Post # 1
I was just wondering what is a reasonable price for an engagement session (location: San Francisco)? I was just quoted $450 for a 1 hour engagement session (she is an "associate" photographer if that makes a difference). However, our budget is more in the $200-250 range (this was based on my wedding photographer’s quote of $275. because of scheduling issues, we can’t use our regular wedding photographer). Is my budget way off, or do you think I can find some one for cheaper?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
we are paying $275 for 2 hours but that is in MN. I would keep looking $450 seems pricey!
Post # 4
We paid $150 for a shoot in Half Moon Bay, but the photographer is out of San Francisco. I found a lot of SF photogs in the $450 price range for just an E-shoot.
Ours were done by Elsasser Photography – http://www.elsasserphotography.com. There prices may have increased a little, but I’m not really sure. If you want to see our picks, just PM me with your email address and I’ll send you think link!
Post # 5
We paid $400 for 1 1/2 hrs. Our photographer lives here in the city as well. Worth every penny!
Post # 6
We paid $550 for 2 hours. It will occur at the end of the month. We’re very excited!
Post # 7
As a wedding photographer I can tell you that is a little expensive. Where as your engagement session can be seperate from your wedding package try to get it included, that will be cheaper. In my packages it is included, or seperate for $19.95. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to sell my services, I am just giving you an idea how the system works. I hate to see people get a raw deal.
For the San Fransico area, you might want to check out weddingwire.com for more vendors to have more options. When shopping for wedding photographers consider shopping further out of town into so smaller cities-you will save yourself a bundle.
You could also visit my website to give you a better price range for wedding packages http://www.aniaphoto.com.
Hope it helps,
Post # 8
Our e shoot is $400 for 2 hours by the fabulous Travis Hoehne. He is out of the San Fran area so you can look him up. I know you have a wedding photog, but if you have him do the wedding as well, the $400 comes off of your package price.
Post # 9
That seems a bit pricey In My Humble Opinion for an associate photog. It would depend on what they were including in the engagement session. Are they giving you a huge matted print to sign on the day of the wedding? Do you get all of the images in high resolution on DVD? Do you get multiple locations (not sure how you can fit many in 1 hour) and outfit changes? Are you totally in love with their work??? There are plenty of photogs out there who shoot around $200-$300 range so don’t think you have to stick to the $400 offer.
Check out Chyna Darner, she is based in the Bay Area. She was featured in The Knot Magazine for one of her weddings and she’s $250 on the weekends for 2 hours: http://www.cfoto.com/