(Closed) Expensive photographer worth the money?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I see photography as a major investment … you will have these images for the rest of your life.  I think quality photography is worth it – it’s the only area we are over budget on.

Post # 4
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our photographer is expensive. FI and I each got to pick one priority for the wedding, mine was photography, his was food. I’m 100% fine with the pricetag because as Mermaid said, it’s quality. I’ve asked my friends what their major regrets with their wedding was and 95% of them said they would have hired a better photographer.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think it depends how expensive…I wouldn’t spend 10k on photography. But I would be willing to pay more for wonderful photographs…although I think at the end of the day, you tend to love your wedding photographs because they’re YOUR wedding photographs (barring any huge obvious technical issues that the photographer has). So I think it’s worth splurging for slightly, but not majorly.

Post # 8
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Totally depends. We spent $3200 on ours and she was a headache–not worth it. I wish i would’ve spent 6K and gotten the photography I really wanted but couldn’t justify spending and i wish i would’ve realized photographers are actually more flexible than their set price lists.

Post # 9
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7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I ended up going with a more expensive photographer. I am terrified of looking back at my wedding pics and hating them. Thankfully, I managed to talk them down a LOT in price. So I got great photogs for a great price.

Post # 10
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105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My photographer is really expensive (like, I am embarassed to tell people what I have paid him) but has absolutely amazing work.  So I am okay with that.  I forwent lots of other details: calligraphy (none!), fancy flowers (not my thing), and so on.  We are making all the wine for our wedding and while it’s a hunk of money, it’s way less than comparable wine.  So it’s a personal decision, but I absoultely couldn’t be happier with my photographer

Post # 11
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51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The photographer we are going with is $3500 and they are amazing! We found one with packages starting at $900 but while the photos are good, they just don’t have the same feel. I would rather pay more and have photos we love. 

Post # 12
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2767 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

we spent 1800 and he was pretty good!

Post # 13
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729 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

we are spending 3200 on photography. which includes a bridal session, mother’s brag book, 10×10 metal cover album, disk with all the photos, a 16×14 photo (i think i can’t remember the demesions but i know one number was 16) from the bridal session,  and the coverage on the day. If the photographer has to send someone other than himself it is free.

Post # 14
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

Those images you posted are “formal” posed portraits.  They are very nice.  I would be interested in seeing images (in action) of the typical wedding day activities.

Post # 15
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149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think quality photographers is a MUST on your wedding day. I don’t think expensive means you’ll get the best — you have to use your judgement. Do you like the photographers work? Is photography important enough to spend more in that department, cut back in another? I am completely satisfied with my choice and they did a wonderful job for my wedding.

Post # 16
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Wannabee

As a photographer, I get the question a lot!!

 

Here’s the deal- when it comes to photography, often times you get exactly what you pay for.  You have to look at the big picture and ask yourself (and the photographer), “Why is your price what it is?”

Ask for a breakdown!  

How many second shooters will he/she bring? 

How many assistants?

What are travel costs?

What is included?

How many photos per hour does he/she take?

What equipment does he/she use?

Does he/she own or rent their equipment?

 

Sometimes these questions can help you determine the right photographer for you!

 

I hope I helped some of you in your decision 🙂

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