(Closed) How do I find an inexpensive photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

If you’d like us to really help you I suggest you post your location 🙂 We can certainly make recommendations based on your area or if you want I can give you some tips on how to weed through any existing options you might have.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would suggest talking to anyone you might know that is still in college. I go to a really big photography school so I was able to meet that budget without having to sacrifice the quality or service. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i know of one, if you’re in the indianapolis, indiana area.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

I would let folks know your location, and you’ll get lots of recommendations that way. Also, posting something in the classifieds here usually will return a number of responses; just be sure to check each photographer out very carefully.

I’m trying to phrase this next bit so it doesn’t sound like self-promotion… Hmmm…. Well, I have a small business going that caters mostly to families and children. I’m currently trying to branch out into weddings, so I’m offering greatly reduced rates; the good news is that I have the equipment, back-up equipment, editing and computer systems, web ordering/galleries, etc., etc.; basically, everything except direct experience with lots and lots of weddings. If you could find an established photographer in your area without wedding experience, I’d recommend contacting him/her and seeing if you could get a good rate so that s/he could build his/her portfolio–that way you have a good photographer for a bit less $$$.

If you do go with someone super-cheap, I would recommend offering to pay for rentals of extra lenses and a body, flashes, perhaps buy a memory card or two–basically, make certain that the photographer has all of the necessary equipment and back-up equipment; and ask that s/he not delete your photos from the memory cards until the images are safely in your hands (assuming s/he is a student, etc., who doesn’t have back-up systems in place).

Good luck, and congratulations!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Is there a photographer you like? If there is a good one that is just out of your price range, talk to them and see if you can’t get a customized quote with only a few hours and no albums or anything. Or, see if they have an assistant who normally shoots with them that may be willing to work for less. 

You can always check craigslist. But always look at references!! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i would check craigslist. that’s how we found our photog–sometimes people who are just building their business post there and you can get a great deal.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I found a great one on WeddingWire, I just skipped down a ways and found a young and very talented photographer for $800.  If you are in Arizona, I would give you her info.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Take a look at some of the old vendor rec threads for your location on the boards at indiebride.com. Even if they’re not still active threads, they contain a lot of great recs that tend to be more budget-friendly than recs on the Knot or Weddingbee, for whatever reason.  I found two of my vendors (including my photog) that way and they’re both amazing and budget-friendly.  I didn’t have that much luck getting recs that were actually in my price range on other boards.

Post # 12
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Newbee

Hi, I sent you a PM! 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Also found my photog on Craigslist.  They are a couple who enjoys taking photos in their freetime (work full time as architects).  Went to their website and they had great examples of their work and for the 2 of them it is just $500 for the night.

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