Post # 1
Since we’re eloping, we’re just having the ceremony and I figure two hours of photography will be more than enough. How much would you expect to pay for 2 hours of professional photography plus a disc of edited images?
Post # 3
you will have to work out a package with the photog you pick.
do you have a photography budget?
Post # 4
Our budget is a $1000 but the photographers I’ve contacted so far have offered packages for $200-400, I’ve been talking to a lot of photographers and not sure how to pick one. $200 sounds suspiciously low to me so I am a little worried about number of images or quality.
Post # 5
$200 is not low, it’s the exact amount I am playing. $200 is no frills meanig you will likely get your photos on a USB drive and be responsible for editing them. This is the route I went, but it works for me because I am a photographer, so I can do my own editing. Also for me the $200 includes the video.
If it were me, I would ask the photographer for samples so you know what you are getting into.
Post # 6
This will really depend on where you are and how picky you and your fiance are regarding photography.
In general, I’d look at the price of engagement sessions in your area (as those are typically around 2 hours long) and go from there – equal wedding coverage will probably be a bit higher, but not 2x or 3x. If you need help, just post the links and we’ll gladly help you decide!
Post # 7
@CrazyCatLady13: Well, my engagement pictures took about 2 hours and I got a disc of 100 images. It was $500. I imagine you might want more than 100 images, so I’d assume it’d be more expensive then that. But, honestly anything less than $500 would be suspicious to me.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t do a gig that short on a Saturday in wedding season but if it was a weeknight I’d charge about $1000
Post # 9
I think about $1000 for a high-quality photographer sounds right (on a week night as the PP said – most good photographers aren’t going to be willing to book cheaper short sessions on weekends in wedding season). That is about what we paid for our ceremony coverage with some portraits afterwards on a Friday night.
Post # 10
Our photographer charges $400/hr if you do something smaller than her full package.
Post # 11
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Post # 12
Hey Erica, just FYI – you’re not allowed to promote your company on the boards.
OP: I think $200 is low, but it depends where you are located and what is included. If you’re eloping on a Satudray night in high season, that rate would scare me, as no sane photog would pass on a full wedding fee to shoot for two hours, for example. Also, any photog willing to give out unedited images probably isn’t that great – most photogs would never want to release unedited work out into the world, especially to have someone else edit it for them *shudder*.
An a la carte e-session for 2 hours with our photog would have been aroun $400. I think she charges $500 now. That’s for a well established Boston photog, to give you an idea. All images edited, DVD, probably around 200 images.
Post # 13
@CrazyCatLady13: 3 hours unlimited photos all edited, $400.
Post # 15
$200 is pretty low for 2 hours. If your date listed is accurate I’d expect 500-1000 for a 2-3 hour elopment on a Friday.
Post # 16
@CrazyCatLady13: It’s up to your photographer really. We negotiated with ours since he only had package pricing for upwards of 6 hours. We only wanted 3 hours + disc and release to print. We ended up paying $650 for the 3 hours (+ CD with all images which ended up being about 400, + two day later 20-30 pic preview for our families since they weren’t there, + shared copyright, + 2 8×8 books ) and it was by far the best money we spent on the wedding.
We were also supposed to pay for his transportation but once he got there he said he really enjoyed the ferry ride & walked to the hotel since it was only a few blocks & didn’t charge us. He got very handsomly tipped!
Post # 17
I typically charge $1050 for a 2 hour eleopement. I don’t book them on Saturdays unless it’s a really slow wedding month, or last minute and I’m not already booked for a full wedding.