(Closed) Photography Cost

posted 13 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

$5400.  Includes travel costs,  no time limit,  unlimited shots (usually 2500-3000), leather craftsmen album (which is a coffee table book),  engagement session with portrait and negatives,  250 proofs of final  images,  online proofing and ordering,  all negatives from wedding (so I can make Blurb books for parents).

I thought this was high , but I live in CA  –  I  could tell the quality difference in photographers with lower prices, and the person that I LOVED would have charged $8k for this same package – and I think our photographer does fabulous work.  Good luck!

Post # 4
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It’s probably reasonable.  Really great photographers can charge over $10,000 for a one-day photography package, if they’re in demand.  BUT!  You don’t have to pay that much.  The photographer we booked, for example, cost $2900 for all day photography (unlimited hours), and the price included an engagement shoot, second photographer, and a CD with ALL the high res edited images, and we love love loved him.  If your first-choice photographer has provided a price is out of your budget, I would first check what is included in the package price and see if you can eliminate any included items from the package that you don’t need by having her create a custom package for you.  You may want to skip having a credit for prints, for example, or an album included in the package.

If they’re still out of your budget, one of the best ways to find more affordable photographers with a similar style is to write to the expensive photographer and basically flatter them by telling them how much you love their work but unfortunately they’re a little over your budget, and then ask for a recommendation for something more in your budget.  We found ours that way and were thrilled with our engagement photos.

Post # 5
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

$3000. Includes engagement session, CD with images, unlimited shots. Not including the leather album, which she said cost $1200 but we can order it anytime after.

I think it’s reasonable. Her usual rate is $4500 but she gave me discount because I my wedding is on a Friday and it’s only a small intimate affair so she doesn’t need to bring an assistant.

Post # 6
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

2900 for unlimited hours that day, 2 photographers, all high-res images on a CD a month after the wedding, and travel expenses.

Post # 8
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

we paid $4700 for 8 hours of shooting with an assistant, no albums.  we got maybe 1200 or so printed proofs.  but this was 3 years ago.

Post # 9
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

$1,200 for 5 hours of coverage, mileage, and engagement pictures.  I get the digital pictures and can print them anywhere.  Any prints and albums are extra.  A great deal for my area NOVA – and she seems pretty together/ direct – I think I’ll like working with her.

But from looking around – average is about at least $3,000. 

Post # 10
48 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

$5000 plus travel for 8 hours coverage with 2 shooters, 800 – 1000 photos, leather bound proof book, online proofing and ordering, engagment session which we are swapping for a day after shoot, and I can’t remember what else.  This is our largest cost, but totally worth it!  😉

Post # 11
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2021

I think we are getting a fabulous deal, but here’s the info:

$2700 for award-winning WPJA photog includes unlimited day-of shooting, 700-900 photos taken, all hi-res edited images on cd with copyright release, web-based highlights slideshow set to music, album (our choice of 100 large, 200 med, or 400 small), and 2 hours travel 

Post # 12
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

$200/hour for us (doing either 6 or 7 hours).  We get all of the hi-res images on CD with copyright release, but no album or anything.

Post # 13
111 posts
Blushing bee

$4500 for 8 hours & two photogs in SoCal – we get all our prints on a disc, includes our album and parents’ albums (coffe table book style), & engagement session (she’s local so no travel costs, etc.)

we’re also paying for both their meals – all our vendors are sitting in one table and eating along with us (DJ, wedding planner & her assistant, etc)

Post # 14
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2007 - Restaurant in Burlington

We paid $3,400 with no album (two shooters) but our photographer now charges $4100 BUT includes the album.  This included an engagement session, 8 hours on the wedding day, proof prints in archive boxes (1900 of them in 5 small boxes still sitting on our sideboard), and an album consult.  But this was in VT.  It depends on what area you live in — metro areas are more expensive.

My feeling — looking around in the NY/CT area and then in VT is that you can’t pay less than $3K for someone really good unless they are just breaking out but are already super talented.

Post # 15
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Our photographer is $7000. For reference, we are in the SF Bay Area. The package includes:

*Co-copy right with written sign-off from photographer.
*One set of edited first edition 4×6 proofs a of (a minimum of 800+ images); pictures will be 20% black and white and 80% color
*The edited set of original high resolution digital files on gold DVD
*90 days of web-hosting for engagement session and wedding (password protected)
*All pre-wedding consultation time, site checks and up to one hour post-weddingconsultation time..
*Albums:30-page 11×14 magazine style wedding album (Black Leather/Metal cover)
*10 hour coverage with 1 hour complimentary overtime on wedding day
*2 hour coverage at engagement session, place of your choosing
*2 photographers on the wedding day

Post # 16
184 posts
Blushing bee

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  • <font color=”#ff0000″>$2900</font>
  • <font color=”#ff0000″>Saturday weddings only</font>
  • Full day of photography (10 hours)
  • Unlimited digital images
  • Printed photos are retouched
  • Low-resolution (unedited) proof photos on CD
  • Proofs (unedited) online available for sale
  • Your pick of (200) 4×6" retouched photos in a photo box
  • Your pick of (10) 8×12" retouched enlargements

    we’re also getting e-pics, which is another $450.

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