Post # 1
Hi Bees – I am located in metro Detroit (Michigan) and am close to finally booking a photographer. All the photographers I like have been in the $4K + range. Most recently, I got a quote for $5830 – this would include two hours of photography on Friday night for our henna ceremony, 10 hours for Saturday wedding, and an engagement photo shoot. Two shooters, full digital rights, no photo albums included. Money isn’t an issue but obviously I’d like to save if possible. So my question is this: can you guys tell a discernible difference between a $3K photographer and $5K? Should we be looking for a better deal? Not sure if this is kosher, but if allowed I can share the link to the photographer I am considering so that you guys can tell me if his style is good.
Post # 2
Go with the photographer you love. Wedding photos are one of those lifetime keepsakes that will last, so it’s a worthwhile investment. My DH was extremely opposed to my dream photographer saying that the money wasn’t worth it (we paid $6K). But I stuck to my guns and we booked him, and to this day my DH is super apologetic for being so against the idea. We LOVE our photos, our family and friends love the photo gifts we gave them, and my husband still looks at our pics like once a week or so (more than I do!).
Post # 3
I’m also second guessing myself because I hear so many brides who find great deals and end up with nice photos. Not sure why I’m not finding anyone like this??
Post # 4
Hey! I think given that you’re getting both Friday and Saturday coverage, if you love the photog, go for them! I don’t know your wedding date but I do know that May dates go really quickly, so it may also be that other photogs are not available
Post # 5
I’ve always heard to get the best photographer you can afford because the pictures are going to be what you look back at after the wedding. Plus some of the better deals may not be the same coverage as what you are getting.
Post # 6
It also really depends on the style of picture that you like! I think you can find someone in the lower end of your budget, but in my opinion, you are more likely to find an experienced photography that you love in a higher budget. Also, beware of the people that are charging 5k or more and the qaulity isn’t there!
I just couldn’t swing spending as much as I wanted, so I found someone with a similar style to my favorite pricey photographers. She has a little less experienced, but still just as great!
Post # 7
go with a photographer that you feel will give you what you want-with that said – it is possible to find a quality photographer that is within your price range. DH and I were like you, money was not an issue but if we could save $1K on photography and still get quality work, why not?
I am in NYC where prices for everything wedding are astronomical!When I first started looking, I was finding prices for $5K and that didn’t include much- most places $5K was the starting and that included 8 hour coverage, no rights to photos, 1 shooter, no albums. Videography was an extra $1 to $2K.
We ended up finding another company that was $3900 for the following:
-10 hour coverage
-2 hour engagement shoot
-Rights to all edited and photoshopped pictures
-2 photographers, 1 videographer
-45 min edited wedding video
-We got to keep all raw footage from the video
there were some other extras that i can’t remember but the list above was the most important. And I can sit here and say that I was moreeee than happy with my wedding pictures. I did my own album because it was something I wanted to do on my own. I didn’t want to have to go back and forth, etc. I wanted to be in control and decide the layouts myself and put as many pictures as I could in the album
Post # 8
It sounds like you are getting a lot for 5k. That is three days worth of events. I personally think that the work of a great experienced photogorapher shows. I don’t doubt that there are some newer inexperienced photographers out there that are capable of doing great work for a cheaper price, but I think that its a risk that you have to be willing to take. You should be able to look through catalogs of a photographers work and know that their style and ability works for you. If someone doesn’t have much to show you, its hard to really say whether or not they’ll be a good fit or do the best job.
I don’t think that paying 5k is outrageous, especially considering what you are getting. These photos are going to capture your wedding memories and I think its worth spluring on if you love the photographer.
Post # 9
I think that’s a really hard question to answer without knowing the photographers in your area, what they charge, and who is still available for your date, etc.
For three events with two shooters, I have to say that sounds like an OK price. But if you are asking us to look at the links and tell you if the photographer is good – NUH UH. If you are going to spend almost 2x the amount of money you actually want to spend, then you should be saying to us “I just got a quote from my DREAM photographer and it’s more than I was hoping, should I pay for it?” The one thing you should be sure of is that you LOVE this photographer.
Next steps: Have you had a chat with the photographer face to face? Maybe meet with him/her and see how you get along. Do this with 2 other photographers whose work you like and see who you get along best with. This might help inform your decision.
Post # 10
My best advice on this topic – Keep your eyes open and shop around, there are MANY photographers out there and not everyone has a website. Look at all of the different packages different photographers offer and see who has the photography style, wedding package, and overall price you are looking for. Sometimes the only difference between a 3k photographer and a 5k photographer is the price. Choose the one who’s artistic style you love more and offers the package you would like at a price you’re comfortable with.
Post # 11
Just remember, you can never do this again. You do not get to retake wedding photos. So doesn’t matter the cost, pick someone that you are confident with and love their pictures. Meet with them and make sure you mesh well with their personality.
Post # 12
You’re getting TWO nights of coverage plus an engagment session for $5800. I’d say that’s a great price considering $3k is the “average” for wedding photography – having him cover your Friday evening events means he’s not able to book a regular priced wedding. If you love his work, I’d say you’re getting a great deal.
Comparing a $3k photographer to a $5k photographer is like comparing apples to oranges in this situation. Someone willing to shoot TWO nights of coverage for 3k, IMO, is not going to be a quality photographer. It’s just not. 3k is industry standards for basic photography coverage for a *single event*….you have two events plus an engagement session.