Post # 1
Last night we met w/ my dream come true photographer. I have been blog stalking her for about 7 months, her work is unbelievable – – – at the end of the meeting she gave of a sheet of her priced packages and HOLY MOLY, I was NOT prepared whatsoever!!!
We are not having a videographer so I was thinking that it isn’t too bad because since we have that money to put towards photography, WOWZA her prices are pretty steep.
Can you help me with photography prices & videography prices?
Post # 3
The price ranges are huge for photography. I didn’t even look at anything over $2000 which eliminated most of the awesome blogging ones.
The price also really depends on what you are getting: one or two photographers, what type of post processing, what prints or books you’re having made, how many hours, how many locations, etc.
Maybe you should start a poll about how much people spent on their packages??
Post # 4
I think it just depends on the photographer, how many weddings they’ve done, how popular they are, what they include in their packages (CD of images, engagement shoot, traveling costs, photo albums, editing, etc). We orginally wanted to go with a specific photographer that I absolutely fell in love with, but also is very popular where we’re getting married (destination ceremony!). They were about $4000 for half a days coverage, which included a DVD of high res images. That was too much for our $10,000 budget, so we continued to research and found another photographer that has an amazing portfolio and whose pictures are just as impressive as our first choice (also included the high res CD of images). He costs about $1200!!! So we’re very happy with our decision!
Post # 5
I’m paying $2250 in San Diego for 6 hours, all images, a print credit, a 10×10 20 page album, 1 photog.
I’m not doing an engagement session.
Getting an album professionally made was really important to me and they are often close to 1000 dollars. I negotiated with the photog and I feel like I’m getting a pretty decent deal.
I absolutely did not want to spend over $2000 but I found it extremely hard to find someone with experience that offered a decent amount of coverage for less than this.
Post # 6
We’re spending $4,000 on photography and $2,750 on videographer. It seems like a bit much. Some people we’ve spoken to have paid more, some have paid less so maybe its the average. It seems to depend on the area itself, certain cities or towns have a higher average.
Post # 7
Oh I forgot to mention videographer…I’m going to use a student from the high school I teach at. My sister did the same thing last year. We paid him $300 but he would of done it for much less…he edited it, added music, everything. And know he has a fabulous first resume item. It turned out really well!
Post # 8
@ jennifer espos – – THANK YOU for posting what you are spending. This photographer’s package that fits us best is $6750. Keep in mind we are NOT having a videographer (so our prices are the same.) My close friend got married in Upstate NY Sept 2008 and she said she spent around $4000 on photography as well
Post # 9
I’ve been married to a wedding photographer for 10 years, and am biased when it comes to photography. After all, the two tangible things that you take away from your wedding are 1. your ring and 2. your photos.
When it comes to reviewing a photographer’s pricing, here’s a few things that I’ve observed through my husband’s business. http://www.jzweddings.com
Most photographers seem to include the originals, complete set of 4×6 prints, and an online gallery – so that should be standard. Extras may include an engagement shoot (if that’s not important to you, a photographer may negotiate a lower price if you take it off). Some photographers include albums, but be sure to check the quality of the album, not all are archival. Also, you can sometimes cut cost by reducing the number of hours you hire the photographer for. Some will even do a short wedding, eg. 3 hours at an hourly rate.
Take note of anything different the photographer offers from others – for example, my husband the photographer (Joshua Zuckerman) creates an edited mini-album to give to couples when they pick up their photos. This way they have something to share with their family/friends right away – it’s easier than taking 1,000 photos to work. Others may include album edit sessions or throw in a photo booth (which is popular these days)
When it comes to cost, photographers usually are willing to negotiate price if the wedding is not happening during peak season, or if you book them at the last minute. If you want to take a chance, wait until about 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding to book your photographer. Chances are they will be likely to cut a steep discount because they have a diminishing chance of getting booked for that day as it draws closer. There’s tons of great photographers out there, so chances are you’ll find someone that you love that fits your budget.
Post # 10
@jackie-o… we met with a wedding planner in Seattle when we were still trying to decide on a location (we ended up getting married in OR so didn’t use her but she was fabulous)…anyway, we went through our budget breakdown and she mentioned that on average a photographer in Seattle is around $4,000 so your quote seems high. I have had a lot of friends get married in Seattle and not spend $6k on photography and end up with AMAZING pictures (see Sean Flanigan’s work, etc..) Our photographer in OR was $2500 for 8 hours of wedding day coverage (and we had an engagement shoot) and we own all of the images (and her work is featured in this month’s OR Bride magazine).
Post # 11
@ sadie – thank you so much for that information. Do you happen to know the photographers she knows of in that budget? Or would you mind pm’ing me the wedding planner’s info? We researched 3 different photographers and their prices are all between $5200 – $6100. OY steep aren’t they???
Post # 12
I’m not sure about the rates in Seattle, but here in AZ the photographers range from $2000-$4500. We didn’t even look at videographers. Our photographer ( http://www.michaelchansley.com ) gave us unlimited coverage and an album for $2500. If you can’t find someone you like under $5200, maybe fly someone in from out of town.
Post # 13
We are spending 4,800 for our photographer and videographer in Newport beach (www.bellapictures.com) and that was the second highest package they offered, the only thing is, they had a promotion and took 20% off, This package includes: 1 hour engagement session, 6 hours of photo and video, 1 album, 2 gift albums, upgrade on album type (the one where the pictures are the pages, DVD of images, online postings for our friends to see, rights to our pictures, etc…so I think we got an awesome deal for photo and video, plus the location we are (newport) the photographers at Bella pictures are not called photographers but called photo journalist because of the great quality pictures they have and I am so impressed by them, people getting married in OC california should really look into them!!
Post # 14
Since Lisa above isn’t a regular, and seems more interested in promoting her husbands business, I’m just going to add 2 little things of advice to the thread.
1) While forums are helpful and useful, prices and packages will be regional and vary depending on skill. For instance, one person in California may get a great “deal” and a certain package at a certain price, however, another person may HATE that photogs work… It might cost $8000 in LA for a top notch photog and $2000 in SLC, Utah.
Conversely, Just because Bride A got a certain “deal” doesn’t mean it’s actually a “deal” if you don’t like the photogs work or their work isn’t at that level. Now, if you get Jose Villa for $3k I’d say that’s a deal! 🙂
2) Wedding photography is a personal, small, “family” style business. As such, be wary of any advice or blanket statements regarding what photogs as a whole “will do” or “will offer” if you just “do something” like wait.
“Most photographers seem to include the originals, complete set of 4×6 prints, and an online gallery”
Actually, I don’t know a single photog in my market who includes a 4×6 of every photo… And I’m not entirely sure what constitutes an “original” photo these days. Hopefully you wind up receiving the final photos and not the original “raw” images.
Post # 15
We’re spending $2.6K on photography. We decided not to do videography. Our package includes the following: e-session, disk of edited images at full rez from e-session and wedding day, 2 photogs, all day (no time limits), online hosting of images. We decided that I would design our album and have it printed at Bay Photo (about a quarter of the cost of getting it through the photographer).
Post # 16
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I would say it depends on your location, but over $6K is pretty steep no matter where you’re looking. I paid $3K and I’m in a pretty expensive photography market. I’d say what we’re paying is still a little above average, but most of the really good ones I saw online were in the $5K and up range. I didn’t see anyone who impressed me much for less than $1500.