(Closed) How do I compare photographers’ pricing/packages?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Well, look at the quality of their work, then who offers the most.

My photographer had a deal: either I could get 4 hours of coverage + 11 engagement prints and free engagement shot + disc of all images + album of either 400 photos or a nicer album of about 60-100, OR coverage for 8-9 hours plus a disc for the same price. We went with the longer coverage because we wanted more pics–we can make an album ourselves!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Hmmm. I’ll tell you everything I know. 

1) Count personality. It makes a HUGE difference.

2) How soon did each photographer get back to you? We loved one photographer’s pictures and were willing to pay the price, but she would NEVER return our phone calls. I didn’t want to be one of those brides who still didn’t have any pics a year later!

3) A single-shooter should take anywhere from 400 to 800 images per event. Now, you probably won’t receive all of those because it would take FOREVER to edit and it would just be redundant. Usually in an album there are anywhere from 35 to 80 images. However, you should receive digitally much more than that. 

 

I think you should be looking for someone who isn’t too rigid on times (i.e. will come as early and stay as late as you need them) and for sure, someone who gives you the rights to the images afterwards! 

Post # 6
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768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

You can make really great quality albums online at Snapfish and other sites like that with captions, stories, etc. And they can come in a “coffee table” edition that looks much nicer than an album. Just a thought. (: I’ll shutup now. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

The greatest value – and the reason why photography is expensive and why prints are expensive – is in how much your photographers will be editing your photos. If they provide you a disc, great, but will they keep the photos at proof stage so that you still have to order prints through them to get the polished images you saw in the portfolio? You can ask each of your photographers just exactly how edited the photos would be, how many edited photos you will receive, and whether they can show you some before & after. After personality, professionalism, and their ability to capture your day, the true differentiating factor is the amount of work that happens afterwards!

Post # 9
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1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Shangchen makes a good point… editing is important. I know how to edit pics already, so that wasn’t a big deal for me, but it may be for you.

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I am a photographer, though I have only shot one “official” wedding, I have been shooting for about 25 years? (Yes, i am old :)) and have a masters in photo (my creds!)

My only additional comment is that as a pro, I have accsess to higher quality products (from a pro lab) than the average consumer. There is also the issue of editing/post-production & design of albums, etc.

I also want to reiterate that you do indeed get what you pay for 🙂

And as a working mom, I price myself based on what I can actually make a living from. The photographers out there who are underpricing actually end up hurting themselves in the end, I strongly believe.

Hope that helps! Good luck!Have a wonderful wedding!!

 

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

the most important thing to me was price, and then the style of their work. i really love photojournalism and special effects so i wanted to find one in my price range. i got the dvd release, and the photography. that was it. i can add on albums after the wedding so that made me happy to not have to make those minor details right away. i also checked weddingwire.com for vendor reviews to see what other brides said about each one.

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