I am over wedding photography packages.

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

There are so many different factors to change the pricing!  It’s a mess!  Usually, you get the rights to the photos if they give you a DVD though they retain some rights so thst they can display the photos as their work.  Good luck finding the photographer!

Post # 4
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41 posts
Newbee

I did that a while back with our boudoir pricing. Its all alacarte. I am working on the samething for weddings now. You will be able to go to our website, click on pricing, then just start selecting what you want and the prices will be there along with the total you are spending. Its a complete, building it yourself wedding photography pacakge.

Post # 5
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If a package price for a photographer you like comes in too high, ask them to ake a custom package based on your needs. Then specify the hours of coverage you need, what kind of output you’re looking for (i.e. album, DVD of images, full rights, etc.) and see what they come up with. Although most photographers have a set list of packages, most will slo work with you if you need something else. And you never know until you ask. The worst they can do is say no. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 6
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11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

It seems to me that most photogs around here were willing to work with me on a la carte pricing. Basically I told them what I wanted and what I could afford and asked them if they could work with that. I’m with you– I don’t need physical photographs or albums. 

One thing to watch though (because I did NOT know this before): Most photographers only do a quick batch edit on your full set of photos (if that). So they’ll color correct, maybe crop, and that is it. The photos you see on their gallery are gallery edited… where they take the time to edit each photo individually for optimal colors, tone, light, etc etc. If you buy photographs or an album they will full edit the pictures you choose for that, but if you JUST get a dvd and no physical photos you won’t get that extra step of editing. So that kind of sucks if you’re like me and you like really artistic photos because the batch edited proof photos arent really going to look as good. 

Post # 7
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185 posts
Blushing bee

Our photo had five or six set packages but was happy to accomodate our needs with a custom package.  We got a better deal and the things we wanted (and not the things we didn’t want).  Sometimes you just have to ask! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Yeahhhh, I boycotted that a while ago. MOH’s hubby is shooting our day for $300. Wedding photographers in my area (no offense to anyone who actually is one) tend to be full of themselves and WAY overestimate the quality of their work. No way in hell am I giving you $4k to shoot a 3-hour reception.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Our photographers packages start at $2200- this was over our budget so we worked with him to create something that fits our needs. We ended up getting 2 photographers, 8 hours of coverage and all the rights to the photos (on a disc) for $1440. Another photographer told me not to book someone for below $2000 but I did and my pictures are AWESOME and I loved my photographer!!! Just try to make customized packages – photographers want your business!

Post # 10
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317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve sorted through so many portfolios and could definitely see a trend of the image quality per price. Some photographers bring extra equipment than a fancy camera, such as lighting kits which can drive up the price but you get some GORGEOUS images.

Then there’s also other things that will drive the price through the roof, which is experience, awards, etc. These photographers can have packages for $10,000!!!

For me, I cared about the quality of the images, the professionalism of the photographer, and if the package was worth it to me. I needed a photographer for practically the whole day so I was willing to go a tad outside the budget to get them for a long time, and get the snazzy album!

As was mentioned above, photographers are generally willing to customize a package to your liking and budget.

Post # 11
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Newbee

So I have a question for you… do you really care about the quality of the images if you dont care about the physical photographs??? I understand what you are saying but at the same time you seem to be contradicting yourself.

As a wedding photographer there are many variables that result in how we are priced, and no two photographers are the same, even if they have two similar packages, there cost are probably vastly different. Not only are we charging for our time at the wedding, but also after editing your images which can be up to 40 hours per wedding if not more, and dont forget about all the time that we’ve spent with  you before the big day as well! There are also things such as insurance for our camera equipment and even for liabilty at the venues you are holding your event. If there is a second photographer, the main photographer has to pay them as well to shoot your wedding. And don’t think that that online gallery and cd of images is free my dear, those all cost money to be delivered to you.

I can’t imagine being a bride and having to look for a photographer. You brides nowadays are flooded with options but I would enourage you to search for a photographer you instantly fall in love with their style and are in your budget range. Make sure you meet them and get along.

Somthing to keep in mind… 10, 20, 30 years down the road are you going to be able to even view that cd of images you get from your wedding? Why wouldnt you want something tangible to remember your wedding day, it’s all you have left other than your wedding dress, maybe some dried flowers, and a video of the day!

Post # 13
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44 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

You can try your local unemployment office and see if they have any photographers without work and get great deals! A lot of my friends did this and reviewed their portfolio’s before hand and got fantastic photos! My best friend just got a photographer for 300 and video for 150 for the whole day using this method!

Post # 14
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329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@IVKWed: “Somthing to keep in mind… 10, 20, 30 years down the road are you going to be able to even view that cd of images you get from your wedding? Why wouldnt you want something tangible to remember your wedding day, it’s all you have left other than your wedding dress, maybe some dried flowers, and a video of the day!”

This is why we have the internet and photo printers. Back up all the pictures online in 2 places and print one if/when a photo is required. 

Post # 15
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1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@gso_bride: Seriously are we living the same life lol I am going through the same thing right now… Photographers in South Florida well most that I have met with are super full of themselves and over priced, If you want me to give you the contact of someone I’m thinking about using just PM me her prices are amazing because she used to just to portraits but I can tell from her style its exactly what I was looking for!

Post # 16
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2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@gso_bride: I am having the same problem. My Fiance believes food is the #1 priority and I am more concerned with photography. (Mostly with the quality and style of the photos.. I’m not too concerned with the albums, etc) The price quotes I am getting are seriously making my head spin! I had originally wanted to keep it under $1k, but I’m now seeing that it’s just not possible to do so… (Apparently I have expensive taste! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I’m shooting to keep it under $2k, but it will mean cutting in other areas of my budget…. I haven’t found anything awesome yet… This is totally one of the more frustrating parts of planning.

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