- 10 years ago
- Wedding: April 2011
I fully appreciate that there is a diffrence between the skill of a wedding photographer and that of other types of photographers. I also appreciate that wedding photography may be the single source of income for a person. With all that said…I am over wedding photography packages!
It’s just my preferences. My most basic concerns for wedding photography are that the photography shoots a style I like and that the photographer works within our budget means. More specifically, I look at the hours of coverage a photographer provides, if he or she works with second photographer, how we receive a DVD of our images, and how we are able to see our photos online. I need to learn more about the whole releasing photo rights to a couple; if I can get rights to the photos, well, I want them!
No, I am not concerned with physical photographs, a wedding book designed by you, etc. Please provide those a la carte at a reasonable price. Don’t get me wrong; I have seen some of these items from some photographers and they look gorgeous but for me, that is not the priority in booking my wedding photographer. Maybe it’s because of my budget. Maybe those items are important to other brides, grooms, and their families.
Photographers have wide enough price ranges or starting prices that I have been able to narrow down my local choices to photographers that I think have a good sense of style and can capture moments and are priced within our budget. When a photographer gives you a first quote of over $3,000, I turn away.
I understand that price can depend of factors such as style, experience, availability, and those tangental photography items like albums. I get sad when I see a price level for a photographer that is within our budget and provides all I want/need except…the photographer only provides 4 hours of coverage. Plus, each additional hour can run you an extra $300. That doesn’t seem to mesh at all relative to the price package in the first place!
Ok, that’s my rant. Photography is a priority! I can’t wait to book our vendor!