Post # 1
I am at a loss here fellow bees. I have been looking for a photographer for weeks now and either their style doesn’t fit mine (I’m looking for a more photojournalistic , vintage, creative, artisitic style) or they are way too expensive. My budget was originally 1,000 and I had found a few photogs in that range but I just spoke with a local CT photog who concerned me. He said to be weary of anyone charging less than 2,000 in the area for a couple of reasons 1. the going rate in CT is around 3,800 and 2. alot of times they don’t have the right equipment ie: camera and lighting. I want great pictures to capture my wedding day but spending 3,800 seems insane to me! Has anyone had any luck with affordable photograhers in the CT/RI area and did the quality of your pictures suffer from going the budget friendly route?
Post # 3
@Beachy0404: Hi! I would try to contact a few the photographers you love and see if they have second photographers or assistants who could do your wedding. A lot of times people have additional shooters who work under them, they are typically just as good as the expensive photographer or else the main photographer wouldnt put their company name on their work. Does that make sense? I know Binary Flips works like this where they have multiple photographers at different levels. You can also try looking for someone who is just starting out. They usually charge a lot less because they are growing their portfolio but are also very professional and do a great job! Good luck!
Post # 4
My photographer (Olivia Gird) was out of RI (near Providence) and I loved her. She is less than the $3800, but closer to $2000-2500 maybe. I was willing to pay a little bit more for the photographer, but still keep it within reason. I would awesome the average in the Boston/Providence area is $4000 or more, but I think my “affordable” option provide great photos.
Post # 5
Jennifer Bach Photography out of Groton, CT (http://jenniferbach.com/)
Two photographers for the day at about $2,600. Not too expensive and I really like her style.
Post # 6
There are a lot of rich NYC people getting married in CT and Newport RI, and, I know that most *full-time* wedding photographers can’t make a living charging less than $2500 for a wedding. cost of living in New England is high!
Ask for assistants or recommendations for up-and-coming but part-time photographers. You may need to adjust your expectations for quality of photography but you can still get something decent in the 2000 – 2500 range.
Post # 7
I originally started out with a budget for photography at 1000, but the quality just wasn’t there. You start to really notice a difference when you bump your budget up to 1800-2k.
If you want to put the work in, you can find some peopel out there who are jsut trying to build their portfolio but are rather talented photographers.
Have you looked into craigslist? I saw a few that looked really good at a reasonable price.
Post # 8
Not sure where you are in CT but we are using Angela Jean photography in Old Lyme. She is wonderful and has a more candid style.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park
I am using Marsal Studios in Salem, CT. Virginia is awesome to work with and her shots are so beautiful and creative. There is also no picture or time limits. She is there while you are getting ready to the end of the reception for one flat price. She also does engagement and boudoir shoots for reasonable prices if you are interested in it. Her studio also offers video packages too. Good luck!
Post # 10
@Beachy0404: I went with Photo Expressions (Southington, CT.) They have very reasonable prices, their work is amazing, and they’re so professional. Check them out!!
Here’s a sneak peek of our engagement session..
Post # 11
My photographer would be perfect for you! His name is Matt Ferrara and he is based in Providence. I think he would come under $2k and has a photojournalistic style / uses depth in his images. Plus, he’s super nice and easy to talk to. I also have a friend who is using him in Rhode Island next month.
I know what that CT photographer is talking about though. I couldn’t believe some of the photographers charging even $1500.. because some of they were BAD! I could do better than a lot of them with a disposible point-and-shoot!
Post # 12
Mine is charging $1000 for 8 hours, every aditional hour is an extra $100
Post # 12
I would just like to take issue with this idea that a photographer *needs* to be over $2000 or so for them to be good.
Sorry, but that is 100% bull$*$.
Photographers that simply shoot wedding all year need to charge that much to cover all of their costs associated with their job and they need that much since there are only so many weddings they can shoot each year. Really doesn’t have to do with their specific quality or skill.
Plenty of photographers out there that do weddings on the side (they have other day jobs), and to be frank, their pictures are just as good as these “professionals”. These “ameaturs” don’t need to charge $2500 to cover their business costs or something.
I would keep looking because I found a few decent $850-$1250 options out there.