Post # 1
So I found a photographer that I love. He’s a little above my price range, but I would rather pay more for someone I love than pay less and regret it later.
1999 gives me 6 hours of coverage, 225 edited pictures, and an engagement session.
2499 would give 8 hours of extra coverage, a second shooter, 325 edited pictures, an engagement session, and 2 free add ons.
The add ons available are: 1 extra hour, all images unprocessed on dvd, 100 thank you prints or 1 aftershoot/trash the dress shoot.
Obviously the second option had more value, but do I really need all the extra features? For those of you that had a second shooter: was it worth it? Which of the add ons would you choose?
Post # 3
@maniccupcake: I’d say a second shooter is important. The extra time is invaluable, too. If they arrive at 10 am to start photographing you getting ready, and then things run late, and your ceremony is bumped, etc. etc., you could end up having to rush through your reception to fit in all the moments you want them to catch, because I can guarantee they’re only sticking around as long as they’re being paid for. 🙂
Post # 4
I was thinking the second package too.
The photographer would likely be there from 2pm to 10pm. We are getting married at 5pm (super short 20 minute ceremony) iwth the reception right after.
I need to make a decision soon as he has another bride considering him for our date. Ugh.
Post # 5
@maniccupcake: I would definitely go for the second shooter – but only if you can fit everything in your budget
Post # 6
@maniccupcake: I’ll echo PPs and say go for the second shooter if you can make it work financially…we decided to splurge for a second photographer after asking our married friends and getting a lot of recommendations that it was worth it!
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@maniccupcake: We had something very similar to that first package -one shooter (with an assistant, but the assistant wasn’t technically a second shooter and only photographed certain parts of the wedding, like the ceremony) for 6 hours. I have no regrets! I love all of our wedding photos and 6 hours was plenty. Our photographer captured all of the big moments and is really talented, I really don’t feel like we missed out on anything.
We had our photographer arrive a little before the ceremony to take some getting ready photos and our first look, and since our wedding lasted ~6.5 hours, she wasn’t there until the very end – but I’m fine with not having hundreds of photos of our guests, sweaty and tipsy and dancing up a storm at the end. I mean – those photos are always fun to look at, but I didn’t need to pay extra for extra time, you know?
Post # 8
@maniccupcake: The second shooter is absolutely worth every penny. I’d forget the add ons.
Post # 9
I agree with the others. The sevond shooter really doea make a difference. We’ve only had our engagement session but I enjoyed having two shooters’ perspectives and look forward to having his and her simultaneous shots while we’re getting ready.
Post # 10
@maniccupcake: It’s going to be very difficult for us to tell you which package is better, not knowing anything about your wedding day or the timeline of events. The best thing you can do is discuss your timeline with the photographer and see what he sugests. If you’re worried about someone else getting the date, sign the contract and put down your deposit, you can always update your package later.
Post # 11
Although my wedding hasn’t happened yet, from my understanding a second shooter is really important….specially if you want getting ready pictures PLUS they can get pictures from more than one angle. I would choose the $2499 package because you do get quite a bit. I would get the 100 Thank You Notes/Cards so that way its one less thing you have to worry about (and order more if needed) and 1 after shoot (a one year anniversary or trash the dress etc)
We chose to have a second shooter (mainly because its a husband and wife team) and because one can shoot the guys and one can shoot the girls. I also like how they can get different perspectives of the wedding through their cameras. Our package comes with a lot of extras as well but when we figured it all out, it includes our parents gifts in it and a bunch of other useful things. We went overboard on our budget too but we were also late on the 2 other photographers we wanted due to funding.
Post # 12
@maniccupcake: I also say the second shooter is worth it!! One photographer can capture you walking in, while the other takes the picture of your FI’s face when he sees you.
Post # 13
I would go with the 2nd package.. for everything you are getting you’ll get your money’s worth and more.
For the addons, if you need additional time, I would use the +1 hours… otherwise if you don’t, I would go with the all images unprocessed [there are programs that you could probably process them yourself], and either the thank you prints [pratically FREE thank you cards!!] or the TTD shoot.