- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I have a friend who has developed a very eye-catching portfolio. Fiance and I drove up to NY from MD for her to shoot our engagement photos. It was a great session done all over Central Park. She charged $100, and I gave her $130.
I wanted her for our wedding, too, because I love her photography and she is a dream to work with.
She is a 22 y/o novice photographer, but just as good as a professional with such a creative and beautiful vision that shows in her photos. I think she has shot one maybe two weddings before, but I don’t worry about the quality of photos we are going to get despite her lack of wedding experience.
She has a friend that she uses as her assistant for various photoshoots who also takes very beautiful photos. She said she and her assistant will come to shoot the wedding.
They will drive down to MD from NY a couple days early to to check out the lighting at the church and the reception venue ahead of time.
Fiance and I have told them we will take care of accommodations for them so they don’t have to worry about that expense.
My friend said they will be there for us the full day starting the morning of our wedding.
We will get CDs of the digital photos after they complete the editing, which she is very diligent about getting done- heck she had some of our e-photos edited and up on her website before Fiance and I even made it back to MD the day she shot them!
We asked her to consider how much she would charge for shooting the wedding and to let us know what price she comes up with. After consideration, she finally asks US to come up with what we would think is appropriate.
So- considering everything, and not wanting to do wrong by her at all, but also wanting to save money to stay in budget- Fiance and I have come up with proposing $850 (remember we are paying for their accommodations as well).
We feel this is acceptable, but I’d like some other opinions. We wanted to save money by going with a friend photographer, but we don’t want to propose anything completely unreasonable, either.