(Closed) cheap photographers in milwaukee area?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

For that price you will need to find either someone you know (family or friend) or an amatuer off craigslist. Any professional will not work for that cheap. Please remember this is how professionals pay their bills and make a living, it is not just a “hobby” for them.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What services are you hoping to get for that price?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I came here to suggest a couple of photographers but then I saw your price points and expectations. I think you will need to reevaluate at least one of those…

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

What are you considering “all the extra stuff?” How many hours of photography are you looking for?

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2006

I shoot 25 weddings a year. My average fee is $3000. I net, after taxes and expenses 40% of my income. That’s industry standard. That’s $30,000 per year. A very modest income. If I charged $500/wedding I’d net $5000/year. Who can feed a family with $5000/year? I spent that much last year just on the wholesale cost of albums for my clients. $500 is about the fee of a hobbyist or friendor. Perhaps try Craigslist or an art school? 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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jss77:  Your expectations are completely out of line, I’m sad to say. No one with any lick of talent will not work for that cheap and provide 8 hours. For $500 a profesional -might- offer to photograph your ceremony alone and maybe a few formals, but that’s it.

Remember, a typical wedding professional probably only photographs on Saturdays and MAYBE a Sunday wedding, then spends the rest of the week editing your photos. If they only made $500 for one day their business wouldn’t pay the bills. I think you are confusing a professional for a hobbyist that works a regular full time job for their income.

Also, the “unless they are buying new equipment everytime” comment really bugs me. Photographers have to pay for insurance to cover their equipment, which is usually valued as high as $20,000. There are also maitenance costs, as shooting continually wears equipment down, cleaning lenses to remove spots, etc. In short you need to either change your expectations on the quality you really want or educate yourself on the photography business and hire someone who can give you the best photos for your wedding.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by  annek.
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Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2019 - Undecided

I would suggest looking at an art school or a recent graduate. Maybe even a hobbist as PP have suggested. A full-time professional will likely not be able to charge you $500 for 8 hours of shooting plus editing time. You aren’t paying for their equipment, you are paying for their time and expertise. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Look for a student. Most photography packages don’t include video or a photo booth anyway – those are provided by separate vendors if you choose to have them. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m in Milwaukee and we got a “hot deal” with our photographer for 8 hours for $1500.  There is no other fluff with this price.  It’s for her time, both for the day and to edit our photos.

Unless you are able to find a student, family member or a reliable ad on Craigslist (do those still exist?)…I’m afraid you may need to loosen your expectations.  

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Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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annek:  +1

As a professional wedding photographer, I don’t own a single lens UNDER $1,000 and most of them are in the $1200-2000 range. All of my camera bodies cost between $2500-3000. Considering we need backup of all our gear, plus the misc “little” items people don’t think about (LOTS of memory cards, camer bags, off-camera lighting, etc). From there we tack on business & equip insurance, taxes, and just general costs of doing business – like website, marketing materials, etc. A a full-time professional charging industry standard pricing and shooting a full load of weddings, it really makes me sad to see my take home at the end of the year….just sayin’.

Sorry OP – at that rate I’d hand a friend a camera. I wouldn’t even wasting $500 on “hiring” someone because anyone willing to shoot at that rate isn’t going to do any better of a job than a friend doing it for free. :/

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

wow. well if that little comment isn’t insulting to pros everywhere:

“I’ve done some photography myself and unless they are buying new equipment everytime, then there is no reason they need to be that expensive.”

 

I floss and brush my teeth all the time,  yet when I go see a dentist its over $300. By your logic (because I know how to ‘clean my teeth’), dentists are ripping me off.

I have a calculator.  By your logic, my accountant is ripping me off to when he does my taxes (all you need is a calculator, right?)

I have a stove and I’ve been to the grocery store. My fave restaurant in town, also a rip off.

SMH.

OR these are all legitimate businesses with overhead, taxes, families to feed, and because they’re not running charities, profits that need to be made.

There’s nothing wrong with having a small budget but your expectations need to be checked.  For 8 hours, under $500?  I agree with PP.  Hand your friend a camera and be happy with the results.  Even for total newcomers to the industry, you won’t find anything below $1500 for 8 hours.  And its not because they’re trying to rip you off. 

(ALSO – the Craigslist angle – my husband is a professional photographer, and he found a CL photographer stealing his images, promoting them as their own on CL.  Be careful with that route.  If you’re thinking of hiring someone via CL, make sure they haven’t been exposed by this site: http://stopstealingphotos.com/)

Post # 15
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Busy bee

My mom did ours with a good quality camera and it was by no means “crap”. If you’ve got a nice camera, hand it to someone who knows how to use it because you won’t find any professional who will work for that pittance. 

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