Post # 1
We have a family friend doing our “real” engagement pics and havent discussed price yet so I need some help on whether this is reasonable. we are lucky enough to go back to the city where we were engaged for a business trip and have time to schedule a short engagement photo session. I found a vendor through the Bee and he is quoting $500 for 2 hours and the digital files. That seems reasonable to me but wanted your advice!
Post # 3
@ohbride14: $500 for an engagement session actually seems like quite a bit. It depends on where you are, too though. Up here in the Pacific Northwest engagement sessions range from $250-$400 including the files. There are some places that charge more, but they’re also the wedding photographers who charge $6k+ for the day of.
Post # 4
@ohbride14: Hmm…I guess it depends on the area and the level/quality of the photographer.
Our engagement photos were included in our wedding package, but they were valued at $190 for an hour session, which was more than enough time for us.
So at that rate, I guess it would have been around $380 for two hours. Personally, I don’t think 2 hours is necessary (unless you are doing lots of outfit changes/driving to different location), but that is up to you.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
My photography company charges $365 for the first hour and $300 after that. That includes transportation to anywhere in the area, photoshop for blemishes and skin smoothing and all digital files. For a photographer friend that is a bit much. I would say $300 for two hours would be more than enough. How experienced is he? I was doing $100 for two hours when I first started.
Post # 6
@ohbride14: Ours were $500- “free” if we booked the wedding with them and that $500 therefore acted as the deposit for the wedding ($3300 total)
Post # 7
I think my photog was $200 for the first hour and $50 for very hour after that (for engagement/family pics)
Post # 8
Thanks! It’s in Chicago and he had a lot of glowing reviews on the Bee and his portfolio is really nice. He does travel for weddings–he is going to Boston later that week–so I’m assuming people wouldn’t pay for his travel if he wasn’t great. And we’re just doing the one shoot so I wouldn’t be able to bundle the fee into a larger wedding package. I will see if it includes transportation. We really had just 2-3 close locations in mind so maybe with the 2 hours we could get more landmark shots in.
Post # 9
That is a very normal price for a pro in any major metro area.
Post # 10
That’s what we paid for ours, and they’re excellent photographers. We ended up doing about 2.5 hours of shooting.
Totally worth it IMO. We traveled for our pictures too, so I wanted to make sure we got the best and it wasn’t just OK pictures that we had to travel for. I love the idea of going back to where you got engaged!
Post # 11
Sounds reasonable to me because it also includes digital edited files.