Post # 1
So wedding planning has finally started to really take off over here! FI and I are having a pretty short engagement which means we really need to get moving quick on “the big things.” We already have the venue & caterer, the officiant, and the dress, but I really want to get a photographer ASAP. Our budget for photography is only around $1500 though…is that unrealistic nowadays?
It doesn’t help that I’m not even sure how to shop around really. I don’t mind paying more for something that’s a good value, but I’m not sure what I need when it comes to photography. How many proofs is a good amount of proofs for a package to include? Some say they include 350 but others include 800? How many will I need? Do I really need a “second shooter” package? Can anybody help me with what a “good” photography package should include or suggest a good photographer for a bee in the ‘burgh?
Post # 3
I’m not sure you want a package indicating a specific number of proofs. What if the phtographer takes 1000 good pictures? And then only gives you 800 per the contract? You have no idea what you’re missing.
For us, we had a photographer and assistant (no 2nd shooter) but the assistant took a few shots. Our engagement session was included (no prints/album/rights to those). We got 8 hours on our wedding day, all printing rights to our photos, all photos edited, an album w/ ~60 of our fave shots, all photos on USB drives. It was about 3k. I live in the DC area which is VERY expensive though.
I think you want to ensure you get all digital files, printing rights, and the number of hours coverage you need. You should also ask about insurance, backup equipment/photographer in case of emergency, turn around time on pictures after the wedding, and make sure the person’s portfolio fits your aesthetic. It was really important to us to have someone with a photojournalistic style, yours may be different.
Post # 4
Thanks! That’s defiintely helpful. I’ve found some photographers who offer you all of their proofs on a flashdrive but their photos just don’t seems that great and then the ones I do like it seems like they’re pretty skimpy on what they want to give you at the end of the day. I’m gonna keep looking and keep your advice in mind! I know I don’t want to break the bank but I must have plenty of professional photos that tell the story of the day!
Post # 5
When I was looking into a photographer and had a budget in mind – I tried to think of things I really wanted pics of. I don’t want 1000 pictures, I don’t feel like for our intimate wedding that we even need 200 pictures. I’d rather have better quality than a high quantity.
Do you want photos of all the getting ready stuff? All the “traditional” photos etc?
I just wanted someone for 2-3 hours and found a great photog who was charging me $1000 for 3 hours. First I thought that was high but the photos are something that you will always have. Food, decorations – gone. Photos here.
Post # 6
I also wouldn’t pick a package based on number of shots you recieve. I think that if you live in a medium to large size city you can expect to pay at least 2.5-3k for good quality pictures. This is generally speaking, some people get great deals or find someone who is very talented but just starting out. I live in a medium sized city and we will get: 10 hours of shooting, all rights, second shooter, engagement session, USB with all photos, and an album with 125 edited shots for about 4k. This was within $400 of the ‘average’ price, I found.
I did some research. I don’t know if these are your style, or something you’re interested in. Many photographers won’t put their packages or pricing up online but these have 5 star ratings on weddingwire.
http://www.dlmphotography.com/ (packages start at $1700 for full day, $1200 for half day)
http://www.yosphoto.com/ (packages start at $1600)
http://www.drphotographydesign.com/ (packages start at $900. They say a ‘minimum’ number of shots per package, which makes me nervous, but they have excellent reviews on Weddingwire — so if you meet with them you can discuss what that means)