(Closed) How much did you spend on a photographer and why? Poll included!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much did you spend on your photography?
    0-500 : (8 votes)
    5 %
    500-1,000 : (10 votes)
    7 %
    1,000-2,000 : (47 votes)
    32 %
    2,000-3,000 : (37 votes)
    25 %
    3,000-4,000 : (21 votes)
    14 %
    4,000-5,000 : (13 votes)
    9 %
    5,000-6,000 : (11 votes)
    7 %
    6,000-7,000 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    7,000-8,000 : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    4583 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We’re paying $1500. As for the why, he’s done the weddings of two other couples we know and they had nothing but good things to say about him. He’s laidback and so nice and just seems like a pleasure to work with. We chose the middle option of his three packages and it seems like a good value for what we get.

    Post # 4
    2186 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    we paid $1295 – worth every penny. we got disks of every picture – all edited with full printing rights.

    that way we could order our own pictures where we wanted but got an excellent photographer.


    looooved her ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 5
    3126 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    we are paying right around $2,000. I LOVE our photographer. Her pics are great and we are just on the same wavelength. I figure out of all of our vendors, she is the one we will be spending the most amount of time with so it was super important to us that we clicked with her.

    Post # 6
    620 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We are paying $4600 and we are getting:

    – Photographer for 6 hours (brides house to first hour of reception)

    – Full 24 side album

    – 100 x thankyou cards

    – 2 enlarged prints – fine art prints they are called?

    – Disc of all the images

    bargained hard for that price ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 7
    7695 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    WE spent $1450 on photography for 8+ hours of coverage by 2 photographers, rights to all images and CDs of images

    We spend this much because it was what we wanted for the price we could afford!

    Post # 8
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    i probably would spend more if i could, but trying to stick to the budget!

    Post # 9
    63 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    We having booked him yet but the photographer we want cost $1950, Which includes:

    • Photographs at the ceremony and candid shots after
    • The Bride an hour before the ceremony
    • The Groom an hour before the ceremony
    • Family photos after ceremony
    • Location Shoots (Up to 5 locations)
    • Photographs of Reception Decor and Cake
    • All photos on a DVD – Tweaked in Photo shop and digital enhancements made
    • A4 stitch bound landscape coffee table proof book of all photos


    Post # 10
    68 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Were using Kevin Monahan out of Indianapolis. I love his work and we are paying $2375; this includes an engagement session, an engagement session book, 12hrs on wedding day, 2 photographers, a wedding coffee book table, and all images on a disc plus rights & full editing.

    Post # 11
    1335 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    We’re spending $1400 on photography. Our package includes 6 hours of coverage, 3 enlarged prints, rights to all images, and a disc of all of our images.

    Although we went over budget because we had originally intended on using her lowest package at $1000 for 4 hours–I’m happy that she will (mostly) be able to capture our entire wedding day.

    Post # 12
    1210 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @LouisianaLady2012: The ‘average’ cost that I found in our area was between $3k-5k. We’re spending $3200 for ours, excluding albums. It was more than we wanted to spend, but we felt the quality of work was better with this photographer. The best photos that I found – my “dream” wedding photographer – had packages starting at $4800 with absolutely NOTHING in the package, yikes! 

    Post # 13
    3601 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    We’re spending about 750.  Its sounds like a tiny amount, but it is the largest single expense in the whole budget.

    Post # 14
    66 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Miss Sydney: Jesus Murphy!! Does that price include videographer too??

    Post # 15
    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    These prices sound so…reasonable!

    For the Baton Rouge area I’ve been finding the range from $2200-2800. I looked at a photog from home (3 hours north of here), and the starting prices are around $1500 but with the travel here and overnight stay, it kicks the total right back up into the $2000s. :-/


    Post # 16
    59 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    paying for clear and obvious talent is worth it sometimes. it is hard since photography is not a product, it is a service. i support the arts and we are paying roughly 4,000.00 for a full day, 2 professional photographers (they are not sending a student or bringing an assistant, which we like), 4×6 proofs, gallery, disc of images, rights, hd photo slideshow, and a small album.

    the company we hired is a couple based out of long island and they are coming to maine to shoot our wedding so we also have to pay for travek expenses.

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