Photography vent

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did looking for a photographer make you want to pull your hair out??
    YES! It was a nightmare to find someone in my budget, but it worked out in the end. : (7 votes)
    17 %
    Yes! I had to increase my budget. : (15 votes)
    37 %
    No, I found the perfect person in my budget easily. : (16 votes)
    39 %
    yep. I am still looking for my photographer, and I feel your pain. : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    2421 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    Giraffelover:  I just don’t think that’s available in that price point.  It wasn’t here.  I agree with you about the prices on websites – not just with photographers, with everything, even outside of the wedding industry.  Just throw me a ballpark so I know if it’s possible or a pipe dream!

    Post # 4
    Member
    4893 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Giraffelover:  I definitely get your frustration. I know for myself, I put a starting price on my website but not full pricing. My reason for this is that my pricing changes. Typically every 6 months my pricing get updated based on demand or even when the products my suppliers offer change (new products, higher prices, etc). For a lot of photographers, they custom quote package based on individual needs so it really is a matter of “not having a set price”.

    I’ll be honest and say, as a general rule of thumb, finding a qualified professional for that much time and that amount of money is going to be pretty hard. It’s just not possible to run a legal business that turns a profit (and in turns, pays the photographers bills) by charging anything less than industry standards (which is generally in the $2500-3500 range for 6-8 hours of coverage with digital files). You said you’re getting married in central forida? You should send an email to the photography department at Daytona State, which is in conjunction with UCF, and inquire about a photography student. I would be happy to PM you their email address and contact info for who you should talk to. Now obviously it isn’t going to be a professional and it’s a risk, but certainly a better option than craigslist.

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    Post # 5
    Member
    2264 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Giraffelover:  I have nothing to add, other than the fact that I am a fellow giraffe lover and both your screen name and your profile picture made me totally happy. I even sleep with a stuffed giraffe every night. I have no shame.

    Post # 7
    Member
    564 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Giraffelover:  

    Yeah, definite sticker shock over here too…

    Have you tried looking for students trying to build their portfolio? I don’t think you’ll find a professional for that price.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1499 posts
    Bumble bee

    Just because you want something for XX amount of dollars, with all your list of wants, doesn’t mean it exists in your area! I would love to have paid $1000 for our photographer, a lot of people would, but it isn’t a reality in a lot of areas. I would focus on what you want the most, and where you can compromise. Could you find one you like and negotiate a custom package for less hours covered but all the full rights etc?

    Post # 12
    Member
    2264 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Giraffelover:  I feel strongly in favor of cheesecake, Disney movies, and naps. I am especially in favor of the combination of all three in one day. 

    When I was 3, I used to make my grandmom watch The Little Mermaid with me at least twice a day. 

    Post # 13
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Originally, I wanted a photographer and had a pretty low budget for one.. under $1000.

    I couldn’t find someone I loved in that price range, so I extended my budget to $2100. It’s more than I would have liked to spend, but I’m getting a great photographer w/ second shooter for 8 hours, plus a 20 page photo album, print rights on disk, and a few other things.

    Post # 14
    Member
    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Giraffelover:  I struggled with the photography at first because DH thought it should only cost around 1000-1500 and decent photographers were not available within that price range in my city. And I was insistent on quality photos. Honestly I doubt in most places you would get amazing photos for 1000k.  We paid 3k in the end (full day coverage) and that was because she was still relatively new to the industry.  From what I’ve read before many do not put their price list up on their site as it deters people from contacting them. As a customer it was frustrating to not at least having a starting price on there so I could get an idea of whether or not they were in my price range.

    Post # 15
    Member
    720 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Giraffelover:  I definitely had to contact pretty much every photographer in my area for a price list. I originally had my heart on one photographer, she was available when I first contacted her but when I went to go book her, she was no longer available  so had to start over. I had to increase my budget BUT I ended up getting way more with this photographer so can’t complain too much. We just got our engagement shoot photos back and love em! Fiance and I are both happy, maybe not so much at the price but at the same time for everything we are getting its actually a fair price! 

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