(Closed) How much would you pay an amateur photographer?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

It depends on what is included with the session.  Do you get prints?  Do you get edited photos?  Does the package included bridal or engagements photos?  Mine is new to weddings they already do seinor pics, family portraits and other stuff like that.  They are doing our engagement, bridal, and day of wedding all day for $500.00 with all pics professionally edited and on a disk with printing rights.

Post # 4
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

 @JanuraryGirl80: That price sounds ridiculously low for 2 shoots and full day wedding coverage and all pictures “professionally edited”. I can’t even imagine how they wouldn’t LOSE money on that.


@Elleymae: What are you hoping to have included? It’s so hard to say what you should pay someone. Did they leave that up to you or did they give you a price? If you want to send a link to the website in a private message I’d be happy to be another set of eyes! I’m sure others would be too.

Post # 5
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

An amateur? No more than like, $600-$700. 

Post # 6
1405 posts
Bumble bee

I think the quality, low risk, and peace of mind of a pro is worth 1300, esp if you have to pay an amateur 500 or more.  An extra 500-800 is pennies in the long run, and you greatly reduce your chances of having a horror story to post here regarding your finished images (you see it all the time).

Post # 7
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i had a friend do my wedding pics – she is not a professional but working her way there, i’m actually a huge fan of her photos.

personally i paid her $500 for engagement, bridal and wedding pictures…i also got the rights and a CD of all my pictures included in that $500. (but note she is a good friend of mine)

but personally for an non-professional i wouldnt pay much more than $500 for the wedding day.

Post # 8
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There is a difference between an amateur; i.e., cousin Joe who really likes his expensive new camera, and a just starting out legit photographer. Also, I have to disagree that an extra $500-800 is pennies! Maybe it’ll wash in the long run, but it’s double the initial price. Some of us actually need to stick to our budgets.

I hired someone who has been a second shooter for weddings with another pro but is only now braching out on her own. I liked her work. I am getting an engagement shoot with 3 outfit changes and all day for the wedding for $500. I didn’t ask how much prints would be because I want the CD with release, which she’s asking $200 for.

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