Post # 1
Fi and I are in the process of finding and booking a photographer for engagement and wedding photos and I have some quick questions for you all.
We decided early on that a photographer was something that we wanted to spend extra money on because we feel it is really the best way to remember the day years down the road. We found an awesome photography team that does amazing work and we are really excited to do a consult with them. However, their package will run us $4,200 for engagement photos, all day wedding photos with 2 photographers, unlimited shots, unlimited retouching and post processing, full rights to print, full access to all photos, website gallery where family and friends can scroll through and a flash drive with all the photos for us to keep.
I know we wanted to splurge, but $4,200 seems super expensive to me for photography even for all they offer. I consider myself relatively frugal, so letting go of this amount of money is a very new experience for me and I’m having a hard time justifying the money that we would spend but I can’t find another photography team that compares. So I’m looking for others’ opinions and experiences with their engagement and wedding photography. How much did you end up spending? How did you shop around and decide? Did you have any regrets?
Post # 2
Yep, photgraphy is expensive. That might be a little on the higher side, but depending on where you’re located I think that’s relatively normal. You are getting a lot in that package. I also do wedding photography on the side (just as a hobby, I’m not a pro lol), so I know how much work it is not only shooting a wedding, but all the post processing too. It is insanely time consuming.
We live in South Florida and are paying $1800 for engagement shoot, 7 hours of wedding coverage, 1 photographer, and full print rights to all the photos. We get the normal light editing, but no retouching. Our photographer was on the cheaper side for our area. I saw packages up to $6000 for what you’re describing. There were also some cheaper people, but the photographs were not anywhere near the same quality.
If photography is a priority for you, and it’s in your budget, I think you should go for it.
Post # 3
I paid $3600 in So Cal in 2016 for my wedding with most of what you had with exception of unlimited retouching. You are right in that range, actually pretty good deal due to unlimited retouching. That could be as simple as applying a few settings to a bunch of pictures at one time or actually removing people or objects from a photo? We got I’d say a handful of really edited photos (black and white/filters) but 1100+ overall. Other photographers in my area would be more in the $6k range for what you describe but also well known. Can you negotiate on the unlimited retouch and say general corrections but that term is really wide open, they probably account for that in pricing. That could be a huge difference in terms of how many hours they work on post production. Do you have a link to their page/blog?
Post # 4
My cousin is a photographer, and in the midwest for what you are describing she said she would charge about $5k. So you are actually right in range. I know its a lot, but you aren’t overpaying if that’s what you were looking for!
Post # 5
Photography is really expensive. I think our package ended up being $4,400 for all of the things you’ve mentioned. I priced out a few photographers and that was right around the same price as most of the other quotes. I did find one photographer who would have done it for around $3,000, but the quality of the photos was seriously bad. They basically looked like someone who had purchased a nicer-than-average camera was just pointing it in the direction of whatever action was going on (no focus, no artistry) and then using all of the Photoshop filters (I’m not kidding – like crosshatch and mosaic!) to “edit” them.
If it’s the one thing you’ve decided to splurge on, it’s definitely worth it. All the other things from the wedding day are long gone but these photos still make me smile every day.
Post # 6
Those are great questions to ask when we do our consult! We hope to be able to negotiate some things but they offer one package, which is the one I mentioned in my original post. Here is a link to their website
Post # 7
If you like their style I say go for it. You won’t regret stunning photos you love. They do tend more photojournalistic and moody (my own word) vs the overexposed style that’s popular now. Just make sure you think you’d enjoy this style 10-20+ years down the line. The price is very reasonable for what you are getting, though you may have to consider what % of this is your overall budget if say your wedding all in is like 10k…
Post # 8
Ask to see a few full shoots, not just thr best shots they post online.
Post # 9
photography is expensive! A lot i was finding were between $5-$7k! That was way out of our budget. I did a LOT of researching. I am talking about typing into a wedding vendor search engine “location and photographer” and clicking on the links. I would first check out of i liked their style and then if their pricing was in line with mine, then read reviews.
My enagement photographer i lovvveeed, but she was too expensive to take on my destination wedding. I ended up finding a photographer with a similar style for half the price! And then she ended up bringing an additional photographer with her that i had no idea about AND wouldn’t let me tip them at the end of the night. She was so amazing down to helping steam my grooms shirt and carrying around my cell phone for me.
I ended up paying $1600 for 6 hours of coverage and it was worth every penny. But you have to do your research, she had great reviews, but was pretty far down on the wedding wire results page
Post # 10
Our photographer which I really liked the style of, is $4280 just for the 8 hours coverage on the day and 360+ digital photos. He’s on the more expensive side but I really liked his photos compared to some of the others I’ve seen but compared to other really good ones that I got a recommendation on / people I know used, it’s actually not more expensive. Plus he offered a 10% early bird special since I booked 12 months in advance. So end up being $3850.
By comparison your package is a bargain!