(Closed) Are my expectations too high?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
18644 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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 # 7
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@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
14496 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
732 posts
Busy bee
  • 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 # 12
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Maybe you can do some of the post-processing and all the album design to lower the cost?

Post # 14
348 posts
Helper bee

If it’s that much cheaper where you live now, can you fly someone you like into VA?

Post # 15
206 posts
Helper bee
  • 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
271 posts
Helper bee

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. 

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