Post # 17
You can ALWAYS find someone cheaper who will offer you more STUFF. Stuff is irrelevant if the photos aren’t awesome. Obviously you need to hire someone who you can afford, but if photography is a priority your hiring choice should be made on how their photos resonate with you, and how the personal connection between you and them goes.
I say, meet this photographer, see if you click! $3000 for what she is including is fair and reasonable. You need to figure out if your personalities work together, if you feel comfortable with her, and you also need to get a better understanding of what a full wedding from her looks like and what “fully edited” entails. I would not expect the images she turns over to be individually retouched.
Post # 18
It seems like a very fair price to me. I kind of doubt she “fully edits” 1100 photos though…that would take a ridiculous amount of time. The photos you posted are all pretty posed so I’d want to see her candid style too, but if you’re happy with it go for it.
Post # 19
I think it sounds like a fair amount as well considering how much time is being spent and how many royalty free images you will get. It wouldn’t hurt though to get one or two more quotes from other photographers of a similar talent/style.
Post # 20
What’s fair and reasonable really depends on the area you live in.
$3,000 in my area is way high. $3,000 in New York may be about right.
Really you won’t know what’s reasonable in your area until you contact 4 or 5 photographers, whose work you like, and see what they offer.
Post # 21
The price sounds good. It all depends on if you love the photos, as people have mentioned. Always pick a photographer you love over a photographer you’re not crazy about but who gives you extra products to make a better deal.
I completely agree with other posters that 1100 photos will not all be completely edited. If you want your photos fully edited, you need to find a photographer who gives out less photos.
The fact that they don’t offer prints or albums is really strange. Giving high-res images with printing rights is pretty standard, but a professional photographer shouldn’t tell their clients that the photos they print theselves are the same as the ones professionally printed by your photographer. When your photographer prints photos at their lab, you should be getting higher quality prints, and they should be color matched and enhanced for that particular lab. Otherwise the photos won’t look the way they do on your screen. Also prints from your photographer are usually fully retouched, while the photos on your disc aren’t. Professional, archival albums are even more important.
Post # 22
2 1/2 – 3 hours seems a bit long for a bridal session to me, but then again I’m not from the South and not familiar with the bridal portrait.
I’m looking for a photographer in the DFW area as well, most that I see (even the ones recommended on WeddingWire) start around $1200 and go up from there.
I would only pay $3k if there was a second shooter.
In all her photos the faces seem a bit out of focus. I’d keep looking.
Post # 23
You’re not allowed to copy and steal photos off a photographers website and post here.. Post the link to their website not steal the photos. 🙂 Or link them from the URL so it links back to their site.
So many do this..