(Closed) Am I getting a fair price on photography? Share your experiences & opinions!

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsJH13:  Don’t be fooled. That does not include a “free” engagement session. You’re paying for it as a part of the package. Thinking of it in that way will keep you from focusing on your actual costs.

 

Photographer’s in my area have a wide range of prices and services. I base my comfort level with their prices solely on their photographic talent. How do the pictures look? Do they require excessive touch-ups? Do they use cheap filters to create pleasent affects, or are they jsut talented at capturing the shot? Am I paying more for their photoshop skill (when I have photoshop) than for their photographying skill? You get the picture. If I can get beautiful, natural photos from someone, that is what I will focus on. All of the albums, prints, and stretched canvases don’t mean anything if the shot is lacking.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We paid $1800 for unlimited hours on our wedding day and the CD- no photos or albums included. Her photos were amazing for that price.  $2400 for all you have listed sounds like a great deal- at least in my area it would be!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

With tax etc ours is right around $2100 and included engagement photos, two photographers for full day coverage, and a coffee table album.  We’ll also get all of the photos on CD and printing rights.  The only negative I see to your package is the $1/picture — as long as you get the printing rights and CD that is WAY better (you can build your own album and prints online).

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

For a quality wedding photographer, with all of those extras, that is CHEAP! You’re getting a great deal!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsJH13:  this is a great deal!! In what area are you? Are you familiar with the photographers work? I was pretty picky in choosing our photographer, ours is $6,000 which includes 2 photographers at the wedding, online web gallery, slideshow to music, engagement session, engagement photo book, and custom wedding album(which is ridiculously awesome). The same business is also doing our videography, so we get a little bit of a discount doing that. (I think it’s normally $7,000 for the photo alone). Are you getting a videographer as well? Exciting stuff!! Good luck!

 

edit: just saw that you know the photographer! That’s awesome and even better!!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

That seems about standard for my area. I got a great deal on my photog because she is new to the area and new to wedding photography. (She was primarily a family/kid photog but had done a few weddings and now wants to get more into that area.) $1200 gets me an engagement session with cd, 8 hours of photography the day of the wedding, two shooters, and 350-500 images on disc. No prints, but we really only wanted the cds anyway. The other photogs I was looking at were all in the $1800 – $2500 range. Some offered prints, some didn’t. Some had 2nd photogs, some didn’t. All included images on cd in their packages. I think you are getting a good deal 🙂

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

We’re paying $500 for a full day and a CD, no photos or albums. We’re getting an amazing deal on a amazing photographer. If you want to get a crazy good deal, try to find a “beginning” photographer. Ours is just starting out, he’s done about 8-10 weddings but his portfolio is AMAZING!!!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

It’s all relative people!  We get one of these threads every day or two.  It doesn’t matter what the amount is, no one can ever qualify the validity of how great a deal you may or may not be getting if there is no example of the work.  A fantastic photographer at $2400 can be the biggest bargain on the planet, or a lousy photographer at $2400 can be the biggest rip off.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@continuumphotography:  I agree!

 

@Asia:  I agree with this too!

 

I think the most important thing is to see if the cost is a good deal based on how talented the photographer is at their job – which, actually, I don’t consider a photographer’s job to be photoshopping absolutely everything (as Asia brought up about the photoshop).

I’m paying $3,400 for my photographer – but that’s counting about $1,000 for travel fees for my DW. The reason why I chose her is 1. she has great chemistry with my fiance and I and 2. she is talented and requires very little filters and photoshop. She will of course touch up minor imperfections, but she likes to rely mostly on natural light and her god-given talent. 😉 I also really appreciate that she isn’t like some photographers that I’ve worked with where they take tons of pictures and not even half are good. She is very precise and really works hard to get great shots, and more like 3/4 of hers end up great.

Personally, I would rather pay for an engagement shoot to see how well my fiance and I “mesh” with the photographer and see how they work than have a free session where I sign a contract and am obligated to still pay the full $2400 for the package deal.

$2400 is reasonable if they’re a talented photographer, though. =)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Soundes cheap enough

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Sounds like a great price!  I am getting the same type of package for $1800.  My wedding is in March, so they gave me a discounted price because it is the least busy time for them as far as weddings are concerned.  It would have been just as much or more if we were having a wedding another time of the year.

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