(Closed) How much did you or are you going to spend on a photographer?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 47
512 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I guess I am not the best point of reference – b/c wedding pictures arent the biggest things for me although I did want to have a professional photographer. My parents are gifting us the photographer which I found on Craiglist for $75 an hour. I was looking everywhere & didnt get anything under $1000. I wanted something modern & candid as well – http://www.minervaphotography.com is what I found & I cant wait to sign the contract & for the big day.

$75/hour x 4 hours = $300, budgeted $350 for prints. We get a CD with all pictures & rights & 150 shots per hour.

I think its a great deal & it will work out fine. We just dont have the budget or dsire to pay $2K plus for photos – I prefer it go to everything else 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 48
484 posts
Helper bee

Am I getting screwed? I read through the other posts and am feeling like I am getting nothing. I’m paying $2500 for 2 photographers for 4 hours, a CD of 180 images and I can look at them online.

Post # 49
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Indiananpolis Area

$3000, which included…

*Engagement photo session
* 2 photographers, unlimited all day coverage
* all photos on a CD, with a release and rights to reprint
* 1 coffee table wedding album 

Post # 50
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

We are so happy with our photographer and pricing:


2 photographers

6 hours of coverage

10 8×10 prints

Engagement photos

Proof album with 300-500 proofs

Photo cd or dvd with copies of all photos

Post # 51
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We paid 1,350 for

a full day of coverage and two photographers

Edited/Added Effects up to 200 images you choose on CD

Softcover Coffee table book containing 50 5×7 prints

16 x 20 custom framed print or gallery wrapped canvas

8 x 8 Leather Art Book with 20 custom designed pages

Wedding DVD Slideshow

$200 A La Carte Gift Credit

Online Shopping Cart for friends and family to purchase

Free trash the dress session



Post # 52
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

we’ve earmarked 20% of our total budget for photography. Our budget isn’t a lot (10K), but we’re finding we can get beautiful photos, 8-10hrs with 2 photogs, reprinting rights, all the photos on high res disc, free engagement shoot and print credit from a number of photographers in our area within our budget. For us, we started with the amount and then we’re trying to find the best photographer our limited funds can get us.

Post # 53
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

$2500 for…

  • one shooter
  • 6 hours on the wedding day
  • disc with edited images
  • online access to wedding pics (guests can order prints if they want)
  • engagement session

I’m in the north east in a higher cost of living area.

Post # 54
1732 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

$5000 (in central IL)

  • unlimited coverage by a photog and an assistant. 
  • engagement shoot
  • day after shoot
  • DVD of all digital images and rights to reprint
  • $700 in print credit
  • 30 page art album
  • 1 big canvas print


Post # 55
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

So glad to see other brides posting here…photography is MAJOR for me as it’s our only memories of the day that will exist tangibly after, so I looked high and low in the “plantinum” range even if the rest of my wedding definitely ISN’T! 🙂

Ended up with:


Two photographers

10 hrs of coverage

Custom album

Box full of all the prints that are fit to keep

DVD w/high res images

Online slideshow w/music

2 hrs of bridal shoot day after

which I find very reasonable from a photographer that’s been published high and low and whose images I swoon over. Can’t wait!

Also splurging on videography…I know, I know…




Post # 56
1565 posts
Bumble bee

$2500 for

– 6 hours

– 2 shooters

– All photos on a disc with printing rights

We consider this a big splurge. I know photos are one of the things that last forever, but we also want to be taking photos of a nice wedding rather than spending $5K+ for amazing photos of a less-than-amazing event. 

Post # 57
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010


Engagement shoot

6 Hours of Wedding Coverage

Cd with all edited images and rights

Photo Book

Post # 58
900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

San Diego: $2250

For 6 hours, unlimited images on CD (retouched)

20 page flush-mount album! (this was something I really wanted to include without paying a ton.)

web viewing

something like $100 print credit

Post # 59
604 posts
Busy bee

I will sound really dumb, but is the engagement shoot usually in all wedding packages for photography? or does it depend on photographer and price

Post # 60
36 posts
  • Wedding: January 2002

The cost of your photographer is going to depend greatly on where you live the economy and how talented they are.

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