(Closed) Photographer Price

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

For me, the photography is the most important part so I may have the worst advice for you. Our wedding will be about 8k and our photographer will cost us $2300 (not including the engagement shoot.) We will have him for 6 hours. For a good photographer, 2k is about what you can expect to pay depending on where you live. But, for 2k, I would expect at least another hour out of that (for my budget) so I can understand for sure how you feel. Does that price include a disk of images for you to keep? Could you share a link to their website?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Professional photographers may offer you a small discount based on the time of year, but the size of your wedding doesn’t have any impact on the labor or effort photographers put in.  The only thing that impacts that is time.  A lot of us will have a minimum booking rate for what it’s worth it to us to in travel and time on the day of and post production to make a profit.  $2000 for 4 hours seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Khalessi3:  Only 10 photos?! I’m such a photo nut, I cant imagine only having 10 photos of my wedding. I would hire somebody waaay cheaper (with less quality) so I could have more photos to remember my day… or I would ask a friend to take the pics.

OR, if you are only wanting 10 high quality photos–why not just ask for just one hour of coverage. Where I live, photography prices are based on the time spent covering the wedding. Just be ready for good photographers to decline you if the wedding is on a weekend because they can make more money covering a larger wedding.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What day of the week are you getting married? If it’s a weekend, especially Saturday, a lot of photogs have a minimum package/# hours because if they book your wedding for an hour, they have to pass up booking a bigger wedding for 8-10 hours.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Our photographer is $100 an hour and we had a great experience with her for our E pics. A lot of the photographers we looked at were $200-300 an hour. I wanted good pics, but I didn’t want to splurge a fifth of our budget. Cost is going to vary depending on region. Can you post what State your in? People may be able to give you tips or recommendations.

Post # 9
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790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yes, we have hourly minimums, particularly during peak season. I have 4 for Saturdays and 3 other days for events. I have flexibility on certain days/dates/times of year but 2 hour is minimum no matter what.

You might be better off waiting closer to the wedding to find a photographer, some would be flexible because its more unlikely they’ll book a full coverage at that time. Keep looking and dig deeper into the search, great photographers get lost on page 8. Go for pictures you love. Expect paying for at least 2 hours with any professional. Let them do their thing and do the posed ones you want. You’ll end up loving the photos. Laughing

Post # 12
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Busy bee

Hi I’m in your area and for a quality photog that seems about right for a half day plus having a disk to make prints from. If you only need a couple of hours and would just purchase the disk or prints after the fact you may find one cheaper. You have to remember that quality photos cost a lot to produce. Though you are getting married in March which is still considered the off-season out here. Where in NH are you getting married I might have a few names I can send you.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Khalessi3:  I have found a photographer that offered me a photo package including 1 photographer for 8 hours, DVD with high-resolution negatives and printing rights (that’s important!!), and he said 8 hours usually averages 800-1000 photos. Price: $1795. So, to me, $2000 for only 4 hours seems sorta high.

HOWEVER… it took a LOT of searching and hunting and going to many bridal shows to find him (most photographers in that price range were not great quality, you could tell they were beginners.. little things like lighting was off, poor angles, etc). I feel like we got REALLY lucky finding this guy, because his photos are phenomenal and the price is amazing.

Also, photographer prices vary WIDELY depending on the area…. apparently the area I chose for my wedding (Pocono Mountains in PA) is notoriously more expensive than many other areas. Not sure about how your area compares… but I would guess that NH is probably more expensive as well, since it’s another stunningly picturesque region!

 

Post # 14
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1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I *think* we got a good deal. 2 shooters for 8hrs, photo booth, videographer, engagement pics, extra CDs, etc. but it was 3k, a HUGE chunk of our budget. 

Post # 15
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3825 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Khalessi3:  That sounds about right to me. A typical photography package in the Baltimore-DC area is around $3,000-$4,000.

Post # 16
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1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Downtown Riverfront Cafe

The photographer I am speaking with for our elopement is charging us $200/hr for a low res disk +$250 for a high res disk of images. She came highly recommended and is willing to work with us to accommodate and make it worth her while. We are not interested in a typical pkg, so she will be charging us hourly. We have zero guests and would like her company for about 3 hours. Ask around for recommendations and really sell your wedding to them, so that they see the “value” in shooting you for their personal portfolio/website/blog. Best wishes!

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