Post # 1
I really need to make a decision on a photographer, however, the quotes I’ve been getting are all so different its extremely difficult to compare apples to apples (e.g. some include albums, DVD, re-touching, specific number of prints, etc. in addition to # of hours covered). Does anyone know what are considered to be the “standard” items included in a contract outside of # of hours covered? If anyone can provide any help from their experiences, I’d really appreciate it… Thanks!
Post # 3
That’s just it; with so many changes with what brides wanted (more control to create own albums, images, etc.), there aren’t really any standards any more, per se.
Aside from time, I’d say whether or not the images are high-res, getting proofs (which is different than getting your images), and nowadays, the website. Otherwise, you have to decide what your budget is, the style of photography you are after, and then find the photographer that suits you.
I know for me, aside from having someone what would offer enough shooting hours, my main concern was photography style and being able to get all my high-res images. I couldn’t care about albums because there are so many places to get that and I’d prefer to do albums myself when I have time. And then I knew what I wanted to pay and found a photographer, I feel, matched all that.
Hope this helps, but most others would say the same. You’ll know at least a few you’ll like and then see who offers what for the price you are willing to pay. GL.
Post # 4
I agree with thebriz: the common things seem to be hi-res disk of images, online gallery for ordering prints, sometimes proofs (which should be retouched in my opinion–otherwise, what’s the point of having them?), sometimes engagement sessions, sometimes a 2nd shooter or photographer’s assistant.
My priority was finding someone whose photos I loved and who I felt like I clicked with. I would find a photog you love, whose photos/blog represent the moments that you want captured at your wedding, and even if they’re a little out of your budget, they might be able to customize a package that works for you. Good luck!
Post # 5
Definitely agree with the above – I definitely wanted two photographers (not one photog and 1 assistant)…so I got that + the one assistant…and they will both be there for 10 hours at least.
My total package reads like this:
Includes 800 or more 4X6 color pictures stored in a box. All images scanned to high res dvds, 1 -11X8 soft cover “teaser album” (50 images) 2- 11X1, 3 8X10’s, 2 fine art photograpers, 1 assistant, 10 hours of service, engagment sitting (includes albumn, brag book and location), thank you cards, 1 10X10 albumn with 80 images…that was $3200
Post # 6
@Lauren810c: Who is your photographer?!! I’d die for a package like that!
Post # 7
Thomas Paul Photography – my friend used him last Sept and her pictures are great..I am using him this August….he is based in Long Island…here is his website..