- 5 years ago
Well I think it’s really location specific. We are paying $4000 and that was the cheapest we could find (we got quotes up to $12,000 for a single shooter) but we are getting married in Wine Country in California.
I would maybe get a few other quotes to compare pricing for your area or try the local board for specific advice. Maybe if you let everyone know where you are, they can chime in on the pricing.
Some questions I’d ask are: What’s her turnaround time like (how long to get your pictures back)? How many pictures does she take, on average, of weddings? How long has she been doing this/how many weddings has she shot before?
All in all, 1k is basically nothing for photographers in most areas.
The pics look lovely. I think $1K is a steal but I live in an area where established photographers cost at least $3K.
Where are you located? Ours is in PA, and we love her work, and she is $1700 for 6 hours. So $1000 for four sounds about on par with her.
I think the price is a little low. I would ask for an additional hour so you have time for portraits beforehand.
@CollegeBee3: the pricing is quite low so I would be concerned about back up gear, insurance, experience, etc. definitely do your homework before signing. I’m not impressed with this work (there are exposure/editing issues) but if your happy with the quality then I’d just encourage you to make sure everything else is in order.
Pennsylvania! Yes she has done multiple weddings, I have viewed the pics online and her website. Thanks so much for all the info ladies. I will send her my additional questions now.
Yes, definitely more casual! I like shabby chic for weddings… Burlap, lace, lanterns.
and I think now I’m leaning towards 7 hour shoot time, it’s only $1,500 as it is a package.
And she replied!
she said she usually takes 2,000 pics per wedding. And turnaround is 2 weeks. She has been shooting weddings for 5 years, 3 as a second shooter, 2 has an independent business owner.
@CollegeBee3: Our photographer was $1000 for rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception, and two hours of dance photos. Hell of a steal. She would have photoshopped and done all that, but I requested none of it. She gave me all rights to the pics after she weeded out the bad ones, and her turn around time with a week.
It is VERY area specific and depends on what style you are going for. My photog was cheap becuase she is only semi-pro and doesn’t have a fancy shooting style, but that’s why I wanted. Had I wanted all that (but with the sacrafice of a lot of other perks I got) I would have paid somewhere around 3-5K.
We’re getting a friendor to do ours for around that price, and we have him the entire day of. 🙂
Well a couple of things – first if you love her and her work I’m not here to discourage you from booking her. However as a professional I know that shooting weddings in the $1000-1500 range is not a sustainable business practice no matter the location. You can’t pay taxes, afford insurance, have professional quality equipment with backups, and turn a profit charging that little. Which says to me that either something out of the equation is missing, or they are really bad at business. I’d ask to see a full wedding, and read reviews.
The other thing that I’d find suspect is her telling you that she shoots 2000 images at a wedding. She may take that many, but don’t expect that sort of volume to be edited work. A single photographer may take that many photos, but part of delivering a quality product is going through those images, selecting the best, and editing them. Pretty much every pro I’ve ever met delivers in a 50-100 image range per hour.
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