Post # 47
TBH $2000 isn’t a lot of money for a great photographer as long as you get the full day and some prints out of it. I wouldn’t dig up the past by including an exbf of your mother, who only takes ok pics and might not do it. Photography is one thing you do NOT want to mess up.
Post # 48
We paid $900. A friend of mine is getting into the business and we liked her work on our engagement photos, so we went with her.
Post # 49
Our photographer would be close to $4000 if we weren’t getting the 50% family discount. So we’re still close to $2K.
Our photographer is worth every penny, our (gratis) engagement photos were incredible and his portfolio is beautiful. To b fair, we did shop around and chose our photographer based on his skills; not the money/family connection.
I say save your own money and pay what needs to be paid to get the kinnd of quality you want.
Post # 50
We’re currently looking at £2500 ($3750) without an album, and £3000 ($4500) with ONE album; this price included a pre-wedding shoot, a framed print for the guests to sign, 2 photographers on the day with unlimited coverage, and all images on a disc.
We originally planned to spend half this, but realized that to get the standard and style we want, we had to spend more; it was that simple. I’m just not at all happy with cheaper photographers we’ve looked at; so, we have upped the budget.
Photos last; rings last; everything else is for just one day. IMPO it is important to get the thngs that last the longest right.
Post # 51
Our originaly package was $3,500 but we chose some add-ons afterwards that brought us to about $4,000. We got an engagement shoot, engagement album, disc with engagement photos in high resolution, photo guestbook for the wedding, 9 hrs wedding day coverage with 2 photographers, disk with high resolution wedding photos, wedding album, print credits, DVD slideshow of wedding photos, and I know I’m forgetting some things, but you get the idea.
Post # 52
Just talk to the ones you love even if think they are out of your budget. Many of us can work with you to maximize your coverage and budget. Its part of what we do.. $2000 is a very fair budget to get someone decent.
You get what you pay for with a photographer under $1000. Photographers under a $1000 are way under priced/bad or just a weekend warrior. They also dont pay taxes or carry insurance and more than likely dont have enough backup gear. If they are that cheap they dont have it or they would charge appropriately! Not saying you cant find a gem for cheap because they do exist but its very few and your wedding is not a day to test the cheap deal..Also not saying all weekend warriors are crap either but many are because they have other jobs and cant dedicate the time like a full time pro.
Post # 53
FREE! i have my 2 step sisters doing them. my younger step sister will be doing my engagment photos and the older one will be going the wedding photos becuase the yonger one is my Bridesmaid or Best Man.
Post # 54
WOW, is all I can say, I guess I am very lucky that I have friends that are professional photographers so I got cut a really great deal on everything, and this is alreayd agreed on a year before my wedding..
I am very thankful that my friends helped me out with the cost, they are using it as part of their wedding gift.
Post # 55
Photography is one thing I will NOT compromise on. As long as your paying its no one elses business how much your willing to spend.
Post # 56
@jayebaby: Yasmine and Deshun are awesome.