Post # 1
Hey bees! So I just met with a photographer yesterday regarding wedding packages. He came highly recommended by our DJ (a personal friend of FI’s), and I love the work on his wedding website. He’s also giving us a bangin’ deal lol. Or at least I think so, which is where you bees come in.
He quoted me $1500 for full day coverage with one photographer, rights to our images (he says he shoots between 600-800 pics per wedding), DVD of all our images one week after the wedding, and info cards wih passwords for the guests to look at our pictures online. I originally wanted two shooters but since it’s a smaller wedding (<150 guests), he said he didn’t think 2 was necessary. He showed me two full weddings he did solo and the work is beautiful. My only issue is that parent albums have to be paid for separately, and his quote for OUR album is $1000!! Good lord!
So what do you think, hive? Did I get a good deal? I really didn’t “shop around” much for photographers so I’m hoping I didn’t make a huge mistake. Thanks for the advice in advance! It’s always appreciated!
Post # 3
I am not sure what part of the country you are in, but the pricing is well below average. Whether it’s a good deal or not will depend on the final product. If you are confident this photographer will deliver and they DO deliver, then you got a good deal. If not, even $100 isn’t a good deal for crappy photos.
$1,000 for an album isn’t outrageous, do you know what kind it is? (brand?)
I also wonder how much editing they do with a one week turnaround.
Post # 4
That’s WAY below what I paid in the DC area for a similar package. Make sure you talk to some past clients and get referrals/recommendations, as well as reading reviews online.
Post # 5
@Big Truck: I can’t tell you if it’s a good deal or not. I would say do not go by what is on the website before you sign. Make sure you meet with them and ask to see a full wedding. Editing can help make a website look great (only pulling the top 3-4 best of each wedding), but it may be those 3-4 were the only good ones of the whole day and the album will not look as good.
The pricing makes me think it’s someone who is starting out so the chances of that happening are higher.
$1000 is pretty normal for a high quality album.
Post # 6
Depends on where you live to be honest. I live in Louisiana and I’ve seen some photographers going from $1,500 – over $2,000
Im not getting a professional photographer because I can not afford one. My cousin has recently started doing photography and she has talent. So for my wedding I am having her do our photos plus I am having the disposable ones so we can have even more.
I plan to do my own album and those I like the best I will order online in a book form to give to both our parents as their album. (way cheaper too)
Post # 7
Thank you all for your input! I’m updating via my phone so sorry I can’t tag people.
To answer some questions:
I live in northern New Jersey, about a half hour from NYC which is why the pricing made me nervous, I feel like it’s low, but then again he’s giving us a discount.
The photographer showed me three full weddings and let me look at all the pics on his computer (not all, there were thousands but I could look at whatever I wanted), edited and not edited, and I was impressed. He and his company have been around for at least 10 years and they consistantly do good work.
The $1000 album he showed me was leather bound, 12×12, 30 page spreads. Just seemed like a lot to me price-wise, but I’m not obligated to buy.
I’ve only read positive reviews about them, but don’t know anyone personally who used them. I liked all their work, though.