(Closed) Need some advice on photography budget…

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@celi1327:  We booked ours for $800 for 8 hours on the day. I would recommend looking at craigslist and then checking out their online portfolios. I’ve seen many professional photographers post “specials” on craigslist. Now obviously, these are $3000 photographers, but I just couldn’t afford that. 

Post # 4
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My photographer charges people $1000, but she is also one of my moms really good friends so we are getting a deal. The price includes enagement, all day of the wedding day, and prints. So I think it’s a great deal. There are a ton of photographers that charge more…we just couldn’t do it.

Post # 5
2777 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We put an add up on craigslist and have gotten all kinds of quotes I would recommend it, right now we are debating on three and they are all under $1000.

Post # 6
15 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m not sure if this helps at all but I’m from Australia and paying $2200 for 6 hours of coverage on the day. The price includes a digital proof album with all the final images and a DVD of the photos in high resolution.

And then we are paying an extra $1500 on top of that for a 10″ x 10″ leather album.

In terms of quality photography, I think this is about the norm where I live.

I’m glad you mentioned that photos are important to you, as they are to me too. They are likely to be the only tangible memories after the day has passed, and that can hopefully be kept forever. 

Post # 7
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@B2Bee:  If you don’t mind me asking, where in Oz are you?

We’re meeting with a photog on Tues (I’m 99.9% sure we’re signing with them). For $1600 they’ll have 2 photogs cover the day & a hir-res disc of all photos. Coverage incl the guys & girls prep photos, ceremony, family shots straight after, the 2hrs of couple/bridal party shots & the whole reception (full reception coverage incl a photobooth-style ‘snapshot session’.

This full package is usually $1900, otherwise they have a basic package for $1300. Basic gets you most of the day but only an hr of reception – venue setup, entrances, mock dance/cake photos. We get 50% off the upgrade from basic to full cos we they had a deal going at an expo.

Before finding these people, our best find was $1525 for 5hrs coverage, a hi-res disc & an album.

Post # 8
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We are in New England and our photographer is $5000 for 2 shooters for 8 hours.  That doesn’t include albums or the disc with the images.

Post # 9
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@celi1327:  Hey there! I have the same situation, we are on a tight budget. At the same time photos are extremely important for me too, this is one of the few moments in life which you want to capture in detail. But I have good news for you!! Check out Weddingbug.com they will be coming to Palm Beach Gardens to take photos at our wedding. They charge us around $745 for 6 hours of photography! This includes

  • Unlimited number of images taken
  • View all your images on-line for 1 year
  • All Images on DVD-ROM with full rights

If you want your photos editied you pay $60 more for every 30 pics. They have superb customer service too. They will respond to your email in the nick of time no matter when you get in touch with them. I am actually surprised how they manage to do this, blackberry maybe?! Anyway they are very responsive and I looked thrugh their photos and they seem to be pretty good at what they do. Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 10
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My photographer charged $2000 for the entire day (unlimited time) with two photographers, along with engagement session and bridal session. She also gave us the copyright release after the wedding. And for a side note…she flipping ROCKED!

Post # 11
1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Nanuli:  Please let us know how they do after your wedding! I looked into using them, but then looked up reviews for them which weren’t pretty. I’m going to kick myself if yours are amazing!!!

Post # 12
621 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Photographers prices will vary depending on where you are, but I just want to caution you if photography is really important – when you start seeing pricing under $1000-$1500 for two photographers all day, red flags go off. These folks are likely not insured, not paying taxes, not shooting full time . . . I know in my area (suburbs) the minimum a photographer can really charge and stay in (legitimate) business is around $2000-$2500. Definitely do your research – do they have professional equipment? Do they have professional BACK UP equipment? Do they have insurance and a business license? Do they have experience shooting in low light or other challenging lighting situations? What’s their procedure should something happen and they aren’t able to shoot your wedding? No such thing as too many questions when it comes to this sort of thing. Best of luck!

Post # 13
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@mariematt:  this is correct!  If you want a full time professional photographer in most cities you are looking at a starting point of $2500. Full day coverage is going to be more around 3K+.

Post # 14
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mariematt:  Agree. I posted an ad on CL with a budget of 1500, and the responses I got were just atrocious. (Except for one from a real pro photographer who cautioned me on them and recommended some lower budget vendors for me! she rocked!) I ended up with one of her suggestions that I was already considering anyway, who was over my budget but did amazing work.

We paid 1900 (not incl. tax) for 7 hours, a second shooter, e-session and pics, and disc with all photos on them and printing rights. I’m so glad I didn’t do one of the CL respondents.

(She did raise her prices to $2500 for 2013, though! We lucked out)


Post # 15
467 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@mariematt:  +1

Another tip is to look into up-and-coming photographers because their prices will be lower than photographers who have been in the business for longer, and many of these up-and-comers have worked with established photographers, it’s just that their prices are lower as they build their business on their own.  You can explain your budget situation to an established photographer and ask if he knows of anyone that is just starting out.  Do your due diligence as well – look at their past work, their style (does it fit what you want), and their customer feedback if you can find it.  Photography, IMO, is not an area that you want to cut corners on because after that day, it’s one of the things that will remain and that you can look back on time and time again.

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