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Most of us are probably in the same boat – we want to keep our budget to a minimal but not suffer on quality of our wedding pictures by hiring horrible photographers with no artistic skills.
I noticed/realized that I love higher end photographers’ pictures but just cannot afford their “basic price”, which start at $4000 and up. I thought it’s time to compile a comprehensive listing so the existing bay area brides and future bees will find this posting useful.
Here are reasonable/affordable photographers whose styles/pictures I like, their prices are around $3k.
If you have suggestions, please add it to this posting. I have not booked any photographer at this point so all recommendations are welcome!
In no particular order:
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I had a friend get married in the bay area just this past fall at a vineyard! Rene took these photos and turned out absolutely STUNNING!
The packages start at $2100 It may be something to look into! Best of Luck!
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I worked with Morgan Bellinger out of SF and he was great. All of his package information is on his website. Movephotography.com
Post # 5
Lynnette Joy Photography is doing our wedding..
Post # 6
thank you for the wonderful suggestions!
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Post # 8
Thanks FinallyGettingMarried for the props and the shout-out! I just want to encourage each of your in your search, wherever that may be, for a great photographer. I’ve had the opportunity to work with and get to know some of the most sought after photographers of San Francisco (Cliff Brunk, Luke Goodman, Ben Chrisman), and ultimately I think what sets them apart is not only the consistent quality of their images, but their personality. When I begin working with clients I try to develop the kind of relationship that would make me the kind of friend they would want at their wedding even if I wasn’t there with a camera (or two… three).
I am convinced that each of you can find this kind of photographer, and wish you the best. Often what starts to determine pricing is the length of time a person has been in the business (which translates into a referral base). Cliff Brunk, for example began shooting 4 years ago for 1,900 for full day coverage. Now if you want an album you’re going to end up over 8k. I think the quality of his photography has changed minimally (was awesome, is awesome). What has changed is that everyone now knows about him.
I think this is actually good news for you brides. You can find your proverbial diamond in the rough. Find a photographer that other photographers speak highly of, (and check out a full wedding of theirs) this may be the up and coming guy or gal that is going to be charging 8k in four years. I think may be on that track, but one of the great things about where I am now is that I get to work with people that do have a budget like most of my friends, rather than most of my photography friends.
Another thing to keep in mind is that most photographers will travel for minimal costs. If you like a photographer in another state, just ask them. You may be surprised at the types of photographers you can bring in from the hotspots of wedding photography (people in new york, san francisco, and santa barbara like to travel!)
Good luck brides. You can do it! Hope this is encouraging to all of you!
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Our photographer was F.C. Wong. He does amazing work and will work to help you create a package within your budget. We had him for 8 hours plus a second shooter for under $2K. Ours was a Friday wedding, but he ended up staying longer than the contracted 8 hours and produced beautiful images for us: http://fcwongphotography.smugmug.com/Other/Cox/9911964_SvwUc#675710244_QuSD8
His website is: http://www.fcwongweddings.com
Post # 10
He’s our photographer. His prices are very reasonable and he shoots in a photjournalistic style. He’s not realy big on posey-posey shots other than the traditional couple/bridal party/family shots, and his focus is simply documenting the day exactly as it happens. His base package starts at just under $1,000.
Post # 11
Our current photographer: http://www.hwiley.com/ Heather Wiley.
She took great engagement pictures, and I like how she captures people’s faces and emotions in her portfolio.
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I had my wedding at the begining of March and our photographer, Lindsey Cahill, did a fabulous job! We also had her for an engagement shoot and that went really well too. We took pictures at a couple spots around Golden Gate park and I absolutely love how her pics turned out! She’s as artsy as you want to be and very open to any ideas that you may have. I highly recommend her and she was able to adjust to our budget (which was also below $3,000). Here’s her website:
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Post # 13
We went with Hayley Anne Photography – http://hayleyannephotography.com
Her photos are gorgeous and really spoke to us, the rates were great, and she’s also really down to earth. Highly recommend!
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finallymrs2016: Oh wow this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thank you!
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Bay Area affordable wedding photographer http://www.photographybyaizhan.com