Post # 1
I’m curious as to what the average cost of a photographer is in the chicagoland area? I just really don’t know how to budget or what is reasonable… I’m wanting engagement pictures and we are getting married at the venue, we want to go for pictures before hand so we can enjoy cocktail hour also.
Post # 3
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 # 4
See that just seems like soo much money is that average? I thought I would be able to get it for 1-2,000?
Post # 5
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”
Post # 6
I’m just confused seeing such a range of prices.
Post # 7
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
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
but my price range is 300-1000
Post # 10
We paid $5,000 for our Chicago photographers.
This provided us with:
-2 photographers for 8 hours on wedding day
-full rights and high res discs
Post # 11
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
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
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
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
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.