(Closed) Wedding Package is this a good deal?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

I like package three.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I can’t see where it says how many pictures will be taken.  Honestly, this looks like a good deal.  We’re paying more for our photographer with much less stuff ($2200 for two photographers for 8 hours + engagement session + CD with rights to images, and that’s it).

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It may be fine for you if all you want is the best 100 pictures so you don’t have to sort through everything. However, our photographer is giving us  a CD with pretty much all the images that turn out ok. I saw some of her example galleries of real weddings and this is usually about 700-1200 pictures! Do you at least get to pick which 100 you want? We are being charge about $1200 for the minimum 6 hr package. If you purchase all the pictures you want, it may come out to the same amount instead of the cheaper hook price.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t like it.

It’s a very low price, but even with the best package you only get 150 pictures (plus however many $100 can buy you) and they are only good for printing 4×6 size pics. I find that to be ridiculous. I’d rather find someone who would hand over a CD of the full resolution of every picture he/she takes (and it better be closer to like 1000 with 2 photogs for 8 hours) even if it were completely unedited.  That’s the least I’d settle for.

If I wanted to spend the time, I can edit pics, print pics and design albums myself. (They won’t be very good, but it can be done) But I can’t take 1000 Hi Res picutres of myself with a professional camera. So that’s the least I’d ask for.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

VERRRY LOW price

 

were paying 2200 and getting alot less

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I don’t like it either. I’d look for a package where you can get all pictures taken on a CD including unedited photos.

I’m also not a fan of packages that include prints… you can make your own prints of the photos you love in the size you want! I’d rather get all edited and non-edited photos on CD.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

package 3 is great! you DEFINITELY want 2 photographers and the CD.  See if you can work out something where you dont necessarily get the wallets or whatever that you do not want and get more of something else. 

We asked our photographer if we could use our photo credit for an additional hour of photography. I’d much rahter have more photos to pick from then have them print them.  Plus CVS, Walgreens, Snapfish do great quality (same that you’ll get from the photographer) so why waste it? Does that make sense?

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It’s super cheap. I have to wonder about the quality of the photography at such a price and in such an expensive market (Chicago). The wholesale cost of albums like the ones listed (the price photogs have to pay before they mark them up to sell to you) is usually $300-700, so I just don’t really understand how they could be offering these prices without a substandard product.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@FutureMrsDavis10132012:  “Plus CVS, Walgreens, Snapfish do great quality (same that you’ll get from the photographer) so why waste it?”

Uh, no. No, they don’t do the same quality. Not even close. From the paper quality, to color matching/calibration to archival properties, they can’t touch pro prints. Mpix.com or Bay Roes are a close approximation, but even they aren’t truly pro prints.

2 photographers are also not an abolute necessity. We had one amazing photog and she got literally every single shot that we wanted (and i’m big into photography, so i’m extra picky). If your photographer is really good, you don’t need two.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I guess this would depend on how good the photographer is. For me, I don’t really like any of the packages, especially since none of them come with a CD.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

The prices is low, which scares me. I am a photographer, and you get what you pay for…. Sometimes you will see a low price, and that means that someone is just starting out, but they still do good work (rare, but it happens). In this case, I doubt it as they are offering 2 and 3 photographers.  

Look at package 3 – 1100.00

2 people for 8 hours = 16hrs, plus I would say 2-3hrs of editing for every one hour of shooting (In my opinion, that is what it takes to do it right and individually touch each picture), so 32-48 hours editing. That is 48-64 hours total. 

Now subtract the cost of the album, 3 – wallet sheets, 100 – 4×6 prints, 3 – 11×14’s, and a 75.00 print credit.

By my calcuations, if they are using a professional printing company for both prints and album, then they are making about 12.50/hr – which, by the way, is what a person working at In-N-Out Burger makes in my area…. Now you can see why I am leery.

I am not trying to sound like a jerk but rather to illustrate a point. We are professionals with years of experience, and will not settle for McDonalds wages if we turn out a quality product, and use professional vendors. That being said, each photographer picks a price that works for them, which is great. If it is a large company, then they have found the price that they can “mass shoot” weddings for and still turn a profit. I do not and never will criticize someone for their pricing or lack of it. OP, just asked what we think, and I think that it is very inexpensive, which in our industry is usually not a good thing. 

If you like their photography and it works within the constraints of your budget, then by all means, use them. At the end of the day, you liking the photographer(s) and their style is ALL that matters. If you choose them, I would ask them to change up the print package though. I would see if you can change the 4×6’s to 5×7’s as that is the standard framing size, plus you probably will not want 100 of them, so maybe only get 50 and ask for 5-10ea 8×10’s instead. (Plus you will have them on CD anyway, if you decide you want them later) I would also sub out the wallets, as I could never see myself handing out wallet sized images of my wedding to anyone. (Maybe that is just me)

I would agree, 2 photographers is a must, and a CD is also a must, in my opinion. However, CVS, Walgreens and Snapfish are no match for a professional printer. Not even close. That is one of the biggest rookie mistakes you can make, is trying to pass off sub-par printing as professional. The best way I can describe it is… Do you remember the first time you saw High Def TV? I mean like a plasma in high definition, and then compared it to an old tube TV? That is the difference, also there are several different types of printing paper, which can make a HUGE difference in the apperance of the print as well. Hopefully this helps. Sorry if it seemed liked a rant. Please feel free (any bee) to contact us with any questions, we love to help.

Take care,

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

Just sent you a PM. I will also try and find the name of another one… There was one I saw about a month ago that I really liked, and was familiar with Chicago venues. I Think they were in the $3000 range (give or take). I will try and find their info for you as well

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