Post # 1
We met with a photographer tonight. My fiance and I agreed that we want to keep the cost for the photographer at $1,000 or less, so we know we won’t be able to get the most seasoned professional.
The photographer we met with has a package at $650 that we thought would be perfect. When we met with her, though, her lack of knowledge and the quality of the pictures was quite scary. For example, the package includes 100 pictures on a cd and includes 30 that are retouched. I asked what the “retouching” includes – and she could not answer the question! She said “um…well if I want to change it to black and white or something.”
She has only done 3 weddings. The photos she had were simply not good – shadows in the people’s faces, blurry/fuzzy, etc.
We pretty much knew right off the bat that we didn’t want to pay $650 for this. After some discussion, we decided we’d rather have a better quality of photos even if that means we have to sacrifice the time of the photographer. I have done research and contacted several other photographers who are more expensive and appear from their websites to be more experienced.
My fiance suggested that we ask a photographer to just photograph the church ceremony and directly afterwards, so we would only need about 2 hours of their time, in hopes of getting something in our price range. I think this is worth a try, but would the photographer want to book w/ us for 2 hours when he/she could make a lot more by booking a wedding all day on that day? (It’s a Saturday.)
Has anyone had similar experiences or gotten an affordable photographer by cutting back on the actual advertised pacakge they advertised?
We live in Pittsburgh if that means anything! Thank you!
Post # 3
@jennygrl070: I don’t have any information for your area but do you guys have a local/state wide wedding blog? That’s how I found my photographer, a lot of photograhpers just starting out will submit photos to be featured and their prices are relatively low. I may have just lucked out but I was able to get engagement/bridals/day-of and wedding photos plus CD (of ALL the photos not just retouched ones), float wrap and a photo book for $980. I would like to add that our photographer is amazing and the only reason we were able to get her for that price was because she has pure talent and was just starting out. I probably emailed about 20-30 photographers BEFORE I found her so it took some work but it was worth it. It’s something to look in to. You could also contact a photography dept. at a local college and see if there is anyone talented there, you probably won’t get candid shots but you will have some nice posed ones just for memories. I’ve had several friends go this route.
Post # 4
Keep looking and try to find someone who is recommended…my photographer is at a lower price point and her work is amazing…but it is her “second job”….
I hae no issues with that…if she loves what she does, is professional and will edit our work in a great way i am happy…..
keep looking, ask people for references
Post # 5
Oddly, I first found my photographer on Craigslist? somewhere like that . . got another recommendation for a photographer that didn’t even have a website from a friend . . . anyway, don’t stop looking and don’t settle for someone who really can’t take pictures. While I’m hoping ours works out, I really just want a few good pictures anyway and he seems capable of at least that. I wish it was like my sister’s wedding where several guests had fancy DSLRs and there was a professional photographer as a guest in addition to the friend she hired who brought a second photographer. . . but I’m not that lucky
Post # 6
My budget is $1300 for my wedding. What I did: I found about 7 photographers I liked (from WeddingWire.com, or just from Googling “(city) wedding photographer,”) and in my email, I flat out gave them my budget. I was VERY polite, and told them all I wanted was 6 hours of coverage, and a USB drive with photos.
There are photographers out there who are DEFINITELY willing to modify their packages.
My photographer’s original package was: 7 hours of wedding coverage, an engagement session, and a wedding book. She was willing to COMPLETELY modify that for the FI and I, and now we’re getting: 6 hours of weddnig coverage, NO engagement session, and a USB drive (no wedding book) so it fits our budget! 🙂
Is there a reason you can’t go up to at least $1200 (only $200 more than your current budget)? $1200 might sound a wee bit more appealing than $1000, even thought it’s only $200 more. It just *sounds* better.
Beware, there are a lot of holier-than-thou photographers who think their pictures are God. So you might get some snooty responses. But generally, people are polite. 🙂
Post # 7
You probably won’t have good luck getting a really good photographer who would normally get a wedding that day for 10 hours making $3000+ to book your two hours for $1000 but you can certainly do better than someone who thinks editing is making photos b & w haha! Moving our budget even to $1500 should get you someone okay for 6 hours. It won’t be the best but you can find someone with some experience and can at least focus! Best of luck!
Post # 8
@jennygrl070: try meet the burks! They were my photags and I loved them! Not sure if they can go that low but they may can work with you since your wedding is a Friday. They are based in NC but travel everywhere. http://Www.meettheburks.com
Post # 9
@jennygrl070: Purvis photography. http://www.purvisphoto.com tell them deb parris referred you 🙂
Post # 10
Is your wedding date in your profile correct? It’s this month? Or is that just a placeholder for the real date?
June is extremely popular for weddings. I’m a Pittsburgh-based wedding photographer and I can tell you that you might have a tough time at this late date finding someone in your budget – unfortunately, the best value for your dollar vendors book up first. You know the saying “good, fast, cheap – you can only have two”? You wedding is soon, so you need someone fast, you need to stay on a tight budget, and you understandly want good work. It might be very hard to find.
I can honestly say I don’t know anyone in the Pittsburgh area that can fit this budget BUT if you go up to $1000 or a little more and reduce your hours, you may find someone who will treat it like a portrait session and you can go from there.
I hope that helps you out!
Post # 11
Keep looking! As done of those budget photographers (I charge $500 a wedding) we are out there. I suggest checking out Facebook. Most photographers have a page and you can easily find more of what you are looking for. You just have to realize that us photographers put a lot of money and time into your photos and you just have to figure out what is important to you. I charge so little because I am only 20 and i don’t carry around a bunch of equipment. Sometimes shots don’t turn out the way I want them to, but I’ve never had a complaint and my local newspaper has picked me up as a photographer so I must not be too terrible. However, if a little occasional noise of motion blur is going to freak you out then $1,000 probably isn’t going to get you someone with that amount of equipment.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
Is that really your date??
I found my photog on craigslist but as I was budget I spent the better part of a year looking for a photographer almost everyday, researching, seeing what I liked and didnt like. There are some great starting out photogs out there, who have enough experience not to be considered new but not enough to have high prices but they are a dime a dozen and you have to be prepared to put in the work to hunt them down.
On Craigslist I also found professional photogs trying to break into the area and make a name for themselves. Thus, as long as you paid airfaire and hotel theyd shoot your wedding. Again, you have to be patient and have to look.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
@echapman: +1 on facebook
Post # 14
Try local colleges. Maybe some recent grad is looking to start up his or her own business and can do a good job?
Post # 15
You can find someone good for $1000. You’ll just have to cut extras and less hours. many of us wont drop our rate but eliminate extras. Most areas that will give you 3-4 hours with a quality photographer. Coverage and just images on disc/drive. Outside big cities average rates fall in the $200-$300 per hour range.
Some will never take less than a full coverage wedding as they need it for the income to fit their lifestyle. Then there are ones like me, I dont have to take a full coverage every wedding, I do however have a minimum. You have to pay for four hours even if you only want me for three during peak season.
I dont have the bills and overhead like others so I can take minimal coverage weddings right now. I dont have kids, I rent, no-mortgage-property tax-school tax-maintenance,(in due time ha ha) a car payment, and I own all my gear. I just have general business costs. I made it that way so I Could become self employed. I simplified my life and I love it, I feel jobless even though I bust butt. 😀 I had too, photography and graphic work is a Very saturated/tough business and I wanted to be self employed so I did what I had to do. I did not have a SO to bounce off of financially, started it all on my waitress job alone. Ive actually gone more part time photography this year because I have my graphics work. They mesh and balance well for me. Sometimes I do my couple invites and STD’s. 😀
I also sell crafts! Im a total DIY craft geek, was Way before I ever touched a computer or picked up a camera! I dont go out, I craft! ha ha I get to do fun ‘stylized’ shoots with my crafts.
If your date is correct you should be able to find someone. Photographers that will only take full coverage may do a 3-4 hour since its so close to the date. They know its very unlikely they will book a full coverage on short notice. Some are busy enough and wont, they Gladly take the day off! lol Booking minimal coverage in advance will take more work to find. Minimal coverage weddings open up more when its closer to the date.
Post # 16
@echapman: your honesty is refreshing!