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

posted 12 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We paid around $6K for our photographer and it included an engagement session, all negative proofs on DVD, enhanced shots, a couple of albums, slideshow, 8 hours of coverage, 2 photographers.  Photography is one of the most important things on our list so we decided to splurge on it.  We are going to look at the pictures forever so I want the best that we could afford. 

Post # 18
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97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We will pay approximately $3,100 for an engagement session, 8 hours for the day of, and a ttd session. Our package is very basic so we will only receive the high resolution pictures on a dvd. I will be doing the photobooks on my own as well as editing the pics (it’s what I do for a living anyways!)

Post # 19
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851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m paying $1000, friend’s rate, he’s a friend I met through a friend who does free-lancing in phoography and has done weddings as a favor to friends; he’s in business and media, but whenever we go out he’s always snapping pics and they are always gorgeous and beautiful, they are clear down to the pimple! hahaha, but there’s some artistry and clarity in his pics I knew he was the one I wanted as photographer

 

 

all phots are included, all day long, I get the proofs, free photoshop of 20 pics, a  second camera/ his assistant who he’s dating (works out for me) and free rehearsal dinner thrown in, I said I preferred a bachelorette’s night over rehearsal dinner so it’ll be fun; I tried to haggle but when he didnt come down I still knew I was getting a great package with someone who is talented and didnt haggle further coz I knew the prices were 3000-5000

Post # 20
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99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m paying $1100 for 6-7 hours the wedding day and a day-after trash the dress shoot.  This includes copyright.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

$2,500 for 2 photographers (no assistants here), unlimited hours, a hi-res cd at our 1 year anniversary, engagement session, photo guestbook, rehearsal dinner, 4×6 proofs…

 Luckily we booked them right before they increased their prices – now they charge $4,750!!

Post # 22
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Newbee

$3000 – it included unlimited engagement pictures and wedding pictures, 2 photographers, an album, an englargement, an online slideshow, a cd with all the images and the digital rights.

Post # 23
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884 posts
Busy bee

$7000 for engagement session and 8 hours of coverage on our wedding day (with a second shooter).  Plus $200 toward print and a album (I think, guess I need to go back through my contract).   We are also going to do a "day after/trash the dress" with her for $500.

~meridith

Post # 24
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495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think my photog’s cheapest package is about $3550, but it includes 8 hrs of coverage, engagement shoot, dvd of photos and a nice big album/print credit of $1400.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ours costs $1700 and includes an engagement shoot, rehearsal dinner coverage, all day wedding coverage, digital prints on DVD – both edited and original, digital copyright and waived travel fees. 

I’m a little worried that it seems to be falling into the "too good to be true" category.  🙂

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We’re getting COMPLETE day-of coverage (unlimited) with 2 photographers, a DVD with 100 digital files (if we like more, we’ll upgrade for another $200 to get ALL of them), photo editing and re-touching, and 250 4×6 photos for $1300.  We’re going to buy albums after the fact, and we can buy them separately.

But it’s more than that–these girls are new to the business, and therefore cheaper.  But their photos are absolutely STUNNING–better than many of the $6000 people I was looking at.  And they’re becoming friends too–we have plans for coffee and drinks throughout the summer.  I met them at a wedding show where they were far and above the most original, nicest, and most passionate photographers there.  I’m so excited that they’ll actually be friends–as well as my camera people–for my wedding.

So…I recommend going to a bridal show, if you’re still looking.  Many up-and-comers start there, and you can get a very good idea of pricing and style in a single trip. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

The package we chose included: E-session, 12 hours of wedding day coverage with 3 photographers, a  $1500 storybook/flushmount album credit, a $500 print credit, all our digital proofs, all our proofs put together in a book and (most importantly) the rights to all of our digital photos.

The photographer we chose charged $4500 for this package.  BUT because our wedding was in the "off season" (november) we paid  $2500 for this package!  We were very lucky to find them!

Post # 28
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124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Ours is $4800 for two photographers for 8 hours, plus an engagement photo session, and a mid-res CD.

We may do the album, but they cost like $3k through them, so we’re going to hold off for a little while!

 

 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Our package is 10,000 but it includes EVERYTHING: e-shoot, 12 hrs of coverage by 2 photographers, travel fees from CA to Hawaii, digital negatives, 3 flush-mount albums (a large one for us and 2 smaller ones for our parents), etc.

I’m sure there are a lot of up-and-coming photogs that we could have found for much less, but photography is very important for us so I didn’t want to take a chance. We’re definitely cutting our budget elsewhere to help cover the expense.

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m paying $1800 in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area. This photographer is more "up and coming" but I love their work and they were literally just about to raise their prices.

The $1800 includes 9 hours coverage on the day of with two photographers, a high-resolution disc with retouched images, and rights to all of the images. We will probably add on an album later. 

Post # 31
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Bumble bee

Wow, I knew I got a good deal, but after reading this I didn’t realize just how good!!

I’m paying $450 for no time limit and all high res images on a disk. It doesn’t include an album, but if I wanted her to do one I could pay extra. No limit on number of photos, retouching done when needed. This included an engagement session as well but since my fiance and I live out of town and there was no way we’d both be back before the wedding, I was able to negotiate 25 4×6 prints instead. I found this woman on craigslist. She’s relatively new to the wedding photography business, but I loved her other photos she has so I’m fairly confident she’ll do a great job. She’s a Nikon user and not Canon, but we can’t have it all now can we? lol jk. She was hired by a photography company at the beginning of the year so I won’t be her first wedding or anything, but yeah. I’m excited! I almost feel like I’m taking advantage of her and I think I’m going to give her a large tip. She’s traveling about 2 hours to get here and she’s just been sooooo friendly about everything!

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