(Closed) How much are you paying?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am paying about $1400 for ours, for 5 hours of coverage, and all photos edited, but no prints.  We will worry about that after the wedding 🙂 

Post # 6
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281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@roxirose:  Wow lucky! Most wedding photographers in my area start at $2000 and just go up from there….I had to search hard for my deal and we are also not having coverage for the last hour of our reception. 

I’ve never heard of them going by # of shots though, always per hour. I had several offers from people who don’t usually do our wedding photography in the range of $300-$1200, but in the end I wanted someone who was very experienced with weddings in particular, so I decided to pay more because photography is a very important part of the day for me (and I’m spoiled because I work with amazing photographers all the time, so average skills doesn’t cut it for me lol)

Post # 7
Hostess
8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Have not looked into photographers, but I will only need one for the ceremony itself, we will have a photo booth & disposable cameras on every table – one for each person, i’d much rather have my guests partake in taking photos, even one’s that aren’t professional can turn out wonderful with enhancements.

Post # 8
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281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@roxirose:  If they are experienced and you like their work, $950 is a very good price. However, I’m not sure how much the costs in your area differ from mine. I read somewhere that, aside from NYC, Southern California is the most expensive area to get married in. Our wedding is costing us $13k for only 50 people, all while saving as much money as possible while still keeping it classy and tasteful. It is just insane how much they charge around here.

Post # 9
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1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site

We negatiated hardcore, we worked with these people before and absolutely wanted them to shoot our wedding but they’re very expensive for us.

We took the two cheapest packages for photo and video, and negotiated it down to 4400 cash.  That’s for two photographers, two videographers, a full day of coverage (14 ish hours) raw footage for video (we definitely want a montage and everything edited into a special video but we can pay extra for that after we know how much the wedding has put us out, lol) and all the pictures will be edited but not arranged into an album.  That part is an extra 1400 dollars and takes like a year to get back.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Whoa!  I was looking in the Bay Area and most of the photographers started at $3000 and went up from there, averaging around $5000.  I’ve hired someone who has only recently started in the business and we’re paying her $1200, which I thought was a fantastic deal!

Post # 11
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@kittylove13:  If someone is experienced they are not going to be charging $900.   

@jenilynevette:  For what you spend on a disposable camera for each guests, and developing that film you might think of putting it towards a real photographer to cover some of the reception.  The quality of photos I see from disposable cameras is pretty bad, and “enhancements” aren’t going to fix that.

@roxirose:  This question gets asked once a week or so, and you will get answers ranging from free to over $5000.  I’ve yet to figure out how any of this information helps anyone, since all of the brides come from different areas of the country.  In general though you can expect professional wedding photography in metro areas to begin at about $2500 for basic coverage, and range in the $3000-5000 numbers for full packages.  Anything less than that and you are entering the realm of amateurs, people just starting out, or people with skill levels that are too low to command standard fees in the market.  There are risks in not hiring a proessional, but it depends on how critical photography is to you.

Post # 12
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am in KC and am paying $2999.  8 hours, two photographers, engagement session, 100 save the dates or thank you cards, secret boudoir session for the groom, all of the edited photos of both sessions on CD/DVD plus a handful of different sizes of prints. 🙂

Post # 13
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7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

$2500 for all day, unlimited number of photos, all photos (that met basic minimum standards) fully edited, all such photos with print rights on DVD and online for a year with free fullsize download for friends/family, all photos backed up on multiple drives for 20 years

We ended up with 1,398 photos and got a second shooter for free

Engagement photos were another $300.

This was a really competitive price in my area. Many other photographers wanted more like $4000.

Post # 15
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1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This isn’t what we paid because it was a “Friendor” but hers was originally $2000 for two photographers, all day shots, no prints, cd of all pictures, around 70ish edited shots

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are paying $2500 for ours.  Unlimited wedding day coverage, all rights to the photos on DVD, printed images of the “highlights” of the night, 2nd photographer, and an online album for sharing.

His package was originally $3500 but he knocked it down since my wedding is on a Monday/Memorial Day this coming year.  🙂

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