(Closed) How Much Did/Are You Planning to Spend on Photography

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much did you/are you planning to spend on photography? Are you satisfied?
    $0 - $500 : (10 votes)
    10 %
    $501 - $1k : (6 votes)
    6 %
    $1,001 - $1,500 : (12 votes)
    13 %
    $1,501 - $2,000 : (11 votes)
    11 %
    $2,001 - $3,000 : (17 votes)
    18 %
    $3,001 - $4,000 : (17 votes)
    18 %
    Over $4k : (12 votes)
    13 %
    I spent over $1,500 and was GLAD I did! : (10 votes)
    10 %
    I spent over $1,500 and wish I spent LESS! : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
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    947 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We got a “deal” at $5k. It was originally over $6500.

    Definitely more than we originally wanted to spend but I think in the case of photo/video you get what you pay for. 

    After meeting with other photo vendors it became apparent to me why the photographers I chose cost so much. The quality and attention to detail couldnt be beat. 

    ETA: regardless of the price remember that you only end up looking at 5 or so of your pictures for the rest of your life as opposed to the 600+ you may receive. That really helped me put it into perspective. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We spent $400 and got 4 hours of photography and a disk of all our photos. Do I regret it/wish we spent more? No, I don’t think I would spend more if I were to do it again. We have had to be a little more patient with our photographer, as he’s slightly “amateur” (he’s shot hundreds of weddings and his photos are awesome, but he’s self taught and he’s not exactly great at the “business” side of things), but, for the price we paid, I’m willing to overlook it. There are a couple photos I wish we had gotten that we didn’t, but I don’t really blame him, as I didn’t think to ask for them, and even my sister who paid 5x as much at her wedding didn’t get every single last picture she would have liked. Every single last picture we have is beautiful, so I really think we got more than we paid for, despite some of my small regrets.

    Post # 5
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    8455 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We’re spending $1700 on photography, but this includes an engagement shoot, two photographers for the entire wedding day, and the photos on DVD with copyright release.  We absolutely LOVE our photographer and so far it’s been worth every penny.

    Post # 6
    Member
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We just hired my top choice photographer for $3950. He put together a custom package for us that was between his basic package ($3000) and second level ($4200).

    It includes engagement shoot, all day coverage (literally up to 12-13 hours if we want it), a few prints/enlargements, all edited photos in high res on a USB drive, online gallery hosting for our guests to look at (and order, if they want) photos after the wedding, a fantastic flush mount album and a second round of retouching and digital files for the photos we put in the album. After researching prices for a la carte flush mount albums, I don’t think he’s overcharging us at all for his time, work, and the album. 

    I found only one or two photographers where my wedding will be taking place that started below $2900, and their work was pretty abysmal. I’m an amateur photographer and I guess I might be considered picky, but really, I knew what style I wanted and I knew how to gauge how good the photographer was technically. Our reception is very lowlight after the sun sets and it’s important to Fiance that we get great shots of the whole day, not just when the lighting is great! We saw a ton of full day galleries of weddings our photographer shot at our actual venue, and we are sure he is the one for us.

    Post # 7
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    13 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We are spending a little over $3,000 for six hours of photography. I fell in love with the photographer’s work and haven’t found other photographers with a similar style. Since photography is important to me, I do think that the money will be worth it.

    Post # 8
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    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We found an amazing photographer on Kijiji for $600. It includes e-photo session, 8 hour coverage (which works perfectly for us because our ceremony and reception is in the evening) also includes unlimited photos on disk and an album.

    She just moved to our area not to long ago and is offering her services at a reduced rate to build a name for herself. Her work is great!! Would never have found her if it wasn’t for kijiji.

    Post # 9
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    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @mstellah:  Wow, what great insight. I never really thought of that… but maybe I will make wall paper out of all 600 photos instead of just hanging up 3 or 4 throughout the  house haha

    Post # 10
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    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Our photographer + a second shooter is $1850. That includes unlimited hours the day of, all high-res files color corrected and with a copyright release in both raw format and jpg (so we can edit them later), 50 fully edited/retouched photos, and $150 print credit. That was a very very good price from what we found in the area, and he’s a good photographer. Unlimited hours was important to me – I want him to be there when we got to the salon at 10:30 a.m. and I want him to be there when we exit at 11 PM. LONNNG day for him, but we’ll feed him well!

    He gives a 10% discount if you pay in full at the time of booking rather than just a deposit, so it ends up being $1665.

    I wanted nice photos but couldn’t stomach spending $3k+ on them.

    Post # 11
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    524 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I am all for good pictures, but I also am all for a deal: and to me, the deal was more important than pictures. I would rather have GOOD pictures at a great price than AMAZINGINCREDIBLE pictures at a HUGEHUGEHUGE price. Luckily, I found a photographer whose style I REALLY love who is also a student photographer: she’s been shooting for 4+ years and has good equiptment, but we’re also paying $600 for 8 hours. I LOVED the engagement session she did (for free!) and am so excited to have her shoot our wedding!!

    Post # 12
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    4891 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    My friend is doing them for free, but I’m giving her ~$400 or so for the travel expenses involved (gas and hotel for a night or two). 

    Post # 13
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    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We hired one of my sorority sisters who is a professional photographer.  She gave us a discount since we’re sisters and are getting a full day with a disc for 1500$  The package normally is closer to 2000k.  She had much pricier options, we’re actually picked the cheapest package but we’d prefer to have all the pics on a disc rather than be handed prints that we may not like.  And we love that she will be there full day to get those getting ready shots.  Her prof pics always look fabulous!  Fingers crossed!

    Post # 14
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    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I spent 5k and was happy with how they turned out!

    Post # 16
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    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We spent $2500, and am SO happy we did. Our pictures are amazing, and totally worth the price!

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