do have lots of photos of the day, lots of them are either under or overexposed. One of the more memorable points of the reception is the cake cutting. He (and my sister who was helping him) got a few shots of us cutting the cake. Then at the time where we fed it to each other, of course, we made a mess, and there were lots of laughs. The best shot of that moment came from a friend who got it on a disposable camera. (Yes it was 2005 and we had purchased disposable cameras to put on all of the tables) The point is, that shot should have been made by our photographer. Had we actually hired a professional, I have no doubt that they would have captured that moment. There were a few other moments that were not caught on film either.

There are plenty of things that I don’t really remember about our wedding day now. I don’t really remember what our invitations looked like, or what we had for dinner (I do remember that it was good though), or what songs the DJ played.

I do however, have the photos hanging on our walls. And we still look at the albums that we have. We occasionally bring them out to show family or friends, and now to our kids.

If I could go back in time and change one thing about our wedding, it would be to hire a professional photographer.

I think that the biggest reason that we didn’t do it in the first place, was that at the time I didn’t know how important it is to have a professional photographer at your wedding. I thought we could take a shortcut by having our ‘friend with a nice camera’ take the photos. We were basically just being cheap. There have been a number of potential clients who have opted to go with their ‘friend with a nice camera’. After talking to a few of them after their wedding, not one of them has said, “wow I’m glad we saved money by not hiring a professional”!

Now if you don’t want to make the same mistake I did, contact me today and let’s start a conversation!