Post # 1
I have been looking at engagement/wedding photographers, and I have been a little shocked. I guess I shouldn’t be, but I just didn’t expect it to cost so much! The photographer I’m leaning toward based on the portfolio I’ve viewed online costs around $1,300 something for the lowest-priced wedding package, and it costs $300 to have 90 minutes of engagment shots with him. And naive us, we thought we might pull off the whole shebang for $5,000… I think the photographer also gives you the (partial?) rights to the photos and a CD/DVD…
How much do you “bees” think is a reasonable amount of money to pay for wedding pictures? Did you get the rights to your photos? Is that important to do? How are you choosing your wedding photographer? Or, were you happy with the results you got in relation to the amount you paid? Do you regret not paying more for better quality pictures?
On a sidenote, how much did your engagement pictures cost, and how long did it take for you to take them? Did you have a “wardrobe change,” or is that too much hassle?
Post # 3
We paid on the upper end of your spectrum, around $4,000 I think. The engagement pictures were included, 8 hours of shooting the day of with the photographer and a second shooter, CDs from both engagement and wedding, a bound album (designed on not just proofs), and $300 credit toward printed pictures.
Post # 4
the $1300 package sounds really good if you really do get the rights to the pictures. I just worked out a deal with our photographer for $950 for 4 hours of coverage, 2 photographers, and 200 medium resolution pictures on CD with shared rights.
I live in Arkansas though, so prices here are lower than most other areas of the country.
Post # 5
Wow! $950 would be good! I’ve been looking at the photographer’s prices for the actual pictures, and although you get, like, a $200 credit, I’m not sure how far that will go… which means we’ll need to factor in even more for the final estimation!
Post # 6
That’s probably right as far as the prices…if you are looking for lower cost with a semi professional, have you thought about using a college student who does photography? we ended up using a friend who I went to school with who has his own side photography business…We got a great package and our photos turned our great! just make sure if you go this route you see his portfolio beforehand just to make sure for yourself…
Post # 7
That could be good… Yeah, it totally depends on the portfolio. I’ve actually seen some “professional” photographers’ portfolios online that I have not been impressed with– where people look kind of “washed out” in the outside shots, and where the inside shots look like something I could’ve snapped with my camera-phone. Ugh. And I feel like it is so easy for us to look “washed out” outside because both my Fiance and I have fair skin… and the wedding and reception will both be outside, if things go as planned…
Post # 8
We paid $1700 for 2 shooters, unlimited time and location, all rights and a proof book. It was originally $2000 but we found him at a bridal show and got the $300 off. I think it was an awesome deal, I told him he needs to start charging more but he likes being accessible to all budgets which is awesome!
Post # 9
Wow, that’s awesome! I need to watch for bridal shows around here…
Post # 10
We didnt have a wardrobe change…it seemed to us as too much hassel. We got them done by a girl we know that works in the Wal-Mart studio then went to get a photographer for our wedding. But PLEASE if you look at my one poll I have on here please go all out for your photos. They are the only memory (unless you have it taped) of your precious day. I am considering doing it again and are looking at 2-3k to spend on our photographer this time around. Choose wisely.
Post # 11
$350 for ours and we get a high-resolution CD with a full copyright release. She is amazing and we are so happy to have her. She will be there from getting ready to we close up shop that night. She averages about 1,000 photos.
We are in eastern Kentucky, so prices can be lower. She does not have formal training, but has an wonderful eye and you can’t teach that!