(Closed) Cost of Elopement Photography?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
6299 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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Orchid71:  There’s no set cost across the board, it’s all based on what exactly you’re looking for. You could likely keep it within your 2-3k buget if you stayed around 3 hours and didn’t have an album. Albums, especially professional quality from your photographer, are expensive to produce. 

As an example, my hourly rate for small weddings is $500/hr and that includes just the digital files. Most of my elopements are in the 2 hour range, pushing to 3 hours if we’re doing photos in an alternate location. 5 Hours is super excessive for two people. My base album price is right around $1k – so 3 hours w/ an digital files & album is around $2500.


Post # 3
40 posts
  • Wedding: August 2016

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Orchid71:  My wedding is in the Mountain West and sounds pretty similar to yours- just us, the judge, and the photographer for the ceremony with scenic photos to follow, and it is on a weekday which significantly defrayed the cost. I am paying $750/hr, with additional hours charged at $150. This includes travel time (no extra charge or time “used” in transit from ceremony site to second location), one photographer (the women who owns the company- I made sure of that!), and a high-res cd of our photos.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

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Orchid71:  first of all, I love Big Sur x1000 and seriously considered eloping there!  so I am so excited for you.  You are going to have a beautiful wedding!

I’m from California and I do agree with a midweek winter elopement I’d think you could find something cheaper.  well, maybe not including the album, those are super expensive.  

I’d keep looking, and maybe ask if people have midweek discounts available.  The other thing you could do is shorten your coverage or get a smaller/cheaper album.  

Post # 7
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

We are eloping in the UK, midweek. 5 hours of coverage is £750 which includes all high res images. For an extra £150, he is making us a mini movie and creating a slideshow and dubbing audio over it. We decided to forgo a traditional weding albumn. With the high res images we can make our own photo books (including some for parents) and we tent to play vacation images as a slide show on our TV.

Post # 9
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We eloped at a resort in Jamaica, and while the photographers time was included with the wedding package (which would have only been $500 plus the $250 government fee had we not stayed 6 nights, it was included with our room because we did stay that long), we’d have only gotten one print included to bring home, and wanted a dvd to share with everyone back home, so we paid a $1,500 upgrade for the shoot of the beach ceremony, the cake cutting a toast in the gardens, photos all over the resort gardens, and back on the beach for more.  They offered to do more, but we were tired from being a little nervous leading up to the actual wedding, and I did not think to put on sun lotion for my shoulders even though we were getting married on the beach, and I was on the verge of burning.

we ended up with a cd of 33 photos of the 145 they took, (we got to pick two days after the wedding), and were surprised with a beautiful leather photo album with 8×10 and 5×7 prints already inserted by the next day, and the dvd arrived one week after we got home.

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