Post # 1
So I found a photog who charges $650 for 4 hours of coverage. It includes a second shooter, full rights to images, and 300-400 edited images on a disk. No prints, which is fine, I have rights to get them printed how I choose.
I figured he could come half an hour before the wedding, take pics of mom helping me get ready, praying with the bridal party, etc. Then half an hour for the ceremony (if that, it’s really not going to be super long) and then an hour of pictures before the reception (family pics, posed bride/groom pics). Then 2 hours of the reception which would be the first dance, daddy daughter dance, groom and mom/stepmom dance, cake cutting, and some candids in between.
His posed pictures are *ok*, but I just LOVE the candids he got! In his online portfolio it looks like he really got moments, and not just pictures.
What do you think? I can always ask how much it is for an additional hour, he might give me a price break since I plan on purchasing a package with it.
Post # 3
@jb20: I’ve covered a wedding on 3 1/2 hours before with everything that you described, except getting ready photos. You should be fine unless you really want every single moment of the day captured… which really isn’t that necessary.
Post # 4
@jb20: In your post you have 4 hours outlined as to when you want photos taken. Something for you to consider, when most photographers offer 4 hours of coverage, it is 4 continuous hours. So if they have to travel (between ceremony and reception) that is part of the 4 hours of their time. I’m just not sure from your post if your ceremony and reception are in the same place or not.
Post # 5
Price break??? He is $650 for 4 hours!! Obviously this is not a professional – but still that is ridiciculously cheap.
Post # 6
@continuumphotography: I agree.
OP, if you’re satisfied with his work, then that’s fine! That’s all that matters, really. But don’t complain if you don’t like the quality of the photos in the end (it happens all the time on these boards!)
Post # 7
@jb20: Asking for a price break on $650 is ridiculous. Photographers running legitimate businesses would need to charge more than double that to make even a little money on the work involved.
Post # 8
@jb20: i agree with pp, what about travelling time? my photographers time starts running from the first moment he arrives at the venue and then runs continuously.
so for example, we are going from hotel to church to reception venue and there will be about just under an hours travelling time. but that travelling time is paid by me. it will probably be the same with yours if everything isnt in the same place
also seriously, thats incredibly incredibly cheap! 162.50 dollars an hour? wow. i wouldnt rely on a further discount to be honest
Post # 9
Agreed- that is really good for four hours! Do you mind me asking where you live?