(Closed) How much is TOO much for pictures?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
14949 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

That actually sounds pretty good for all that.  I paid 3k without a videographer, so if I added that on, I think it would have easily been 5k… not even including engagement session, any of the std, cards, or credits for pictures.

Post # 4
3276 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

For the photographer and videographer that sounds like a decent deal, especially with albums and everything. I’m also in Illinois so I know comparable rates. We are looking at photographer only (2) with print release but no albums for $1400. 

Post # 5
36 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think it sounds like a great deal… considering all of the paper products, unlimited time, ipad, and videographer plus 2 extra sessions…

Post # 6
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Sounds good to me.


I know of a photographer who charges $22,000 a wedding so I don’t think there’s a too much, hahah. 

Post # 7
9811 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

There is a lot included in that so it sounds like a pretty good deal to me. 

Photobooths can run $800-$1500 on their own.  Videographers $1000+. 

ETA: I actually didn’t bother to look before, but I did go back and look at some of his work.  His work actually isn’t my favorite…so I (personally) would not spend that much $ on him.  It looks like you are getting a LOT of products…but do you really need it all?  I actually do think you could get much better quality for that $ amt, just with a little bit less of the extra “stuff.” 

So it really depends on how much of that extra stuff you need?  Do you need 5×7 portraits for everyone in the wedding party?? Do you need an iPad?? Do you need $800 of photo credits??  My package only includes the photos, time, and editing. I’m going to worry about getting my album and prints afterwards.

If you really love his work then it’s a great deal though!

Post # 8
104 posts
Blushing bee

You sure they’re giving you copyright?  Do you mean printing rights?

Post # 9
2966 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@gcassioppi:  That sounds really good actually. Our photographer/videographer charges a minimum of 6K for both services, and although I am not sure what’s included, there is no photobooth!

Lucky find!

I should add that this is from a very reputable vendor in long island. 

Post # 10
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think that is an awesome price, especially for the amount of stuff you get.  However, when I look at their photos, I don’t love them, and I’m not sure I’d spend that much for him. 

Feels like you are paying for a lot of paper products and prints that you could get elsewhere. 

Post # 11
3768 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

You get so much stuff, including video!!!  I am also in the Chicagoland area and prices have been consistently around $3k for just photos, $4k and up when other stuff is included (I mean prints etc.).  One photographer was around $5.5k and all that was included was photography and an album.  Our videographer is also costing us almost as much as photography.

Post # 12
10452 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

For everything you’re getting, that sounds good actually. 

Post # 13
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@gcassioppi:  Wow. That deal almost sounds too good to be true. Like, really. How do they make any profit on this when it’s said and done?

Check references and view full weddings. If its legit and he is actually a great photographer (both big concerns – I wouldn’t take either for granted) then you should jump all over that deal. 

But I have serious doubts. Don’t get burned on this…. too good to be true really does exist. The iPad thing is the most over the top thing I can imagine. 

Post # 14
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@gcassioppi:  I think you could do a lot better in photo quality with 5k. I’m sure this guy is nice but honestly his work is bad. What good is a new iPad, the paper products, and extra sessions if the images suck?

I’m also suspicious of all the photos being presented the day after your wedding. That means he’s doing little or no editing or culling. No thank you. 

Finally, the combination of videographer and photographer in one package also seems sketch. Yes, photographers and videographers kinda work together, and recommend one another, but they are two totally separate vendors. If one is offering both services, you probably won’t get good quality out of either.

5k is not an outragous budget for really gobsmackingly good photos. But you’re not going to get really good photos with this guy.

Post # 15
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@gcassioppi:  Yeah, I’m usually extremely skeptical of people who charge that much, but he actually is balancing the price. THat’s a very fair amount

Post # 16
1341 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Just as a reference, here’s a highlight reel from a videographer who actually knows what they’re doing: http://vimeo.com/56950622

Now that plus amazing photos would be worth a 5k+ package (and then some). The reels on your photographer’s website look like home movies in comparison.

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