Post # 32
Booked my photographer Sunday! We are paying 1330 after taxes, and includes an engagement session and 2nd photographer! I think this is an AWESOME deal. Best price i was quoted before that was 2200! And she takes lovely pictures, but it took me about 6 months to find her! Don’t give up!
Post # 33
I am paying $1,000 for 6 hours w/ 1 photographer plus a tableside album, editing of photos, release of all photos on DVD to us.
This is out photographer:
Post # 34
I’m paying $1,600, which seems to be around the low to middle range here.
Post # 35
$2,800 + tax
We paid $300 more (the regular package is $2,500) because we wanted the owner of the company to be our photog on the day of. It’s around average around here, maybe a bit on the higher end.
Post # 36
Thanks for all the imput, Im not giving up just yet! I have started searching near to dallas, instead of in Dallas as others advised and I have found that the cost is drastically different for great photographers! Keeping my fingers crossed!
Post # 37
Agree with the “bigger city, bigger price” notion.
Cheap, ametuer quality: under $2000
Budget, inexpensive, below average quality: $2000-3000
Average in every sense: $3000-4000
Good quality: $4000-6000
Superior quality- top notch world renwoned, award winning phtographers: $6000 and up.
We paid $3000 and I wish we would have spent $4000
Post # 38
I paid about $5000. That included a travel fee (Boston photog for a San Diego wedding, we wanted someone local to where we lived for e-pics and to know her better). She was only 2 years in, but fabulous. She’s now one of the top wedding photographers in Boston and charges a lot more.
When you pay a photog, you’re paying them for equipment, insurance, cost of business, for the 30-40 hrs of work they put into your photo editing AND the day of stuff, plus any actual products. Most brides that are initially shocked at the prices usually don’t realize how many hours go into the editing and business end of it.
Post # 39
We’re in NYC and paid $3300 before tax for:
- Engagement shoot
- Full day coverage (9 hours) with second shooter (and, it turned out, third shooter bc our primary photog was 8 months’ pregnant!)
- 100 4 x 6 prints, with option to purchase additional prints/sizes at cost
- Online gallery, CD with all images and digital rights
- “Mess the dress” or other post-wedding shoot (we’re doing a one-year anniversary session)
Post # 40
It was the only thing we were happy to splurge on because everything else will be gone after the wedding day, but the only remnant of the wedding that will remain with us for the rest of our lives are the photos. We ended up booking FI’s favorite photographer (he’s been following this photographer’s blog for quite some time).
Post # 41
$3,600, which includes a ton + an extra photographer, and it’s well worth it to us!
Post # 42
We paid $175 for engagement pictures. Included 2 photographers, 2 hours, unlimited locations.
We are paying $1499 for wedding pictures. Includes 2 photographers, 6 hours, unlimited locations, disc, release, all that jazz.
It is true that prices are going to be more in bigger cities. And in most cases, you get what you pay for. But there ARE good, quality photographers out there at decent prices. These photographers realize that not everyone can afford to spend 5 grand on pictures.
My recommendation is to look for a photographer who has been in business for 3-5 years. These people have enough experience that their work will be good, but they aren’t “so big” that their prices are off the charts.
I LOVE our photographer, her work, her packages, everything. Sure, it took a lot of research and digging to find her, but I am SO glad I did.
Just because you don’t spend a fortune on your photos doesn’t mean they will be crap.
Post # 43
$2100, includes engagement w/DVD, boudoir w/DVD, all day wedding with 2 photographers, 1000 pictures on DVD, $200 print credit and tax (all images on DVDs are retouched with copyright release). I picked her because I love her style, so the fact that so much is included is just icing on the cake.
Post # 44
Ours is going to cost $4,900 for Colorado/Denver area and includes the following
- 7 hours coverage
- enagement session (1 hour)
- 12″x8″ 40 page photo album
- web access to high resolution images
- 2 shooters (husband & wife team)
This was one area I was NOT willing to skimp on since we are photo whores!!!! 🙂 I went through tons of magazines and blogs looking at the photographers I liked the most. I compiled a HUGE list of prices for the ones I liked the most and even ones I didn’t like for my own peresonal taste but still had good photography, and everyone costed around the same amont $4000 – $6000.
I, too, was shocked at first and was in denial thinking I wouldn’t have to budget that much. I tried negotiating with a few only to find that it was an insulting question (rightfully so) to ask them if they would do a wedding on a Saturday in high-season for less. I mean, c’mon, some of these photographers make magic happen and have perfected their art for years! You really do pay for what you get. The only thing they will negotiate on is doing a lower price for off-season and non-weekend days.
I did see a few for less than $3000 and thought the lack of quality and experience was evident, but it’s entirely possible to find a hidden gem for a photographer.
Post # 45
I, too, was shocked at first and was in denial thinking I wouldn’t have to budget that much.
This exactly! Then I thought to myself, the photos are going to be the most permanent vendor purchase from your wedding day, skimp on the aisle runner, centerpieces and flowers instead lol.
Post # 46
@MissLacy: Mine is the best man’s sister so I suppose this isn’t fair, but she’s charging me $650 with full rights and she’ll be there alllll day. She works with another company that charges $2,500 for two shoots all day. =)