So, I’m pretty early in the wedding planning process. Mostly just doing a lot of looking right now.
Today I have been checking out photographers rates for the first time and I’m a little shocked. I know that there is cheaper out there, but my FH and I really want high quality, professional images from a reputable photographer.
We have found one we really love. The package costs $4,000 and includes the following:
- Minimum 6 hours continuous coverage.
- Unlimited locations and unlimited images captured.
- Unlimited phone and email consultations.
- Custom processing.
- Engagement photoshoot.
- 150 fine art prints in a custom designed image box.
- An 8×10 twenty page guestbook.
- A technical and lighting assistant on the day of the wedding.
There may be slightly more included, as I haven’t contacted the photographer yet, but the site said their packages are customizable. They listed those things as the ‘average package,’ though.
Considering that the photographer is relatively known in the area for being quite good, does that package seem reasonable for the price?
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.
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
@Cyri: From what I can tell, the package begins at $4,000 and that is what is included. So if more was desired, the price would go up.
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.
@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
@Cyri: I think we’d be relatively happy with the standard package. $4,000 is certainly a lot of money, and we hadn’t wanted to spend that much. The only reason we are considering it now is because the ones we have looked at so far are in that ballpark, but with some package differences. We’re not sure if this rate is reasonable/average or if what we’ve seen so far is pretty inflated.
For that price with those things included, does that seem decent to you?
@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.
@ArtDecoLisa: Oh, wow! That is a lot more included for about the same price! And in New York, too! (As I am assuming based on the location you have set.)
That disheartens me quite a bit. For a second I was going to attribute it to the city (Toronto) where everything is more expensive than other places, but if you get all that from a photographer in New York, perhaps I need to get over the love and keep looking.
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.
@Cyri: I don’t know about qualifications. The photographer has almost 20 years experience, and won a number of awards, though.
Hmmm, I guess I skimmed over the package inclusions. I merely copied and pasted the package info. I had misread ‘box’ for ‘book.’ Silly me…
Well, the cost is beginning to seem rather steep. Yeah… I’ll probably still contact them to discuss more, but I’ll likely end up going elsewhere, I think.
@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
CD w/ Copyright
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.
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.
@Kaedyn: Okay, your perspective would be really interesting to hear!
The $4,000 is not the base package. There seems to be a cheaper option called “A La Carte coverage” which is almost half the price, but at this point, I have no idea what that even means. This photography thing seems more complicated than I thought it would be. -sigh-
Anyways, here is the link to the website. Honestly, we’re not sure what it is that we like so much about the photographer… We just love the images that are posted.
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)
- 3 hour portrait session
- 25 proofs posted online
- 2 12×18 prints
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).