(Closed) How to put together a custom wedding photography request

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
73 posts
Worker bee

I typically say anywhere between 8 – 10 hrs is really good, 6 is a minimum. What you can do is take the entire list you wrote above, show it to the photographers you’re interviewing, and see what quote they come back to you with. See if your budget needs expanding, then be honest and tell them what your budget is, which things are most important to you, and see what they are still able to provide for you, I think that it’s great you spelled out each thing separately so that the photogs can break their pricing down for you and you guys can work together to make a best-fit package…

Get a la carte pricing for all your extras in case you might want them at a later date.

I think that unlimited locations is pretty much standard, some photogs may charge travel fees based on where they live, the closer they are to your locations obviously the less likely they may charge that.

Each photographer also has their own style of albums, so I think it’s really up to you and you should view and touch them in person – do you like leather or hard cover? Flush mount? Do you want the layouts modern or classic? Do you get to pick the photos? Albums are extremely expensive to make and time-consuming (at least 1 weeks’ work or more) so be prepared for that one. 

Good luck!

Post # 4
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m going to work my way from bottom to top of your list ๐Ÿ™‚

Albums are expensive as stated above… many of the flush mount albums start at around $1000… This is an estimate though and it could be more or less.

If you’re going to go with a “big” print for the house at least order a 16×20.  An 11×14 isn’t really all that big ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 hrs for pre ceremony pics may be a lot unless there’s a lot of drive time involved…. especially if your planning on another hour after ceremony.

You do want a LOT and that budget isn’t probably going to stretch far enough.  You may need to budget twice as much for everything you want.  Just know that now so you don’t get sticker shock ๐Ÿ˜‰

Not all photographers offer photo booths so that may have to be one of your wishes to give up. If they do the option usually costs a few hundred and up.

Rehearsal Dinner – I’ve done only 2… and honestly it wasn’t really needed.  For one, people don’t like having pictures of them eating (it’s a dinner primarily ๐Ÿ˜‰ and no one looks good while eating.  There’s only a few shots… i.e. toasts, etc… that are worth it and for the $ it will take it may not be worth it.  Especially since your budget is already going to be stretched thin.

The color corrected vs. full edits.  Do you want full edits of EVERY picture or just a selection of images?  My photog for my wedding offers dual but only in his $12,000 package :-0  That’s not the package I booked, lol.  I personally give my blog edits to my clients and then only fully edit images for purchase and/or albums.  This is going to vary photographer by photographer but by requesting the fully edited images it tells me you plan on hiring a pretty decent photog who will have the talent to edit like that… and they may not be cheap.

Yup, unlimited locations within reason are usually totally OK.  But don’t expect to travel an hour away on your wedding day for a photo shoot without a charge.

2 photographers is totally up to you and the photog you want to hire.  Many use them, many don’t.  The 2nd photographer hired is also not always a pro.  Usually it is someone very green and new to weddings… and sometime new to photography as a whole.  If your photographer is comfortable shooting Solo it may be an option to save a few hundred bucks.

Overall, Everything is great… but getting it at your budget may be hard. Bring the list to your selected possible photographers and see what they say…. If they offer a complimentary e-sesh see if you can switch it out for an after wedding session. 


Post # 5
216 posts
Helper bee

You can probably meet your minimum requirements for your area.   

I think your first two hours might be able to be easily cut out of the shoot though.     Are you considering starting 4 hours before your ceremony ?

Amanda Bowers Photography

Post # 6
216 posts
Helper bee

As a suggestion on albums,   magazine style albums are AWESOME !  


Post # 7
216 posts
Helper bee

Oh nevermind….. if you are seeing each other before the ceremony ….. 3-4 hours prior is fine.     If you aren’t seeing each other prior, you probably only need a couple hours before the ceremony.

Post # 10
739 posts
Busy bee

You can probably find what you are looking for within your budget, the only price is the quality of work you should expect. You have to ask your self what is more important, having all of this or having amazing photos? It’s really a personal decision and how important it is to you.  It’s really great you made a list of things you want, that way you can weed out the photogs who don’t offer those things.   A really great way to get great coverage with two photographers is hire and husband and wife team.  MY FH and I have shot every wedding together for the last 5 years.  Although I am with the bride we don’t consider one of us a lead or second shooter because we both bring our unique styles and strengths to the table.

Good luck!

Post # 11
216 posts
Helper bee

My suggestion to my brides who want to maximize the budget is to do the getting ready photos when you are mostly ready.      Have your photographer start as you are doing finishing touches on makeup and hair ( I’ve found that brides don’t even like the no makeup photos all that much ).    

Cool Venue!    This will be great for photos!

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