Post # 1
Hey bees, my mother and I were looking into photographers to do an engagement shoot before FI goes back to school. We found one who takes wonderful pictures and she charges $425 for:
-30 to 50 fully edited, hi-res pictures on DVD with permission to print
-custom DVD cases
-$50 print credit
is that too much, too little.. What do you guys think?
Post # 3
Hey! I live on the NH border with VT, and we went with a photographer that’s doing our wedding up near Burlington (so we traveled to the Burlington area for the pics). They were $500, which includes all the images and a release to print them, but that $500 acted as our deposit for the wedding (package was about $3,000). I don’t know if this helps, but that sounds like a good price especially if you really like their style. I wanted to test drive our photographers pre-wedding plus I absolutely loved their style and made photography a priortiy budget wise.
Post # 4
This is interesting, I live in VT (and NH sometimes for school) and I’ve been wondering about this too. I’m hoping more people will come and add their input!
Does $500 for photos seem like a lot to anyone else?
Post # 5
@Creiddylad: I don’t think so. You’re spending 1-2 hours of someone’s time, with their equipment, they spend at least 5-6+ hours editing photos later, and then (at least in my case) I have the rights to reprint any and all of them, so I don’t have to buy expensive prints if I don’t want to. If it’s 10 hours of work, that’s only $50 an hour for a professional and not even including the rights to the pictures! I’m sure you could find cheaper– I just had a certain professional in mind rather than someone who does it more as a hobby business, who might charge less. Remember, the 500 also in my case was like an incentive to book our wedding with them, it was built into the package and served as a deposit.
Post # 6
@love108: Right, OK, I had no idea how long photographers spent working on the photos. If what you’re saying is the way most do it, then that is inexpensive and actually not the best living for someone. I’m glad to have a better idea of how all this works (complete innocent here). Thanks!
Post # 7
@futureMrsRob121314: I think that’s reasonable for the area.
Post # 8
@Creiddylad: No worries! See if you can find a photographer that makes it part of a wedding package. That way you get a discount, really, and get to see how you like them before booking!