photographer costs

posted 5 years ago in Vancouver
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In my experience:

2000 is low

3000-5000 is average

5000-7000 is good quality

7000+ premium photography

these prices generally inclue engagement session, 8 hours of wedding shooting, some post editing, images on disks, and MAYBE a photobook.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ll add: we spent 3000 and if I could redo I’d spend at least 5000.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am in a spot where I would like to spend less than $2000 if I could.  I know photography is an important part but still … $2000 is a lot of money even though that is “technically” on the low side when it comes to wedding photographers. 

I am planning on sacrificing a couple of things like the wedding book because that usually adds to the cost.  I can always make my own since I love designing on photoshop and Walmart is right around the corner.

My sister in law was lucky during her wedding.  She found an up and coming photographer who was still starting so she only paid about $1200 but now he’s so popular that he’s charging close to $3500!!! 

I find looking at craigslist is helpful because some established photographers put up sales if you book early with them and you still get all the perks!  I found a few that I’m going to talk to soon, if i miss the sale then there’s still tons of photographers out there!!

Post # 6
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Newbee

Yup! I totally agree with @vmec’s list. Everyone has different standards too. Some people are satisfied with less thatn $2,000! 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I was willing to go up to 7k as this is the “splurge” my fiance and I agreed upon. However, we found an amazing cinematographer for 6k, so our photography budget has been brought down to under 2k!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We were lucky and booked early so we got 2011 prices. We were in a tight budget so we spent $750 on photography and $500 on videography. Both vendors price have gone and it could probably still meet your $2000 budget. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

$3500 but that includes an album and a signarture book.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I spend about $6200 on my photography package.  That’s included engagement photos (make up, hair and 2 gown + 1 evening gown).  12 hours coverage (2 photographers) on big day including 1 wedding gown rental and 1 evening gown rental, hair + make up.  Oh, and it also included album and 25 photos for retouching and artistic enhancement, with high resolution files to keep.16×24 canvas wrap enlargement or signing canvas board.11×14 24 page Piano Glass or Canvas flush mount album (24 photos)

 

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

$4600 with an album, e-session, and digital files

Post # 11
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Worker bee

$8235 for 8hr shoot on wedding day with 2 photographers + eng shoot + album etc. It’s bit pricey but the photographers are absolutely amazing and photos are one of our most important factors.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 8 months ago by  a1vsue.
Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

agia-marina:  I’m spending $1600. My package is normally $1800 but the photographer was a friend of a friend so she offered a discount & she’s amazing!!! I’ve seen her work. Every time I see her new work, it gets me more excited for her to shoot our wedding!

Post # 13
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Newbee

ErinEllen:  

What is your vendor’s name?  Do they have a website?  That’s much closer to what I want to spend!

Thanks!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

 

BurlapBride66:  I can give you my vendor’s name but I don’t live in Vancouver. I live in Georgia in the US

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 7 months ago by  ErinEllen.
Post # 15
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Busy bee

We got a great deal on a photographer for two reasons:

1) I live in a bigger city, and it seems rates are higher here. We found someone from a smaller city willing to waive travel fees.

2) About 50% of the photographers I spoke to offered discounts for referrals (some better than others). Ours offered an amazing discount for the referral, and my cousin’s friend had absolutely RAVED about him.

With those two things factored in, we’re spending $2,400 (based on his individual, non-package quotes it would have been $4000 without bundling things and without the referral).

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