(Closed) how much was your day of photography?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How much was your photography package?
    less than $500 : (8 votes)
    5 %
    $501-$1000 : (25 votes)
    16 %
    $1001-$2000 : (24 votes)
    15 %
    $2001-$3000 : (45 votes)
    28 %
    $3001-$4000 : (30 votes)
    19 %
    more than $4000 : (26 votes)
    16 %
    i didn't hire a photographer : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1114 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    We paid $3000 plus tax. It included an engagement shoot with 2 photographers with a disk of retouched photos, full day of shooting (from getting ready to after the first dances) with two photographers, and either 2 DVD’s of a slide show and a disk of retouched photos or 1 DVD of the slide show and 2 copies of the photo disk. We also get the rights to all of our photos and they’re not watermarked or anything, so we can re-print whatever we want, they just can’t guarantee the quality of the photo if we take it to say WalMart and have blown up photos made (they said 99% of the time it’s fine but they don’t want you coming back and being all “We spent a ton of money on blowing up photos and they’re terrible!” because it’s actually the lab’s fault, not the photo’s fault). It also gets us a $1000 credit with them for prints or photobooks or whatever, and they’ll create/edit the photobook until it’s to our liking.

    We had one quote for over $5000, but it included a boudoir shoot, a super nice photobook and a bunch of other stuff. Another photographer quoted us $2600 for a similar package to what we got, but for the prints that were included it would be the photos she picks in a pre-determined package (like this many 8X10’s and this many of this size and what not).

    We haven’t gotten married so I’m not sure if there’s anything we really didn’t need or notice….

    Post # 4
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    Okay as future bride and photog I can tell you what I’m getting and what I’m giving.


    i live in Miami and I’m paying for $1800 for my photog who lives near tampa, plus hotel, mileage, and food so about $2300. She’s offering all day coverage but this doesn’t include an engagement session. It does include the pictures on a disc. Which works for me bc I have my own professional printing labs and album companies that I use for my business. 


    I charge 2k with engagement session, 6hrs, disc, 2photogs. Of course there’s other little things too. But that’s the majority. plus copy right. You have the option to print with us or on your own. No guarantee in quality if you choose to print on your own though. 


    If I didn’t all ready work with pro labs I would be printing with my photographer. Labs at Walmart, Walgreens, etc are unpredictable and can end up costing you more in the end. 


    Just my two cents 🙂


    Post # 5
    4047 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    For 8 hours of coverage on the day, a photo album, dvd of all edited images with print release, and an engagement session – I am paying $2,100. That does include some discounts. It’s a steal in my opinion. I love my photographer.

    Post # 6
    793 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We paid $2,800 for our photographer. Included 9 hours of coverage, two photographers, engagement shoot, disc of all images, rights to the images, proof box, and $500 print credit. I think there was more but that’s all I can think of right now. :]

    Post # 7
    204 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I chose more than $4,000.  

    I wish that included an engagement shoot.  It would be $300 more for that.  But, she is worth it.  I think by next year, her rates will be significantly higher, so I’m glad to lock her in now.

    Post # 8
    324 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Engagement shoot, 8hr of shooting with two photogs, disk of images: $3800

    Post # 10
    11461 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Mine was $1,500 for seven hours of photography services.  Everything else was extra.

    Post # 11
    2049 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We paid $2500 for:

    2 photographers

    Unlimited Day of Coverage

    DVD of Images

    Online Slideshow

    Online Proofing

    Package set of 4 x 6 prints

    and Printing Rights.


    I think his rates are going to go up next year, as he is fairly “new” but extremely talented.

    Post # 12
    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @MsGinkgo:  getting married in the midwest, here.

    ours was $2000. included:

    • engagement session and 200 edited images on a disc, with copyright release
    • 12 hours of day-of coverage
    • second shooter
    • disc of 1000 edited images, copyright release included


    Post # 13
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    $2250 included an engagement shoot, 2 photographers, a CD of images with rights, an 8×10 of engagement picture for the wedidng day, 8 hours of coverage


    They are based out of Pennsylvania instead of Maryland which saved us an absolute fortune. I didn’t find many photographers with the bare minimum for less than $3000.

    Post # 14
    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We are paying 3150 for 2 photographers, all day coverage, a 30 page fine art album, disc of wedding images, 16X20 canvas wrapped print, and 150 prints! I got a bit of a discount for opting out of engagement pictures, my sister is does photography for a hobby and took them for us! 

    Having a album was a must for me! I really wanted a high quality one that I didn’t have to make myself. 

    Post # 15
    1444 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We are paying $3200 for an engagement session, full day coverage with 2 photographers, a disc of all wedding images with full rights (no watermark or anything), a large bound album, 2 smaller albums and 2 “parent albums” (basically mini versions of our album), a 16×20 poster thing that guests can write on, and two 16×20 framed photos.


    The cool thing about our photog is only $1050 is due before the wedding in 3 installments, – the rest is once we pick up the photos after the wedding except the last 200 which is due when we pick up our albums.




    Post # 16
    1037 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our budget for photography is only $1,300.

    We’re getting: 1 photographer, 6 hours of photography, and a USB with the finished photos on them.

    What we don’t need/aren’t getting: an engagement session, and printed pictures/photo album.

    Our wedding is going to be in upstate NY. But out of the 6 photographers I emailed, the first one that got back to me was the only one that was willing to work within our budget (and y’know what? she was our favorite. yay!)

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