(Closed) How much did you pay for your photographer??

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: My church and Florian Park

Mine is $900, we got it down to $900 because we decided to not do engagement pictures. However, he decided to do a mini shoot(which turned into a regular shoot) for free 

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Oooh Anthro. We paid ~$6K, and that was actually average for our area (for the quality we were seeking). That included an engagement shoot, and then 8 hours of coverage day of with 2 photographers. No limit on images, we will also be getting a really beautiful album. And we have the print rights. Make sure no matter what that you get the print rights – that will save you money later. We also were given a print credit, and used that on engagement photos we had displayed at the wedding (the one condition in the contract is that photos to be displayed where the photographer would be present – ahem our wedding – had to be printed by the photographer). Oh, and they traveled 3+ hours to our wedding and included that in the price.

 

I think $4K s definitely reasonable for style and quality you really love What you will be left with after the wedding are photos <3 (well, and your marriage lol. But evidence of the day).

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I think it depends on the quality and experience of the photographer(s). Most, if not all of the photographers I looked at whose style I wanted were between 2,500-4,500 and I’m in Central NY. I got lucky though and a friend from high school is doing mine for $900, for 7 hours. Photography was the one thing I didn’t want to skimp out on, but she takes amazing quality photos that are still the style I wanted so I have full faith in her. I think the fact that you have a second shooter makes it a better deal as well.

Post # 19
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Ten years ago I paid $4,000 for over eight hours of coverage, with assistant, partially shot on actual film. Included a few albums and prints. I want to say epics were not included, maybe a few hundred extra. This was in a fairly high cost of living city. I felt like it was expensive then, but I really liked this photographer and his style. No longer married, but the photos are gorgeous (lol) 

Photos are something worth a lot to me and I’d rather spend money on that then say, a very expensive gown. But we all have our priorities. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee

$5100 Photos only. 9 Hours. 2nd Shooter for 4 Hours free. 

The look and feel of the photos was really important to us so we paid that little bit more for better quality. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I paid $900 for 6 hours of shooting. I didn’t really care about getting prints or a photo book because those are all things I feel I can handle on my own.  She was a friend from highschool and her prices have gone up a lot just a few months after our wedding so I feel like we got a good deal and I’m pleased with what we got!  Single shooter but she took some pictures on film and I think she did a great job.  Just because we paid so little doesn’t mean that photos weren’t important to me…I think we got an amazing deal and I’m impressed with the quality of her work.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I would pay the money that they charged if you are absolutely in love with their work. However, perhaps you should shop around a bit. The range for good top of the line photography is  2,300-3,500 for full day (8 hours or more coverage)…Anything outside of that is expensive. Again, if their work is top of the line work and you absolutely love their work and you can not compare their work to anyone else in the area, the definitely chose them. Quality sometimes is costly but sometimes you also have to simply shop around.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

$2,300 with a discount off for booking on a friday or sunday!

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

We are paying $5200 for a similar package, but photography is super important to me. IMO, $4,000 is reasonable if the photographer’s quality of work is amazing! We are in a big city (and getting married in a big wedding city) on the east coast. 

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We paid 2000$ Canadian, we are from Montreal. This was for a really amazing photographer and included an engagement photoshoot, 8 hours of coverage the day of the wedding with one photographer, a small album and we ended up with 660 edited photos. It really depends on how much you want to spend, but we got quoted 4000$ for video included on top of everything I just mentioned. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

Our entire budget was $5000, and we couldn’t justify spending most of that on a photographer. We found a photography student from the local university who we paid $300 for. She wasn’t the most experienced photographer out there, but that was okay with us. Even if the pictures didn’t turn out very well, we would still be married at the end if the day and were happy to give a student the opportunity to gain that experience. We were happy with the pictures she took, and we had a friend surprise us as a second photographer as a gift. We ended up with two photographers for $300!

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I paid $3,800 for everything you included in your post. I’m semi close to you geographically, so I’d say $4,000 is reasonable. That seemed to be middle of the road around here but our photographer was amazing, so I felt like it was a win win.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - Blue Hound Farm

Check out Rebekah Viola Photography. She’s around 3k with engagement shoot included, 2nd shooter on wedding day, 8 hours. she’s in Gap (not far from philly), and she was amazing to work with. 

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee

I think $4000 is about the norm for professional photos and all the editing, time, and extras the photographer(s) is willing to put into your big day.  I had a friend who is a professional photographer and graphic desiger do our photos for the big day and he also had a second photographer with him.  His fee would have been $4500 but he was a friend of mine and only charged me $750 – it was his gift to us. The photos were amazing, he was amazing, he went the extra mile for us and spent the entire day and evening with us, did a photo booth at the reception without us asking for one, did the engagement shoot too, and created a beautiful website and photo albums for us.

Post # 30
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Worker bee

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twentytwenty :  that is wayyyyyy too cheap and way underpriced compared to professional photographers. 

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