(Closed) A good price range?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d go with somebody professional with recommendations – we were so happy with our photographer and I still haven’t stopped looking at the photos Smile

I hesitate to comment on prices because I’m in the UK and from what I’ve seen on here, I think photographers seem to cost slightly less. Ours was £1400 (c. $2250) for eight hours, a DVD of just over 350 images and 10×8 prints of all of these – this for a wedding costing around £15,000 in total (c. $24,000 – wow, sounds sooo much more in USD!). Top end photographers over here start at around £3000 (c. $4800) for their minimum package.

Going off my proportion of expenditure, maybe look at around $1000-$1500, erring towards the higher end if it’s something that’s really, really important to your wedding?

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Hi Congrats on your engagement. I just wanted to quickly way in on your questions. unfortunately this day and age anyone can walk into Best Buy, purchase a camera and call themselves a photographer. Wedding photography is fast-paced, highly emotional and lots of tricky lighting conditions. There is also the experience of managing lots of people who have been drinking/excited and knowing how to pose everyone quickly and so they look their best. This only comes with experience.

The other thing you need to consider is good photography is very expensive to produce, there are gear costs, running a legitimate business costs {wouldn’t want your photographer to shut their doors before they deliver your images}, taxes, health insurance, actual costs of the products in your package and cost of living in your area.

Last it really depends on how much you value good photography. If you can’t tell the difference between uncle bobs snap shot and an award-winning photographer then why pay the difference? A word of cation with hiring friends it is one of the fastest ways to ruin a friendship. Do a search on here you will discover how many bees have had friendships ruined by hiring a “friendor”.

Here is a great link to lots of info compiled over the years in regards to searching and hiring a photographer. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/advice-for-photographer-shopping

Your best bet is to just start a spread sheet of everyone you find that you like their work and then go back and compare them. Whittle it down to the top 5 or so and then contact them. Feel free to post here or contact any of the pros on here including myself with any other questions.

 

Post # 5
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424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You definitely need to look at portfolios.  I found a photographer that I absolutely loved that was only $950 for the same coverage level as photographers I hated that were charging two or three times as much.  I really suggest that when looking at photographers you look at their portfolio first, then their price list.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Go to bridal shows in your area, you can google them, there will be tons of different with vendors including many photographers with portfolios and pricing. Check them out with your mom, compare pricing to what you like.

Thats how I found my photographer, and I’m about 30 mins from Lancaster, they will travel to you and their prices are great! Here is their website. I went with their Sapphire package with princess upgrade, you get a ton for your money and free engagement photo session!

http://www.photosbydlm.com/

Post # 7
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281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I know sooo many photographers and had a whole lot of offers to photograph my wedding, as low as $300 bucks lol. But in the end I ended choosing someone who is extremely experienced with wedding photography in particular and had several dozen examples of various weddings she shot. Wedding photography is a lot different than other types of photography, and I don’t want to have to worry that my photographer is getting all the right shots on the big day. I am paying around $1400 for my photographer’s time and the edited photos, that price does not include any prints or albums.

Post # 8
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281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Also our wedding is total about $13,000, $18k with the honeymoon costs

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Price wise, it really depends what you want & what is important to you. If you’ll be happy with just a disc of your edited photos with no extras (albums or anything like that) then you can get a cheaper price. We paid about $4000 for our photographer, with a lot of extras. We could have had the same photographer with just the disc & engagement session for $1500. But the extras were very important to us, so we paid extra for a bunch of things. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Heads up, unless there’s some kind of crazy special on, you will not find a professional, full time wedding photographer for less than $1000. If you DO find one, run… run fast.

Wedding photography is expensive and it’s one area where you always get what you pay for. Avoid hiring friends, that almost always ends badly (heaps of evidence on these boards), and shop around. Talk to photographers you like to see if you can get a good deal. If they’re offering 8 hours at a price that’s too high, see if you can get a 6 hour deal instead. It can’t hurt to ask.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

In your area expect to pay at least $200 per hour for a more experienced photographer. This will probably not include much for extras and a single shooter at the $200 per hour range. You’re in the same price point I am in Upstate NY.

If your mom wants such a big say in your choice is she going to pay?? I know we love our parents.. but if you pay its your choice, your wedding, and they are Your photos.

Tons of great info at the link Pizzuti Studios posted.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

This all boils down to how important photography is to you.  Unfortunately it’s not something you can decide is important after the fact.  I’ve shot weddings where our rate has easily been half or more of the total budget – because it was that important to our clients to have amazing photos.  Most traditional sources like the Knot are going to suggest that photography should be 10% of your total budget.  You however will not to be able to find a full time professional to shoot your wedding on a prime date in July for that figure.  The average cost of a professional in your area is $2,589 – $3,452.  If you do decide to allocate that much money towards photography your choice should 100% be your choice alone if you are paying for it.  I would never let anyone who isn’t financially contributing to the wedding influence my decision on something as important as photography.

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