Post # 1
So I’m looking for photographers at the moment and I’ve come across four photographers that look pretty good. Me and Fiance agreed that the pictures are a top priority to us and we would like to spend a decent amount on them but obviously not more than we have to.
Photographer 1: $1500- 5 hours of Wedding day coverage, Free engagement session, and 3 months of access to the online gallery
Photographer 2: $800- All day Wedding day coverage, 100 retouched pictures on an archival cd.
Photographer 3: 6 to 8 hours of coverage, Up to 400 images taken, All images on disk, All copy rights given, 80 min. Engagement session, 1 8×10 of Engagement Session, 80 min. Bridal session, 1 16×20 print of Bridal Session, A private password protected online gallery for sharing & viewing. $150 for travel costs added.
Photographer 4: $1959 (trying to steer clear of this one)
So what did you bee’s pay and what did you get for your money? And what’s your advice for these three photographers?
Thank you ladies!
Post # 3
Those prices seem extremely low to me…I don’t live in a big city and the average here for a quality photog is around 3000. And that’s before you buy your album.
The second photog only offers you 100 images of your wedding? Are you able to buy more through a gallery? Just to give you an idea, I had 200 images from my esession. Which was 2 hrs long…your wedding day will be a lot longer.
How much is photographer 3? And what does photographer 4 offer for that price?
Post # 4
Photographer 3 is $895 but she has a few more packages. And it says retouched. It means I get a CD with edited photos. All the photos will be given to me.
Post # 5
Wow, those prices sound really good.
I’m looking at about $3500 for 6-8 hours, 2 photographers, all edited phots, a professional album, and engagement session.
Post # 6
Exactly! I’ve heard that all photographers were SOO expensive and the most I’ve come up with for what we really need is 2000.
Post # 7
those prices seem extremely low… especially 800 for ALL DAY. For a GREAT photographer witth GREAT quality photos, you should be paying 4000+ for 12 hours of coverage.
we are paying 2600 for only 6 hours and an e-session.
Post # 8
@heatherrobyn: Her stuff is really good. She did my sisters family portraits and they were adorable! But the Photographer 2 is not a full time photographer so she doesn’t charge much because she doesn’t have to.
I thought I was getting a good deal with a lot of these photographers but everyone expects me to pay over 2500?
Websites so everyone can see their work:
Photographer 1: http://www.jenniferporcarophotography.com/ (One of our friends wedding photographer)
Photographer 2: http://www.wix.com/thelookingglass/the-looking-glass (Did my sister’s portraits)
Photographer 3: http://kimphoto.net/home (Another friends wedding photographer)
Photographer 4: http://www.kiddphotography.com/
Post # 9
My photographer is $1500 for all day coverage, and we ge to keep all of our proofs. It is an extra $200 for a digital copy of all of the fully edited photos. I trust his work because he did my best friend’s wedding two years ago!
Post # 10
Photog #1 is waaaaaay better than #2. #2 looks pretty amateurish (which is what I would expect for $800 and a non-full time photog). #1 has better lighting and post processing. I would definitely up the # of edited/retouched portraits, though. You’re going to be disappointed with only 100, I promise.
If you end up going with #2 for cost savings, I would ask to see a full wedding from them. Their snapshot portraits are not lit particularly well, which would make me nervous in a wedding setting where you are capturing specific moments that can’t be redone. An amateur can really mess that up. And your wedding is not the place to find out what they are made of, unless photography is extremely low on your priority list.
#3 has gimmicky post processing and hardly any photos displayed, i’d place them only slightly higher than #2.
#4 i’d put them in 2nd place. I like #1 the best based off of the websites, though.
Post # 11
@crayfish: Number 3’s is under more of Kim’s work.
And I actually just got off the phone with her and she does all the editing herself (i don’t like it TOO much) but she does keep the pictures before the edit.
Post # 12
I noticed #2 only uses natural light too. There’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself – I have a friend that does that and takes really gorgeous photos – but I dunno how comfortable I’d be with that for my wedding. You’ll be s.o.l. if the skies don’t cooperate with you that day…
Post # 13
Honestly after looking at the photographers websites and the fact that you said photos are a big priority for you guys, I’d keep looking and maybe cut back elsewhere. The first photographer is ok, but the rest of them are just not that good (for someone who said photos are a priority to them). Don’t feel pressured to go with any of these guys because your friends and family have recommended them. This is YOUR wedding.
Post # 14
When you say that “100 photos will be retouched, and all the photos will be given to you,” are you saying that the photographer has agreed to give you every photo with 100 of those photos being retouched? Or that you will get your choice of 100 photos, with the option to buy the rest?
With photographer number 1, what are the prices like to buy the disc or to buy prints? I am assuming neither is included for the that price…