(Closed) Friend doing wedding photos…

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@renwoman:  First, done well, wedding photos are the most “artistic” types of pictures you can take IMO. Commercial pays better, and family is less work. I’d find out why he’s leaving the genra? Does he not like dealing with brides anymore? I’d find that worrisome.

As for payment, the most courteous thing to do would be to ask him what he charges. He’ll most likely tell you what it’s worth to him to shoot it AND be inclined to give you his lowest price because you’re a friend. If he says “nothing,” I’d consider giving him  tip of $500 just to cover a little of his time and costs, and be VERY VERY grateful he’s such an awesome friend!

Post # 4
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@renwoman:  That’s so great!

i do agree with passionatephotolady above.  Does he have a website where you can see what he normally charges for any kind of portrait sessions?  I would simply ask him how you can compensate him.

$15,000 is definitely on the very high side and what you can expect to pay the best of the best in the industry like Jose Villa.  Caroline Tran runs around $8K-$13K depending on the package and hours and she is super amazing.  They are both in the LA area and have been published in every single wedding magazine you can think of. You can expect to pay ~$5K for VERY excellent photographers in your area as well.  It just really depends on your preferences and photography style you like!  

Post # 5
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@renwoman:  Here in NY photography is also very expensive. Our in-demand photorapher charges $4,000 for 8 hours and an asssitant and a few hundres more for a second shooter. 

The other high-end photographers in our area with lots of experience (and who book up 18 months in advance because everyone wants them!) charge $6,000-$9,000 if that helps you gain perspective. 

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