Post # 1
Help! So, after swooning over several photographers, we met and totally want to book this one photographer. He’s charging us a very reasonable rate for 10 hours of photography and a 2 hour engagement session – $2200 – in NYC! We think its a steal for his talent and experience.
My dad, on the other hand, thinks we’re getting ripped off. He thinks we should go to a Chinese photography place (NYC Chinese brides, you should definitely know what I’m talking about) and do the cheesy studio pics and get huge portraits of us printed for the reception. Now, I know most of these studios are cheesy but I actually liked Mrs. Spider’s pics with Wedding Group One.
His main gripe is that the $2200 price doesn’t include any portraits or even a proof album. I tried to explain to him that $2200 for that caliber of work is amazing – this man is no amateur. More than that, he has so much experience and we feel like we can trust him to direct us on our wedding day – we have no idea what to do with ourselves!
I have no backbone when it comes to my parents, so I consented to at least visit some of these Chinese studios this Saturday.
My question is – do you think we’re getting ripped off since we’re not getting portraits or a proof album or anything?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
That is a great price! Especially if you like the photographer’s style. I think most photography packages these days don’t include portraits–everything is digital! To sum up, I don’t think you’re getting ripped off.
Post # 4
You’re not being ripped off, that’s reasonable!
Post # 5
Totally reasonable. However, who’s paying?
Post # 6
We’re paying for the whole shebang ourselves. My parents have paid for my college tuition and even the security and first months rent on my first apartment, so I have no bad feelings toward them for not paying for anything. My little sister is still at NYU, so thats a handful for them right there.
However, I am perplexed as to why they offer to pay for some small things (my Chinese dress, the church fees) but then they kind of shy away from it later on, like they don’t want to pay anymore. Its confusing because they are usually very generous. Oh well.
Post # 7
With that info, I’d say yes, go with your photog. it won’t hurt to go to some chinese photographer studios with your parents because if they want those type pics too, then you can have both, i think.
Post # 8
Depending on ALL the specifics of what came with it, you can always go out and do the kind of pictures your parents want during a portrait session. Then blow one up through your “american” style photog or depending on rights yourself! Problem solved. Old meets new.
I will say, that I can understand why your dad might be “thinking” your getting ripped off as these days most parents have no clue about what “wedding photography has become.” On the bright side, I find, that with a little client education they see the improvements to the process and images and not just an upgrade in fee’s.
Post # 9
I’m from a Korean family and my mom did the same thing.. She told me how non-Korean photographers are way too expensive and their packages doesn’t even include albums and etc etc… I tried to tell her that I cared about how the photos look like more than the prices but she didn’t get it. And I tried to tell her that the Korean photographer she chose only had those white background portrait shots where everyone is just standing.. So finally I looked up the Korean photographer website and the one that I chose and showed her the difference between the photographers’ portfolios and she hasn’t commented anything after that =)
Post # 10
You get an engagement session, right? Can you persuade the photographer you like to take one or two more formal portraits then, which you could then blow up for the reception? It wouldn’t be in your wedding clothes, but might be compromise that your family could live with.
Also, are you getting reproduction rights for that fee? If so, then you can explain to your dad how easy it will be to make as many copies of the photos, albums, etc. as you want. If not, well, then he might have a point – you’ll need to factor buying the prints into the price.
Post # 11
wow, $2200 seems like a steal for someone with even mediocre talent, not to mention if you love his work…and in NYC might i add! i would stand firm with your parents and go with the photographer you love. after all, it’s your wedding and you don’t want to be left with uninspired photographs afterwards. there’s no point in getting an album or big print included in whatever the price if you don’t absolutely love the photos.
Post # 12
It’s your wedding and you’re paying for it so I say go for what you like. There’s no point paying for something you don’t like no matter how cheap it is. In the end, if you don’t like it, then it’s just a waste of money. I think $2000 for someone with experience in NYC is a good deal. I don’t think you’re being ripped off at all. That being said, your parents (and probably most parents) probably have no idea how much wedding photography can cost. There are amazing wedding photogs like Jessica Claire that charge over $10K!!!
We are paying for our own wedding and have similar problems of parents telling us to go to the cheap and cheesy places they know. Since we’re paying for the whole thing ourselves, we’ve just kept our finances and how much things cost to ourselves. It’s our wedding and we don’t want to be judged or lectured on how we spend our money.
Post # 13
I know too many people who went ‘budget’ with the photographer and now they’ve got very little to show for their wedding in pictures. Photos last longer than the music, the food, and all the decorations so make sure you’re getting the kind of quality you want to gaze at in 50 years.