What is a reasonable price for a photographer in Bucks County, PA

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Looking at the cost of wedding calculator in your area it appears that the average cost people spend on wedding photography is 1500-2500. That’s well below the industry standard for a seasoned professional (more in the 3000-5000 range).

Post # 4
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Wannabee

@continuumphotography:  No need to pick on an area because it’s below its “standards”.  What considers cheap in a big city is very expensive in a small town.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Chester County, we booked one for $1800 for one photographer, 6 hours, with engagement photos. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@kinsykarma:  It all depends on your budget.  There’s plenty of good photographers in Philly and the Lehigh Valley, starting at least $2000.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@IHeartWeddings123:  Camera equipment costs a photographer the same whether they live in Bucks county or Manhattan.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

$200-$300 per hour for someone of quality. $300+ for someone real established. Id say $400 max, very few will charge that. Im in NY we run about the same. Single shooters, no extras.

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@kinsykarma:  Ditto what some of the others have said. It’s hard to say what the “average” is. Yes, some areas have a lower cost of living and therefor a lower cost of everything else. However, like someone else also mentioned – camera gear and the associated things that go along with photography are the same no matter where you live. Those things, on top of their quality level and expereince, will play a huge part in pricing. When you’re seeing people in the $1500 range, most likely they’re less expereinced with limited gear. It’s not picking on one area, just a fact, because expereince (workshops, mentoring, etc) and quality gear costs money (and you can’t afford those things if you aren’t charging enough to cover it).

Instead of focusing on what’s standard, focus on what you like. Look through photographers websites/blogs and pick your top 3 whos work you really like. 

What are you considering a huge range to be? Are you getting quotes for someone who is $1500 and then from someone who is $3000? If you are, I’m curious to see their website becuase most likely there will also be a huge shift in the quality of their work. That being said, if you can’t tell the differnce between a $1500 photographer and a $3000 photographer – it might not be worth it for you to spend the extra money. 

Personally, as a photographer, I obviously feel like photos are the most important part. However, that isn’t the case for everyone – and that’s okay. I can tell you that $3,000-$3500 is industry standard for a middle of the road package (being anywhere from 6-8 hours and includes a disk). 

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