I haven't a clue about photographer rates; is this package rate reasonable?

posted 1 year ago in Photography
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Busy Beekeeper

I would say this is a reasonable price if they are very well known and great!

That being said, I would add the rights to your photos on a cd so you can print them how you choose.

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Busy bee

I’m a bit confused by “Minimum 6 hours continuous coverage”.

Does this mean they will stay as long as you need them to?

I would try to clarify how many hours are included.

 

Also +1 getting a copy of the digital files

 

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Buzzing bee

I too would add printing rights. THOUGH I should note that at least in my area, printing rights are NOT standard. I found few photographers who offered them – fortunately our favorite did!

That’s about what we’re paying for a relatively similar package.

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Busy bee

@LostInWonderland:  Ooohh, well in that case it depends exactly how high it goes up, and how much you love their work relative to others.

If you value photos a lot then I think the high prices are worth it.

But there will always be good photographers around that charge much much less

 

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Helper bee

@LostInWonderland:  It’s a little hard to know whether that is a good rate without knowing your geographic location. My photographer is around the same price and includes:

engagement photo shoot (he took over 900 pictures in 45 min. And they were amazing)

disc of engagement pics

unlimited hours day of wedding

2 camera people

1 8×10 photo book 

2 parent albums

1 16×24 (i think) gallery wrap canvas print

a bunch of 8×10, & 5×7 prints

a disc of all photos

online viewing gallery

and copyrights to all photos

I think its interesting that they include “unlimited phone and email consultations” and “minimum 6 hours coverage” within the package price.  I would expect any professional I hire to respond to my calls and emails Within reason.  

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Busy bee

Do they have big credentials/qualifications? Have they won many awards?

One thing I just noticed was that an album isn’t included in the price, only prints.

For about 6 hrs, no album and no digital files, I would have to say that $4k sounds very pricey, but would be reasonable if they were VERY highly sought-after photographers.

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Helper bee

@LostInWonderland:  It really depends on your location. I live in Rochester, MN and there are some photographers here that cost that much, however they’re on the high end for our location. Our wedding package includes:

Engagement Session with rights

8 hours service

2 Photographers

Edited Photos

Online Gallery

CD w/ Copyright

For $2,000

I’m working towards a Photography Degree so high quality photos are a MUST for me. The only reason $4,000 seems like a lot to me is becuase you’re not getting the right to the photos. I personally would never sign a photography contract, no matter how good, without rights to photos. 

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Newbee

@LostInWonderland:  

I am a wedding photographer myself, but I hold a unique policy that many photographers don’t touch, and that is all day coverage, no matter what the price. I hate when photographers put a time frame on such a special day, as if some parts are more important to capture than others. Nope, every moment is important and you can’t put a time limit on that. But, again, not all photographers do that.

Personally, I think $4000 is a decent price if the photographer has high quality images,especially with some of the added bonus. But 6 hours goes by super fast, trust me. I’ve shot weddings that lasted over 13 hours, even that seemed fast paced. 

Obviously, as a photographer, the photos hold extreme value in my eyes and it’s hard to place a price tag on that, but $4000 is a very standard price. However, I have come across great photographers who offer almost an identical package for $2400.

Is this the base package?

Also, do you have a link to this photographer’s website? Maybe I can offer some insite as to if the quality is worth the money.

And the above commentor is correct, location definitely plays a huge role in pricing. $4000 might be on the low end for where you live.

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Buzzing bee

My package is:

- 8 hours coverage

- 300-400 proofs posted online

- cd of print quality images

- 10 8×12 prints (1 8×12 can be exchanged for 2 5x7s)

- one shooter plus assistant (I know they say two shooters is best but I am so in awe of this guy’s style, and he did our best man’s wedding and the pics are so amazing)

for $3350

Then bridals:

- 3 hour portrait session

- 25 proofs posted online

- 2 12×18 prints

for $1000.

He charges a flat rate per hour for extra hours, but I don’t think we’ll need extra hours. We’ll be purchasing more prints (in advance probably a box set of all of them) and maaaaaaybe the wedding album he does, but I’m not 100% sure on that yet. Then some time this summer we’ll have a “newlyweds” shoot to take the place of our engagement shoot that I never was able to schedule (I was about to… and then I started a new job and had to work on weekends, which were the only times my fiance could do it).

 

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