(Closed) Photography prices

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I hired a Chicagoland photographer for $4600.  That included engagement pictures and a book, 8 hours of 2 photographers on the day of our wedding along with a wedding album and thank you notes.

 

Good luck!  There are so many amazing photogs to choose from.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Orchd12:  I think regardless of where you are, if you don’t know what to expect (like me), you’ll be surprised how pricey it is.  I asked Fiance what he thought we should budget for photography. His response? $500-$800. Now I’m trying to figure out how to ease him into accepting much more than that, or whether I just pay for it myself and not mention how much it was (“Oh, don’t worry about the photographer Hunny, i took care of it” Sealed)

Post # 7
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506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I normally live in Chitown but am currently wedding planning in the homestead. Even here down south to get engagement/wedding photo packages you spend atleast 2,000.

Post # 8
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Newbee

im a photographer but i live in alabama. 4500 is a little much to pay but that is in chicago . the most i charge is 1000 and that includes engagement pics getting ready pics wedding reception and on the way to honeymoon as in i take the first 12 pics of ur honeymoon

Post # 9
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Newbee

but my price range is 300-1000

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We paid $5,000 for our Chicago photographers. 

This provided us with:

-Engagement session 

-2 photographers for 8 hours on wedding day

-full rights and high res discs

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m a photographer and I can tell you that it depends on a lot of variables. Such as:

-Are the a professional, full-time photographer? If so, they’ll charge more. They have to pay rent, insurance, taxes, etc. And those add up (The average self-employed person pays 30-40% in taxes. “Regular” employed people pay about 12-17%. Ugh.) For me, the average 8 hour wedding takes me about 40-60 hours of total work (emailing with the clients, meetings, prep work, scouting locations, editing, backing up images, mailing them to you, etc).

-Are they just starting out? For me, because I’m still building my portfolio, I charge less. And I tell people that.

– Where they live. Places like Chicago (or Seattle) are expensive! You’ve got to pay rent. And eat. And pay for your car, etc. Places that have a lower cost of living can charge less.

-What they give you. Some photographers give you a selection of images, some give you them all. Some put them on a disc, some make you buy the disc in addition.

 For me, I charge $1800-$3600. Plus travel. But I am very interested in coming to Chicago 😉

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

We used to live in Chicago, and we still shoot weddings there from time to time.  The going rate for good photographers in Chicago is usually $3500-6000 (somewhere in that range).  

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@bamagirl08:  I can almost guarantee you’re not paying taxes or using professional equipment if you’re charging $300-$1,000.

Anyway, yes, for an established, talented photographer in a metro area like Chicago you’re looking at $4,000-$6,000.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would think you could find an average photographer in the 1000-2000 range. Maybe look for someone outside of Chicago but still in Illinois who can travel?
Also,  To keep it low you willl probably have to stick with 1 photographer and maybe scratch the e-pics. Ask friends if they know anyone who is just starting out. I was able to get a new photographer who is actually really talented for less than 1000.00.

I live in the midwest. My dream photographer started at 1200.00, her highest package was close to 3000.00 with all the bells and whistles.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@S2013:  Entirely depends on what you consider average?  If you consider average to be a reasonably talented, organized, full time legit pro with insurance and backup equipment your price range is not realistic.

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