Post # 1
Hey Portland Brides!
This is my first “help!” post, I lurk mostly… and say, “yeah what she said,” a lot too.
I am wondering who you are having for your photographer and videographer… and if you are spending in the say 800-1000, 1000-1500, of 1500+ range for it.
To give you an idea of what I’m *hoping* to find… for less than $1000 each
Photographer: Someone who just does a great job getting good pictures of the wedding day. Honestly… I don’t need an artist. I need someone who is good with a camera and loves people and weddings. I’m not really looking for art to hang on my walls, just some great shots that help me remember the day….
Videographer: I would like a made for me movie of what happened… I realize I won’t be able to see everything, or remember our vows, or see people loving our favors, or remember exactly what happened when my fiance actually started dancing thanks to 3 shots of whiskey. I’d love these recorded in a movie I can watch again and again. And maybe a highlight reel of the highpoints…. (This is actually a higher priority than pictures…)
Do you know of anyone? Am I crazy for thinking these things are possible for less than $2000 total? Tell me what you know! 🙂 And thank you so much for taking the time to do it.
Post # 3
Good professional photography and video in most major cities is going to start at $2000 for each service and work it’s way up. There are many good people in Portland to choose from, but you are definitely going to have to raise your budget.
Portland photographers I’d recommend:
Moving Picture Weddings
Post # 4
Thank you for the list! (And the reality check.) 🙂
Post # 5
Here is who we are going with – I am in love with the engagement pictures and he is in your (and my) price range!
Post # 6
I did a lottttttt of research on basically every videographer I could find in the Portland area. You can find videographers in the $1200 range, but all of the ones I found looked too home-movie-ish for me. Obviously everyone has different expectations though. You could consider steady state films as a budget conscious option that is sort of the minimum cost and minimum level of professionalism. By far the BEST value for the money is John Tran Films. He is a Vietnamese guy who moved to Portland from California and he is actually quite good, and QUITE cheap. The only reason we didn’t use him is because he was booked on our date. He quoted us $1500, and his videos were the most artistic and most professional looking. To give you a comparison, the most comparable place I could find in quality was Moving Picture Weddings and they are charging 2900, and that’s including 10% off because we are using their parent company for photography.
For photography we are going through Powers, and we really love them so far (we did two engagement shoots with them as well), but they are well over what you are looking for – 3400 for 8 hours of coverage, a second shooter for 3 of those hours, engagement photos, and that’s also including a 20% discount. I know that recommendation doesn’t help you at all, but in case you’re still looking around it might give you a price point. Photography is also a little more subjective because some people want prints (which I don’t), and some people want a certain style of photos (which I did). The nice thing about Powers is that you pay for the rights to your photos and then you can print them anywhere on your own. So you could then spend lots of money for fancy prints, or just do it at Costco for really cheap. The other thing that’s fantastic about them is that they give you like a photo “survey” where you select pictures from different albums that you like, and based on your choices they will pair you with the photographer which best matches your taste. If you don’t need them for all day you might be able to get the price to a more reasonable rate – but their prices are more expensive in July.
Post # 7
Mark Galligan did a wedding I went to and I plan on using him if and when I ever get engaged… He’s actually my second choice… But my first is out of my hypothetical budget!
Post # 8
carrie and heather from camera art—
here is what they have captiured of my june 16th wedding so far.
here is a sneak peak!