(Closed) Photographer Prices

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think the difference is definitely regional.  In my area, they range from $1,500 on the low end to $6k+ for the high end.  My photographer is in the middle of that range.  Photography is definitely not one of the areas that I wouldn’t want to scrimp on.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re paying $1500 for our photographer, and our package is the mid-range price for her services.  Our photographer is actually cheap(ish) for our area, and her prices have gone up since we booked with her.  That being said, based on the engagement pictures alone, she’s worth every penny – I can’t wait to see what she does with our wedding pictures. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

The packages that each photographer offers are different, so I really found it difficult to compare apples to apples.  I had 2 photographers for 10 hours, plus an engagement session.  There were photographers that were less expensive, but many of them were for fewer hours or a less experienced 2nd shooter, etc.  At the end of the day, photography was a priority for me, in 25 years I’ll still be looking at these pictures and I didn’t want to regret not spending the extra money when I look back.

As much as I stressed over the cost leading up to the wedding – photography was the largest budget buster in our wedding – I can honestly say that I have not had a single regret ever since I got the preview slideshow.  I watch our slideshow at least daily, probably more often since I’m being honest, I am so glad in hindsight that I splurged and got the best.  There are a lot of areas looking back that I could have cut on and nobody would have noticed or remembered, but this isn’t one of them.  I know its hard to swallow the cost, but I do believe that photography is one area that you will not regret spending more to have the best.

Post # 7
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310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

When I was searching for a photographer, I too was blown away by the prices. But it does differ depending where you are located on the map. We’re getting married in Virginia Beach, and apparently that’s a hot spot to get married, so photography was on the ‘expensive’ side for us. Luckily I did my research and found one that fit our budget, and our needs. Its a husband/wife team, and we’ll get 9 hours of coverage so basically all day, unlimited photos, etc..for $1400. Which is super cheap compared to other quotes I was getting for the same thing. I think Photography should be one of the big splurges for your wedding, but not so much that it breaks the bank. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I felt the same way, but then when I started looking into it I kind of understand why they’re so expensive — so much equipment! — but that doesn’t mean it’s in everyone’s budget. I’m crossing my fingers we win a free photography package from a contest I enter, but otherwise I think we’re going to have to go with someone just starting out. It makes me nervous but a lot of the established photographers in our price range are really traditional and not my style. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Photography pricing has a lot of factors to consider, but in general the higher the cost of living in an area, the higher the cost of doing business.  As a photographer I fully understand that the price of photography can be a hard pill to swallow when planning a wedding.  There are huge advantages to going with a full time professional photographer, and most of us simply cannot stay in business if we don’t charge what we charge.  With the exception of a minority of photographers who shoot very high budget/profile weddings, most of us live pretty moderate lifestyles.  It’s not just the cost of the equipment, but there are insurance costs, business taxes, marketing costs, transportation… the end just goes on and on.  We’re based in Southern California, and most of our weddings fall in the 3-4K range, which is probably more in the middle of things.  One thing we are starting to offer is a wedding registry for photography.  We aim to actually make it super easy and all done online in the coming months, but essentially once the retainer has been paid our clients can let friends and family know that they’d like gifts to come in the form of contributions towards the photography.  Guests of the wedding can contact us and purchase gift cerficates that can be used towards the balance of the package.  You might also ask the photographer you’re interested in if he or she has a payment plan too.  We do our best to work with people and their budgets, because everyone deserves to have good photography to look back on their day.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We went with a photographer who just graduated from photography school and is trying to break into the business. Her photography (and prices!!!) is fantastic! I think that this is a great route to go if you are on a budget. Just make sure the photographer has some experience (ours did a year-long internship with a wedding photographer).

Post # 11
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We spent $3500 for our photographer in Baltimore, I’m so glad that we did. I was hesitant at first bc I didn’t want to spend that much $$$, however–our venue was very dark and I never realized it until I started getting pics back from our guests–most of them were horrible! To me, having great photos from our wedding day is priceless and I would have been really upset had we gone with a low end photographer who may not have been prepared to capture our day…

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I found the perfect photographer!

Well first heres my story.. My Fi and I were about to book this fab photographer, when she called me up saying shes pregnant and due very close to our wedding date. Ok so the search continued. Yes she gave me recommendations but none of them measured up. Now I found another photographer who I love! but I don’t love the price. Shes 6K with an engagement session, 10 hrs 2nd photographer but no albums included. I have been trying for weeks to find some one who amazes me but costs less. I can’t find that person! Uggh I need help. I’d like to keep things under 4K. 

I seriously need help. I want a romantic photojournalistic unique photographer for less!

 

Post # 13
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394 posts
Helper bee

@kerrimarie : where are you located?

 

Post # 14
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1013 posts
Bumble bee

Just want to say i know a girl who spent around $1500 on her wedding photos…the pictures are HORRIBLE.  There was only one that i thought was ok.  

Another girl i know spent upwards of $3000 and all her shots are AMAZING. 

 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m in Central jersey, the ceremony is in piscataway nj and reception doylestown PA (about 45 min away from ceremony)

 

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