Post # 1
Hi girls, i have a question regarding wedding photographers, i have requested 4 quotes today for 7 hours with dvd and engagement photos, and i got 2 quotes back:
1st: $800.00 with 16×20 print from engagement session
2nd: $1,825.00 with cd of 30 images from engagement session.
Why is there such a price difference?? I have not received the other 2 quotes yet, but i was kind of surprised.
Post # 3
Without having seen their websites its hard to say…but 800 for a wedding seems really cheap. And most often in wedding photography you get what you pay for…
Post # 4
If you can afford it, don’t skimp on the photography. That is your lasting memory and worth every dime. $800 is cheap, but that usually means the experience and education you’re getting is also low. Not only is the quality of the work low, so is the service of the photographer. Even $1825 is low, but it is understandable if all you’re getting is the images on CD. Take a close look at their work. Especially the 800 one. Sometimes you get a quote from a company that has several photographers and they show you work of some of their best, but that is not the work of the photographer you will actually get. Good photographers know how to capture those important moments and put romance in your photos. Cheap photographers just pose you and take photos.
Post # 5
Where in Florida are you getting married? and what is your budget? perhaps some bee’s can help with some suggestions for photographers in your range.
Post # 6
800 seems soooo cheap to me. for me, photography was the most important thing as it’s the only wedding expense that’s really going to last a lifetime.
we are paying 2400 for 6 hours for our photographer, but that includes ALL the images from the wedding and a 2 hour engagement session at a location of our choice.
make sure you look at a lot of the photographer’s work to make sure you love their stuff. also, try to go with someone that is going to give you a high-res disc of ALL the images. It’s nice to have a joint copyright so you can print them yourself and not pay the photog to do it (expensive).
Post # 7
By the way, my photographer lives in Naples part time and Seattle the half of the time. I think he is listed as a Florida photographer.. so you wouldn’t have to pay travel fees. you should check him out… HE IS SOO GOOD!
Post # 8
Thank you so much ladies for your explanations. Like i said, i’m still waiting on 2 other quotes. Heatherroby, i tried visiting the link and it didn’t work.
As for the 2 photographers that gave a quote, yes, they both will provide hi-res dvd from the day.
here is their websites, if you don’t mind taking a look, i would appreciate it very much!
1st, the $800 one:
2nd, the $1825.00 one
Thank you again!! I let you know what the other 2 quotes will be once i get them.
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Post # 10
I think you would be very disappointed if you went with the first one. Their pictures are not very high quality, and almost look ammetuer. The second one definitely looks a lot more professional….you can even tell just by the website!
Post # 11
thank you for the link, i checked their work and prices, they are a bit over what i want to pay, and i see that they include an album with 6 hours package, the 8 hours is totally out of my league LOL. The work is nice 🙂 I will have to ask intruecolors for a quote with an album. What do you think albums go for? Are they awfully expensive? I might just call and set a meeting and see what they have to offer.
Anything in particular i should ask?
Thank you again for your help!!!
Post # 12
I’d stay clear of the first one. Take a good look at the difference in the photos. Most people who have had two or three advance photo classes can take the type of photos the first one takes. Did any of those photos make you say AWWWW. Do they really capture any moments? They all look posed, and poorly at that. A good photographer knows how to compose. That includes placement of hands, feet, background, horizon, etc. Did you know there is a proper way to take a photo of a couple kissing. You have to do it just right or the faces look awkward!
The 2nd quote is better. They have some photojournalism style and the composition is better. Of course there is still better but that 2nd one surely beats the first by far!
Post # 13
To me, that first photographer isn’t worth even $800. I really like the second one though!
Post # 14
That first photog is not worth the gamble. Bad lighting, horrible edits, poor exposures. The second one is light years ahead.
You pay for talent and experience – that’s where price differences come into play.
Post # 15
Well, thank you everyone for your comments. I never got another quote from the 3rd photog and 4th photog is booked, so i called and setup a meeting with Marina with in true colors. She sounded very nice over the phone, and she will bring albums to show me if i’d like to get one.
Wish me luck on Friday!
Post # 16
It seems to me that the $800 only gives you 7 hours on your wedding day, and one picture. If you want any more pictures it seems you would have to buy them and pay more.
The higher ones seems like you get 7 hours on your wedding day and 30 digital images from the engagement session. Any other pictures you want to buy would cost more.
Does that sound right?
I’m paying an insane amount ($4,900) but I have been following her work for years and refuse to let anyone else shoot my wedding. It comes with engagement session, CD of all the engagement photos (edited), a full day on my wedding day (doesn’t matter how long or short she begins when you want her to), CD of all the wedding pictures (edited), and a large journalistic wedding photo album (with pictures printed on thick, water-proof photo paper).
You may want to ask your photographer if they will provide you with ALL the pictures they take (and full rights to print out whatever you want, whenever you want). Also make sure the pcitures are edited if they give you digital ones on a CD/DVD. Ask them what size the digital prints are and how big you can blow them up to. A proper size allows you to order a picture life size and it still be clear and beautiful!
Hope this helps.