(Closed) Photographer … How much is to much?!!!!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would say that is actually a steal. There are photographers here that charge $8500 for 8 hours of coverage only because they are so well known and because they can.

Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

That’s actually quite cheap for photographers. To compare, a great photographer in my area with no albums, no prints, nothing but a disk of edited files for 9 hours starts around $3500. You can go cheaper, but it gets to be of scary quality quickly.

Remember that you aren’t just paying for the time they are at your wedding. You are paying for the 40 hours it takes to edit a whole wedding’s photos, their $15,000+ of equipment that needs to be updated fairly regularly, their website designs, web hosting, insurance, and other overhead.

It’s expensive for a reason! Photographers typically don’t make a ton, either.

Post # 5
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

Your dad is probably suffering from wedding sticker shock.  Everybody goes through it.  Get some quotes from at least two other photographers and show them to your Dad as well.  That’ll help put things in perspective.

Post # 6
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

1,000 is on the less expensive side for wedding photos!

We paid $1450 for 2 photogs/8 hours – I think we got a steal too!

Post # 7
1209 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@beachmomnva: Honestly, it depends on how expensive the average photographer is in your area. That would be a good deal where I live! If you feel that the quality of photos and the package the photographer offers is great, then you should explain to your dad that you’ve done your research and the price isn’t that bad and you really like the photographer and discuss it further from there. Hope that helps – good luck!

Post # 8
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m in Oklahoma and we will be paying our photographer $2500.  The only photographers I’ve seen around here with prices that low don’t have the talent that I’m looking for.  I say you’re getting a steal!

Post # 9
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

That would be super cheap for our area, too.  I’d say that for most areas, that range is a pretty good deal for a package that includes coverage, pictures (even just digital with rights to print), and e-pics.

Post # 10
5 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m paying $3800 for mine.  That also includes the engagement shoot as well.

Post # 11
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

average beginning price range for a pro is $1500. I’m not native but I don’t even know where in VA you are. I do know that the larger cities people would be blown away and clamoring for a $1000 photography package from a pro. Most other parts that would only get you a newbie trying to build a portfolio… 

Post # 12
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m still looking for a quality photographer in my area and the best I have found is 3100 for wedding, engagement and ownership of the files.  Thankfully, I’m not into the albums and my family is very practical and doesn’t want them either. 

What you are getting is a great price in comparison to my situation.  If you are uncertain keep shopping around and you may find a better price or become more comfortable with that this photographer is offering you.

Post # 13
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

IMO, $1000 for a good photographer is a steal. We paid $2500 for our photographer (wedding pics and e-pics), which I also thought was a total steal, considering her quality of work.

Sounds like your dad might be having sticker shock. It might be helpful to provide him a short list comparing photographer’s prices in the area. I had no idea how much things actually cost when I first got engaged, and figured we could probably get a good photographer for $1500. Our venue provided us a list of recommended photogs, which started at $2200, and went up, steeply from there! Several had packages which started at 5k.

If your dad really doesn’t want to pay more than 1k, you and your Fiance could always just pay  the difference yourselves, which wouldn’t be too bad since your dad would be paying for the majority of the package.

Post # 14
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That’s a very good price. We are looking at 2500 for an e-session, 8 hours on wedding day, 2 photographers and processed photos – Those are standard prices around here, actually on the cheaper side.

Post # 15
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

That sounds like a good deal to me. I’ve seen photographers charge that much but take terrible pictures. Where I live it is twice that for a good photographer.

Post # 16
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That is an amazing price, our photographer is $2,100 for 9 hours and a disc of the edited images. Most of the other photographers in our area were at least $1,000 more just to start. We did our engagement pics out of state and that was $400. My Fiance had sticker shock too when it came to photogs so I would definitely get some other quotes.

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