Post # 1
FI and I recently decided to cancel our 150 person wedding (as it was putting us $18K in the hole and he did not have a job at the time), and are opting to get married where we got engaged on the anniversary of our engagement December 17.
Because we got engaged in another part of the province, it would be pretty hard for me to plan anything out there (have only been there the once) so we’ve been looking into planners that will put together a nice elopement out in Lake Louise. One that I am LOVING right now is Sweet Occasions as they arrange for my hair, makeup, flowers, cake, dinner, reservations, officiant, marriage license- the whole nine. And I don’t feel like I’d be settling with them. It’s $3,000.00 altogether (the majority of the expense stemming from the photography), and looking at the one elopement they have pictures for- I think it looks great.
However, one of my fellow worker Bees commented that she thinks the photography looks cheap and “elopement-y”. Does this look bad Bees? Will I regret going with the planners photographer ($2000 for 2 hours is a pretty good deal in our area, so it’s hard to pass on)?
Post # 3
I think they are beautiful pictures. Its all about what you want. Honestly I think $2000 is way too much but maybe that is good for your area. We are only paying $900 for 8 hours of coverage and all rights to the finished pics.
Post # 4
@FutureJessicaMcB: The photography skill is solid, but the style is quite traditional (lots of posing, flash, etc). So ask yourself if that’s the style you want or if you want something more natural/journalistic.
Post # 5
They are nice pictures- I like a more subdued color, not quite my style. That’s probably why someone said they are “elopement’y”. 2k does sound very expensive, what is the USD equivalent? 1,000 per hour is ridiculous…. I can hire fantastic people for 300/hr or much less.
Post # 6
I’m being picky, but I prefer natural light photos. On a few of these I’m seeing a flash off the dress and skin. I realize you sometimes need flash, but it’s severe looking.
Post # 7
It is not my style (I prefer softer, natural light, more candid/natural poses) but the quality of the photos themselves are crisp, bold, and solid.
Regardless of the caliber of photography, $2000 is still a LOT for only two hours. If you love the photography style, that is fine – but I would still say that their asking price is on the high end.
Post # 8
As PP’s have said, it’s pretty traditional but still nice, although not worth $2k on it’s own.
Side note, this sounds like an amazing deal for everything that you get with it, I would totally book it!
Post # 9
wait 2k for 2 hours? It should be like 2k for 5 hours at least.
Post # 10
Banff is beautiful… We almost got married there as well and yes the photographers are most likely going to be pricy. The only thing that kinda bothered me was the flash/shadow in some pics! But in that case just do your pics during the day! Good Luck!
Post # 11
If you like it, go for it! This style may not be to everyone’s taste, but they are technically sound (things are in focus, the composition is good), if more traditional photos. If you’re on the fence, try to set up some time on the phone, or on skype to chat with them. That’s the most important thing, to feel comfortable with the people who will be following you around on your wedding day. I would find out what that $2000 includes, as well. If you get all the edited images and a great album, that’s a pretty reasonable cost (editing is a huge portion of a photog’s time after the fact). I know everyone has a budget, but sometimes, it’s all about paying for convenience. Sure, the package might cost a bit more for photography than finding someone on your own, but if it’s one-stop shopping, that’s an enormous time saver.
Post # 12
As someone from your area, I agree that the price seems somewhat on par for Banff. A friend that eloped in Banff (but had some friends in attendance to watch) got a cheap photography deal because the girl was new at it, and it was $1500 for 2 hours. Granted, the photographer was willing to spend a lot more than 2 hours with them, but when you’re not having a reception how many photos of the two of you outside are really needed? Especially since you’re getting married in December.
The photos look professional and really, non-prof looking photos are the only thing that looks truly bad in my opinion. If you don’t love the pose-y style, maybe you could just tell the photographer that you’d love to have as many candids as possible. Or she could wash out the colours more in the editing process if that’s what you’re into.
I honestly think the package you’re getting in the area is a bangin’ deal!
Post # 13
I appreciate everyone’s opinions- I’m going to see if we can do a consultation to see more of their work.
Yes this does come with full editing, CD, DVD and bound album.
Post # 14
@FutureJessicaMcB: Sounds like a good deal to me, then. I hope you like them after the consultation. Good luck, and happy elopement!
Post # 15
I like it, they are using off camera strobes which is a step up from natural light portraits IMO.
Post # 16
To the OP, I wouldn’t think much of the comments here on pricing as pricing in Canada is not the same as the US, and elopement packages are different than standard wedding packages.
@USER876: Off-camera strobes are great but I don’t see them as a step up or down, just a totally different style. I have the technical skill and equipment to do these shots but I think they’re more suited to formal portraits (which many of these are) over event coverage. Elaborate light set-ups and constant flashes are obtrusive, especially with something like an elopement where they may only be 5 or so people there. My favorite photographers are those who mix flash and natural light – I don’t think I’d want a photographer who just only delivers one type.