(Closed) Are my expectations too high?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
10354 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think you are justified in being picky (i’m also a photographe,r so it was a big deal to me too!), but those prices are a STEAL where I live. So, I’d say maybe your price range is unreasonable. The wedding albums wholesale are the better part of $1000, I can’t imagine a truly gifted photographer like what you are wanting asking less than the prices you’ve given for a full day of shooting, all the post processing time, plus overhead. (our photog was $5500 for 14 hours of shooting over two days and en e-shoot, NO album, and that was standard for a kick-ass photog in our area).

Post # 33
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club

Your best best is to get as many hours as you can afford, and leave the album out of it when you frist book. You’re then making the most important investment up front, which is the photography, and the album can come later. Maybe purchasing through your photographer AFTER the wedding when you’ve recovered from the wedding expenses, or sourcing the album elsewhere. As long as you have the disc of images as a part of your package, you’re all set.

Also, plot out your timeline as much as you can before you book. A lot of people book their photog before they know what their day will look like, so they end up with not enough hours.

If it’s significantly cheaper to book someone outside of the area that you live, you could approach other photographers who are on the cheaper side but whose work you like, and find out what their travel costs would be. Some photographers want to get established in different areas, and may or may not be more flexible.

Good luck!

Post # 34
7 posts
  • Wedding: December 2007

another suggestion is to design your own album through blurb or if you have Adobe InDesign– it will cost around $50 to print and a few hours to design if you’re into that

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