Help-is this quote for engagement pics reasonable?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ohbride14:  $500 for an engagement session actually seems like quite a bit. It depends on where you are, too though. Up here in the Pacific Northwest engagement sessions range from $250-$400 including the files. There are some places that charge more, but they’re also the wedding photographers who charge $6k+ for the day of. 

Post # 4
4043 posts
Honey bee

@ohbride14: Hmm…I guess it depends on the area and the level/quality of the photographer.

Our engagement photos were included in our wedding package, but they were valued at $190 for an hour session, which was more than enough time for us.

So at that rate, I guess it would have been around $380 for two hours. Personally, I don’t think 2 hours is necessary (unless you are doing lots of outfit changes/driving to different location), but that is up to you. 

Post # 5
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

My photography company charges $365 for the first hour and $300 after that. That includes transportation to anywhere in the area, photoshop for blemishes and skin smoothing and all digital files. For a photographer friend that is a bit much. I would say $300 for two hours would be more than enough. How experienced is he? I was doing $100 for two hours when I first started. 

Post # 6
3978 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ohbride14:  Ours were $500- “free” if we booked the wedding with them and that $500 therefore acted as the deposit for the wedding ($3300 total)

Post # 7
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think my photog was $200 for the first hour and $50 for very hour after that (for engagement/family pics)

Post # 9
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

That is a very normal price for a pro in any major metro area.

Post # 10
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

That’s what we paid for ours, and they’re excellent photographers.  We ended up doing about 2.5 hours of shooting.  

Totally worth it IMO. We traveled for our pictures too, so I wanted to make sure we got the best and it wasn’t just OK pictures that we had to travel for. I love the idea of going back to where you got engaged!

Post # 11
8498 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Sounds reasonable to me because it also includes digital edited files.

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