(Closed) I haven't a clue about photographer rates; is this package rate reasonable?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@LostInWonderland:  This photographer looks like they definitely know what their doing! One thing I’d like to mention is that while wedding photographers seem like such a hurge expense, really you’re paying for someone’s skill set and the skill set of a wedding photographer is one that takes years of hard work, education, and experience (not to mention thousands of dollars spent on quality equipment)! Shooting weddings is not an easy thing to do! Just some food for thought when considering price in relation to quality.

As far as the Al a Carte option, that is an increasingly popular idea that wedding photographers offer their clients where you can customize a package to suit your needs/wants. For example (and I cannot speak for what exactly this photographer offers) lets say there is a base package that offers 6 hours of coverage with edited images and a second photographer. An a la carte option may offer you the choice to add a couple more hours, an album, prints, etc. It depends on how the photographer utilizes the a la carte menu in their own business. It’s basically like a salad bar, but for your wedding photography.

Post # 18
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@LostInWonderland:  Yes, my photographer is from Long Island, NY.  His company is called North Island Photography.  You can check out his site and see whether it is similar quality.  http://www.niphotoinc.com/

Post # 20
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think that is way too much for photography.. Get a photographer that give you your rights to your photos!! I would stay under $2,000 but a family friend has a company and is doing my photos and dj for $1100!!! For the whole entire day..

Post # 21
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think that sounds pretty expensive. I got my dream photographer who is absolutely amazing with 8 hours of photography, an album, etc. for $3300.

Post # 22
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@LostInWonderland:  I looked at Barebone Photo as a possibility for our wedding! Their work is awesome, but in the end, we ended up going with someone else. We are paying about the same for similar package:

6 hours

2 shooters

printing rights to all photos edited on cd

online gallery

fine art album – 12×12. 30 pages

For $4000 + HST

Post # 25
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

You cannot compare numbers and STUFF between photographers. It makes no sense at all.  Every bride can post what she paid and what she got with her photographer, but if you can’t see that photographer’s work, and don’t know if it’d resonate with you personally, what difference does it make?  You aren’t hiring a specific number of prints, or an album, a canvas print, or a CD with a print release.  You’re hiring an artist to to visually tell a story of your wedding via their artistic interpretation.  So can we say that $4000 is normal for a wedding photographer.  It’s normal towards the higher end of the spectrum.  Whether or not their work is worth it to you, is up to you to decide.  And since no on provides links (just numbers and stuff) it’s kinda hard to quantify whether or not there is something better out there.

Post # 27
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

um, the $4k includes digital files on USB per their website. you could ask them if you could have a product credit in place of the box of prints if you don’t want that…their a la carte coverage might wind up being more expensive. for instance, they charge $600/hr for coverage and $200/hr for files. so if you do 6 hrs, you’re paying $3600 for coverage and $1200 for files. 

i think that package is pretty reasonable.

Post # 28
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LostInWonderland:  Six hours might sound like a lot of time now, but once you start putting together you day-of timeline, you may find that six hours is not going to be long enough to get pictures of everything you want (unless you’re willing to cut something like pics of you getting ready). If the packages are customizable, I would see about cutting something like “150 fine art prints in a custom designed image box” (what is that, anyway?) and replacing it with an extra hour or two of coverage.

In terms of cost, $4,000 seems a little steep to me, but I don’t know where you’re located so it might be the going rate for quality work in a higher priced market like NYC or a popular destination wedding location.

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