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

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My Fiancee told me last night that it would be roughly $1300 dollars to get a photography, and I went crazy. I had no idea that it was that expensive. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I put a posting on CL saying (in short), “Here’s our budget ($500), message ONLY if you can swing that price.” I’ve gotten some rude responses, but for the most part, people have been very nice.

Ask the photographer you’ve found what he’d like to be paid for his time…go from there.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

I would give him a gift or something. Even if he is doing it for free, its like hes working a whole day.

We’re paying $2400 for our photographers, and that was in the lower price range around here (chicago).

Editing takes a lot of time too, so I would definitly pay him for that and then maybe a nice gift for the photos? Or a few hundred dollars?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Im paying $400 for mine with a disc

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m having a friend in the industry do mine, he’s a professional photog although he doesn’t do many weddings, he’ll do it for me.  And to save money and his time, I’m only hiring him for like 4 or 5 hours, mainly the before, during and after ceremony shots.  I don’t really need him at the reception.  He’s charging me $600 and I’ll get a disk of every photo.  FH works for a major printing company and can print all the portraits we want.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What services are they providing? If they are doing post-processing, that could be up to 40 hours of work, easily. If not, then you really only need to contribute to time on the wedding day, travel, and equipment ($$$$$). If they are only doing day of, i’d say something like $500 is appropriate for their time. If they are post processing everyting, i’d say give at least $1,000.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we’re paying $400 and get them all on a disk. she’s not some super fancy photographer but she does a great job.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re paying $985 for 8 hours of coverage. It’s a steal. Our photographer now charges $2000!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re paying $2100 for 8 hours of coverage and full rights to all the photos.  That is CHEAP for our area (We’re in lower Conn, and our photographer is out of Philly.)  Plus, he’s AMAZING, and his prices don’t even reflect how talented he is.  We’re actually getting quite a bargain!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

We are having a friend of my brothers and he is charging us $35 an hour. And a friend of my sister asked if she could come take pictures as well, since she is a photog student and would like to get some pics for her portfolio. She is doing it for free, but Fiance and I are going to get her a gift card for somewhere, and we are letting her bf come as well so that she/my sis and my sisters bf can hang have some people to hang out with.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We are paying about $1100 and she’ll be with us all day.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we’re paying about $3K for our photographer, which includes a disc & rights to all the images. that was about middle of the road pricing for photographers here (Minneapolis/St.Paul) in the style we preferred.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we are paying around $3-4k for a photographer in Cabo. It was what we were going to pay one in Mpls/St. Paul so it wasn’t much of a shock. 

I have friends, however, that paid as much as $7k for a photographer in Minneapolis/St. Paul and that only included a disk + rights.  

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