Post # 1
Hello Bee’s –
My Fiance and I spent our holiday vacation from work looking for our wedding venue and we found it yayy! (within our budget even better!) When we spoke to our venue coordinator she informed us that if we book anything else it ought to be the photographer as their schedules book very quickly.
So I started reaching out to some photographers that I have admired viewing wedding pictures and I am shocked at the prices! My FAV photographer packages start at $3400. One of the issues is I am from a beach community and a lot of brides travel their for “local desitination weddings” so the photags are a bit more. For the $3400 all that it comes with is 6 hours of wedding photography, high resolution DVD, and a photo album.
Lastly, I really do not even know how to decifer what constitues a “great” photographer. My venue suggested a few, but they are all very expensive. What do you look for in a photographer’s photo’s to be able to tell?
Thanks for reading and I appreciate the help!
Post # 3
Well, making sure the photos are good quality, but also I would look at his/her examples. Our photog had a wedding book made up, and I noticed that she photographed all the moments that would be important to me. She took a lot of pictures of the family and moments that people might have missed. I aslo liked her personality and being so willing to go with my ideas and not “stage” photos.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Meant2Bee: Yay congrats on booking your venue!!
Photographers are a really tough decision, I emailed at least a dozen different photographers before we even met with one in person. A lot turned out to be too expensive, and some of them just didn’t sound super friendly or flexible. Don’t be immediately turned away by pricing that is a little outside your budget, though – a lot of times you can negotiate! If you explain that you’re a local bride on a very tight budget, they might cut you a deal. That worked for us with a lot of our vendors.
I would spend some time looking at reviews of wedding photographers in your city on Weddingwire, and read through what others have written. There may be a super highly rated photographer who is still new and up-and-coming but fabulous, and there may be a super expensive photographer who is actually finicky and inflexible and gets poor reviews.
Also, spend time browsing through a photographer’s blog. After looking through several blogs, I started to have a feel for what styles I like, and what styles I don’t care for. I think different photographers have different strengths – ours do a ton of outdoor weddings and engagement shoots, so they were perfect for shooting our outdoor wedding and they captured all of the natural sunlight and landscaping very nicely.
And last but not least, choose a photographer who you get along with – because you’re going to spend a lot of time with them on your wedding day! Don’t hire anyone without meeting with them in person. It really helps to get along well with your photographer, you want them to help you relax and open up for your wedding photos. And compare packages between different photogs – decide what’s important to you and what isn’t. We weren’t too concerned with the amount of hours of coverage, because we really didn’t care about getting professional photos of the dancing at our wedding – so our photographers were there for 6 hours, which meant they left before the reception ended. But our package did include a USB drive with 700 edited photos and full rights to print the photos ourselves, an engagement session, and two albums (one for each of our sets of parents).
Hope that helps!
Post # 5
@Mrs. Wallaby: Thanks for all your advice! Now I don’t feel so bad about emailing 5 photographers asking for pricing. It’s going to take some time for me to find my style but I am going to continue looking through pictures for now.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@Meant2Bee: No way, 5 photographers is not too many to contact! Good luck girl!
Post # 7
@Meant2Bee: honestly, for $3400 that sounds like a steal! My photographer is around $7000 for a few more hours of coverage and a second shooter. That doesn’t include prints, albums or the DVD. Those are all extra, and the DVD alone costs $1000.
Post # 8
@Meant2Bee: This is not an outlandish price, especially for a photographer at the beach. It’s not really so much because it’s a “destination” type thing and photographers are jacking up their prices in those areas, it’s that the cost of doing business/having insurance is much higher in coastal areas so the pricing reflects that.
Post # 9
Also, consider for that price range, you can easily choose a photographer from a more rural area or neighboring state and pay their travel within your budget. Just focus on finding a photographer whose work you love and whos personality you get along with 🙂