(Closed) How much did you spend on your photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Our budget was $1000, but we ended up spending $1100 and our photographer was amazing!  🙂  

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

$1800

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Worker bee

$2400 with an engagement session

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Looks like we will spend around 5800

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