(Closed) budget crisis, need help!

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Don’t cut anyone off your guest list. What is your budget? Check out http://www.robertbradshawphotography.com. He’s very reasonable for the Bay Area and he’s REALLY friendly. 🙂

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

Try looking at Craigslist.  I’ve heard of some brides finding great deals there for photographers who are new and need photos for their portfolio. 

   

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

check the local colleges.. SF has tons of starving photog students

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

What price range are you looking at being able to afford?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

students, other relatives or Friends! please do NOT call up guests to uninvite them, or move the reception, that is so drastic. the wedding is in august according to your profile, so you have PLENTY of time to find someone to do it. at the very least, you can go out & buy a digi camera & teach a cousin or friend to take photos, then give them the camera as payment!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

try ed pingol…he does amazing work and his prices are reasonable.  i can’t remember exactly, but you can google him.  is there any chance your father can help pitch in financially for you and your fiance to hire a photographer?  he’s kind of dropping this on you last minute, as many of the popular photogs are already booked.  or, if your father is a pro wedding photographer, or pro photographer in general, maybe he has some friends or knows someone who can step in as your wedding day photographer at a discounted price?

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2006

I highly recommend Joel Flory!  He did our wedding in October 2006, and shoots with his wife as a team.  They were amazing – highly talented and absolutely a joy to work with.  Not sure where their pricing is at currently though, but worth asking him.

You can check out our pics here: http://clients.joelflory.com/nigelandjackie

And his website here: http://www.joelflory.com

Good luck!  

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re using Carmen Alvarez, who has tons of experience, a great eye and is also affordable.  Her more basic packages are within your price range and offer decent coverage.  She also gives you all the digital files as part of the deal.

Carmen’s site: http://www.carmenalvarezphoto.com/forpeople/

She’s currently updating her site, but will send you her more recent work if you contact her.

Good luck! 

Post # 12
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Newbee

meelahj,

We are using Hana Chung. http://www.hanachungphotography.com She is currently in Irvine, CA but is relocating backup north to the bay area early this summer. So depending upon your date it might be great. I think we are paying around $1800 for all day and an engagement session. She Rocks! Plus I was sent to her by the bees, so as a bee I am continuing the tradition;) 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Do hire a photog, but perhpas pick a package that doesn’t include anything but the photography and the hi-res images.  It’s the cost of the touch-ups, DVDs, and wedding albums that really add up.

Our photog offered a bare-bones option that was basically just paying for her time and skill behind the camera.  We’ll just make out own prints and albums when we have the money.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

http://www.wpja.com/ is also a great resource,  you can search by area & price. that is how we ended up finding our photog. i remember there was someone on there in the nyc section (for price comparision) who was around 1200, unlimited time, and you got all your pics on cd.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

i second ed pingol! his site is edpingol.blogspot.com. in the interest of full disclosure, he’s a friend of mine but he’s utterly fantastic! he did my sister’s senior portraits and she’s still raving about them [a whole year later] and i’ve been telling him to make sure he keeps a spot available so he can shoot my future wedding whenever the bf and i sit down and get engaged, lol. plus, he is super friendly and easy to get along with. good luck!

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I agree with the Craigslist suggestion. Get an up-and-comer who needs portfolia shots.  Create an album after the wedding on Blurb, when you have the finances to do it.  Or go out to different photographers and see if they’ll do similar digital-only, no-album lower-priced packages for you.

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