Post # 1
So I need to decide (and really ASAP) on what package I want to get. I’m having a small (probably 20 people) Destination Wedding in St. Croix, USVI. So my biggest thing is how much time. Here are my 3 options
Media Package includes
- proof disk
- online viewing
- e-album (pretty much a disk of your images)
- 1 hour = 50 pics on disk for $800
- 2 hours = 100 pics on disk for $1495
- e-album of 36 pics = $395
- total of $695
So I guess my questions is – is one hour enough to get the ceremony and then all the different group shots? Or do I need to suck it up and go with the $1495 package? One caveat – my initial budget for photography was like $500 (that was what the initial photagrapher was going to cost) but once she couldn’t do it I had to look for other options and the one I picked unfortunately was quite a bit more as the others in my first price range I just didn’t like. Thank you for your help!
Post # 3
I would recommend getting the more expensive package. Looking back on my wedding I am so thankful I paid more for my photos because it is the only thing you will have to look back on and cherish.
Post # 4
I would continue to look for another photographer, IMO the price vs time is out to lunch!! There has to be a better option, 1 hour is not enough to even give you a feel for YOUR day. 2 hours will not give you any breathing room .. service 20 mins – 45 mins .. possible receiving line 15- 20 mins … organize people to photograph 10 -15 mins. Unless you are shooting at the site of the service throw in driving time, special photos of the B&G and 2 Hrs is exceeded.
We normally shoot between 9-11 hours on the day of the wedding. But that provides a start to finish wedding package.
Post # 5
If you absolutely can’t find another photographer that is more affordable, I would say spring for the 2 hour price. IMO, it goes so fast and you want as many pictures as possible. $800 for 50 photos. That’s $16 per picture…. way too expensive IMO but she is your only option, what can ya do. Good luck.
Post # 6
I do agree with the previous posts….the photographer that you have choosen does seem pricey. I spent $2,000 and got 8 hours of coverage, unlimited photographes, an album, engagement session, and copywrite disc with all of the images as well as a 2nd photographer.
Post # 7
I know, the prices are cringworthy – there were others I looked at that were even more expensive! Then the ones that were cheaper, I would look through their albums and think… eh. I could just have family take ones that looked like theirs. Another option I considered was bringing a photographer with, but then you have all their travel and that would just end up being crazy. So unless I stumble upon someone else, I’m sorta stuck
Post # 8
Out of those choices, I would say media package. You decided whether you want 1 or 2 hours though. You may want the 100 pictures, but you may not end up liking them all. Who knows. I agree with PP that I would be more comfortable with other package options. But with what you have now, a media package seems best. You can print your pictures from Walgreens for very cheap 🙂
Post # 9
First off, I don’t think you actually get the prints or rights to print. Sounds like if you want any prints, you’ll have to buy them for whatever they charge. Just want you to be aware of that. A proof disk is typically only a small thumbnail proof with the photographer’s watermark across the image.
E-album is NOT a disk of your images! At least, not usually. Its basically something that contains images in a collage type thing. I’m not too familiar with these, I just don’t want you to assume you get all the photos. However, I could be wrong here!
You could ask them if they sell a high res disk of all the images with printing release & how much that would be.
Just keep in mind about printing pricing, that may cost you a lot more than going with a different photographer.
Also, if you go with this one, definately go with 2 hours. 1 hour just isn’t enough time! You’ll feel very rushed!
EDIT: Read over the package & it says you get either 50 or 100 pics on the disc, but are those the proof images? I just don’t understand why they would send you a cd of the proofs & also a cd of the high res files. To me, it sounds like you’re getting 100 proofs, which will not be good enough quality to print at all.
Post # 10
@canthugallcats:I just went and checked the package again – e-album is a high-res disks of photos for printing purposes. Each disk comes with copyright release. So I am ok there.
Post # 11
Ok awesome :). Just a different term for it there, I suppose.
Also, sent you a PM.
Post # 12
Time will fly by so I say 2 hours to make sure you get any extra shots you may have missed
Post # 13
I think option 2 is the best option also. More time definitely sounds better. If you don’t mind me asking, which photographer are you using? I am also having my wedding on St. Croix next year and am having difficulty finding a photographer.