Post # 1
Hi all….I’m still searching for a photographer and it is so hard to choose!
One of my favorites has something concerning in her package that I needed some opinions on!
This is what comes in the package I am considering:
- 1 Consultation with Bride & Groom
- 2 Photographers
- Full day coverage of your wedding
- Travel within 50 miles
- Set of 350 images
- CD of all images
- Editing and retouching of wedding photographs
- Ownership right to all final wedding digital files
So at first I thought she gave you prints of 350 of the images and then you get a cd of ALL the images….but when I asked her for clarification she said you get 350 images printed 4×6 and then the CD also has those same 350 images…..nothing more……..
Is that enough for that price?? I mean, I’m all for quality over quantity but I feel like that’s so little. My friend got way more than that and so did my sister.
I don’t think I’ll have a shrine to my wedding in my house by any means, but I’ve done my research and most photographers do edits on maybe that much, and then only soft edits or raw images of everything!
I just don’t want to pay so much when I could get another photographer and get so many more images. I mean, she is with us the “Full Day”.
Please enlighten me, maybe I am wrong…which I hope I am because I love her work! What was your package like and how many photos did you get?
Post # 3
I think it really varies from region to region. I’m in the southern US, and I paid $2100 for:
- engagement session with dvd of retouched/edited images
- bridal or boudoir session with dvd of retouched/edited images
- all day wedding with 2 photographers
- 1000 retouched/edited wedding images on dvd
- reception slide show
- $200 print credit
- travel up to 40 miles
- all images with copyright release
I have to note though, I booked her last year in the summer and I think she has since raised her pricing a bit.
Post # 4
I paid about the same and mine didn’t have any print outs but he gave us 650 edited images on disk and we also got an engagement session. I would check around somewhere else for better deals. Mine had everything else you had.
Post # 5
@housebee: I forgot to add in the engagement shoot! But yeah, you have a lot more images! I do have some other options that seems very similar to yours, but I’m not as in love with her wedding stuff.
Post # 6
@laurel946: honestly, if you really like one particular photographer, it’s worth the extra money. I know that things tend to be less expensive in the area that I’m in compared to CA (where I’m originally from). I think having an engagement shoot is worth it because it’s like photographer “trial.” I just happened to get lucky that I caught my photographer as she was building her business. I think she recently raised her prices because she’s been doing more fashion and wedding shoots.
Post # 7
It’s really impossible to tell you without seeing the photographers work. I start at $3000.00 for one photographer and that is coverage only. It’s apples to oranges without seeing the work:)
Post # 8
@Lashmont: I guess I was more questioning the amount of photos you recieve. I was thinking to only walk away with 350 in all for full day coverage is really low compared to other photographers shooting the same amount of time? I think the package is totally worth it besides that haha
Post # 9
Im in Syracuse, New York and my package was $1300. And we got:
- Up to 8 hours coverage
- 2 photographers
- Engagement Session
- Proof album 100 prints photographer choice (all together you get about 800 usable pics from the entire day)
- All photos on USB Drive
- One digitally retouched 8×10 print of your choice
- Travel within Syracuse, NY
Post # 10
@AmandaandJoshuaa: Wow! You got a great deal!!!
Post # 11
@laurel946: to be honest, I could effectively tell the story of a whole wedding day in 100 images. If they are 350 beautiful images I would take those over 800 space fillers any day. If the work is good, 350 is more than enough images.
Post # 12
My photographer just gives us 350-400 pics for the day. Honestly I think it’s enough. I have seen his work (entire wedding albums) and love it so trust him to pick the best and cull the rest.
Post # 13
We paid $400 in Florida and our package included:
1 Photographer and travel to venue
5 Hours of shooting time on the day of the wedding (Or coverage for
getting ready, the ceremony, portraits before/after the ceremony, and
Online slideshow to share with friends and family with print
A DVD with 150 edited images and limited copyright privileges
I LOVED our photographer and thought the pics were lovely – though we got 150 images, there are ~ 30 that tell the story of our day perfectly…so I rarely look at or think about the 1,000+ the photog sent us to sort through. The main thing is finding the right “fit” and someone who’s portfolio you like – many will negotiate price a bit if you ask or explain your concerns.
Post # 14
@Lashmont: Ok wonderful 🙂 thank you for your insight! That is really reassuring!
@distracts: Awesome! Yeah she talked about the detailed culling process she goes through so maybe this isn’t as crazy as I think! Thanks!
@mrsgrant: I kind of think that I would do the same…you look at your favorites and the rest just fall to the wayside!
Post # 15
Another thing to think of is that my photographer will be there 8 hours on the day of, and 350 pics is a picture every minute and a half. When you put it that way it seems like a lot.
Post # 16
That seems like fewer than most of what I’ve seen,mine says about 1000. Ok, now do we really need 1000? I guess you’d want to look at her galleries and see how much gets covered. Mine shows about half of guest coverage at the reception.
And let me just mention that you might actually want to have the timing spelled out in the contract. I have a friend who said “all day” but that meant she had no times in her contract and teh photographer showed up late and went missing throughout the wedding day. But she said that she technically can’t hold anything against her because it doesn’t have hours listed on the contract. Crazy stuff..