Post # 1
So anybody out there know all the terms and lingo of a wedding photographer? Needless to say, I’m completely clueless about all of the stuff my photographer is telling me about pricing and what not. Please help me figure this out haha.
Her package for $2500 includes:
All day photo coverage
Custom hand editing of images
Online gallery and proofing
Digital slide show
1 16X20 canvas
$100 online credit
So first of all what does the proofing mean? And what I’m mostly confused about is, when I asked what the process is on getting the finished pics back to me she said “
The $2500 is coverage of the wedding day which will include an online gallery from where you can purchase professional prints and canvases. . .approximately 900 hand edited pictures.
Why don’t you look over the price list and tell me what your desires are at the end of your wedding. Are you desiring digital negatives (CD’s)? Do you want any canvases? Prints, etc. Albums?
The digital negatives are only available for purchase ($1000) after purchase of $250 of professional quality prints from the online gallery. ”
Her prints are 4X6 for $10 each. So does this mean that I pay the $2500 for her just to be there and then if I end up liking lets say 600 out of the 900 pictures and want them that’s $6,000 dollars on top of the $2,500!! So I’m going to pay around $8,500 dollars for her to be my photographer? I am reading this wrong? Please tell me if I am because I’m lost.. Haha HELP!
Post # 3
I think you are right. She is going to make A LOT of money selling you your own photos. Many photographers nowadays will include a disc with all photos as part of the package, so you can order prints on your own. It sounds like in order to get the same from her, you’d have to spend $1250 ($250 in prints, and $1000 for digital negatives).
Honestly it sounds like her business model is outdated and I’d either look into another photographer or ask her to include some discounted photos/albums in the package.
Post # 4
@msfahrenheit: And what exactly is ‘digital negatives’?
Post # 5
@Smith12: digital negatives are high-resolution digital copies of the photos. I assume that buying digital negatives from her means that you’d get a CD with all of your photos on it digitally. Then you could go to any photo place and get prints made.
Post # 6
wow, she’s charging you a LOT. I’m getting basically all of my photos on disc included in my package, and it’s substantially less than the $8500 you got to. I would go for another photographer…her pricing structure seems out of whack!
Post # 7
I checked with a lot of photographers in my area and I would say it was about 50/50 whether the CD was included, or if it was a model more similar to the OP described with having to buy a certain minimum + pay for the CD.
Post # 8
@msfahrenheit: That’s all I want! Haha I just didn’t realize I’d have to pay an extra $1,250 for it…. but her pictures are SO amazing… ugh.
Post # 9
@Smith12: Yes, I just had our photographer meetings,(in seattle) and had the same experience.
Regionally I think the initial quote is reasonable for what she is offering. 🙁 We had quotes from 8600-2800. Which included a CD of images that weren’t terribly high rez; we couldn’t print anything over a 4×6. So ask about the resolution she gives in those files…if its anything under 200 dpi its kinda a waste in my opinion. I think it sounds a bit shady that she won’t even give you SOME images on a CD in that initial package.
Go back and look for another! There will be one that will give you what you want. After the interviews and reading weddingbee I figured out what was most important to me and went looking for it in another photographer. We went with the 4th we interviewed. Do you want an album, or the digital negative, or is a canvas all you really want? We wanted the ability to print out later from files if we wanted more pics and it would cost LOTS (digital negatives) from a more “professional” person.
The above DOES sound like if you come back to get any physical prints you pay and pay and pay.
Post # 10
Based on this comment – The digital negatives are only available for purchase ($1000) after purchase of $250 of professional quality prints from the online gallery.
It sounds like you will pay her $2500 for the day, then after you buy at least $250 in prints, you can then buy the photos on disc for $1000.
Grand total of $3750. IF you are going this route, MAKE SURE and TRIPLE CHECK what images you get on disc. Do you get all of the images? Do you get them in the highest resolution? Will they have a watermark on them? Do you have reprint rights?
Something to keep in mind. A photographer shooting 40 weddings a year, is doing pretty good. If they are getting a full $2500 per wedding, they are making a pretty decent living. Cut that to just 30 weddings and they are just above average.
Something else to keep in mind is the average price for a wedding photographer according to The Knot is in the $2600 range.
Hope this helps!
Post # 11
@Seanettle: I just want a CD with the pictures on them so I can print the ones I want, when I want. That is the digital negative thing right?
Post # 12
@August411: Thank you! That does help.
Post # 13
Yup, digital negatives are what you want…at high rez, and make sure that you have “rights” allowed in the contract; it should be limited rights for personal use. If you need local recomends…LMK.
Post # 14
This is completely insane. I cannot comment on price, as each photographer should be able to justify their price, and generally has a price point for a reason. However, they should not be vague or use trickery. I have 3 clearly defined packages and that is all. They are on a printed document that does not change and is easy to read with the listed price and what is included.
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I am a firm believer in us getting paid for the quality art that we produce, but photographers that use deception to run up the price for their weddings really irritate me. Be honest, open and up front about everything. People will respect you more and put value in the work that you are doing. This is the type of crap that makes people want to not hire a photographer for the most important day of their life… Ridiculous.
Sorry, my rant is over. All of you, please forgive me.