(Closed) Bee’s….is this a good deal on photography???

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is this a good deal?
    Yes, sounds great to me! : (48 votes)
    83 %
    No, you should get more than that for what you'll be paying : (10 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @txrodeo:  Seems like a good deal to me. 12-13 hours of photography for 3 grand is more hours than I’ve found for other photographers in my area (NJ). And a lot of photographers don’t give you full rights, which I definately want so I can make prints any time I want without worrying about it. Plus you can post them on facebook without worrying about it either.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    That’s about the average that I’ve seen.  Do you get a second photographer on the wedding day?

    I think we are going with a lady who is giving us all that, minus the bridal session, plus an engagement photo book, all for $2000 with a second photographer on the wedding day.  Although I’m not sure if she edits all the photos on the DVD or just a portion. 

    Post # 5
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    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    That’s a great deal in the San Francisco area, the lowest priced photographers offering similar packages (cuz your package has all I wanted, I didn’t want prints or albums either) started at $2,600 and up.

    Post # 7
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    1284 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    That seems like a decent price to me. Certainly not great but not terrible either. I guess it really depends on how much experience she has. If she has a lot of experience… it’s a good deal. Not much experience… not a good deal.

    If you like her style and are comfortable with that price point you are probably in pretty good shape.

    Post # 8
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    I tend to cringe when I see posts like this.  Instead of asking “is this a good deal” what you should be asking is “is this good photography?”

    A good deal is subjective.  There are photographers offering the services you mentioned for $500 to 10K+

    It’s impossible to put a value on photography without seeing a sample of the end product.  The range that was quoted to you seems to fall within average pricing.

    There are a few red flags though I would concerned about.  Is this photographer a newbie?

    -The amount of images they are giving you seems high, and I don’t know why any photographer would disclose their keeper %’s to their clients

    -The whole thing about prints is disturbing.  I am willing to bet this person is a part timer or just not willing or able to deal with labs and prints.  It’s much easier to get a websize image looking good for the web rather than retouching every last detail of an image that will be printed 20×30.  They almost seem as if they are trying to sell you on the fact that you can get prints done cheaper and better so they never get asked to do it and have to deal with it.

     

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    It might depend on how YOU value some of those things.  For us, getting the DVD, along with the album was very valuable.  However the free engagement session?  Not that valuable t us. We are actually just doing it so we can get comfortable in front of the camera/photographer.  

    Also, it obviously depends on the quality. 

    Post # 12
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    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    The pictures look beautiful!

    Is it a good deal? Not by my definition.

    Is it a fair price? Yes. It seems an average competitive price. You get what you pay for, 3k is about the range I saw for similar photographers.

    Post # 13
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    1405 posts
    Bumble bee

    @txrodeo:  Four pictures doesn’t say much.  Do they have a blog?  Look at the last 2-3 months, how many gigs did they do and post about?  How consistent are the images?  Ask them to see a typical CD from a wedding to get an idea of what you are getting.  You need to see more than posed pictures, and get an idea of how they do in outdoor locations and indoors with difficult lighting conditions.  Are the images a good mix of posed vs photojournalistic? 

    I know they said fully edited pictures, but they are not going to retouch 1100 images to the same detail as the ones in their portfolio.

    I still find it disturbing on their views of prints.

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    “Four pictures doesn’t say much.  Do they have a blog?  Look at the last 2-3 months, how many gigs did they do and post about?  How consistent are the images?  Ask them to see a typical CD from a wedding to get an idea of what you are getting.  You need to see more than posed pictures, and get an idea of how they do in outdoor locations and indoors with difficult lighting conditions.  Are the images a good mix of posed vs photojournalistic? 

    I know they said fully edited pictures, but they are not going to retouch 1100 images to the same detail as the ones in their portfolio.

    I still find it disturbing on their views of prints.”USER876 

    +1

    Post # 16
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    1544 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Thats high… you can easily get that for less – well by me you can.

     

    I had a photographer offer me:

    8hrs of coverage and free engagment and bridal session. With all the images on a CD and online with full rights and prints for $999. It was a special offer for those that attended the bridal show though – She normally charges 2k for that. Most seemed to be about 2k to 2500. The high ones were 3k. Idk if it depends on the area though…

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