Post # 1
I have issues… i have come to realize… How to do i reconcile these and move on??? The man and I are going to VA in Aug to plan the wedding and I and have been furiously stalking wedding photographer blogs in the Virginia area…. the issue is that I am an avid photographer (actually award winning though it’s weird to say about myself) and I have really high expectations. We set aside twice as much as the average package here costs us because VA is sooooo much more expensive wedding wise and it’s still not enough. I have only found two photographers that I want and they are both at the top of our budget (one STARTS at 3500 and the other at 3250, we budgeted for 3500 including album and trading E-pics for an extra hour at the reception). Photography obviously means A LOT to us, any ideas or recommendations???
Post # 3
Hmm to me that price seems pretty reasonable. We paid more than that and we didn’t live in a huge metro area.
Post # 4
Seems pretty decent to me too. My package is the equivalent of $4k, but he gave us a massive discount so we’re only paying $1500.
Post # 5
@zippylef: why did you get such a discount???
Post # 6
oh and the other wedding photographers in the area, though great, are not what we are looking for and would be WELL within our budget…. we’re talking top price including tax around 2900
Post # 7
I cannot believe photography costs 4. THOUSAND. DOLLARS.
Seriously? You can’t be serious. SERIOUSLY????
I’m not getting married anytime soon, but my best friend is a photog for National Geographic so yeaaaah. He’s gonna be doing the photos for us 🙂
I don’t even know where I would come up with 4K.
Post # 8
@Miss Topsiders- Luck? lol. Well, we got part of it from a military discount and the rest from our wedding date. We’re getting married on Halloween (well, day before) and having some very nerdy/horror movie type things going on. Our photog told me that he has always wanted to shoot a Halloween wedding, so he gave us a huge discount so that we would be sure to pick him.
Post # 9
You will only have one thing to remember your day with, the photographs. (unless you have a video) I think a photographer is worth their weight in gold. It is the one thing I have spent the most time on is picking the shots I want. I say go for it.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2010 - The Tower Club
Hmm… honestly if you are an award winning photographer you are perfectly justified in being picky; you will look at these photos differently than most clients and you will have many chances to second guess them as you do your own work. The bad news is that the photographers likely to meet your expectations will probably be outside your budget.
Can you hire a great photographer, but for a shorter time period? Can you contact some other photographer friends and see if they know any talented unknowns? Can you bring someone in?
Post # 11
@oyster: i am not from the area and the man is not “artsy” so we don’t really know anyone who has the talent level and experience we are looking for. we are trying to move funds around within the budget to accommodate this expense, but i am still hoping to be able to pull it off within our previous budget of 3500 (which, like i said is ridiculous within our current city! we’d have WHOEVER we wanted). we have agreed that since we are having a “smaller” wedding it is important to capture the moment in exactly the way we want.
Post # 12
I’m in VA and if I know where in VA I can try and point you to a few people. One way to cut the cost is to forgo the album for now. That (from a very talented photographer) will likely take off at least 4 figures….
Post # 13
Maybe you can do some of the post-processing and all the album design to lower the cost?
Post # 14
If it’s that much cheaper where you live now, can you fly someone you like into VA?
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum
I say forego the album/engagement shoot and maybe have the photographer of your dreams around for less time??
Also have you contacted the photographers and told them your dilemma? I had really good luck when i contacted photographers and explained who were were, what we were looking for and how much we had to spend! It was actually surprising how willing to work with us and our budget my favs were (and LA photogs are crazy expensive too!)
Post # 16
Hi MissTopsiders, I’m a photographer and I can completely empathize. I’m half way across the world but I know Natalie Gibbs is a Virginia Photographer and she has some gorgeous photos.