Photography prices?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think it generally depends on your area.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

sounds about right. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I live in VA and am spending 3800 on my photographer, which includes an engagement session, a big print (can’t remember exactly the size) of my choice from engagement session, 8 hours of coverage on my wedding day with 3 photographers, and a big print of my choice from my wedding, and all rights to my prints so i can print them whenever and where ever i want to.  will 6 hours be enough for you?  to catch you getting ready and be there until the end of your wedding?

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

It COMPLETELY depends on your area and the level of demand for your partiular photographer.

I’d say your numbers sound pretty decent (a heck of a lot less than I spent) but of course I know nothing abou the actual photographer or your area.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Your numbers sounds about right, but i agree – depends on your location!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

Totally depends on the area.  For my area, that’s a little on the high end for what you’re getting.  In other areas, that could be a great deal.  We are paying $2800 for 8 hours of coverage with 1 shooter and her assistant, an engagement session (they did not guarantee a certain number of pics, but we received 115 edited images), and a hard drive with edited photos and print rights.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FutureMrsB123:  While it does depend some on the area (cost of living and making enough money for your business to support you) all legit photographers have many of the same costs of doing business regardless of their area. That’s why you hear terms like “industry standards” when it comes to photography pricing. More than that it’s going to depend on their experience and the quality of their work. Price-wise, it sounds on target if they’re experienced and have a quality portfolio. I’d say the number of engagement photos is pretty low (I usually deliver around 50-100 final images from an engagement session).

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Totally depends on the area. For my area that would be waay overpriced for what your getting but in some areas that’s a great deal! Shop around and compare prices to make sure you’re getting a good deal.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Like others said, depends on your area.

This website gives averages for wedding expenses based on zip code: http://www.costofwedding.com

6 hours might not be enough. When I was researching 8 hours was the most common.

10 engagement photos seems really low to me. I mean sure there might only be 10 really awesome ones but I’d still want to see a couple dozen.

You could try negotiating with her to get an extra hour + more engagement photos thrown in.

I will be paying $3,800 for my photographer, which is quite high for West Michigan but I absolutely love her work and just couldn’t settle on anyone else. (According to that link I gave you the average in my area for both photography and videography is $2,590.) I’m getting 9 hours of coverage by 2 photographers, digital negatives with printing release, and an engagement session. She also edits all her photos and is a true artist in my opinion. No prints included in my package but that doesn’t bother me because my dad owns a printing business.

Assuming $2800+$800=$3600 isn’t astronomically higher than the average in your area, I’d say just go with your heart. I always cringe when I see poor wedding photos… what a buzzkill. Not how you want to remember your day.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

6 hrs is usually enough to capture the story/flow of the day. no, you won’t have full reception coverage, but that’s not an issue unless you’re planning a photo-worthy exit (bubbles, sparklers, thrown lavender, etc…) you also won’t have hours of getting ready pictures, but 20 minutes is enough to get the dress/shoes/jewelry and mom helping you into the dress.

i usually do 6 hrs, and only occasionally am asked to add on an extra hour or half hour if it’s necessary. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@christina-joy:  my wedding is in michigan to ! im getting 6 hours of coverage with all rights to images for 1000 and my photographer is amazing!!!! unllimited locations to

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think that is pretty standard, in almost all areas of the US.

I looked at a lot of photographers, and all of the decent ones charged $2500+.

Mine charged about $2700 for 6 hours, engagment session, and all photos with printing release, and second shooter (so no albums or prints).  I did pay more for extra time though.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

@FutureMrsB123:  I’m confused about what you mean by she “credits back” half of her deposit? 

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