Post # 1
I’m seeking a little wisdom from those who have “gone before me”. I’m curious, based on your experience, what photographer / videographer contract details (or lack thereof) should I be hyper alert to? What will I learn is/isn’t included in the package, but only after the fact?
Some background – our venue recommended 2 photographers and so my fiance and I met with both and received an initial quote from each. There were differences that made a direct comparison difficult. I have spoken with both photographers and after thoroughly annoying a least 1 of the 2 with my very detailed questions, as well as a little negotiation, I now have 2 identical quotes.
My question is, based on your experience, what did you not think of initially that added to your total photography / videography cost and that you wish you had budgeted for / negotiated upfront? What are the potential hidden differences (cost or otherwise) between my 2 photographers that I may not be seeing today?
Any and all wisdom and advice welcome, thanks!
Post # 2
Woah….woah…you are hiring two different photographers who have never worked together? Maybe I am misreading this. If you are, that is a very bad idea. Usually you hire a wedding photographer who has their own second shooter whom they work well with. Most photographers I know have something in their contract saying that they are the only authorized photographer to do the event. I myself would never work with another photographer who didn’t understand my process and who could potently get in the way of my photos. My team has worked together for years to develop the sort of harmony and communication needed to have a multi-photographer wedding. We know where to be and what each other’s needs are without having to say anything. If your photogs are strangers, they will spend more time planning thn they will actually taking photos. You could run into some copyright issues and other potential problems.
Other things to think about is how long the coverage is for, what the photo packages entail, how long you should expect to wait for your photos, ect…
Just some things to think about!
Post # 3
TzipporahPhotography: I think Jamb means that the venue recommended two different photographers and they are currently deciding to hire one of the two.
As for hidden extras, the only thing I can think of right now is a meal at the venue for the photographer. Most venues should provide a “supplier” meal rate which is just something to keep them fed and watered really.
Post # 4
MultiCat: Ok, haha! That makes a whole lot more sense!
Post # 5
Yes, the venue recommended 2 photographers, but I am only hiring 1. I think what spooked me is that 1 photographer quoted the cheapest album and the other photographer quoted the most expensive album. I had to do a math exercise to get 2 quotes that were comparable to each other and it made me wonder, what surcharges am I going to discover later on? Sounds like I’m probably overthinking things and I’m just going to go with the photographer that I clicked with best.
Post # 6
jamb: Nowadays photography packages tend to be fairly similar in content just because people expect to get the digital files, so you really don’t need to go back to the same place for prints and albums (although you can if you like). As long as they include edited full-resolution files and use decent backup techniques, you’re pretty good to go.
What are their portfolios like? How long have they been shooting? The quality of the the photographer is the most important thing.
Post # 7
jamb: It’s hard to give you an answer without knowing: a) what is included in the package, and b) the quality of said products included.
For example, Photographer A and B could both include an album in their package…..but without knowing what album it is can determine if you are getting a good deal. Album quality varies greatly, and quality albums are expensive to produce. That means if you have a 2500 package that includes an album you are most likely not getting a quality album because they are typically several hundred dollars (cost) to the photographer (for a quality album).
Post # 8
Penang1885: Yes, we are getting a high res DVD of all the images. I think what’s hard as well is that I am in a big city and both photographers have solid credentials and portfolios…high class problems, I guess. Thanks for responding.
starfish0116: Yes, good point. The packages are for either 2 professional photographers and 1 assistant (not a professional photographer) or 1 professional photographer and 1 professional photographer assistant. Any opinion on the difference here?
They include 10 hrs of coverage. I get the digital negatives, a high res DVD, and clean 4×6 print-outs. With respect to the album, the album quoted is (i) 12×12, (ii) 50 pics, (iii) leather cover, and (iv) either flushmount, white bordered (not a cut mat), black matted (cut mat).
Then the package can include parent albums, either a copy of our album or a custom album. If custom, then (i) 8×10, (ii) 20 pictures, (iii) leather cover, and (iv) same 3 options as above.
Are there any other important variables with respect to the albums?
The package also includes a 1 hour engagement session (although there are gimmics as to whether I receive photos now or post wedding) and I am also contracting for video which will be 1.5hrs with chapters. Photo package quote is $6,000 and video quote is $3,000. I’m in NYC.
Post # 9
jamb: I’d go with the two photographers and one assistant if at all possible, then. An assistant is very useful for lighting.
If you are in NYC I highly recommend Ryan Brenizer. I think his prices are similar or lower than what you are quoting and he has been named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. If you like his style, he is amazing.