Post # 1
We have the ceremony and the reception sites chosen, so I feel like my next highest priority is photography. Our wedding is not until July 2011, so we pretty much have our pick of any photographer we want.
The question, of course, is how much to spend. At the moment, we don’t have a specified budget (not that the sky is the limit, but we havent nailed down the budget for the rest of the process yet).
So, if you don’t mind telling me, how much did you spend on your photographer(s)? Did you have more than one? And for how many hours?
How much is appropriate to spend? I know that everyone says that the photos are where you should splurge because they last forever….and I really agree.
Post # 3
We spent only $200, but it was the third marriage for both of us and we decided we really didn’t need thousands of shots. We found this nice young photgrapher that was trying to get his business started and his portfolio built up and he was very accomodating in regards to price and his time.
HOWEVER, in retrospect, I wish we had spent more money and had gone with a more experienced photographer. The actual wedding day was so rushed and I think someone more experience would have gotten more frameable/traditional shots, along with the casual ones. Also – since we were NOT your traditional bride and groom, I am not sure he knew quite what to do with us, when it should have been an outstanding opportunity for some really artisitic shots. It is very disappointing to go to his web site and see no pics of us in his portifolio.
I guess I am trying to say that maybe recommendations and examples of the photographer’s work should be your guide and yes, plan on spending some bucks. In our case, I think we definitely got what we paid for and we shouldn have spent more than we did.
Post # 4
I’m spending 4,000… but its way over budget. I’m only spending that much because he was literally the only thing I KNEW I wanted for my wedding
Post # 5
We spent about $3,000 on our photographer (I think) for 8 hours of time and an engagement session. He is amazing though and I loved him muchly!
Post # 6
I would like to spend no more than $1500 for 5-6 hours of coverage and edited images on a disc. Unfortunately I think that puts me at the low end of what’s available around here. I may go with someone who comes recommended but is newer to wedding photography. A lot of the “leading” photographers advertise packages more in the 3k-5k range.
Post # 7
I’m spending around $4,000 which includes 3 wedding books and 8 hours of coverage. It is over my budget but I’m going to cut back on flowers I think. My photographer is amazing and there aren’t many who have her style in my area.
Post # 8
Our photographer’s proposal was $4,800…includes 7 hours of coverage, engagement sesh, all digital negatives on disc, 10×10 amazing wedding album, and a few other things…I think they are expensive but they are an awesome couple that we meshed well with.
Post # 9
We spent about $1100. We got 6 hours of time, the digital proofs, an 11×14 of our favorite photo, and this also paid for the travel for the photographer and her assistant.
Post # 10
We spent $3500 and that included FULL rights to the 1200+ images. This is very important. A lot of the really expensive photographers retain the rights to your photos so you can’t print them as you wish, you have to buy through them which will cost you dearly. We wanted to make albums for parents, grandparents and friends so this was our dealbreaker. 8 hours of coverage which included an assistant for "his getting ready pics" while the main photog did mine.
We also got a professional album with 30 hard pages, approx 75 images and a free bourdoir session which I gave the album to my husband as a wedding present 🙂
Post # 11
We spent $4150 (discounted down from about $6500 because Ive worked with them through my job before). This included 2 photographers all day for the wedding day, rights to all the pics, a DVD of the pics, an 11×14 (32 hard page) magazine style album, 2 mini parents albums, an engagement session, an 8×10 photo of the engagement and a DVD of the engagement images. They also gave us free photo sessions (1 per year) for a lifetime!
Post # 12
reallllllly do your research. we were very lucky in finding a photographer who started out doing it as a hobby and now does this “on the side”… I actually found my photographer’s business card downstairs in the cafeteria at work. her mother works here (and actually she does too, now) and I went to the website on the card, fell in LOVE with her work – met with her and signed her immediately. Thing is – for unlimited photos, unlimited time – we are only spending $1500!
her work is awesome and she’s got about 5 weddings under her belt now, as well as some other photo shoots she’s done for high school portraits.
all the other “professional” photogs here in indy – for what I wanted (unlimited all day + unlimited photos) would have been $3,000 or MORE.
Do your research and I’m sure you’ll find the right one!
also – we are getting all the rights – that’s extremely important to make sure you get! we’re not getting a book from her (one reason why she’s cheaper) – but obviously with us receiving all images on disc + the rights, we can do with them as we please!
Post # 13
ours is $1100 for 10 hours, and we’re going to pay $500 for the dvd of the images so i can make my own album. this seemed very inexpensive compared to others i researched, which surprised me because i loved his pictures.
Post # 14
I have seen some mostly between $2,000 and $3,000 here in Florida.
Post # 15
$5600…BUT he has two Pulitzers and is INCREDIBLE!!! (Yes, I am justifying this any way I can 😉
Proof CD(s) containing low-resolution digital files of all proof images.
<p align=”left”>Online proofing via Pictage.com or comparable service.
<p align=”left”>Fine Art album containing 30 5×7 photographs.
Photographer shall deliver additional CDs/DVDs containing high-resolution digital images after album is completed.
Post # 16
Ours is coming in at $2900, after 9.5% tax. This is what we get:
all day coverage
dvd with high rez wedding and engagement photos
online hosting for as long as we need
thank you cards