Post # 1
Hello ladies! I posted this on TheKnot, but I’m looking for as much advice as I can get, so here goes…
I truly can’t justify spending $1000+ on photos at my wedding. I know there are very basic “Shoot and Send” packages” where the photographers will take all of your pictures and then send put them on a CD for you, but even those packages are still in the $1000 range.
I want nice pictures, I don’t want tons of those posed cheesy wedding pictures, and I’d prfer more of the photojournalist style if possible, but I can’t seem to find any legit photographers for less than $1,000. Is $500 a joke? Because that’s what I was hoping for. Maybe I’m just clueless.
Also, I have heard about people posting or responding to ads on Craigslist, but I feel uncomfortable with that and would prefer someone who at least has a website and comes with recommendations. I’m not looking for the best of the best and I don’t need someone who specializes in weddings… what I’m really looking ofr is someone reputable (or pseudo-reputable) who does more of the photo-journalism style, but can still do some posed pics too.
So… any suggestions or advice? Please???
Post # 3
Um, yah, I think it’ possible but VERY unlikely. You could find a diamond in the rough, but from what I’ve seen, photographers in the $1,000-$1,500 range are priced like that for a reason. They’re cheesy and standard. Anything less and you just have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.
Is there a photography school nearby? Maybe you’d be willing to let a student with a good portfolio wing it?
But yeah, legit for under $1,000 is unlikely. Shooting a wedding is a lot of work…not really worth $500 IMO. Especially if there is any editing involved. And any good photographer has trouble turning over non-edited photos b/c they simply don’t reflect the quality of work they’re capable of post-enhancement.
Post # 4
I sent you a private message 973. I think it would help everyone who is looking to help you find someone if you post you were from. Also, as much as I love EJS (a poster I am friendly with on my other WB account). I disagree with her.
You should pick a person based on his or her portfolio, not the price. There are people out there who started doing this last week charging $1,000 for perception’s sake. I’ve also seen too many people pay over 2k for photos that look like snapshots. With any newbie, make sure you ask to see photos from a whole wedding though so you know what you are getting.
Post # 5
Don’t be afraid of craigslist, but do your research!
I am VERY picky about my style of photography, I like modern photography, unique angels, and very bright/vivid images.
To be honest, several photographers I found online looked like amatures, very posed pics, quality of camera was poor. BUT, I found several GREAT ones, and narrowed my search down to 2. One photographer was only $800 for 6 hours, the other was $1100 for 6 hours. These prices are much lower then you will find, and they both took great quality pictures. Its hard to find, and honestly, you won’t find any for $500, I would bump up your budget to about $1000-$1200ish and trust me, you can find great ones!
Just to give you a little faith, here are a few of my fav unique shots that my craigslit photographer shot 🙂
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Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I haven’t seen anyone with a professional website charging less than $750 for a wedding, and that was somoene with NO wedding portfolio. I think CL is not a terrible idea if you really want to spend only $500 on your pictures, but you’ll definitely want to make sure to meet them in person and feel out if you’re comfortable with them or not. Photography is expensive, it’s true, but a professional will need to charge more than $500 to survive. You have to consider whether you are okay with an amateur who might not do that great of a job.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
@AnnieAAA: your pics came out great! Great find!
Post # 8
I think that where you live will probably factor into this quite a bit as well. We’re getting married in a small city and I was able to find a photographer on Craigslist who has a website and nice portfolio of various other family photo sessions, etc. but who is just starting with wedding photography. We don’t have a lot of money to spend on the wedding, and it will be quite small, so I’m willing to “risk it” for the $500 she’s charging. (Though honestly her other pictures are great, and I don’t consider it that much of a risk.) You definitely want to look around though – there were a number of other photographers will similar profiles and pricing that I came across, but some of them really didn’t have nice photos at all. Good luck!
Post # 9
I was in the same spot as you and found Lauren Brimhall here on Weddingbee in the classifieds. Her work is great (even my picky Fiance loves the teasers we got, check them out http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/engagement-pictures-yesterday-and-teasers-today).
I’m not sure where you’re located, but if Lauren isn’t an option I’d go with CL- I’ve only had good experiences with people I’ve met through there.
Hope that helps!
Post # 10
I’m a photographer who advertizes on CL for now. I have a website, and a nice portfolio. There are more like me, but many are traditional, boring shooters. You can find what you are looking for, eventually.
I would never recommend a student for a wedding shoot. Weddings are the hardest thing to shoot really, and a student is not prepared by any means for this task. A decent CL photographer would be much better, provided he’s reasonably experienced.
Anyway–I hope you find the one!
Post # 11
i got my photog. from the wedding report, i asked for local photog. He is giving me unlimited hours all pics photshoped and on hd disks for 800 dollars. he has a webpage and i checked him out on the bbb no bad reports. This price is not on his web page when i called to ask for prices he sent me a special economy budget package he said he was willing to work with people maybe ask when u call u may luck out
Post # 12
I live in the same town as a large state university. I posted an ad on their job board for a student photographer and found someone AMAZING.
We agreed on $10 an hour plus travel expenses.
She has never done a wedding, but I’ve seen her portfolio and I was blown away. I trust her completely 🙂
Post # 13
My photographer, with massive experience, beautiful portfolios, and an awesome long standing business, was willing to do 3 hours for $550 on a Saturday. I had the idea to have her do the pics for the ceremony and have some of my more reliable family members do the reception. . . . Ultimately, I am going with the longer 6 hour session because I liked her so much and made it a larger priority, but I’m wondering if you could work something out with a professional in your area?
Post # 14
My plan, right now anyway, is to get only portrait photos, done a day or two before the wedding. A few hours of posed shots will cost a lot less than photography during the wedding itself. And by posed, I mean more like some of the engagement shoots I’ve seen on the blogs here, not just the cheesy stuff. I guess it depends on what is most important to you – I decided that what I will be looking at afterwards is not the album but the few framed shots that will fit beautifully into our family photos. If you really want the photo-journalist aspect, you could decide which parts of the day matter to you and only hire the photog for those hours, not the whole thing.
Post # 15
@Hopewell, only issue with that is that very few photographers offer an hourly rate. Personally, I don’t because I have to reserve an entire day for it, regardless of how many hours I’m booked for. There are only 52 Saturdays in a year, so most photographers aren’t willing to sacrifice an entire popular wedding date where they could potentially make thousands to do a couple of hours for a few hundred dollars. If photographers didn’t stick to their guns where this is concerned, I’m sure a lot more people would be doing what you suggest.
Post # 16
tbh i’d reassess your budget to see if you can reallocate even a little more for photography; imho it’s one of the areas you don’t want to skimp on. i think maybe $750 could get you a little more options.