Post # 1
Hi all ,
I’m fairly new to this board, and just started looking for a wedding photographer for my April wedding (pretty late, I know ). I found this photographer (http://ylphotographyblog.com/) through craiglist, and I really love her work!
Her rate for 8 hours and 2 photographers is $2,000 and the DVD with the printing rights is an additional $500.
Based on your experience, is it normal for a photographer to charge this much for a DVD of all the images? That’s like 1/4 the cost of the wedding coverage !!!
I would really appreciate your input!
Post # 3
We paid 2800 for 8 hours with two photographers, an engagement session and all pictures on disc to print. I don’t think it’s completely unreasonable… Photographers can kind of charge whatever the market will allow, and it’s hard to judge things that are so subjective.
Post # 4
I think it’s probably normal…. I think most photogs include it in the price however so I’m not sure what the cost would be a la carte.
Of the two photogs I considered they both included the disc and their rates were 3000 and 2800…
so i don’t think she’s overcharging! Esp if you like her stuff!
Post # 5
yeah I don’t think that’s too crazy.. our photographer plus a videographer is $2,000.. includes engagement and full coverage on wedding day.. we need pay extra if we want bridals done
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
@amyc310: If you’re in New York City, then I think $2500 for 2 photographers and 8 hours of coverage, as well as a DVD with printing rights, is a great deal! I got married in the Bay Area, and our photography package was over $4000. Remember that you’re not just paying for the day-of work. You’re paying for them to edit all of your photos, which can be a lot of work, much more than what they do on the wedding day. Photographers also have to pay for all of their equipment and small-business fees/taxes, and all of that adds up.
Post # 7
That actaully seems like a pretty reasonable rate! (from the research I’ve done for photographers in my area anyways!)
Yes, $500 sounds like a lot on its own. for just a disk with some images on it.. but look at the overall big picture..
would you be ok with it if it was worded differently and advertised as $2500 for 8hrs, 2 photogs and a free dvd with printing rights?
Post # 8
That seems really reasonable to me!
We’re paying $2300 for 8 hours, 2 photographers, engagement session, high resolution DVD with printing rights, and a $300 print credit. So it’s pretty similar to ours. Photography is taking up a lot of our budget, but it was one of the most important things to us, so we didn’t mind paying extra for it.
Post # 9
thank you all so much for your response! that was definitely helpful.
Post # 10
I live in the tri-state area and most photographers start alot higher than that price especially with all those things included. I’m looking into one but he starts at 5,000! and that’s without video!
Post # 11
The reason for the dramatic DVD price is because that’s truly where all the work is. Photographing the wedding is the fun part… it’s the reason why we got into this business to begin with. But a lot of work goes into making that DVD. It takes hours upon hours to edit each and every photo that goes on there and make them all look perfect. Your photographer just wants his or her clients to respect the importance of the DVD and what it took to produce it. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 12
@amyc310: It’s about what we paid. Our photographer was $2,400 for 7 hours, 2 photographers and dvd with images + print rights. We did get a $300 discount for a Friday wedding (that was her policy, I didn’t negotiate the reduced cost) , so the coverage would have been $2,700 for a Saturday.
I took a peek at their website and it looks like you’ll be getting a good photographer! 🙂
Post # 13
just a tip- our photographer wanted to charge us $500 for cd with all the photos on it, but we were able to waive that by getting the images via download instead. will take some time, but worth saving $500 in my opinion.
Post # 14
@KellyBentonPhotography: If you don’t mind me asking, what type of editing normally goes into the DVDs that you do? My photographer provided us with DVDs of all of my images, and the rights to them, for an additional $875. However, in my view, none of the photos was “edited,” since no Photoshopping had been done. A huge crease in my dress that resulted after he had me sit BEFORE the ceremony, was visible in all of my pics in which that side of my gown was shown. Unattractive folds in my skirt were evident in most of the pics because the photographer and his wife didn’t notice them when they were posing me. I had a “double chest” in most of the family pics, because he had my DH and I seated in all of those the group pics, and the sides of my sweetheart neckline poked into my chest, creating an upper bulge of flesh. Electrical cords and other extraneous objects, such as piles of chairs or tables that had been staged for the reception, were visible in the backgrounds of pics and were not removed, etc. I learned later that he does not do that type of work, and I now have to find — and pay — another photographer to Photoshop many of my images and to create my albums.
Post # 16
@Brielle: Regardless of whether or not a photog does extra editing to your images they are still going to be priced higher when they are sold in digital format. Giving you your images in a digital format allows you to reproduce them as many times as you want while only paying the photographer once. So when a photographer sells a digital image they lose out on money that could have been earned from selling prints, canvases, etc. In order to make a decent living photographers have to price the digital images high because they are very valuable. Also, please make sure you have the right to have someone edit your pictures before you do so…the pictures are copyrighted and unless the photographer gave you a copyright (and not just usage rights) then you can’t edit them without breaking the law because they are still technically the photographer’s property.
In the case of the OPs photographer it seems to me that she didn’t include the DVD of images for a total package of 2500 because she wants the client to understand the value and investment in the DVD. If the package was 2500 unlimited coverage and a disk then you would not see the price/value attached to the images. Does that make sense at all? I don’t think it is unreasonable at all.