(Closed) HELP – Photographer & Videographers – Chicago – Cost? How to Pic?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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739 posts
Busy bee

It depends on the quality you are expecting. For a reputable business, good artistic images, good customer service you are looking to start at $2500 for 8 hours of coverage. Good photography is very expensive to produce. If you live/have your wedding in a place that has a higher cost of living then you should expect to pay more. Photographers need to support themselves.

You can do a search on here about costs. There are a TON of post that will tell you why photography is so expensive.

Post # 5
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Chicago is a big wedding market.  Good quality photo or video is going to start in the 3K range (each) and work their way up.

Post # 6
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795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Four Rivers Environmental Center

You can find a pretty cheap one if you used a more “company” based one, but I prefer private photographers myself.

My photographer is the best I’ve seen, and I am a photographer myself so I am PICKY! They charge by the hour, so you can get them for whatever your budget allows.

http://www.matushekphotography.com
I got my engagement session for free by them for paying the deposit:
Jayme & Tony: Engaged | Matushek Photography

They are AMAZING people with an AMAZING talent.

 

Post # 8
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258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am using Lee Squared! I loved my engagement pics and I thought they were reasonable. For video I’m taking a risk and using someone from Craigslist…

 

http://www.leesquaredphoto.com/

Post # 13
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795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Four Rivers Environmental Center

@canway11:  Awesome! I’m not entirely sure what the hourly rate is this year, because I locked them in with last years rates, but I know it wouldn’t come to 4k!! Haha.

Post # 15
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1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@canway11:  The photographer we went to costs about $6,500 but he is booked on our wedding day. His assistant, however, is available and his most expensive package costs $3,900 so we hired him. His work is identical since he was trained under the main photographer and the main photographer does all of the editing so the only thing that ls different is the watermark on the pictures they will post and that doesn’t bother me. 

 

Is there a particular photographer you have in mind? Perhaps asking if they have an assistant who photographs in the same style could be an option? Videography is another expensive one. We haven’t booked anyone, yet but we are looking at their work on Vimeo and comparing videographers and their pricing. I hope you find someone in your area soon! I live in LA so I am not much help. :/

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - Four Rivers Environmental Center

@canway11:  wow! Already!?

Good luck! There are so many talented photographers in this city!

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