(Closed) Has anyone ever regret spending too much on an expensive photographer?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 33
5166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i agree that photographs are very important but i dont know if spending  more on a photographer really guarantees better photos and better memories..

my friend got married and paid ALOT for her photographer and in the end the photos taken by her cousin does a little freelance photography as a hobby were sooooooooooooo much better than the ones she paid for..  

Post # 34
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The DH & I got married in Aruba and we paid a pretty penny for our photogs!  We paid for their wedding package along with flights to Aruba!  In the end we have no regrets and we even pat ourselves on the back for hiring them!  After the wedding, thats all we have to look back on the memories (we just looked at them again tonight)!  We relive our wedding day looking at the pictures!  (can you tell i miss the wedding and the planning)!  Whatever you chose have no regrets (there’s always a reason for the madness)! 

Post # 35
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I agree with QueenBecca.

I saw if this is the photographer you want and now you have extra money, go for it!  We are paying a good amount for our photographer and recently got our engagement photos back – it’s well worth the money!

I havent had our wedding yet, but from the engagement session, we had so much fun – the photographer captured this and now everyone is telling us…how fun our session was.  So, I can’t wait for the wedding.

Like someone said above, a talented photographer makes all the difference and at the end of the day, you can’t redo the wedding…all you have left are photos.


Post # 36
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i understand your love of photog and wanting her for your day and all and it’s great that you found the money but do you have a savings acct what will you do when you or your hubby get sick or the car breaks down…

you gotta think all this thru bc yes you’re getting married but your parents are still pretty much helping you out for the next few years or so…then spending $5000 on a photographer seems like a waste…I mean really is she that much better than the others…also do you know this job is guranteed…i mean what if you got laid off 2 months in already put a huge deposit on this photog and then couldn’t afford it and lost your deposit.

sorry not trying to be a kill joy or anything but i’d have to consider saving it if i were you

Post # 37
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I totally second @Mrs. DG’s sentiments.  I loved my photographer and my photos turned out AMAZING… I know I will treasure them forever, so it was well worth the money! 

Post # 39
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

honestly go with the mid grade photog or less. as long as you have seen their portfolios and you like their work (you dont have to LURRRVE it) $5K is ALOT of money. thats wow. thats alot… you could get an awesome cinematographer for that. way better than photography.

seriously – in perspective, yes you have the pictures forever, but i woudl totally regret spending 5K on JUST a photographer. unless my wedding budget was like 50K or something.

not to mention if the pictures turned out not so good or something happened? i would be either suicidal or homicidal!

Post # 40
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think photography is the one “splurge” you should make on your wedding… but you want to stay within what you can afford.

The local photographer… do you like his work? If you had photos siimliar to (I think its your sister), would you want them & be happy with them? I know its a little hard to imagine since every wedding is different. Do you like his style? I looked at his site on an earlier post you made a few weeks ago & I think his photography is good. If I were in your place, I’d stay with the local photographer. However, this is your choice & you should do what you want & are comfortable with. If you don’t like his work, than find a different photographer that you like… as long as you can afford it :).

I will strongly suggest that you have at least 1 month’s worth (idealy, 3) of bills in savings as a “just in case” fund. What happens if you lose your job or someone gets sick? Or your car breaks down?

Post # 41
2 posts
Post # 42
17 posts

The fact remains that with insurance, taxes, equiptment, … quality photos cost about $2000. That is what the product costs today in the market. There is a funny problem though, buy a $500 camera kit from Walmart and $20 a month on internet; call yourself a business.

Those are the people who can do it for a few hundred dollars and they will also mess up your photos. All I can say is you cna get lucky and find a very small, part time photographer on the later qualifications who does an OK job. But reliable quality costs about $2000.

Post # 43
35 posts

It is a lot of money, We didn’t pay half that and our photographer was absolutely wonderful. If it hadn’t been for you wanting to go back to school and needing your parents help during this process, I would definately tell you to go for it but since you need your parents help, please try to go with what is more comfortable for your parents. Save the money and help your parents out. I wish you well and I do know what it feels like to want something for your wedding but it all works out and it will be fine. Good luck

P.s. If you decide to do your dream photographer, have no regrets.

Post # 44
1113 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would love to know what you ended up doing…

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