(Closed) How much did you spend on photography?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much did you spend on photography?
    Under $500 : (6 votes)
    8 %
    $501-$1000 : (4 votes)
    5 %
    $1001-$1500 : (7 votes)
    9 %
    $1501-$2000 : (7 votes)
    9 %
    $2001-$2500 : (10 votes)
    13 %
    $2501-$3000 : (11 votes)
    14 %
    $3000-$3500 : (7 votes)
    9 %
    $3500-$4500 : (9 votes)
    11 %
    $4501-$5500 : (13 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
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    86 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Is there any way you could ask the photographer to do a custom package, removing the engagement session?

    The package we’ve chosen for our wedding is approximately $4900, but it includes 10 hours of coverage, a photgrapher’s assistant, engagement session, an extra session (think TTD, boudoir, etc…), wedding album, 2 matching parent albums, a 16×20 gallery wrapped canvas, full-size/high res images of the wedding, and 5×7 small print disks of the sessions (engagement and extra session).  I’m sure I’m leaving some stuff of the list… but there are quite a few things bundled up in that crazy-amazing package. 

    And I’m getting an awesome photographer whose work I absolutely adore. I just want my wedding photos to be fantastic… I love photography and see it as a little side hobby of my own, so I want someone I trust by our sides come wedding day. 

     I’m also planning to cut corners elsewhere to help buffer the expense.  Because I <3 photography, I think it’s worth it.

    So, to answer your question… I think your package sounds totally reasonable, especially if you already like the photographer’s work.  I would just suggest asking if she would consider potentially doing a custom package for you (removing the engagement session), because you do not live in the NY area.  Good luck

    Post # 4
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    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I think that’s a good price for what you’re getting, but I second asking the photographer to remove the engagement shoot since you won’t be using them. That should drop your price by a couple hundred or so, I would imagine. 

    We’re spending about $1,000 for our wedding photography. It’s a pretty much no-frills package. We get one photographer for five hours and the images on DVD with rights to reproduce. We’re on a budget, so this worked well for us!

    Post # 5
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    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    It’s also important to keep in mind that your location will play into the price some. My wedding is in Milwaukee and for $2,500 we are getting 1 photographer for 10 hours, all images shot on a disc, a 200 image "best shots" album and those 200 touched up photos on a disc plus a print release so that we can have our own copies made by whomever we want. It’s pretty basic but just what we need. I actually live near DC though and I can only assume that the same basic package in DC by the same caliber of photographer would be at least $500-$1,000 or so more just because the cost of living is higher.

    Post # 6
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    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We ordered our wedding package after we had our e-shots done, and the package we chose included an engagement session.  We are just swapping it out with something of equal value to the session, and our photographer was very flexible working with us on that!  I’m sure if you talk to your’s, he or she would be more than willing to work with you!

    Post # 7
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Ask about having a custom package and removing the engagement pictures. We spent a ton of money on photography…about $6k. I’m a huge photography snob…and wanted the best. Our photographer shoots in actual black and white film as well as digital color and the black and white pictures are gelatin silver prints…and are museum quality. Our package did include coverage the full day, an engagement session, bridal session, full rights and discs of all our pictures, a beautiful custom album…and a million other things I can’t think of. In all, I am very pleased and very excited.

    Post # 8
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    944 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Could you exchange the engagement portion (you can’t use it afterall!) for a bridal shoot a few days before?

    We are paying $1,500 for 8 hours, two photographers, proof pics on DVD, high res pics on DVD (including touchups, editing, etc), 1-hour engagement session and they will be there for the rehearsal.

    Post # 9
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    52 posts
    Worker bee

    That price, for New York, isn’t too bad.

    As was mentioned, prices fluxuate a lot depending on the locations across the United States. 

    Try convincing a client that $4,000 in California is actually a lot less than $4,000 in Wyoming!

    Post # 10
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    2681 posts
    Sugar bee

    I agree with other posters about asking to either remove or substitute the engagement session.  We paid $4100 including tax for all day photographry with lead photographer and assistant, a 30 page magazine style album (150-175 photos), 2 mini parent albums, engagement session, 8×10 of engagement pic, DVD of all wedding day high-res images (touch ups, color correction) and online viewing. 

    Post # 11
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    1732 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    That seems like a really good price.

    Can you trade the bridal session for an aftershoot or extra print credit?  Most photogs are really flexible if you ask for exchanging things instead of cost cutting.

    Post # 12
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    1246 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    That does seem like a really good price.

    Post # 13
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    217 posts
    Helper bee

    We are spending a total of $2300 for photography. We have an amazing photographer! Luckily I’m friends with her and was able to get about $1000 of her normal rate. Photgraphy was one of the elements of the wedding I wasn’t going to scrimp on. 

    Post # 14
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    79 posts
    Worker bee

    As a photographer AND a couple getting married next year, we believe that price really does vary depending on where you are, supply and demand, simple economics.

     

    Keep in mind that more inexperienced photographers will tend to price lower, while those who see themselves as more experienced MAY price higher.  Also, depends on the target clients you are aiming for…if you only want to do celebrity weddings, you better move to LA and charge 15,000…..if you want to offer a small town local service, your pricing is more conservative.

     

    most photographers will tailor their packages to suit the needs of the client, afterall, you want to please the client!  

     

    darren

     

    Post # 15
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    383 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I think your package sounds in the ballpark- especially for a NYC wedding, location plays a big part in the cost. I reiterate what others have already said, most photographers will work with your requests if you want to "swap" something for another (see the Real Budgets: Photography post where Mrs. Cupcake talked to her photogs about exchanging one piece of her package for another).

    I know that my own photographer now doesn’t even include an hourly package like she did when we booked her but asks to be contacted for a "custom package" quote where you create your own package.

     

    Post # 16
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    5154 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I am spending roughly $7000! I know that seems outrageous but I am very into photography and I love this guys work. He is traveling to my destination for free though! I also used a very cheap photographer for our engagement photos, so I skimped on those so I wouldn’t feel guilty about the expensive wedding photographer!

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