(Closed) Photographers in/around Boston- Average Cost?

posted 6 years ago in Boston
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

$2600 is on the low side, from what i’ve seen. ours is $2100, for 8 hours and 2 shooters plus printing rights and HQ photos on a DVD, and a print credit.

i personally think $2600 is high for what you’re getting. that’s just me though. i do, however, think it’s competitive with what else is out there. i got quotes for upwards of $5k for photos. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

that’s so weird that we’re a year apart exactly! also, i’m from boston (north of boston actually), just living in ny at the moment. the wedding will be in nh.

 

we’re using captured in moments- http://www.capturedinmoments.com/ he’s awesome. he’s within our budget, even though he’ll charge to travel (hence why our cost is more than what’s on his website). i felt comfortable with him, and i trust that he’ll do an awesome job.

 

i talked to three or four via email, but only him in person. meeting with him made our decision easier (:

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

It really depends on a lot of factors. First, how important is quality to you? I would say this is pretty spot on for the area, though not always true. I’m basing this off 8 hours and a disk which is pretty standard.

  • $3500+ Very established great reputation, great images throughout the entire day, does photography full-time to provide good customer service, Shooting with best equipment on the market.

  • $2500 to $3500 – Middle of the road – Average work, usually more “stuff/hours” then talent, may not be full-time.

  • Under $2500 – Budget Photog – Usually a newbie or weekend warrior, average to below average images. Lacking consistency of technical skill throughout the day, May or May not have insurance, backup/adequate equipment, biz licence etc., Client risks business not being around for years. Takes longer to edit due to lack of in-camera tech education.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@PizzutiStudios:  i beg to differ on your “lack of education/skills” comment, as well as your comment on a lack of equipment and insurance. not every photographer in what you call the “budget” category is like that. i know for sure that my photographer is insured and has plenty of backup equipment. he is educated, has proper insurance and licensing, and is a good photographer. you may feel like because some pros charge less than 2500, that means they aren’t worth it, but not all “budget” photographers aren’t licensed/educated/experienced/qualified.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

@colorofmyheart I said in the beginning that it’s not always true. There are some talented people who under-charge what they are worth. I’ve been a photographer in the area for a long time. I mentor others in all price brackets. I have a very solid understanding of the industry and market. I didn’t write my response to offend anyone, just the facts I have from experience and research.

A photographer charging under $2500 is making LESS THAN minimum wage once, overhead costs and taxes are accounted for.

Some people can’t tell the difference between a mediocre image and a great one, and that’s ok. Brides need to go with what feels right to them. Also, the closer you are to a metro are {ie the cost of living is higher} you can expect to pay more.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m pretty familiar with many Boston based photographers’ ranges. Most people who have a second job or are just starting out are less than 2500. 2500 – 3500 has experience and some are on their way up. 3500 – 4500 is pretty good full time work. 4500+ is higher-end. @PizzutiStudios is absolutely correct in saying that these are the general ranges, though obviously there are hits and misses in each range. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

2600 is a little on the low side…how many guests at your wedding?  would you like a second shooter?  what about e-pics?  is album included?

also, i might aim for 7 hours given the timeline you presented.

you have time to do more research and interview more photogs…boston/area has a lot of talent.  i’m sure you’ll end up with someone great.  good luck!

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