Post # 1
My FI and I are strongly considering Better Image Photo in Rockford, IL. Scott has been very informative, and his work is absolutely stunning! There is only one downside though, he is EXPENSIVE. I have always believed that pictures have the ability to capture the beauty of a moment, when memory begins to fade. What are your opinions? Here is what is included:
Photo thank-you cards printed on linen paper (no limit to number)
Save the dates (no limit to number)
Engagement session plus another session when we have our first child (or any other special occassion we choose)
5×7 gift portrait for each member in bridal party
legal copyright release to all pictures taken
no time limits on wedding day
photobooth at wedding
videographer with full coverage of wedding and reception, including a 5 minute highlight reel to music of our choosing (like a movie trailer)
all pictures taken presented on ipad (we get to keep) the next morning delivered to whereever we will be (probably hotel)
choice of album in any size
2 $400 parent credits to order pictures with
image projection of pictures of bride and groom growing up shown at cocktail hour
whew! opinions please!
Post # 3
That actually sounds pretty good for all that. I paid 3k without a videographer, so if I added that on, I think it would have easily been 5k… not even including engagement session, any of the std, cards, or credits for pictures.
Post # 4
For the photographer and videographer that sounds like a decent deal, especially with albums and everything. I’m also in Illinois so I know comparable rates. We are looking at photographer only (2) with print release but no albums for $1400.
Post # 5
I think it sounds like a great deal… considering all of the paper products, unlimited time, ipad, and videographer plus 2 extra sessions…
Post # 6
Sounds good to me.
I know of a photographer who charges $22,000 a wedding so I don’t think there’s a too much, hahah.
Post # 7
There is a lot included in that so it sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
Photobooths can run $800-$1500 on their own. Videographers $1000+.
ETA: I actually didn’t bother to look before, but I did go back and look at some of his work. His work actually isn’t my favorite…so I (personally) would not spend that much $ on him. It looks like you are getting a LOT of products…but do you really need it all? I actually do think you could get much better quality for that $ amt, just with a little bit less of the extra “stuff.”
So it really depends on how much of that extra stuff you need? Do you need 5×7 portraits for everyone in the wedding party?? Do you need an iPad?? Do you need $800 of photo credits?? My package only includes the photos, time, and editing. I’m going to worry about getting my album and prints afterwards.
If you really love his work then it’s a great deal though!
Post # 8
You sure they’re giving you copyright? Do you mean printing rights?
Post # 9
@gcassioppi: That sounds really good actually. Our photographer/videographer charges a minimum of 6K for both services, and although I am not sure what’s included, there is no photobooth!
I should add that this is from a very reputable vendor in long island.
Post # 10
I think that is an awesome price, especially for the amount of stuff you get. However, when I look at their photos, I don’t love them, and I’m not sure I’d spend that much for him.
Feels like you are paying for a lot of paper products and prints that you could get elsewhere.
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
You get so much stuff, including video!!! I am also in the Chicagoland area and prices have been consistently around $3k for just photos, $4k and up when other stuff is included (I mean prints etc.). One photographer was around $5.5k and all that was included was photography and an album. Our videographer is also costing us almost as much as photography.
Post # 12
For everything you’re getting, that sounds good actually.
Post # 13
@gcassioppi: Wow. That deal almost sounds too good to be true. Like, really. How do they make any profit on this when it’s said and done?
Check references and view full weddings. If its legit and he is actually a great photographer (both big concerns – I wouldn’t take either for granted) then you should jump all over that deal.
But I have serious doubts. Don’t get burned on this…. too good to be true really does exist. The iPad thing is the most over the top thing I can imagine.
Post # 14
@gcassioppi: I think you could do a lot better in photo quality with 5k. I’m sure this guy is nice but honestly his work is bad. What good is a new iPad, the paper products, and extra sessions if the images suck?
I’m also suspicious of all the photos being presented the day after your wedding. That means he’s doing little or no editing or culling. No thank you.
Finally, the combination of videographer and photographer in one package also seems sketch. Yes, photographers and videographers kinda work together, and recommend one another, but they are two totally separate vendors. If one is offering both services, you probably won’t get good quality out of either.
5k is not an outragous budget for really gobsmackingly good photos. But you’re not going to get really good photos with this guy.
Post # 15
@gcassioppi: Yeah, I’m usually extremely skeptical of people who charge that much, but he actually is balancing the price. THat’s a very fair amount
Post # 16
Just as a reference, here’s a highlight reel from a videographer who actually knows what they’re doing: http://vimeo.com/56950622
Now that plus amazing photos would be worth a 5k+ package (and then some). The reels on your photographer’s website look like home movies in comparison.