Post # 1
I am currently in the market for vendors: photographers, djs, etc
I contacted a few vendors and have an apt set up with one photographer. After getting a few starting prices, I went back and basically told the person “I don’t want to waste anybody’s time but I would like to know your ideal pricing because I have a budget to be mindful of” (They wouldnt give me pricing and said I had to discuss in person).
I told them ideally what I want (2 photographers, 6 hour coverage) and my max budget ($1800). Vendor gets back to me and says if you truly care about your pictures… there isn’t going to be anyone close to that budget with two photographers that at least you can trust will give you a GOOD wedding. The lower budget companies typically hire new photographers who are just looking to gain experience, which is how they are able to lower the cost. I would just say be super careful when hiring someone in that budget range.
How does he know what all vendors do? Think they are being honest or really just trying for a sale?
Post # 3
i think thats pretty honest. however shop around, if you like what you see on their website contact about price. ive never had ap hotographer tell me they can only discuss price in person. every one i contacted sent me a sheet of prices if they didnt already have it listed on their website. you can ask for different packages to maybe lower the price. limit your hours or dont get an album just the disc and print your own album at a later date
Post # 4
i suggest shopping around. my photog is $4000, i know i will get amazing photos and delivered in a very timely manner.
i looked at some of the lesser priced photogs and read their reviews. not anyone i would want to hire.
while you may be lucky and be able to find an amazing photog (or maybe 2) and a super low cost, it is not likely.
Post # 5
For the most part, that’s correct for photographers. Usually someone charging under $2000 is some inexperienced/new or someone who just isn’t very good (from what I’ve seen). I generally think you have to pay around $2500 or more to start getting quality photographers (for a 6 hour time slot)
There’s nothing wrong with hiring someone who hasn’t been doing if very long that fits your budget if you like their pictures and adjust your expectations slightly.
There’s always some exceptions, but those are not so easy to find.
And yes, a lot of the lower nation-wide photography companies offer those $1000-$1500 packages and they typically just hire out people to come to your wedding. You might not even meet your photographer and you have no idea how good (or not) this person will be. I wasn’t willing to risk that and I’ve heard some horror stories about those companies on here.
They have a similar nation-wide one with DJs too.
Post # 6
Congratulations. I looked for photographers all over your area from South NJ, Philadlphia, and the Poconos. I learned very quickly that the photographers I liked and that had quality work started at about 3000 some as much as 5000. There were some that would do 2000 for shorter periods say 6 hours. Keep looking. Think about emailing the photographer and say how I liked thier artistic style and then say how you are looking for quality within your budget and ask what they had a avilable in a 2000 price rance on your friday eve wedding.
Post # 7
@ecrowe1218: It’s all about where you live! I know here in Portland photographers generally start around 2k, but I talked ours down to $1500 (even though we wound up eloping and only paid her $250 for an hour and a half) and she was AMAZING! She was 20 years old, but her pictures are incredible and I didn’t have one second guess about our choice to go with her. Even DH loved getting the pictures done by her! He was comfortable in front of the camera…for once.
I don’t necessarily think it’s fair to say that anyone doing $2000 price ranges is going to disappoint you, either. Shop around! Lots of photographers run specials, but keep in mind since your wedding isn’t until 2015 you will get a lot of vendors saying that they won’t book just because their prices are going to change. It’s stupid, but I ran into that a lot.
Don’t automatically put off a photographer just because they’re a little cheaper. Obviously there’s cheap photographers who do terrible work, but there’s also cheap photographers who do amazing work. And from what I’ve gathered from my time here on the boards, around $2k is kind of a universal average for 6 hour time slots.
Post # 8
Honestly? Sometimes it’s true, but it’s not true for all people. My photographer was $700 and she did great work! What’s the catch? Photography is her SECOND job. She pays her bills with a full time day job, and she shoots nights and weekends.
My cousin is a photojournalist by profession. He did our engagement pics and they were GORGEOUS. Problem? His work takes him out of town frequently, so it took a while to get them back (almost 2 months) and he shoots at home as a hobby. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to commit to doing my wedding, but he would have done an AMAZING job for a fraction of the cost.
So don’t cut everyone out just because they don’t have a bunch of zeros behind their pricing. There may be a reason for it and just because there are 4 digits before the zero doesn’t mean the work is going to be worth it. Read the posts here.
Post # 9
The photographer who e-mailed you back is speaking the truth as he knows it.
And yes, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to find TWO experienced photographers to hire for 6 hours. Plus any editing and prepping they have to do.
I’m not saying it’s impossible. But it will be harder.
Post # 10
Those photogs are absolutely right.
Yes, they do know what other vendors do – it’s their job to understand pricing and what money gets you in their field.
You *may* be able to find a newer photog that charges that in your area, but I suspect it will be hard. You will have to sacrifice quality and/or that second photog if you want to stay in budget.
Post # 11
Our photog was actually an IT guy by day, and a photog by night!
So we got him at a GREAT price ($950 for two events and 10-12 hours, with three prints, a canvas, and a CD of all images) He was the BEST about super-speedy, same-day responses, because he was SO desperate to become a full-time photog!
And his pictures are INCREDIBLE!
Post # 12
@ecrowe1218: Although the response may not have been what you wanted to hear, I think it was pretty accurate and honest.
What photography products are you expecting to get? Even if you only want a CD with your editted photographs on there, you also have to take into account the work that BOTH photographers have to do that day, and the days following the wedding in order to provide you with the pictures.
Can you book one professional photographer, and then ask a friend or family member with a really good camera to get some other pictures as well during the ceremony and reception?
Post # 13
It’s a matter of priority. Just like food. You can spend a fortune and get amazing gourmet food, if that’s priority, or you can spend a more reasonable amount and get good but not spectacular food. Photography is the same. I, personally, don’t need spectacular. I just need good photos that will help remind me of my wedding day, since it all goes by in such a blur. I don’t really think I’ll frame more than a few so it’s not like I need hundreds of magazine worthy photos. But that’s me. There seem to be a lot of people that are really concerned with how things look and having blog worthy photo spread pictures. And if that’s what you want, you’re gonna pay a premium. To me it’s just not worth it. But if it is to you, then figure out how to pay for it. All a matter of priority. My single photog is $800 for the whole wedding day and digital copies that I can print myself. She’s awesome, but it took awhile to find her!
Post # 14
@ecrowe1218: The response is pretty accurate, here’s how I always breakdown wedding photography:
Now you can pick two of the three, however there is a loophole. If (and it’s a pretty big IF) you can find someone that may not have the experience, you might be able to get a good, talented, reliable photographer for less. It is a gamble though because these types of photographers are usually looking to build their portfolio, so you won’t have as much to go on.
Post # 15
They are being honest. I paid over 4K for just one photographer in North Jersey.
Post # 16
And all these older professional photogs seem to forget that they were once newer photogs. They probably had all the talent in the world and I bet they would, back then, say that their product could rival anyone else’s….
and some of them would have been right.