(Closed) Photography costs?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Where are you located? What skill level and style are you looking for? In Chicago, it’s hard to find a package like that for under $4,000 unless you really look at the up and comings. In the suburbs I think it’s easier to find it for about $3,000. 

Photography’s really important to us, so we’re splurging, and ours will probably be about $5500 for those costs minus the album. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours came to about $5,000 for 2 photographers 8 hours, additional lighting, custom leather album, parents album and a DVD of the re-touched pictures used in the album.  We didn’t do an engagement session, which would have been an extra $2,500.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Mine is $3300, but I booked last year, and their rates already went up to $4000.  It includes everything yours includes.

I chose them because it was 2 shooters, but I kind of wish I went for a more expensive photographer that only has 1 shooter. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We got married in upstate NY, and paid $5K for a high-end photographer. That included two photographers for eight hours, a DVD of high-res retouched images and online proofing.

We opted to not get an album with her, and that would have been an extra $500.

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Mine charged me $3300 for 8hr. coverage, engagement session, DVD with all images and an album.  Let me know if you want his info.  He is amazing =)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We’re paying $5500 and that includes our e-session, 8 hours of wedding-day coverage, a second photog, online proof gallery, 650 high-res 4×6 professional prints, a wedding album, all high-res images on CD. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My amazing photographer is at the high end and his package that would include everything you want is $7500. The second shooter and all-day coverage are ultimately what are going to drive your price point up, particularly if you’re invested in top-notch images. As someone else mentioned – location also plays a BIG part in who’s available. The creme de la creme in the Midwest is not priced the same as the coasts.

Good luck!

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Mine is about 2k. We’re only getting 1 shooter for 6 hours, + e-pic session, and high res disks of both e-pics and wedding. no prints or albums. 

My budget was 2k and basically it came down to priorities. I couldn’t gone with a cheaper (and in my opinion less talented) photographer and gotten more “stuff”… but I would rather have an amazing photographer for 6 hrs than 2 “just ok” ones for 12 + prints. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Mine is about $3500 and he is AMAZING!  I’m getting married in the Cincinnati area and we didn’t even look at anyone else, I knew I wanted him a couple years ago because he has done a few of our friends weddings.  We get all day coverage, 2 photogs, engagement shoot with no time limit, albums, a CD of 400-500 images, etc.  check him out:

mikebresnen.com

if you want to see our engagement pics click on “client access” and the password is “jamie”. 

good luck finding yours!  i recommend splurging… the photos are the most important part imo!  can you post links to who you’re looking at?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re paying $4,600 for 8 hours of coverage with a second shooter, all the digital images on CD, and our album. I found some photogs for less but I love love love her work and she’s a member of the Wedding Photojounalist Association and has won some awards so she’s worth it IMO.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Julialimei – my photographers are from CT and are costing $6800 (perhaps the same ones that you are interested in!). As someone mentioned in another thread, these photographers really do create works of art. In my opinion, it is worth the money!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m also getting married in CT. We’re paying $1300….but we’re doing a small ceremony and no reception and getting married on a Thursday. For our 1k, we’re getting an engagement session, two shooters (one of them is going to use my camera and do video; no sense having two photogs for as small as what we’re doing), a high-res DVD and online proofing.

I’m thinking ours charges around $3k for all-day. I do know he did a wedding for my fiance’s friends and he comes highly recommended by them; so far he’s been great to work with. His name is David Apuzzo if he’s not one of the ones you’ve checked out.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Location will make a big difference, as will the style of photography you like.  The artier, the more pricey, it tends to be.  In my region (Chicago and the surrounding suburbs), packages like yours seem to range from ~$1100 for fairly traditional style photography to $10,000+ for the big name arty photographers.  We ended up going with a sufficiently arty but not too arty photog who’s charging $1600 to shoot all day, give us all photos online/downloadable for our guests, doing all the retouching/photoshopping, giving us rights to use the photos however we want and dvd of them all in high-res.  Since we’re a Sunday wedding, she also threw in an engagement session which we’re using as a day-after shoot instead.  If we wanted a second shooter, the package would be about $2100.

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