Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF
We started looking at photographers this weekend for our May wedding and Fiance had the opposite reaction – he was willing to pay up to $8,500 for a Bay Area photographer as long as we had “the best”. He and I (fortunately) share the opinion that some things aren’t worth cutting corners on and photography is one of them.
It was only after we looked at more portfolios that we decided to aim for one around $5,000 and only go higher if we couldn’t find someone we loved in that price range. We have our fingers crossed right now because we’re talking to one for $4,600 and I love his work.
I’d personally stand my ground on this, if I were you, because you don’t want to be mega disappointed by your photos not reflecting how beautiful your special day was!
Post # 17
- Wedding: March 2017 - Kimmel Center of Performing Arts
I agree Photography is very expensive! We actually have a friend of a friend who is doing our wedding discounted for $1500 8 hours including engagement pictures! Her normal prices are 2500 and up not including engagement picture. Hopefully everything works out and you guys can come to some agreement on the prices and keep looking around never settle if you don’t have to.
Post # 18
If photography is important to you, please shell out for somebody good. I know this is the thousandth post in this thread saying that, but it’s so true and I honestly wish we’d spent more. DH and I paid $2,000 (supposedly a discounted price) for engagement pics, programs, about 10 hours of coverage with 2 shooters, and discs of our photos with printing rights. Normally, a “good” photographer in our area is around $3,000 so we thought we were getting a good deal, especially since these people do quite a bit of work around town. In hindsight, though, I wish I’d gone ahead and paid the extra grand for one of the big-name wedding photographers. While our first look pictures are very nice, the shots of our actual ceremony are a joke and the ones from the reception are of either us or the same 15 guests over and over (and we had around 100 people, so…). It is what it is and it could be worse, but pictures were at the top of our priority list and it really is disappointing when you don’t feel like you got what you wanted. I would look at cutting your budget in other places to show your Fiance that getting a good photographer is feasible while still spending the same amount of money you were originally planning to.
Post # 19
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Aw that’s awesome! Fun and relaxed weddings are always a winner, in my book. Hopefully you’ll share your kickass photography with us after the fact : )