Post # 1
Hi all, we’ve done some online searching and most Chicago photographers are running around 2-3k if not more, we prefer the photojournalism style, but with some portraits mixed in.
Anyone have some suggestions, we’re not trying to be cheap, but we’re paying for it ourselves.
Post # 3
Have you tried looking on CraigsList, at photography schools, or working with someone just starting out in wedding photography?
Post # 4
At that price point, you’re going to have to go with a new photographer or part time amateur. Craigslist is probably your best bet.
Post # 5
Same as any major city. Hiring a photographer for half the prices of the industry standard starting point generally gives you an experience and an end product that is under most circumstances disappointing. You can always find someone cheaper to do something, but you will end up sacrificing something for that. Boils down to how much photography is important to you for your wedding.
Post # 6
Here is mine. I got the $1299 package. It’s like a huge deal because they are associated with The Knot and are required to offer such a great incentive.. blah blah blah. Our engagement photos were free and came out great! Check it out! http://www.eivans.com/.
If you don’t want the bundle, get what you want. they have pricing for seperate services.
Post # 7
I totally get where you’re coming from. We may have to alter our expectations and either cut the list dramatically or have the wedding outside the city or something.
My father’s dead and my family doesn’t have any money, so besides what my fiance’s family helps with we don’t exactly have a ton to throw down.
I understand the ‘you pay for what you get’ mentality, but I was more so looking for some outside the box ideas as 5k for a wedding still feels a lot to me although I know that is far from true.
Post # 8
Try searching around the gary/merrillville area as well. My photographer is out of valparaiso, not sure if they’d be willing to travel to chicago, though.
Post # 9
@prettinpynk86: Oh, that is a fantastic deal! I’d love to pay around 1K for photography so this is great. How was your experience with the photographer for both engagement & wedding? TIA!
Post # 10
@vivalasylvia: beware companies like Evians, David’s Bridal, Bella, The Pros, George Street, etc. look at reviews, not just prices. These companies hire part timers, beginners, people with not a ton of experience . . . you may luck out but you might also find the experience a disaster. You won’t end up saving any money at all if you spend anything and end up hating your images. I’d look for an independent photographer running their own business – they have an incentive to do a great job for you because it’s their livelihood and not just something they do for some extra cash on the weekends with no responsibility or accountability if they mess something up.
Post # 11
You’d he just as well hiring a photographer from Craiglist than one of those volume photo factories. They get their photographer from Craigslist anyway. Run away from any studio that has ” sales reps”
Post # 12
@mariematt: Oh wow, thank you for sending me those links. That makes me really wary… I’ll look into some photography schools or something. I’ve got a few friends that would be able to do it for me BUT I want them to come as a guest and not come as a vendor. I’ll keep searching. Thanks so much!
Post # 13
@PugsandUnicorns: try http://www.meettheburks.com. Not sure they will be under $1500 but try, sometimes they run specials. They are based out of NC but travel all over the US