(Closed) Where to best spend my money?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I vote for buying the rights to your pictures, whenever possible.  We made ourselves albums, made our parents albums, and handed out pictures left and right to anyone and everyone who was interested.  Plus we got all our pictures (almost 2000!), not just the best ones or a limited number of shots (some photographers only give you 100 every hour or something like that). 

I think 8 hours is plenty for a photographer (2 hours before the wedding, 1 hour ceremony, 5 hours reception) and it doesn’t make sense to spend money upfront for albums if you want to buy them a couples weeks after the wedding.  Get the photo rights; you won’t regret it!

Post # 4
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2342 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wow, thats strange rules!  Well it sounds like to me that you already feel like you want to extend your hours.  And honestly I would do that!  But it’s crazy that he can’t give you pictures until a yr out if you don’t purchase an album up front. 

At least you can have pictures from friends and family that you can post upfront.  You can join a site that hosts pictures that your guests can upload so they can all share.  Just let your guests know about the site maybe when you send thank you notes.

Post # 6
Member
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ahhh, in that case, I say go for the extra time.  As long as you’ll buy the rights and the albums after the wedding, I think paying for a couple extra hours of photography is a good idea! 

Post # 7
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739 posts
Busy bee

I personally would take care of the album ahead of time.  More often then not, when a couple says they set money aside for after the wedding for their album the end up waiting years or not get it at all, it’s pretty sad.  The thing is you either spend to much on the honeymoon, car brakes down, the list/life goes on.  You will hear advice from other brides who tell you to just get the files and put together a cheep press book (shutterfly/etc.) but the reason they don’t cost very much compared to and professional album, is the book isn’t build to last generations like an album is.  A pro album is built with expensive archival supplies so it will be around  when your children and grandchildren get married.  Another thing with just getting just the disk, it’s not tangible.  Who knows where computers and files will be even in the next 5-10 years, pro albums will outlast technology.  It would be a big bummer to not have anything to show from your big day later in your life.   I think a lot of people have a misconception that pro albums are expensive because photographers just want to blindly rob them of their money, but truth be told they are very very expensive to produce for us and there isn’t much of a profit margin to begin with.  I know my studio puts our heart and soul into every wedding we shoot to create a work of art, we know its a big investment, and it breaks my heart when I see these amazing photos go to waste.  I’m not trying to discourage you not to get the files, those are important to especially if you want to share your day via web. 

Hope this helps  😉

Post # 9
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

$1500 for the album, FAINT… but i’m glad that you were able to get everything worked out and i’m glad you’ll be able to post pix for the bees!!!

Post # 11
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

it sounds beautiful!! you def have to take a picture of it for us!!! but i know as a photog that makes you a photog snob, know what i mean? like i’m definitely a snob when it comes to some wedding related things because of my profession as well…

Post # 13
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10218 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

ohh very good point!! i honestly will be doing most of the things myself because well it saves money and i can… photography is the only thing that i will be paying a good amount of money for… the rest will be vendors etc. that i am close to and i may have a doc or one of the people that work for me as a doc… dang that would be a lot of pressure for them though right?!

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