(Closed) How much did you spend on photography?

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Post # 31
2590 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

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bridetobe2018 :  I’m in NJ and wedding costs are pretty high here. Although I am proud pof the deal I got and what a great vendor he is! My photographer package is $1980 which is a discounted rate from his original pricing ($2500+) This includes the photographer, an assistant who will also be a second shooter as needed. There is no time restriction. They will be there from my getting ready shots until the end of the reception. Our engagement shoot was an extra cost ($500) and any albums or prints will be a seperate cost as well. Also, when booking make sure your contract states you have rights to your photos, which will allow you to print your own photos down the line if you want more instead of having to go through them.

Post # 32
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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bridetobe2018 :  Our photographer is a family friend who runs her own business. The package we chose was $3500. We are in a large city in Minnesota. Photographer has 10 years experience in photography, with about 5 years doing weddings specifically.

9 hours of coverage

Second Shooter

Engagement Session (with drop box of all high res images) and a discount for Save the Dates

Disc of all High Res images

10 spread press printed album

12 x 18 canvas

My Future Sister-In-Law paid about half of what we are for a less experienced photographer and was extremely disappointed. This is one thing I wouldn’t skimp on.

Post # 33
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We spent $800 for one photographer. It was so cheap because it was a friend of a friend who did photography as a hobby. She was there for probably 7 or 8 hours. 

Post # 34
8271 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

In BC, we are paying $2250 for 2 photogs, full day + engagement pics. We opted out of the printed albumn and the extras.

Post # 35
283 posts
Helper bee

We’re in Boston. Ours is $3200 with 8 hours, a second shooter, a USB with all the photos, and a 3 month password protected gallery where other people can download their favorites. We can add a 1.5 hour engagement session for $300, which I think we will do this summer. No printed albums or canvases. I will probably just print my favorites at Costco.

We were able to find other, cheaper photographers who took beautiful photos. There was just a little something extra when it came to the photos of the guy we picked. For him though, we had to do a lot of hunting. We found quite a few (amazing) photographers who were in the $4-5k range. 

Post # 36
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think I found a pretty good deal for being in the Bay Area (california) – $2550 for 1 hour engagement shoot, 8 hours on the wedding day, and a second shooter

Post # 37
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

We live in the Philly suburbs and we paid $2000. We got no engagement shots and no printouts (I did those at Wal-mart). Just one shooter for 8 hours. He was great! Worth every penny.

Post # 38
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

My brother and SIL went with the friend-of-a-friend, hobby photographer route. $600 (Australian dollars) for 8 hours, and produced some absolutely beautiful photos!

Post # 39
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I think it ended up costing us about $15,000. But the package included an engagment shoot, rehearsal dinner/party coverage, a photo booth at the wedding reception, and the full wedding day coverage with 2 photographers and 2 videographers. I also live in the Pacific NW and my photographers sometimes shoot in Seattle. I highly recommend them. Send me a message if you want their company’s name!

Post # 40
241 posts
Helper bee

We are paying $2,000 USD for 5 hours in northern Colorado with one photog. We are doing a lot of scenery changes. The other person I was looking at in that area that I really liked was double for another 3 hours of coverage and I didn’t think we needed that much time for an elopement.

Packages in the area I live in are significantly cheaper for more stuff. That’s what I get for going to a popular destination wedding location.

Post # 41
550 posts
Busy bee

$1,000 in NC. Covers engagement session and 6 hours of coverage.

Post # 42
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

We are paying $2000 for 2 shooters for 10 hours, & engagement shoot. We will get a digital copy and printing rights to all photos which will be edited, he said to expect about a 100 per hour. In my area the starting packages for most established photographers is more like $4-5k for 8 hours + for getting digital copies, prints etc. The guy we are going with is newer and thus the lower price but looking at his work so far I think it will be good, he just hasn’t established a reputation yet to charge the same price as the 20 year wedding photography veterans. 

Post # 43
1657 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017


2 shooters for 10 hours

Free engagement shoot

Post # 44
20 posts
  • Wedding: September 2017

San Diego Wedding. We are paying $2900 for 7 hour coverage single shooter with all enhanced images and HD images on a website/usb plus a wooden wedding album. Our photographer is pretty high end though and does celebrity weddings. One of my bridesmaid’s parents is also the videographer for free (they own a production company) and we have a photobooth for $700.

PRO TIP: Use Groupon for engagement photos if its not included. Worst case scenario you are only losing about $50 and you get multiple styles and outfits if you go more than once.

Post # 45
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

We are getting married in Puerto Vallarta, and we’ve hired a local photographer.  $3200 for 12 hours of coverage with a second shooter for 8 hours.  No engagement shoot, and our album plus 3 albums for the parents will likely run another $1500.  It’s a lot… 

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