(Closed) How much are you paying for photography?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

$900 – About 8 hours of shooting time, 50 8×10″ equivalent prints, touch ups, a CD of high resolution photos

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

2700 – 2 photographers for 8 hours, 3 hr e-pic session, digital negatives, $500 in print credits, wedding slide show, 300 print proofs

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

$800.  Includes one photographer for up to 7 hours, and digital copies of everything. Simple package, but while photos are important, we kinda feel like we don’t need the amazing package (as we are trying to cut some cost)  We are going with a company that has ‘student” photographers- people who are trying to get thier business up and running.  We got a great price, but really had to research who we chose as far as the students.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

$ 700 for 8 hours, a cd with all the pictures, and 20 of our favorite pictures.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

$500
2 photographers
All day
500-1500 fully edited pictures on cd with copyright release.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

…$450. She usually charges alot more, but it was a favor. Met her online and explained my budget, and she had a cancelation. Got 6 hours, and all rights to all photos in high res. 60 her pic for edited and 25 for me to pic, as well as the origonals. She also traveled 80 miles, but decided to go camping so she said it was worth the travel.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

$3400 for 8 hours, e-pics, a fine art album, can’t remember if we get a CD or not.

Keep in mind that you get what you pay for. We didn’t plan on spending much of anything on photography, but we realized it was our number 1 priority and we didn’t want a beginner or “friendor” doing something so important to us. We could’ve paid under $1000 but the quality just wasn’t there. It’s not everyone’s priority though, so maybe it isn’t as big a deal to you.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m paying $800 for a 3 hour engagement session, and all day the day of the wedding. My fiance is orthodox so they have a lot of traditional stuff prior to the wedding that I would want pictures of and still not forgoing reception pictures, which I want because those are the best and more amusing. This photographer is an old friend of mine, so he discounted the price. I am very happy about that, too!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@galloway111: i must say though, the person doing ours does AMAZING work, and we are getting it for under $1000. She went to school for photography and I went to school with her. She is doing as many things as she can to get her portfolio even bigger. Everyone has to start out somewhere 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

$468 for 6 hours, all the photos and copywrite release, and my bridal session and photos.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

$2000 for 8 hours of shooting, HI-RES fully edited CD, some black and white/sepia conversions, online gallery. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Future Couture: Oh, I know that there are good beginners out there. Maybe it’s just my area, but I definitely noticed a correlation in price and quality. For the quality we wanted, or photog was actually the cheapest- we could’ve gone even higher too. We just don’t like pose-y pictures and our photog does amazing work with lighting.

Thing is, I didn’t want to be someone’s starting point, that probably sounds horrible but I want amazing pictures, not test pictures. Like I said though, everyone’s prioirties are different. Our photog costs almost as much as the rest of our entire budget, lol.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow I’m starting to wish I didn’t live in my area.  We’re paying almost $3500(after tax and all that fun-it’s one of our splurges).  It includes 2 photographers, 90 minute E-session, tons of pics fully edited on a disc, an online gallery, and a really nice photo album (FI had to have this). 

Most packages in our area START at $1500-$2000 with one photographer and no album.  We splurged for a medium package with 2 photographers and a photo album.

Photography was one of the most important things to us so we really don’t mind spending the money.  But man, L.A. is expensive compared to all the other posters areas.   

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SparklyBride2011: That is expensive, but is everything more expensive in LA? We’re spending $2000, and we’ll be getting married in Iowa…so that might not be too bad! It would be easy for us to spend over 3k. I’m talking midwest here, supposedly cheaper than the coasts!

I was able to bargain with our photog a little, which was great! We get the digital rights to the pics and an engagement session. I really liked our choice, because he is about capturing the story of the day, and won’t leave just because his ‘6hrs’ is up if there are still things we want pics of. He’ll be there at the rehearsal too, to kind of scope out the sight and the lighting. So excited about him!

I agree, the photography was something extremely important to me, so we wanted to spend a little more on it. (If it were up to me, I probably would’ve even spent more!) Your decision really just depends on your personal preference about the photography!

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