(Closed) How much did you pay for photography?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much did you pay for photography?
    less than $1000 : (25 votes)
    16 %
    $1000-$1500 : (25 votes)
    16 %
    $1500-$2000 : (18 votes)
    12 %
    $2000-$3000 : (28 votes)
    18 %
    $3000-$4000 : (25 votes)
    16 %
    $4000-$5000 : (16 votes)
    11 %
    $5000+ : (15 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    1104 posts
    Bumble bee

    We paid $4000 (Australian) and I didn’t know whether I should tick “$3-$4000” or “$4-$5000” so instead of voting I’m just telling you!

    For that we got 5 hours coverage on the day, everything in high res on discs, a canvas print for the wall and a 20 page professional album. It also included travel costs of $350 (we had a destination wedding).

    Her hourly rate was $350 I think, and then we paid extra for the canvas print and album (which was $1200ish – we have expensive taste clearly).

    Post # 4
    Member
    529 posts
    Busy bee

    So are you getting married in Columbus or Atlanta (I’m Ohio, so just asking!) We looked at three photograpers suggested by our reception site and made a list of things we were looking for: experience, familiarity with venues, price, quality, style, and willingness to let us purchase negatives, because we know people who run a printing company and knew we could do that dirt cheap. Most of them were $1500 – $2500, ranging from 4-8 hours of photography. We have the stupid Catholic gap, cocktail hour, etc, so we wound up finding someone just starting a photography business but who had experience and familarity with our ceremony site, offered us 12 hours with two photographers, unlimited pics and free web posting, an engagement shoot PLUS rights to our photos for $500! We actually liked her style and flexibility better than others who were set in their ways – she was willing to work with what we liked. So, if you’re looking for a deal, there are a lot of fantastic photographers out there who are just starting and willing to work with you! If you are getting married in Columbus and are interested, message me and I’ll pass along her information.

    Post # 5
    Member
    156 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We are paying $1800, this includes engagement photos, one album, a CD of all photos (high resolution, and edited), a print for people to sign at the wedding, or a wedding “guest book” for people to sign, postcards at each table setting, and 10 hours the day of. Plus a meal for her and her assistant. I love in San Diego. www.capturedmomentsphotographyusa.com

    Christina MIlls is amazing and so friendly and great to work with. 

    Post # 6
    Member
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are paying $3500 which includes an engagement session, 7hrs of wedding day coverage, and then the rights to all the photos (which means we save a ton by not having to order our prints straight from the photog!).

    Post # 6
    Member
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We are paying $3500 which includes an engagement session, 7hrs of wedding day coverage, and then the rights to all the photos (which means we save a ton by not having to order our prints straight from the photog!).

    Post # 7
    Member
    806 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    $2000 (ballpark) seems about right for what you want, and your area.  Could be a little more or less.

    Post # 8
    Member
    1602 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Date twins!

    Our package is coming to just under $3000 including taxes. That includes 10 hours with a second shooter, engagement shoot, all images on disc, and a photo guestbook, plus a $350 album credit.

     

    However, photography was the most important aspect of the day for us, and therefore it’s a good 30% of our budget haha. I would suggest just googling photographers in your city, and checking out their styles, decide on what you want, and then see what their price ranges are. Generally I found that in my area anything under $2000 crossed that line of ‘amateur trying to be professional’, but I’m a bit of a photography snob.

    Post # 9
    Member
    279 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

     

    Funny moment, I’d been looking at local photographers and drooling over the wedding shots of a specific one wondering if we could ever get someone to do work like that when my fiance mentioned “Hey, I have an uncle who “does photography.” So here I am thinking we’re going to get a country photographer who does “ok” work, but nothing phenomenal, right? When we arrived at his studio to look his wedding portfolio…low and behold, there are the shots I’d cooed over! He was the actual photographer, and we paid $1300 for the whole day, plus all rights and a framed, signed print for our “guest book” due to family discount. Photography is my favorite part of the wedding so far- besides marrying my groom!

    Post # 10
    Member
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We’re paying $800 for 5 hours, cd with copyright, and engagement session, but no hard copies of anything so we’ll make our own album later on.  Honestly I wish I had gone a little higher because we’re coming in under budget and I worry about the quality of what we’re getting.  Our epics came out fine, there were lots of shots I liked and lots I didn’t, but I think that’s how it is with every photographer.  There was just nothing that really made me think “WOW!”, you know? However I bet with $2000 you can get something nice.  I would make a priority list of what you must have and what you would be willing to compromise on– like which is more important to you, having them do your album for you or having an engagement session? And then go from there…

    Post # 11
    Member
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    Just remember that everything is negotiable.  We got married in Savannah and paid $2,500 which included 8 hours with our photographer across two days, a second photog for 4 hours, album, set of prints and engagement shoot.  Oh, and everything on a CD.  Not bad but it was not his standard package as he included things that were not of interest to me – but a second shooter was.  Lesson learned — don’t hesitate to ask to “trade” things in and out. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We didnt want to spend a lot on photog because its not worth it to us. I found a photog on CL who had done quite a few weddings and will be doing many more before our wedding. She is $400 for our reception including a disc so we cant print as needed.

     

    Post # 13
    Member
    2532 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We paid around $350 for our enagagment session and we are paying 1080 for our wedding. That is 8 hours of coverage on our wedding day, all rights to photos, CD, web hosting. It would have been about $1400 for 2 photogs. We are getting married an hour east of Atlanta

    Post # 14
    Member
    32 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Ours was around 3500 but that includes:

    10 hours, 2 photographers, proof album, 150 prints, our album, 3 parents albums, and $250 extra print credit (and we get the CD with release rights but not until 1 year after…) It was well worth it to me since it included our parent gifts!

    Post # 15
    Member
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Fiance keeps reiterating how we need to stick to our budget, but he’s the first one to break it. Photography is super important to Fiance and we ended up doubling the original budget for photography.  

    For around $6000 we’re getting:

    8 hours of coverage, 2 photographers, custom album design, 8X12 Leather album with 40 pages, photos hosted online for 90 days, high res wedding files on portable USB drive w/all the release rights, 4 hours of a photo lounge with a photo lounge assistant, 1 4X6 of each photo taken and a CD of all photos. 

    and of course FIs #1 photographer. 🙂  

     

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