(Closed) How much did you pay for your wedding day photography?

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Post # 3
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009


Photography was like most people very important to us. We had quite a large budget to spend and were willing to even spend more than we set aside to have the perfect photographer.

We ended up looking at a few high priced photographers (when I am talking high priced I am talking about $10,000) then more in the mid range (around $4000-$6000) then very lower end ($1000-$3000) kind of thing

We wanted to weight all of our options and make sure we connected with the photographer, their quality of work, their ‘packages’ etc.

We instantly fell in love with a photographer in the lower range of prices. He was a newer photographer on the market in our area, who had done some weddings (cause I dont think I would have wanted to be the first) we liked his originality and williness to try new things, and especially learn from his experience with us.

He was a young guy, but I can credit a guy in photography (since I have a passion/hobby of it myself) so the first thing I said to him when we booked him was that he better not dissipoint me and give me more than 100% on the day, he laughed and said of course…

Saying that after countless phone calls (where we both click, and get one another) and emails we determined what we want with him – he will be with us all day, there is no time limit (I guess I may have scared him a bit with the giving me more than 100% thing ha ha) so from the moment I start getting ready he said he will be there, and from the moment we want to leave our party he’s done too. he gives us the usual, photos after the ceremony at a bunch of different locations, reception, as well as a cd with all the photos on it, and an online gallery where friends and family can view and buy the photos etc

we ended up getting that for $1600 – the only thing is didnt cover was the E-shoot, which me and the FH DID want which was another $200.

Like I said we both were willing to spend alot more on photography so when it came to the extras, like albums and stuff were spending nearly $3000 on albums with him

so in the end I guess the cost for photography for us will be around $4600 – which I am happy with, if my photographer can make me happy


Post # 4
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

$3000 which includes engagement and day of pictures, digital copyrights, and a hand-crafted album.  Photography was priority one for us….so we found the photographer first!  🙂

Post # 5
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m not sure if my specific pricing will help you b/c I’m having a pretty unusual package put togther, but based on what I think you want I found pretty good photographers that could provide that for anywhere from $3500 to $9500.  In terms of breakdowns, I found hourly fees to range from $200-$500/hr.  I found that album pricing ranged from $1400-$3K with ~$50-$100/extra page.  Often the cost is driven by the album company that they choose.  If that is the only thing prohibiting you from selecting a photographer, you might ask them if there is an alternative company that could be more reasonable.  My photographer has a few different suggestions so that we can get much cheaper album clones for our parents.  The cost of e-sessions varied from being included with an album to about $300 extra.  And similarly DVDs were either included or up to $1K extra.  One thing is that there is a distinction between a high-res DVD and a "proof" DVD.  Many throw in the latter for free, but charge extra for the former (when you think about it, they’re losing a huge revenue source if they give you the ability to make your own enlargements, though it still bugs me).  I suspect you want the high-res version, but make sure you clarify that.

My personal experience, talking to a crazy number of photographers, was that quality and price did for the most part go hand-in-hand (though I did meet with at least one that I felt was overpriced for his quality and another that I felt was a bit underpriced for her quality).  We’re spending a fair bit on photography, but it’s really important to me and also to my dad.  It’s not as important to my Fiance, though he was of the opinion that we should either hire a really great professional photographer or not bother at all.  And quite frankly, some of the people we looked at really did fall into the "not bother" category.

It’s also really important that you like your photographer, imho.  I thought about hiring my sister’s wedding photographer b/c he was very talented, but I also found him to be pretty rude during my sister’s wedding (my dad also felt he was rude, and several members of our extended family commented that they thought he was fairly unpleasant during the formals).  Maybe he would treat me differently as a bride, but the fact that he could treat family like that was not energy I want near our wedding day.  My Fiance felt the same way about that.

It is also possible to negotiate on price (or get extras included).  But most photographers, I’ve found, price pretty closely to what they’re willing to work for.  So you might get up to 10% off or an extra or two (the latter is more likely), but you probably won’t get them to halve their price or anything.  You also need to consider that the time they spend on your wedding is a lot more than just the day of.  They probably spend several hours preparing the list of people to get and planning their day (e.g. when to get details, when to be where etc) beforehand.  And putting together the album is also a lot of work.  When I met with my photographer he was in the final stages of an album that he’d gotten permission to show me, and the attention to detail he put in was incredible.  I can’t recommend him enough, By The Way.  If you’re in SoCal, please check out http://www.memoriesbymichael.com.  He’s just great!

Post # 6
63 posts
Worker bee

$800 for 8 hours of photography, 2 photographers and all images retouched, high resolution on a cd with rights to re print.

i did my own album.  Also didnt want bridals and had gotten my engagements for free from another photog so I didnt need those either.

Post # 7
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

$5400 for travel, 8 hours of coverage on the day, 2 hours of rehearsal dinner, 1 nice and big album (30 pages), engagement portraits, rights, dvd of pictures, and I can’t remember what else, besides STELLAR pictures.

Very excited to work with her. http://www.cherylungarweddings.com 

Post # 8
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I found a girl from one of the local boards on The Knot.  Shortly after getting married, she started a photography company.  For $700 we’re getting engagement photos, 7 hours of photography, digital rights to the photos and all the photos are re-touched (I don’t know if that’s the exact work for what she does, basically she makes them look better).

Post # 9
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We are paying $1400 for 6 hours at 3 locations, 2 photographers, CDs with print release, 10 5x7s and 1 11×14, and discount on all other prints. I believe a small album is included too.

Post # 10
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm

$2300 for two photographers (one is an assistant or jr photographer = discount!!) based in cleveland for 12 hours, includes travel, unlimited photos, unlimited locations, proofs, and an option of getting some photos or doing an engagement session. 

Post # 11
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re paying $2400 which includes: all pre-wedding consultations, prep, and planning; Full day of coverage including multiple sites if needed; post-wedding production and proofing; personal website with slide show where we and guests can order photos; DVD or CD of prints with re-print rights; online slide show of chosen images.

We are in a unique situation – we were able to lower the cost for his smallest package from $3800. We nixed the album, printed photos, second shooter, and some other details. Plus our wedding is on a Friday so he was flexible with us. We’ll be getting our own prints and photobooks made.


Post # 12
2681 posts
Sugar bee

I was lucky enough to get a great discount from my photographer because we work with them all the time.  The original package price was $5250 for an engagement session with an 8×10, 2 photographers all day for the wedding, a magazine style large album, dvd of all proofs, and one other thing I cant remember now!

Post # 13
15 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m paying $4500 in Houston but photography was important to me.  It was a custom package with everything I wanted.  It was 2 photographers for unlimited hours, all rights to photos on a cd, 1 couple album, and 2 parent albums plus an online slideshow.

I definitely negotiated too but it was everything I wanted with the photographer I wanted!  Good luck you to.

Post # 14
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think with everything you want included pricing will start at AT LEAST $3,000-$5,000 or more depending on the photographer.

Photography is important to me, but that being said- We’re trying to do our entire wedding for what some people spend on their photographer alone (~$5,000).

I went with a photog that have only been in business a year, and takes good pictures, not AMAZING, but from what I’ve seen on her blog, I’ll be happy with them. Plus we have a few friends that are into photography that’ll be taking pictures as well. For 8 hours coverage, all images on CD with rights to print, and travel its only costing us $1350. I will make my own album, as well as parent albums for christmas presents.

Post # 15
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ours was $2800 for all those things, but 10 hours of photos the day of, two assistants, and a bridal portrait session

Post # 16
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

pictures are really important to us, and so we wanted to make sure that we loved who we went with. but being on a serious budget (as in 5k), we couldn’t afford our dream photogs. Fortunately, since we’re both in college (graduating this year) we have tons of talented friends. We found a girl at our school who’s working on building her portfolio, so she’s super affordable. But she takes awesome pictures! We had another close friend do our e-pics…which we LOVE!

for all day wedding pics, full cd of shots, and album $565

for e-pics (incl. cd of shots) $85


we’re pretty excited about everything…including the price! 

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