(Closed) how much was your photographer

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are paying $5000 for our photographer, it includes 2 shooters, full day coverage, engagement session, full album, a few prints, full printing rights and an engagement session. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia

$3800, includes full day of coverage with 2 shooters, a photobooth, engagement photos, and the rights to all of our photos. No albums, as I want to do that myself. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

There’s a huge huge range. A lot of it is regional. Some is pro vs non-pro. Some is experience vs newer photog. Different number of hours and shooters. Engagement sessions and prints and albums. There’s just so much that goes into it.

But I’m paying $800 for full day coverage by a single pro photog. No prints or album or engagement session. Just photos the day-of that I can download from her website. I got discounts because I’m getting married on a Sunday and because I mentioned an ad that I saw.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

$1400, engagement pictures, ceremony and portraits coverage on day of (3 hours of coverage)

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

$725 for 8 hours, disc of fully edited images + free engagement shoot………..our photographer is amazing! he works with your budget because he’s just out of school. and his editing is so keen!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrsedwardslpn:  Honestly, I think they are just ok. The photograther I really wanted was over $8000 for the same thing. Everything is more expensive in NJ/NYC. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mrsedwardslpn:  $7500 for 8 hours of coverage and 2 shooters.  Albums and dvd of images are extra and start at $1500

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We’re paying $2000 for six hours of shooting with one photog, and the rights to all the pictures (plus a $500 travel fee – she’s coming from out-of-state).  We might try to buy a few more hours too, since 6 is kind of short.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I paid around $4000 for mine, 2 photographers, 7 hours of coverage and an engagement session.  I am a pro wedding photog so I got the best my budget would allow, and it’s worth it. 

Expect to spend at least $2000 for a skilled professional with artistic talent, experience, and pro equipment.  You can find someone for under that for sure, but usually they are lacking one of those elements.  I’ve seen people in the business for 20+ years that have very “meh” work, photographers just starting out that have a great eye but haven’t been doing it long enough to have perfected everything, and then there are the amateurs who think “I’ve got a nice camera, I’m going to offer myself for $500 and see if anyone will pay it”…. and then disappoint the brides when their results are terrible. 

If you have to go budget, definitely go for someone who has great work but is newer to the business, as they are most likely to be charging low while they figure everything out and reach their potential.  No matter who you hire, this is a MUST:  See a sample of at least two or three full weddings that they have shot.  You cannot go by random pictures in a portfolio… you have no idea whether that is representative of the rest of their work without seeing it.  Also, just because they take great portraits/photos of nature/studio shots/etc does NOT mean they will be a good wedding photographer!  It all requires completely different skills and equipment.  And there are some things you just can’t know how to handle that are unique to weddings until you’ve done it.

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