Post # 1
I know this is a little forward, but I have a money question! I am trying to do some research on a photog and most of the ones I like are in the same price range, but I feel like it is a little high! I’ve always heard that you can cut the budget anywhere but photos because they are what you’ll have afterwards! Just trying to get an honest perspective!
How much did you pay for your photographer and what did it include? (2 shooters, engagement session, bridal session, how many hours, copyrights to pics, etc??)
What % of your budget did you put out for the photographer?
Post # 3
Typically, a 2 photogs/ all day/ bridal portraits and everything/ photobook included in my area runs average $5k.
However, I had a single photographer who shot for 4 hours and is giving us a high resolution cd, and she charged us $120 and hour.
Shop around – and talk to some of the places that do big packages to see if they’ll break it down a la carte for you.
Post # 4
we paid $750 for engagment session. 6 hours. 2 shooters. & all rights from engagment and wedding +recp. on cd. i think it was a steal.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Photography pricing is very dependent on your location. So the prices paid by other Bees in other parts of the country have no bearing on an appropriate price for your area. If you are consistently getting quotes in the same ballpark, I’d wager that you’ve already identified the going rate for photographers in your area with similar product quality.
Post # 6
You are going to get answers to this question that vary from $500 to $5000+. It depends heavily on whether or not you live in a metropolitan area, and how much you value photography. In very general terms, most full time professional photographers in major cities are going to start at $2500-4000 for full day coverage. Engagements, albums, bridal sessions, all of that stuff may be extra. This question is about as broad as asking someone what their idea of good weather is. 72˚ would be my answer in case you are curious, with a slight breeze.
Post # 7
The original photographer we looked at was $2,250. That price is for an engagement session, 1 shooter the day of the wedding for about 6 hours I think, and printing rights.
Then we moved the wedding up a year and our budget was slashed. I (luckily!) found one that was available for our wedding (which was about 3 weeks away at the time) and not terribly expensive. So we are paying $1,200 for two shooters about 5-6 hours (we aren’t getting married until 3:30 so is more than enough time), printing rights, a DVD with all of our images from the day, and they will edit the best 45-60 pictures. I am very happy with the change in photographers and like the ones we picked this time around much better than the first one.
Post # 8
$800 for one photog all day. We get a CD with 200+ high res CDs with rights to print. We’re considering an engagement session for an additional $150 but haven’t decided yet.
I don’t really buy into the need to spend tons on photography because it’s “the only thing you have to remember your wedding day…” I’ll have my husband, my memories, stories, friendships, saved invitations, etc. And memories will come just as easily from an okay picture as they will from a great picture. What you’re paying for it nice looking photos. Not memories.
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
We had 2 shooters, but we only paid for one, which is lovely, because if we had requested the second shooter, he would’ve been $800, I think.
We got our photographer all day, unlimited locations. We got all photos high res without watermark on line for free full quality download, either open or password protected, for 1 year. We got all those photos on DVD, full size with print rights, in a leather bound album type case (kind of hard to describe, but it’s pretty). We got “every photo taken” edited, which really means every shot that meets the photographer’s minimum basic standards. He told us this is usually between 1000-1500. We got 1,398. We also have all the photos backed up on multiple servers of his for 20 years minimum. Any additional items (prints, albums, etc) are a la carte but at the same rate whether we put them in the package from the beginning or buy them years later.
We paid $2500 and then added an engagement session (200 photos edited and post-productioned) for another $400.
Post # 10
$1200 for 6 hours, 1 shooter, and cd of all images, just color corrected. I can do all the fancy editing myself. I actually wish I would’ve gone with an all day photographer though, but too late to change my mind now! We are having a friend take before/getting ready photos and acting as a 2nd shooter so hopefully she gets what our main photographer misses.
Post # 11
Our photographer charges $425 an hour (minimum of 5 hours, we’re getting 6) plus $350 for extra sessions such as bridals or engagements. So the total would be $2900, BUT she takes off $200 if you do a first look and we also get 10% off because Fiance is military. She said we will end up with a disk of about 1500-2000 pics, and those are the GOOD ones, after she takes all the awkward blinking, open mouth pics. So for 6 hours of wedding photography with 2 shooters, an engagement session, and rights to all pictures: $2,430. That price seemed to be about average but we could have gotten others for cheaper.. However I couldn’t be more confident with our photog. I have complete faith in her that I don’t think I would have with others. I feel 100% sure that I made the right call with booking her!
We actually had engagements done in the spring and paid $750 for them only to end up receiving 19 different shots (there are like 59 total pics, they edited each pic in 3 different ways.. but still only 19 different shots). I don’t even like all of the pics :/ Sooo now we’re going to do another session with our wedding photog after the wedding.
Our budget has kind of fluctuated based on the sticker shock I received as I got deeper into the planning lol. So we never really had a set percentage for anything.
Post # 12
@continuumphotography: Yes, but finding out what others are spending can always be helpful, no matter what their location. It’s not like she can ambush anyone with a wedding ring in the area she lives in and ask what they spent on photography. Even if the answers do vary, I’m sure everyone’s answers will be helpful to her in someway.
Post # 13
We’re paying $4,200 for 7 hours of “Day Of” coverage, a two photog husband-wife team. We are also doing a photobooth but we’re still negotiating that.
That’s about the average that we’ve seen in Atlanta for photographers that are established and have had their work published in wedding magazines.
Post # 14
Our photographer was my childhood friend and she traveled almost 6 hrs to come and only charged us her expenses which was $200.00. We offered to pay her more and she said no. She took pics from the time i started getting ready till the reception ended.
Post # 15
$1360 (with referral discount) for an engagement session (with a DVD of all images/print rights in a custom-designed case), eight hours of wedding day coverage, a DVD of all your images with rights to print in a deluxe four-page album, and a second shooter.
We don’t live in a big city (we’re about 3 hours from both Detroit and Chicago), and our photographer has only been shooting pro for a couple of years now. We really love them so far and had a blast at our engagement session.
Post # 16
Try David’s Bridal. They now offer photography and the packages are great! Plus all packages come with a full copyright.
Ours is going to cost $2,400 and includes 10 hours, unlimited photos, full copyright, four books and a bunch of other items!