Congratulations on your engagement and up-coming elopement!
I am so excited to hear that you have selected Seattle as the destination for your elopement. I have lived here all my life, and I can safely say that this is one of the most beautiful cities for a photo-shoot.
You pose a very interesting question when it comes to photographers and their pricing. Now, I cannot speak for all photographers, but when it comes to pricing, one of the main things that photographer wants to ensure is that the prime weddings dates (Saturdays June – September) are reserved for larger packages since photographers typically have fewer weddings during the winter months. These are the bread and butter dates for the wedding industry. However, that being said, I would highly recommend thinking about doing your ceremony on a Friday or Sunday – where a photographer has more flexibility with pricing and bookings.
For example, in my own packages, I offer a special $575 package for brides who want to book on a weekday or a Sunday. Now, for a 30-minute shoot, this package might be a little overkill. Therefore, I would probably do it for half that. However, that being said, not all photographers are interested in booking such small packages. For me, I love to be able to help all brides create memories and capture the moments. You really don’t need a $5000 package to get some incredible photographs.
While, I do offer larger packages, I have tried my best to ensure that I am offering packages that are reasonable for any bride. I try to design my packages as if I were getting married tomorrow. What would I want in a package? What would I want to pay? What type of service would I expect? For me, I would want a photographer who sincerely cares about my experience as a bride, delivers incredible, professional, and creative images, and has packages that are reasonable for a bride who is budget conscious yet doesn’t want to sacrifice or compromise. My larger packages include two photographers, albums, unlimited shooting, all images, edited images, and one even includes a FREE engagement shoot right now.
Now, I am not trying to self promote. I merely want you to have a base line from a photographer’s perspective. I highly recommend that you interview all of the photographers and make a comparison sheet so that you can figure out the best fit.
If you want to check out my packages so that you can do some price comparison feel free to check out: Mariah Gentry Photography Pricing
I wish you and your fiancé all the best with your beautiful elopement!