(Closed) Photographer cost, how much are you paying?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I paid $2500. I really wanted to pay around $1000 but, like you, when I started looking I was floored by the prices. What I recommend doing is really looking on here, wedding wire, the knot, or any other website that has reviews of photographer. You can also look on Craigslist, my friend found here photographer on there. Because the photographer is new, she is very reasonable. Something else you can look into is art schools, if you have any local art schools call and see if they have any students that they recommend who would like to build their portfolio. 

Post # 4
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013


But I will obviously not have as beautiful pictures as a more expensive photographer, but I am happy with her work!

Post # 5
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It really depends on where you live. Bigger cities usually equals a bigger price. I live in a rural area so things are much cheaper. Our photographer (who I love!!) is costing us $1400. That includes engagment pics, all day wedding, two photographers… the whole deal! Prices here range from $800 (Lower quality, but not terrible) to about $3500 (top quality)

Post # 6
890 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

$900 🙂

Post # 7
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

$1650. Includes unlimited day-of coverage, two shooters, RAW files of all the photos as well as color correction on all the photos, and 50 more heavily edited photos. Plus a $150 print credit. We got a 10% discount for paying up front instead of paying a deposit and then the rest a month before the wedding.

He was one of the more reasonably priced photographers that met my standards.

Post # 8
2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Our photographer is $100/hour. I love her work and she did a great job with our engagement pics. Most other photographers in our area wanted $1500 and up and that was not in our budget. I found her on the Knot I think. 

Post # 9
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our photographer’s basic package starts at $4200. A professional photographer with years of experience in a large city and especially those photographers that have published work are going to be expensive.

Post # 10
9802 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

$3000.  9 hours, two photographers, engagement session, all of the edited photos of both sessions on DVD.  Around here I found a range of about $2400 and up (for what I was looking to have included)

For the most part…I do think you get what you pay for.  I have seen some cheaper photographers, but most of them that are a lot cheaper, just aren’t very good in my opinion.  I was Maid/Matron of Honor in a friends wedding a few years ago, she found someone for $900…but her pictures just weren’t good.  They were about what I could do with my point and shoot.  I think she could have avoided this with proper research.  So I just am sucking it up and paying more because it is important to me. 

I think you can look into a few options.  Look for someone who is just starting out.  Of course there are some risks with this too.  If you like their shooting and editing style, you’ll probably be okay.  But you have to like what they do already!  The biggest risk I can think of is that they might not have much experience shooting a wedding, so it might take them longer to set some things up or they might miss a few things.  PP mentioned an art school, that would be a good place to start. 

Other option is find someone who is more expensive, but ask them what they can do to work with your budget.  This might not be possible for some, but others might be able to work with you.  Say they only give you 4 hours of photography instead of 8.  Doesn’t hurt to ask.  Better in my opinion to have a great photographer for 4 hours than a crappier one for 8!

And weddingwire is a great place to look because you can read reviews!  Then go through their albums and packages and find a few you love.  Email them with your budget (if I were you, I would bring that budget up to $1500 if you could) and see if they can work with you.

Post # 11
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I suggest looking outside of Dallas for a photographer and then have them travel in. It might be cheaper that way. Be very careful about looking at reviews for cheaper ones though. I paid a deposit for a $1500 photographer (her top package) and never heard from her again. Luckily, I managed to get the deposit back through my credit card company. Now I’m going for a photographer that offers less for a much higher prices. He is $2600 for 6 hours of photography and a CD. Literally my dream photographer though. Hopefully I will be able to manage paying for an upgrade to my package to add additional hours, album, and engagement pictures. I would rather have this photographer that includes less “things” and love his pictures a lot more though.

Post # 12
3680 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013


Post # 14
1290 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

800.00 Hourly rate of 100.00 per hour for 8 hours.

Not the best photographer but I really don’t care to have ridiculously awesome photographs of the day. My photographer is a professional (and a friend) but she’s not the best on the block.

Post # 15
2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

we are paying around $4500…. but i fell in love with his photos and once i saw them i couldn’t go back. i really wanted to stay around $2000. our entire wedding budget is $20k, so i didn’t like spending such a large portion on the photographer, but oh well…

Post # 16
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

$875 for four hours of coverage, which is absolutely perfect for us since our wedding will only be about 5 hours from start to finish. Her work is stunning, she has great reviews, and is super sweet and down to earth. Honestly, if we hadn’t found her, we wouldn’t have been able to afford a photographer, as most in our urban area range about $2000-3500. I actually found her on here, but for some reason didn’t see her prices, and then a girl I met who’s planning her wedding here in Portland recommended her to me!

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