(Closed) Photography Budget Woes/Vent

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@MsBlackberry:  How well are you networked in the professional community?  Perhaps someone will photograph your wedding at your budget level, and maybe you second shoot a wedding or two for them for free,etc.

Post # 4
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Could you hire a photographer you really like for a few hours instead of a photographer you don’t like for longer?

Post # 5
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would cut whatever needed to be cut to afford the photographer you want. I tell all my brides, coverage i the most important part. Albums, disk, prints – those are all things you can get later. Time is something you can never get back. Find the photographer you want, and chat with them about getting a time only package. That way you can have a little time after the wedding to save up to purchase the other things you want. 

I can definitely relate. I’m a wedding photographer, and choosing one was very difficult for myself. I’ve got a pretty high photography budget and am spending more than the average bride on it, and even several of the photographers I liked were $1K or more over budget. You can find someone, you just might have to make cuts somewhere else.

Post # 6
221 posts
Helper bee

@starfish0116:  I agree!! Fiance and I chose our photographer based on their quality of work. And the fact that they’re super friendly and the price includes all day coverage with two photographer is amazing. We will however be waiting to purchase prints and albums because I thought it was more important to at least get all the photos I wanted with the quality I wanted. 

Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Not having spent money on a good photographer was the ONLY regret I had from my own wedding, and usually the only regret other people have from their own weddings.  I hear it over and over again.  Don’t take the chance!

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