(Closed) Decent Pricing

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MyOwnWoman:  What area do you live in? Or if you’d rather not share that, are you in a suburb, rural area, city ,etc?

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

In an urban area, you should be able to find a package that gives you everything you want for between $2500 and $4500. Anything more that that and you had better be getting a ton of prints and multiple albums or a team (not just a pair) of shooters for unlimited time. I’d recommend you definitely get a DVD with all quality images (usually about 50-60 per hour per shooter) edited with full print rights and 8 hours to a full day of shooting at a minimum. After that, it’s up to you if you want to choose a package with prints and albums or buy those afterwards a la carte.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know the average photography package is between 2K and 3K, but you can definitely get one for a more reasonable price.  Some roll engagement pics into their package, others do not.  Really, you should set your budget and see what various photographers can give you within that range.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

What’s your style and what’s your budget?

Pricing depends on factors like how many hours of coverage you want, how many photographers, whether you want the photographer to just shoot and burn or if you want albums, and even what day your wedding is on.

If you’re willing to take a chance on someone with less experience but whose work you like, I’m sure you can find someone decent for $2.5 to $3k. However, if you like photographers who have their work featured on blogs, magazines, has awards, etc, that’s going to cost more.

During my search, I found that the lowest price bracket for the kind of photography that I wanted was around $3.5k. I think you’ll generally see an average of $4k to $5k for photographers who have been featured on sites like Stylemepretty or Snippet and Ink.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

In general, a photographer in a suburb will need to charge between $2,000-$3,000 to make any sort of living and be on the up and up (paying taxes, insurance, backup equipment, all the things you’d want a photographer to have). Anything below that is not impossible to find but it would be a red flag to me to look into them even more carefully, ESPECIALLY if you’re finding a package that’s like 8 hours coverage and two shooters for under $2,000. Most photographers cannot be in legal business with that kind of pricing due to the high costs of running a photo business. I’d say you’d be looking between $2,500-$4,000 for a legit photographer, even higher in metro areas.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

@MyOwnWoman:  I just finished my search for a photographer, so I have a list of the photographers I was considering. If you’re in the San Francisco area, I can send you the info that I have. My budget was around 3k too–so it’s definitely doable. The package I got was slightly above 3k for 8 hours of coverage, 2 photographers, color corrected digital images, an engagement session, no album.

I guess what I meant by style is “photography” style. Do you like a more photojournalistic feel or do you want something more commercial–like it belongs in a magazine? There are so many photographers out there, so I think determining the look you’re going for helps narrow down your choices.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@MyOwnWoman:  I can make some suggestions if you are in the Southeast US. Just PM me if interested. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m in NYC, land of expensivenes, and spent $3k on our excellent photographer (2 years ago).  Totally doable.  

You can ask higher-end photographers for recommendations – maybe a second shooter they work with is more affordable.  Also, if someone is close to your budget, negotiate.  Maybe they can start later in the day, or leave after the cake is cut.  You can negotiate more if your wedding is in the off season, or on a Friday.

I don’t know which major city you’re in, but we used Inbal Sivan if you happen to be NYC. He’s raised her rates since our wedding, but they’re still reasonable and she was willing to find a way to make things work.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

$3000 should get you a pretty skilled photographer (or two), but it likely won’t include any products other than a disc of images.  However it’s much better to worry about products later and focus on getting someone in there to take amazing photos.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

You could also try going with a big studio rather than an individual.  That’s what I’m doing and I’m paying $1500 for up to 12 hours.  I got a $200 discount because it’s a Friday rather than a Saturday.  It also requires that I purchase an album, which costs between $200-$400, so total cost will be between $1700 and $1900, and that includes an album and I got to choose my photographer (some studios don’t let you choose).  This is in Chicago:

http://www.essencepv.com/

No engagement session and no 2nd photographer, but I’m fine with that.  I found several skilled contenders, including a couple independents, and the most expensive was $2700 for a package I wanted.

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