Post # 1
I’ve spent a large chunk of today looking at photographer’s websites to try to find the perfect one. My initial budget was $1000, but after looking around at what that amount would get me I’m sad to say I’m not really impressed. The photos look like something my little sister could take with a point and shoot camera. They’re not bad, just not “professional” looking enough for me. The photographers with portfolios that I love cost around $2,500 – $3,000 depending on the package. My mom thinks this is a crazy amount of money to spend on photos. I didn’t want to go over budget, but photography is a #1 priority for me so it looks like I have to.
Is this price normal for everyone else? Were you not willing to compromise on photos, and if so did you cut back on something else? I’m thinking of cutting back our guest list. My Fiance would rather have a bigger party, but for me the photos are a more important thing to splurge on because at the end of the wedding that is all that is left. I just don’t know what we should do.
Post # 3
We ended up going over-budget. Our initial thought was $1000 but we’re spending almost triple that at $2800. It’s worth it to me, because the quality is so much higher! Our overall budget is $13,000.
Post # 4
We are spending about $3k on photography. At the end of the day all you are really left with are the photos so imo it is something worth spluring on. We are cutting back a little bit on everything in order to get the photos we want. We scaled back our budget for flowers, paper and my dress because for us, photography is more important.
Post # 5
@beebeebuzzbuzz: I know how you feel. The cost of a (good) photographer can come at a hefty price. But my bff told me something that made me realize my $3,600 photog for 7 hrs totally worth it. She said, “Paying that stings once, bad pictures sting for a lifetime.”
Post # 6
Ours will be 1,500. Average amount for a photographer in the Minneapolis, MN area is about 2,000-3,000 luckily we found a ours for cheaper.
Post # 7
Mine is $1,950, which is cheaper than several of the others in the area. Her quality is fantastic and I’m really excited with who we have as our photographer!
Post # 8
Mine $725 with 8 hrs on wedding day, rehearsal dinner, bridal portraits and e-pics. We also get rights to our pics. Here’s the link to some of e-pics I posted on here.
Post # 9
Our budget was $1000, but we ended up spending $1100 and our photographer was amazing! 🙂
Post # 11
Our original budget was around $1500, then I started looking and realized that wasn’t realistic for the type of photography I wanted lol.
So we decided to go with the photographer we really loved and the package we chose was $3300. It includes 2 photographers and an assistant for 8 hours, and an engagement shoot. After seeing the engagement photos we took, I’m really glad we went over budget 🙂
Post # 12
Friendors rock. My first cousin is trying to break into wedding photography (I adore her children’s photography), so she’s doing my wedding for free.
If I weren’t going with her, I’d be asking the local university’s photography department if a student wanted a wedding under their belt (I started off as a photography minor.)
Post # 13
$2400 with an engagement session
Post # 14
Since we both love doing photography, we think it is an important part of our day and that quality shouldn’t sacrificed. We were pretty lucky in that we found someone who was fairly new to wedding photography, but had amazing work. They charged us $1500 for the whole day, plus an e-session. Since booking with them almost a year ago, their cheapest package now starts at $3000.
Post # 15
I went over budget on my wedding photographer too. Initially we planned to spend $1,800 but I ended up spending $2,500. It was a lot more that I would have liked to spend, but I feel like the pictures are the one thing you have forever after the wedding, so you want to get something you’ll be proud of.
But do consider talking to your photographers about your budget. Sometimes they can change a few things on the contract that make the cost come down more than you’d think. I saved about $300 that way.
Post # 16
Looks like we will spend around 5800