(Closed) Picking a photographer…(fumes!!)

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Post # 3
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011


Our original budget was like yours but then I liked a lady who was $2500. She ended up ended up being booked on our day. We then fell in love with our current photographer and ended up spending more than twice of that lady we originally thought was too expensive. Insane! But we just got our engagement photos back and are sooo happy! My advice is to first try to see if the photographer will give you a weekday discount. Try to ask for fewer hours. They are sometimes more flexible on a Friday. But go with one you love.

Post # 4
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mine is very reasonably priced since she doesn’t have the largest portfolio, but her work is still better than people with years of experience. I am paying 1,000 for 4 hours with a $100 print credit, engagement session and second shooter. Luckily, in my area, almost all photographers have moved to putting pricing, even if it is packages start at $XXX, on their websites so I had an idea who to throw out quickly. Keep looking, there will be one out there for you.

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I searched the internet for photographers not really paying attention to quality, I sent them all the same email asking for pricing. I refused to meet with any of them until I knew what the starting cost was. I nixed anyone I couldn’t afford. Once I had the people who were in my range I looked at their portfolios and selected from that list. It made it easy because I didn’t risk falling in love with something I couldn’t have. I also ended up with a wonderful and amazing photographer!

Post # 7
1405 posts
Bumble bee

@ReadyAsICanBe:  If you really love the style and can’t find any alternatives and it’s important to you, I would try and find a way to splurge.  You will be getting cash gifts at your wedding which can help fund it.  1000 in the long run isn’t a lot of money and will probably be well spent

Post # 8
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Local university students FOR THE WIN.

Seriously, I’ve seen some gorgeous work out of students.  If you’re not finding anything in your budget, think outside the box 🙂

Post # 10
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Haha!  I just went through the same thing and signed with one on Monday!    My advice is to keep looking, and you really will find one. 

I first started out cheap and with taxes, am out of my budget at $1450.  That includes a DVD with rights, a photobook and 8+ hrs coverage. 

What I did was I contacted as many as I could think of.  From there, I looked at the pictures, asked for advice on here (they were brutally honest!) and found one that I knew I would still love years from now.  I liked some with creative edits, but at the end of the day, I chose someone who really knew their lighting and equipment.   I loved how the skin tones seemed so true.   His personality sealed it for me, he was so patient with my questions and emailed me back so quickly.   I know he will be well received by my guests, and that was important too.

Post # 11
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’ve known for for a while who I wanted to do my photography. So when I got engaged, I told my mom that I was really sold on her… however her prices were ridiculous! She told me the budget (my parents are paying for the wedding) and I realized that I could afford it! Now.. the photography is actually 1/4th of my wedding budget… so I had to fit everything else around it. I’m making it work!

I understand why it’s frustrating though. I hope you find something! 🙂

Post # 13
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Honestly, I kind of increased my budget once I found the photographer I loved.  I decided that the pictures are really the only tangible thing you take away from the day (aside from the husband) and I wanted to love them.  My photographer isn’t terribly pricey, but more than I originally intended to spend.

Post # 15
394 posts
Helper bee

PM Sent 🙂

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