(Closed) I feel like I just got punched in the stomach.

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Photographers are expensive. That said, you should make sure that you really like your photographer’s work. 

Could you check out some up-and-coming photographers? Perhaps call the local college and ask for recomendations of photography students… or place an ad on Craigslist w/ the amount you’re looking to spend? I have a friend in MN who just started shooting weddings and is amazing but started her prices out low ($800 for the whole day, plus editing, and all rights to the prints). 

If the 1st photographer’s price is definitely out of your price range, then I would not meet with him. Worst case, you fall in love with his work even more, you love him as a person, and you’re even more torn about not being able to afford him.   

Post # 4
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3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I got a quote for $5800 from the first photog I emailed and thought I was going crazy!

I ended up checking out craigslist and found a photog that had done 5-10 weddings at that point and I dont even know how many more all summer and before my wedding. Her pictures looked great and its going to be $400 for her and a disc for us to print as we please.

Keep looking you will find something!

Post # 5
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336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t meet up with him. It’d be a waste of your time, and his. But, I’d also try to stay optimistic! I’m sure there’s a great photog in your price range out there! =]

Post # 6
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3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t think $2,500 is too unreasonable, but I’m not sure what your budget is.  We cut out the video (had a friend do this) and got a package where we can buy our own prints from the store (just got the digital files).  I would say photography/videographer should be between 8–10% of your budget.  

It sounds like you still might end up spending a good chunk of $ on the second photographer who you don’t really even like.  

Post # 7
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2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not sure what the photography rates are like in your area, but I don’t think I would pay 2500 for the first photographer. Judging from their blog their work is okay, but not worth top dollar in my opinion. If I were you, I’d look into some photographers either on craigslist who are up and coming, or just keep looking for people who are more affordable/better value.

I found my photographer by expanding my search range. I looked about three hours away from where I live and found an amazing photographer whose travel charges were actually pretty cheap.

Post # 8
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3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

try craigslist! thats where i found my photog and she is very reasonable. http://www.summerlyphotography.com 🙂 she is traveling 2 hours to my wedding so im sure shed go to illinois 🙂

Post # 9
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499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Also take a look around the vendor reviews here at the Bee. They’re through weddingwire.com from what I can tell and that’s my go to source for locating vendors and getting info on them. I really think that with some more research you can find pictures you love that are in your price range.

Post # 10
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401 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I found my photographer on Craigslist too! I found a couple actually and we are trying decide between the two. They are both pretty good and I’ve seen examples of their work, one does it as a profession and would do the whole day and give me a disc for $750. One is a hobby photographer and said she wants to get her name out there and would do it free…I’m a little concerned about free but like I said the photos are good, she’s very creative and I’ve showed them to several other people who agree. We told her we would want to pay her something and she said she would sign a contract so at least she has some incentive to show up!

Post # 11
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2859 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

$2500 is a fairly average price for photography.

I’m not a fan of the second photographer’s work at all, to be honest. The photos are very posed and not artistic at all. You can find something much better for a bit more money.

Post # 12
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5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

How close to Chicago are you? That’s going to affect how low you can get photography that you can be proud of. I’ve heard of some photographers around here (Alix Klingenberg and Robb Davidson come to mind) who are more on the up-and-coming end of things, but honestly I don’t think you’re going to do better than $2000 for a verrrry basic package in the greater metropolitan area. 

Post # 13
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5823 posts
Bee Keeper

Speaking as someone who isn’t in love with her wedding photos…I would go with the photog who’s work you LOVE.  Even if it means scrimping on something else (like an aisle runner, aisle decorations, programs, or any other unnecessary expense!).  It’s better to spend the money on a photographer because THAT is what you will look at and remember for the rest of your life.  Even if you keep EVERYTHING from the wedding, you’re not going to remember all the little details like photographs can.  And if you don’t like your wedding photos, you won’t look at them.  And not looking at them and not liking them is sad.  Trust me.

Post # 14
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2634 posts
Sugar bee

I actually really like the first photog and definitely think they are worth $2500. 

The second photog isn’t great IMO (maybe it’s because I don’t like that style).

Photography is what we are spending the most on (besides food at the reception) because it was so important to us.  We had to raise our intial budget for it because the photogs in the range we were looking just WEREN’T what we were looking for.

Post # 15
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1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think that I consistently get sticker shock! Photographers are very expensive, especially for the quality that you desire.

I would be anxious to go with the second choice –  the fact that a photographer is going to take free pictures does not guarantee nice ones! Nor if they show up, or hold their end of the bargain.

I did a lot of research from different photographers (just emailing ones that I liked to see their prices). They ranged anywhere from $1800 (for the most basic package – 8 hours or so of work, online gallery, DVD) to upwards of $10,000 (for the whole shebang!). For what the first photographer is offering for $2,500 is actually pretty good. We got our package fro $2700 and that only includes 8 hours of work, plus online gallery and high res DVD. That’s it. Oh, and we had separate engagement photos done for $450.

Photos were a priority for us, so we were willing to spend the money on it. Therefore, you should make your own decision as to what you can afford and for the quality that you want.

Post # 16
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272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m not sure how close to Chicago you are but my friend is getting underway in the photography world and does AH-MAZING work. And I swear this is not a shameless plug. I didn’t find out she was doing wedding photography until after we booked ours or we would have hired her in a heartbeat. She has done a bunch of engagement sessions, I know has shot two to three weddings in the last month, and will travel. Check her out… jordanquinnphoto.com she is also on Facebook under JordanQuinn Photography.

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