Post # 1
Long story short, I have a cousin who is a photographer. She’s attending my wedding as a guest, but I know she’s having money problems. I’m thinking of giving her money to shoot our wedding (an informal daytime outdoor ceremony and BBQ)… how much would you recommend offering? It’s just 2 hours, no bridal party, just candid shots. I love her work.
Post # 3
Has she done weddings before? And, are you having a different photographer as well?
I would look up local photogs to your area & see how much they charge per hour to help determine pricing.
Post # 4
my photog charges $400 an hour, but he is a pretty successful photog who is in high demand.
Post # 5
I would give her a minimum of two hundred dollars; that is assumng she is telling you she will do it for free. If her photographs are really nice, I would go as high as five hundred. Is she going to edit any of the photos for you? Also, is she going to have to drive to get to the wedding? Would she have been invited to the wedding anyway? Those are some questions you should take into consideration, if you are going to treat her as you would a photographer who is not a relative and/or a regular guest.
Post # 6
I think you should ask her her prices and not insult her by just making her an offer of what YOU think you should have to pay her. I don’t work for free, or for suggested offers, not even for family.
Post # 7
I posted awhile ago but meant to add more detail & got distracted by tv.
Does she have a website or blog with pricing?
If you have a wedding photog already, you need to read your contract & check with your wedding photog 1st to see if its ok you have your cousin photograph as well.
Also, you would want to ask your cousin if she would be interested in photographing your wedding & ask if she could get you a price quote for 2 hours. Its good to look around at other local photogs to get kinda a ball park price so you kinda know in comparison, but don’t say “they charge this much so that’s what I’ll pay you”. You want her to give you a quote. If its too high, than you’ll have to decide if you want/can afford to pay that much. If she under-prices herself, you could always give her a really good tip after you get your photos if she did a great job.
If you go with your cousin, get a contract! With pricing & timelines & everything.
Post # 8
We are paying about $100/hr for our photographer.
Post # 9
100/hr is a good average for a pro for their time only (no deliverables)
Post # 10
100 an hour is about average.
Post # 11
I’d give her min $250. well… Honestly my husband does little photoshoots (engagement etc) for 2 hrs for $50; but like her – it’s not a business, just a little side job here and there. To show your appreciation I’d give her a few hundred.
But to be clear make sure she knows lots of details before hand. If you want photos of getting ready etc it should be more. I assume you’re not going to spring this on her last minute – what if she had her camera out for cleaning or didn’t have enough memory cards for 2 hours or something. PLUS! mention it to your photographer since they almost always get picky about having a ‘2nd shooter’ that’s nto w/them.