(Closed) I’m regretting my photographer (a little)

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
226 posts
Helper bee

Wow, that seems like alot to spend on photography! But at least you’ll have amazing pics to remember your big day by. Well done on being under budget! πŸ™‚

Post # 4
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Like you, we spent a lot on a photographer.  i’m glad your photographer is fantastic because for what we paid, we weren’t entirely happy with ours. :/  So, even if it’s costing you quite a bit, the awesome photos you’ll have for years to come will be well worth it! πŸ™‚

Post # 5
464 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Sweet ceremony by the sea and sunset celebration on the North Shore of Hawaii

you’re not alone on this one, and you’ll be so happy a few years from now when you look at these photos πŸ™‚ we also made photography our #2 investment and are working closely with our photog, giving him a list and examples of specific types of moments/angles/moods we are expecting for our wedding – this will help us ensure we get the photos we want and be happy in the end πŸ™‚ looking forward to seeing yours!

Post # 7
7298 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissCanyon: Wow! I couldn’t do it. We are keeping our wedding and budget small. $10k is our total budget. Sounds like you are having issues on price and if you are having issues now, you will probably have issues later. Do the 5-5-5 system.

How will you feel about spending $4800 on photos in 5 minutes/5 months/5 years.

If you can see yourself kicking yourself in 5 years for spending $4800 on photos, then step back and look for a solution. I think I have seen hundreds of portfolios and sent 200 emails to photographers around this area and have met some really nice people. There ARE photographers out there who can give you the same quality as the person who is charging $4800. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Good luck!

Post # 8
441 posts
Helper bee

Our biggest wedding expense was our photographer. She wasn’t quite as much as yours, but close. Throughout our entire engagement, my husband grumbled about the price we were paying for “just pictures,” but then when we got our teasers back he said, “Wow, I’m amazed.” Now I hear him telling everybody about our awesome photographer and how “she was worth every penny!” So, my suggestion to you is, think about what that $4800 includes. Do you get an engagement session or bridal session? How many hours of coverage? Will there be editing? Do you get full rights to the photos? Is there an album? You could be getting a lot for your money. However, you could also see if there are things included that you don’t want and ask your photog if she’d be willing to cut the price for you if you got rid of those options. For example, we could’ve had our photographer make an album for us, but that would’ve cost another $500-$1000. No thanks!

Post # 9
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m having the opposite problem!  We booked our photographer first – more than a year out before the wedding for a “reasonable” price.  After receiving our engagment photos, I realized that he’s more traditional than artsy which was not what I wanted.  I’m planning on spoon feeding him exactly what I want but UGH.

Post # 11
441 posts
Helper bee

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@MissCanyon: Wow, I think that’s a great deal if photography is so important to you. You’re getting two photogs for 10 hours, so that’s a lot of memories to remember your day by! Plus, you get two albums and $500 in print credits, which are probably worth around $1500 total. I think in the end you’ll feel like your photography expenses were worth it πŸ™‚


ETA: *especially* since your wedding will be at the Grand Canyon! Holy crap, I’d pay $4800 to have a professional photographer take pictures at such a gorgeous place!!

Post # 12
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think for what you’re getting and the quality of photos, what you are paying is a splurge but not outlandish.  As mmbar, mentioned, you’ll be in a pretty fantastic setting, so I’m sure the chairs, etc will pale in sigificance.  You’re spending that much on a phtographer who can probably make metal folding chairs look pretty good.

Also, not sure if this makes you feel better, but we’re paying more than that for our photographer and we’re not even decorating.  We’re a little strange, though… πŸ˜›

Post # 13
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

yes, you spent a lot, but if you’re underbudget what’s the problem? photos are so important – i can totally understand why you spent half your budget there. if you have to, get fewer flowers, but i don’t think you’ll ever regret spending that amount on the photographer for your wedding day πŸ™‚

Post # 14
348 posts
Helper bee

I would look at it differently: “We’re spending $4800 on photography, so the decor will look fabulous in photos even if we spend no money on it!”  And I really think that’s true.  I’m kind of amazed at how nice our centerpieces look in our photos, because on the day I thought they were a disaster.  

Post # 15
49 posts

A little math equation for you:

Initial Photography Investment = $4800 divided by an esitimated 20 or more years of being married = $ 240 or less investment per year in your wedding memories.

If there is no other photographer you can imagine photographing your wedding then what you have spent on her is priceless. Just relax, know you are going to be taken care of, be glad that you are underbudget, and use that money to pamper yourself!!!

Post # 16
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m all for great photography, but half your budget? I don’t know. I’d be afraid the wedding would suffer as a whole. Pictures are important, but so are memories and the memories your wedding creates for your guests.

  Someone said she’ll be able to take beautiful photos of your decor even it’s less. Yes, she’ll be able to take beautiful photos- but she can’t make something look like more than what it is


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