Post # 1
does this estimate sound right to you?
I found a lovely photographer who is just starting out, I love her work and she seems great to work with. FH and I have a tight budget but this was something we’d want to splurge on. The cheapest wedding package was this:
*Full wedding day coverage
*Disk of engagement shoot & wedding day edited photos
*Two wedding day photographers
*$100 credit (can be used towards prints, favors, album, etc)
I wrote her telling her we already had a friend do e-photos, so we didn’t need them in the package. She said she could take $200 off this price for us.
I haven’t mentioned this to FH yet but think it’s the best price we’re going to get in this area. Anyone living in the midwest now…? How much did you pay?
I got a few quotes on prices over 2K before I found this photographer. I just want to make sure this sounds right to the hive before bringing it up with FH.
Post # 3
That sounds pretty inexpensive. I found a few packages that were around that price, but most of what I saw ran $3k to $8k.
Ultimately, my Maid/Matron of Honor and her husband did our photos for free (as a wedding gift). We were lucky!
Post # 4
It depends where in the midwest you are, but for around here that is a great deal. Did you like what you saw of the photos that she has taken?
Post # 5
I loved the photos she has taken before, they are beautiful! 🙂 The wedding will be in Ohio if that helps.
We have a 5k budget but this is something I wanted so badly. Thanks!
Post # 6
Price is right for someone just starting out, assuming they have done a few of these already and have decent camera skills.
1. I’d take the engagement shoot, it will be a good test of how u like working with them and how the images come out. Many people fire their photographers or move on after a bad engagement session experience.
2. How many images are you getting on CD? Full resolution? Printing rights? Watermarked?
3. Do they have backup equipment? Are they insured?
4. Do they have backup photographers?
5. How long have they been around for? How many weddings have they done?
6. Ask to see a CD they sent to a typical client so you can see a wedding from start to finish and know what to expect. Portfolio images are typically ultra-retouched and the best of the best.
If all this pans out and you are comfortable with the answers, go for it!
Post # 7
I’d say that sounds like a good value. We got married in Indiana, and spent about $4000, and I think the only difference was that our package came with an album.
Like a PP, I recommend doing the e-shoot. We wanted to skip ours to save money, because my husband’s sister had already done pictures of us, and because we lived out of state and would have to take a special trip to do them. But our photographer insisted on it. I was so glad we did! It really gave us a chance to get to know her, which meant that we were much more relaxed and comfortable around her on the day of the wedding. We were also taking our portraits at a location she wasn’t super familiar with, so we used our e-shoot as kind of a location scouting trip. We even checked out a few spaces for potential rain locations. It was definitely a good decision to do them.
Post # 8
The least expensive I could find for what I wanted) was $1200. But then I posted an ad on Craigslist listing what I wanted (8 hours coverage, photo journalistic, no books or prints, fully released copyright of high res photos) for my budget of $600, plus I would pay for their gas and a hotel room for the night (total of about $800) since our wedding is in Northern MN and we had very few options for photog up in that area.
I got flooded with replies! Some were start up companies, some were free lance and a few were career photogs.
I am very happy with who we chose and they even threw in a free engagement session for us and will party with us/take pictures from getting ready through the garter/bouquet toss (about 10 hours of shooting)!
Post # 9
I’m from Oklahoma and that sounds about right for someone starting out. We had a similar package (minus the 2nd shooter) for $1200. We also did not need the engagement pictures so our photographer agreed to do an “after shoot” or “ttd session” instead. It worked out great and I absolutely loved my pictures. Like others said, make sure you’ve seen and like her work. Good luck.
Post # 10
I’m in Chicago, and my photographer is about 900. Only one photographer day of, instead of 2…but I love her. So- I think that your estimate sounds pretty good! 🙂
Post # 11
Sounds good to me — I got my photographer for 1200 for a similar package he’s great, but new to the area so we got him at less expensive rate than some other established photographers in the area. If you love the photographer’s work, then go for it!
Post # 12
We are looking for photogs in the OH/MI area and most of them started at over 2k, except for a few just starting out that we found for less. So it sounds like a great deal to me.
Post # 13
That is about right, for MN it is anywhere from 1,000 to 4,000 depending on your location in the state and how experienced the photographer is
Post # 14
That sounds like a good deal. Ours was about that with the nearly the same terms. We paid for our engagement shoot separately. I’d say that it’s a decent rate for the midwest especially with the second shooter.
Post # 15
There’s no way to tell you if that’s a good value without seeing the quality of the photographs/knowing more about the photographer. You could be getting totally ripped off or be getting a steal. Every photographer is different.
Post # 16
Whoa. I’m an Ohio gal, and to me, that price sounds like an absolute steal. If you like the photos and can fit it into your budget…go for it!