Post # 1
I found a photographer that I really like and really want to use. They told me they wouldn’t charge me more than $1000. Is that too much or average to have a wedding photographer all day? I’ve never priced this before so I don’t know what to expect.
Post # 3
@sarahroby: That’s actually really cheap. Make sure you see a portfolio and see an example of an entire wedding. Look up reviews too.
Post # 4
What does the $1000 include?
I ask because one photographer I spoke to charged $4000, but that was only for him to SHOW UP and shoot. To receive any photos (digital, not prints), it was an additional charge. And albums, prints, etc would cost even more. Granted, he and his wife are amazing photographers, but they were waaaay out of our budget.
So find out if the price includes the delivery of a certain number of photographs, prints, albums, or the opportunity for engagement/other sessions.
Post # 5
@sarahroby: What is your location? What does the package include – and what does it not include? Have you seen a portfolio of recent weddings, and checked out reviews? That price seems on the low side so I’d encourage you to investigate the contract and package.
Post # 6
Regardless of where you live, most photographers have the same business expenses. Advertising, camera equipment, insurance, websites, etc etc, it’s the same for most. On that said, any photographer charging $1000 for 8-12 hours of photography is not MAKING money, they are LOOSING money. Unless they are cutting corners everywhere, and they are not paying taxes on that money, and use cheap camera equipment. In which case, they are just starting, or running an illegal business, or so desperate for work they’ll do it cheaper. I would check all the reviews this person has, ask to see 2 full weddings, ask them about plan b in case of emergency, turnaround time, how many photos they will retouch (if any), and how many years of experience they have, if they have liability insurance, and backup equipment, and I’ll check the contract for cancellation policy. When a photographer is working so much for so little money, they burn out, and then you see them closing their business. If they pay taxes, just think about it. 30% of that money goes to the IRS (I know because I am a photographer). 30% is to pay for business expenses. The remaining 40% is what you actually keep as profit. So this photographer charging $1000, really gets to keep $400. Let’s say they stay from 8am- 10pm. 14 hours of shooting. Plus 10 hours of editing, and another 10 hours of consultation, copying, backing up the wedding, burning cds, shipping, blogging, advertising, emailing back and forth with the client, etc etc. That’s about $11 an hour. Who can make a living on that salary?
Just my two cents.
Post # 7
Pricing under $2,000 for wedding photography is generally very suspect. I would wager they are not paying taxes, don’t have insurance, and/or are cutting corners in every possible way.