Post # 1
I’ve been in touch with a budding photographer and requested she do the photos for our civil ceremony this month and potentially our larger ceremony in October. She will get to shoot her first wedding ever and also to use our photos in her portfolio. I’m just wondering what would be a fair amount to pay. I believe it will be 2 hours at most for the civil ceremony. I keep thinking I should pay about $200 to $250, but is that fair? And if we pay that for the civil ceremony, what would be fair for the larger ceremony in a few months? She will do some editing and we also get a CD of unedited photos to use as we wish. If it makes a difference, we are in Philadelphia.
Post # 3
I’m a photographer who is just starting in weddings, and I think that’s a fair price. You don’t want to pay too much, because there is no guarantee that she’ll deliver what you want. If you get your photos, and she missed the first kiss (or something else equally important), you won’t think $250 isn’t enough then.
As for the second ceremony, I would wait until after you see the photos from the ceremony. If she did a great job and you’d like to use her again, then I think $100/hour is fair.
Post # 4
Thanks for your input; I really appreciate it!
Post # 5
that is a very fair price
Post # 6
I think it is fair and I would also compose a list of shots I want.