(Closed) Is this reasonable?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Would you pay this?
    Yes : (10 votes)
    14 %
    No : (61 votes)
    86 %
  • Post # 3
    2313 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    To be honest, you can hire a wedding PROFESSIONAL for that amount. I think it’s a lot for someone with no wedding experience to charge. You are also helping build up HER portfolio by allowing her to shoot your wedding when she has no experience. I would honestly not be comfortable with any more than half that price for someone who had never shot a wedding. If you’re going to spend $1500, you might as well get someone you know has wedding experience. 

    (A friend of mine’s husband does wedding photography on the side and if you don’t do it often or don’t have the right equipment, you can really mess it up, particularly at the reception when lighting can be low or weird because of disco balls/uplighting/strobe/gobos what have you on the dance floor. I ran most of my choices for photographers by him first and he pointed out the obvious amateurs by how well they could shoot the reception. It definitely IS a skill.)

    Post # 4
    2742 posts
    Sugar bee

    I guess it depends on how much you are williing ot pay for photography and how much weight you give it. Now, I personally, after venue and reception put a lot of weight on my photography and I paid accordingly. Folks have had a lot of luck going with photographers who are starting out but I just didn’t want to take a chance. I do agree that she might be charging a lot but then I looked, she’s giving you some prints. That’s a bargain. How much do you want to pay?

    Post # 5
    1192 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @ADBK2011: That is a lot … There are many proffessional photographers that will charge the same or even a little less and most will include your engagement photos as well. I would use her if you are confident in her work and if she was giving you a better deal. Not to be mean but it is your wedding day and I am sure you want great proffessional pictures to be done… Since this is a big deal I personally would tell her without hurting her feelings that I would rather find someone who has  a bit more experience.

    Post # 6
    653 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Although my Fiance and I are paying just over 1500, I picked no, reason being she doesn’t have experience doing weddings. The person I picked normally doesn’t do weddings for under 2000 but since we only need him for a sort amount of time along with doing without all the add on we got him down to 1499 plus tax. I personally feel you can find someone with years experience doing weddings for that amount or even lower.

    Post # 7
    3041 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @ADBK2011: I think the price would be fine IF she had done a few weddings before yours. But she hasn’t, so $1500 is too much IMO. For “newbie” photogs, I would say around $500-1000 because it is a gamble, they could do very well or you could always regret your wedding pics. EVERY photographer has to start out somewhere, but most would try to be an assistant to another photographer or 2nd shooter to start. If they do really well, you could always give them a large tip.

    Post # 8
    506 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I think more like $500 and I agree with what all the other ladies said!!  I personally would do it for my friend for free as my wedding present.

    Post # 9
    1126 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I would pay $1500 for photography, but not to someone with no experience doing weddings.  I know it’s an awkward conversation to have, but I guess that’s why it’s dangerous to work with friends.

    Post # 10
    768 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    first wedding and she’s charging $1500? i think that’s a lot more than i would pay for someone who has never shot a wedding. if she had experience as a 2nd shooter (i’m talking about a couple of years worth) maybe, but you could find someone who is a real pro who could cover you for that much, but maybe without the engagement session or print credits. don’t gamble for that.

    Post # 11
    994 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I could practically have a side business fixing bad wedding photos (I’ve been asked to fix quite a few wedding sessions, and it’s hearbreaking b/c you can NOT fix everything, sometimes things are just ruined.) Please think twice before hiring someone who has no experience (and children’s photographers have the largest amount of newbies who have no flipping clue what they are doing — I’ve seen some horrible horrible crap out there).

    So — 1) with no experience, I think $1500 is too much and 2) it might be better for the friendship and for the memories which should last a lifetime if you hire an experienced professional.


    Post # 12
    399 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Too high! PMed you!

    Post # 14
    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    I would hire a professional. She has no experience shooting weddings. Portrait sessions and wedding coverage are two totally different things.

    You wouldn’t want a pediatrician performing a brain surgery.. would you?

    Post # 16
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @ADBK2011: As a photographer, I can tell you this is too much for someone with absolutely NO wedding experience. Sorry, but I only know of ONE photographer who ever charged that much for her first wedding, and she had much more experience in other types of photography than your friend does. You may have heard of her… Jasmine Star!

    Your friend sounds like she is on an ego trip but you are the one really doing her the favor being her guinea pig for her first-ever wedding. At that stage the portfolio pictures alone are worth it for the work if she is serious about starting her own business in wedding photography. Good luck getting her first solo wedding at $1500, ha!

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