How much are you paying for your wedding Photographer?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 31
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Newbee

Tell your fiance to do research and come up with other options.

Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

It is possible, but price largely depends on your area, and the experience of the photographer. Our photographer cost $875 for engagement pics and full weddding coverage. However, photography is a side hobby/job for them, and though they’ve done engagement pics, baby pics, and family sessions before, this will be their first wedding. I trust them though.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Farm

katiemc28 :  That’s a good deal if you ask me. We have a photographer/videography for 7 hours for $1,200.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m in North Jersey, paying about 4k for photo and that gives us 2 photographers for 11 hours, 700 photos, album for us, 2 smaller matching ones for our parents, and thank you cards

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

$3,300 for 2 photographers, 10 hours of coverage, and engagement pictures.  It’s def more than I wanted to spend, but I would much rather splurge on photos than a few other things.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

katiemc28 :  That is a very good deal.  Does it include print releases for all of the photos?

Post # 37
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Helper bee

Just show him quotes you got from different photographers so he can see what you found is a good price. 

Post # 38
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Helper bee

Totally depends where you are from. For our 3hr engagement session and 10hr for wedding day we paid a total of $4000 and it was well worth it. We went with our dream photographer who has extensive experience and is incredibly talented. His rates now are 4k-8k so we were lucky to nab him when we did.

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I’m just outside of Philly ,  using a vendor that has offices in both NJ and PA, and they’re providing my dj (2 – an entertainment coordinator and dj), 2 photographers, and my photobooth. my entire package is just under $6000.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We paid $1500, but we live in an area where weddings tend to be cheaper, so things are lower cost….I searched all over the place for a great photographer since it was important to me, and I specifically wanted a film photographer. Almost went with one for close to $3k; most of the ones I saw that were featured in blogs, had several awards, etc were $2500 and up. Our photographer was young and had just started out but her pics were beautiful. We booked in advance (over a year) and got 6 hours, usb of the images, second shooter, bridals, engagements, and then boudoir I got for $150 extra. She now charges $2500 for all those things since she got really popular in the last year. If photography is important to you, I would say spend as much as you can because it really does matter and, while cost doesn’t indicate how great the person is at their job, there is a reason amazing photographers charge alot more. Once your wedding is over all you will have is memories and pics!!

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We’re paying $100/per hour for 1 shooter. No album or prints, everything will be digital. So far we have him scheduled for 6 hours, so that will cover pre-ceremony through our sparkler send off at the end of the night!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

$4700 for 8 hours, 2 shooters and an engagement shoot – no wedding album.  We live in the DC area so everything is expensive.  Photos were important to us so we splurged, most we got quotes from were from $4700-6500.

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

We are paying $4300 (including tax). That gives us 8 hours, 2 shooters, all the images edited (about 1300 images), and an engagement shoot (with 50 edited images). Photography is not something I wanted to cheap out on, as these are the memories we’ll have for life. I’d rather save money elsewhere in the wedding 🙂

Post # 45
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

$2k for 8 hours, recieved about 600 edited digital files and a small complimentary photobook. Your fiance is obviously completely out of touch with the price of good wedding photography! It’s not really fair for him to just specify a price when you’re the one doing the actual research and he has no clue. The deal you found sounds great!

Have you actually shown him your research? Like show him the pricing of a number of different photographers so he can see that $1.5k is actually really good. $400 will maybe get you a photography student. The quality difference is going to be massive. 

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