Post # 1
How much are you paying for your photographer? I’m not at all sure what’s “normal” here. I think everything about my wedding is getting a bit price inflated since it’s turned into a destination wedding in a mountain town. My fiance is very practical about money and I don’t want to accrue unnecessary expenses, but the pictures are very high priority for me. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Our Photographer is $3,000 for 8 hours and 2 photographers. They also give us digital negatives of all the images. When doing research for photographers I came across prices ranges from 1,000-10,000. But we’re getting married in Southern California so I’m not sure if our prices are “normal”. It’s probably higher than most places.
Post # 4
Oh man. My Fiance and I know that we could never afford a real one. So we asked my Uncle, who has a very nice camera and has been taking beautiful pics for years. He is charging me 100!!!
But honestly, anyone can take pics for u. I went to a wedding where a sister of the bride took pics of the wedding. And it was a much cheaper camera then what my uncle has.
So if your on a low budget, remember u dont have to have a professional. Alot of brides dont realize this. They think they need to have a professional who at the least charges 1,000!!!
Post # 5
Fiance and I are spending about 1500 for eight hours of shooting, an engagement session, some very nice leather bound photo albums with ALL our pictures printed right onto the pages, and the rights to all of our photos. Our albums are super nice though, without it would of been 1200.
Post # 6
Our photographer is $2100. We get 7 hours of coverage with 2 photographers. It included an engagement session, picture guest book, a 12 x 12 album, and $250 print credit.
Post # 7
If there’s a local univeristy, you should poke around there. They have talent, just not an official business. Catch ’em then when they’re still cheap! 😉
Post # 8
As a photographer I just wanted to point out, having a nice camera doesn’t make someone a good photographer. That’s like someone saying “your food tases amazing. You must have great pots and pans”. Anybody can take a pretty photo with a DSLR, but only a real photographer knows how to frame and execute photos properly. It takes years of experience and practice to do weddings.
I agree with the last poster. Sus out universities or colleges that teach photography. Look for a final year student who has done at least portraits. Ideally everyone could get a great photographer with 10+ years experience, but yes, they’re pricey. My advice would be avoid the uncle. Pots and pans do not a chef make, a good camera does not a photographer make.
Post # 9
We are paying around 5K for 8 hours of coverage and all the unretouched images on a disk. I think you definitely need a pro photographer
Post # 10
We spent almost 6K on ours and I have the most beautiful wedding album. worth every penny.
Post # 11
@photogestelle: Maybe she likes the Uncle’s work? If she’s okay with the product then what’s the big deal? Yes, the world is full of “photographer’s” but just because someone chooses not to put the word professional before the word photographer doesn’t mean their work is bad.
OP: I checked craigslist a couple of times a week and found an amazing photographer for just $600, for 6 hours and full digital rights.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
$3200 gets us two photographers and our day-of coverage. We then have to buy the disc with all the prints after that.
Post # 13
We’re paying $1800. Our photographer is a good friend of my Fiance so he offered us a good deal. Since I am a graphic designer, we didn’t really need him to set up a photo album or make prints for us, so he is giving us the rights to all the photos so we can do with them as we please. He actually was originally going to only charge us a grand, but my Fiance insisted that he should get at least the amount we’re paying.
He’s a very talented photographer, I’m super grateful that he was willing to cut us such a good deal! Two photographers, engagement photos, and pretty much full coverage for the day (he’s sleeping with my Fiance and the groomsemen the night before, so he’ll be there on site the whole day taking pictures)
Post # 14
We are paying $3000 for 2 photographers for 8 hours. My fiance is a photographer so we were convinced we were going to be able to find something cheaper and he would do all the post production work but that just did not work out. We found that in order to get the true photodocumentary style we wanted we would have to pay the full price. We loce our photographer though!! He is a true artist.
There were cheaper options but they were mostly portrait style – not as in the moment documentary style.
Everyone I kept talking to who was already married convinced me to spring for it.
Post # 15
$1150 for 5 hours of coverage, all pictures on a DVD in a leather bounded case, and shared printing rights
then I have the option of purchasing 250$ for 500$ printing credit. She was the best deal I can find without scarficing on quality. This is in western Canada