Post # 1
Right now, I’m so stressed out about my photographer situation.
At first we were hoping my sister’s friend could do it, but after she did our engagement pics, I wasn’t really impressed…
Then my mom wanted the guy who did her wedding to do ours. She only paid him $200. But 1) I did not care at all for his pics of my mom’s wedding. 2) His focus is on Concert Photography, not wedding photography. 3) And just now I got the information that he raised his price double for my wedding.
My mom is very insistent on using this guy. But I don’t want to use him at all!
The catch here is of course, My mom and Dad are going to pay for the photography, but they can only afford less than $500. And of course that doesn’t get you very far around here. Average being $1000. So far I found two girls I liked (I just started looking yesterday lol), but one for 4 hours is $750 (I have to ask her if she can do less than 4 hours), and then I found this other girl who can do $200/hr for how many hours I want.
I was really hoping my parents alone could pay for my photography, but it looks like getting a good one, It’ll be at least $500. I definitely can’t afford to pay for a good photographer by myself.
Should I have my parents put in $400, I can put in like $350 or so for 4 hours? Or should I just have someone do like 2 hours for $400? What’s your advice?
Post # 3
@raziel1687: That’s tough. I do think it’s good that you’re sticking to your guns. A photographer is such a personal choice. DH and I took awhile with our search as well.
Based on what you wrote, my personal opinion is your first options (get the 4 hours for $750) because if you want getting ready/detail shots, shots of you and your DH, shots of the ceremony, the bridal party and family, you’re going to come close to all of that taking 4 hours. Not to mention any candid shots of guests at the receptioin (which was one of my favorite parts).
But it really depends on what you’re looking for the photog to shoot. And my general experience is that you get what you pay for, so if photography is hugely important to you, I’d chip in a bit as well.
Post # 4
@raziel1687: I would have your parents pay $400 and you put in the $350 or so because you don’t want to have crappy and cheap pics. You will have these pics, showing people, and be looking at them for years. My photographer cost $500 for the whole day plus he will be having a second photographer taking pics as we get ready. He’s a friend of my FMIL so we got a deal. The price went up just after we signed the contract. He’s a fairly new photographer. He’s been doing it for like 4 or 5 years and will have done 5 weddings by the time he does ours. He’s done lots of e-pics, graduation pics, maternity pics, and family pics. We loved a majority of our e-pics. Good Luck!
Post # 5
@raziel1687: i would suggest paying the difference yourself!
Post # 6
I did just find a good deal (I’m currently still Googling photographers), and their portfolio looks pretty good to me, and they are having a 50% off sale, $400 for 8 hours, plus $125 for the disc with all images….
But I do really love the pics of the lady who will cost $750, she did the engagement pics for my sister-in-laws best friend, and they came out just beautiful.
Post # 7
@raziel1687: For me it depends on how long you need them. Ours for example is only a 2 hour wedding so I wasn’t paying over $500 for a photographer when they are only needed for a couple hours MAX. So if your wedding is shorter I would go with the $200/hour one if you feel like you can get all the shots you want in with her – may want to talk to her about it first, even if you pay $600 for 3 hours you are still ahead $150 from the other one.
Post # 8
@raziel1687: For starters, there is no sense in paying any amount of money for a product or person you don’t love. How much money do you have that you can conribute to the photography budget? Is it possible for you to stretch that at all? Find somewhere else in the budget where maybe you’re paying for something that isn’t necessary.
What area of FL is your wedding in? Is April 12th your for sure date?