Post # 1
My fiance and I have decided to hire a colleague of mine to shoot our wedding. he’s shot weddings before but his main job is a professional newspaper photographer. Main reason I’m hiring him is because I know him and feel comforatable (but also because he’s much more affordable than prices I was hearing online).
He doesn’t really do engagement sessions — I’m sure he’d consider it if I asked him. But part of me REALLY wants an engagement session. Most pros include this in their package, but those packages are like double our photo budget. Do you think there are professional photographers who would JUST do an engagement session with us? Would it be rude to ask them if they’re not shooting our wedding? If they do do it, any idea how much they might charge?
We live outside of Philadelphia PA and spend most of our time hanging in the city so I thought it’d be fun to spend a few hours there, walking around, getting shots.
Post # 3
why would it be rude?
You are hiring him for a job. I’m sure there are plenty of photographers that’ll take the job. It is still money.
As for the prices, it varies, but you probably will be looking from 100-500 depending on how “professional” you want to hire.
Post # 4
I’m a photographer and I have had plenty of people just ask me to do their engagement shoots. I don’t usually ask about who’s doing their wedding unless they bring it up. I charge $80.00 for engagement sessions which comes with a CD of photos, but it really depends on the photographer…. usually the more experienced they are, the more you’ll be spending.
Post # 5
It’s not rude, but why not just ask your friend. Engagement shots are probably a lot more in line with his actual work (newspaper photojournalism) than weddings are. Weddings add a lot of layers of difficulty. If you are prepared to have him shoot your wedding, the e-shoot should be a breeze. Also, it will also give you an opportunity to sample working w/ him.
Post # 6
It’s totally fine!
Lots of times brides will hire one photographer because they really like them for their wedding but they are too $$$. So they hire a cheaper one for eshoot.
Or if you don’t live where you are getting married and you want to do an eshoot local.
I’ve seen prices ranging from $250-$500 depending on the package.
Typically it’s 1-1.5hrs and 2-3 outfit/locale changes.
And I agree with @heather25:, why not hire your friend for eshoot as well? Just as I wanted to do a “dry run” eshoot with my photographer why not do a dry run with your friend? It will give him some experience in shooting people rather than more newspaper journalism. Could be a fun experience for both sides!
Post # 7
Not rude at all… lots of photographers just do engagement sessions!
Post # 9
Thanks. I might ask him. I just don’t want him to feel like I’m trying to get more for free from him. Although I would offer to pay him more if he did it, but I doubt he’d want to charge me.
I’m very familiar working with him since I’m the reporter who usually tags along when we’re doing a story together, so I already know how he works and know his photos. But my fiance doesn’t.
I just dont think he’s done any e-shoots before, so it might be nice to get a professional and get some different photos for this.
Post # 10
If you do end up using him for a eshoot and he doesn’t want to accept payment maybe a generous gift card to a local photography shop for supplies? Or a restaurant, etc?
Post # 11
Not rude at all! I would imagine it’s popular for Destination Wedding as well. We had a family friend do our e-session in our hometown since we won’t have time at our wedding location beforehand.
Post # 12
I did that! My wedding photographer is a friend of mine that lives in a different state. I hired a local photographer for our e-pics. And they turned out beautiful!
Post # 13
nope, that’s what i did! we got them done while on vacation by another photographer, even though my wedding one includes them in her price. i’m just having her switch that one with a boudoir shoot.
Post # 14
Like @elliestan, we got a different photographer for our e-pics because we were on vacation (in Vegas) and wanted to get some cool shots in a different location. Our wedding photographer didn’t include a free e-pic session and I hate to think how much more $ he’d want for it. The Vegas photographer took over 650 pics in a couple hours and only charged us $300!
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I don’t think that’s weird or rude at all, and I doubt the e-photographer would even ask why. 🙂
Post # 16
We have the opposite. We hired pro’s for our wedding but we’re hiring a photography student to do our engagement shoot..