(Closed) Rant about cost of wedding photography

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 31
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587 posts
Busy bee

@Natasliah:  Look into robert wayne or jason rhee.  They offer digital only packages and among the least expensive REAL pro’s

Post # 32
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3282 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1993

@Natasliah:  yikes, I think the date might be your biggest issue…..I can tell you from experience the well-priced, quality photogs book FAST for popular months. One thing you could try, is call photogs that you like. No matter their price – even if they are booked. Ask them for recommendations. I did that and got a few recommendations….unfortunately most of them were booked too, but it’s worth a try! Some of them might have had an awesome 2nd shooter who is a younger student or someone starting out that you could get.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@Natasliah:  I think there are some creative solutions to your problem.

I had some in and outs with photographers myself. I was orignially planning a big wedding and when we went to our first photographer he wanted $1,500 for the whole day. We looked at the photos and he literally did 0 editing, the outdoor pics people had shadows all over their face and they looked like they were taken with my mom’s digital camera. Then my FI’s mom’s best friends, who did our engagement photos, wanted $2,100 for 5 hours. We live in a teeny tiny town and she does this one the side. I thought it was a bit outrageous. Then, I started asking around and I remembered my Fiance had a cousin who did it on the side and I had seen some of her work. I contacted her and she was only going to charge $500.

I suggest asking friends/family if they know anyone who is starting out or does this on the side and a name might come out of the woodworks. 

Now we’re getting married in Paris and I found a photographer for about 1,000 USD. Still a lot but she was the most reasonable I found. 

Post # 34
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601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We paid just under $800 with taxes and everything for a professional photographer (one of the best where our wedding was held) for 7 hours of photographer, giving us the rights to all the pictures.  We got about 1200 pictures and they were all STUNNING.  I opted just for the digital images because I wanted to do our wedding album and our parents albums ourselves as well as the bigger prints!

Our photographer was very flexible and accomodating and it helped that we got married off-season.

Don’t mention your wedding budget to photographers!  I gave them an idea of what we were willing to spend on photography and negotiated from there!  Good luck!

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Natasliah:  well my date was very popular and we only just booked our photographer a few weeks ago… you’ll be alright. =)

Post # 35
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Wannabee

@Natasliah:  have you tried searching through snapknot.com ?  it’s a directory of photographers and you can search under your $ range.

Don’t give up yet, there’s still time too book one.

 

 

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Natasliah:  Definitely start looking around for folks in adjoining states who might be willing to travel. The album thing is BS!

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

I don’t have a whole lot to add to this that hasn’t already been said, but  @hisgoosiegirl:  saying “I’ll stop threadjacking now – I don’t mean to hate on photogs, I’m usually on their side on these boards….but hearing the ‘need to make a living, takes so much time to edit’ language really burns me because that’s all I heard when I called mine back to be a problem bride and ask for more pics,” deserves a response.  I have read a bit about your experience, and that is definitely not normal.  The fact of the matter is that for most professional photographers who operate a legit business who actually value and take care of their clients- we do need to make a living, and editing does take some time.  Like any industry, there are going to be negative experiences out there.  Overall though most here would agree that hiring a good photographer should be a priority IF photography is a priority to you.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We found an up-and-coming photographer who does more candids vs. posed photos (which we wanted,) and his packages started at $1500 and up. We started at $2500 and now we are planning to downgrade to a cheaper package…it won’t include the album but I figure we can put that expense off until after the wedding.

I think some costs are incredibly inflated. But people place a very high value on their wedding photos…mostly, I find that most photos aren’t so spectacular to warrant their price tags but thats just me.

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Natasliah:  Hey. I’m from the Philly area and my photographer is Tyler Boye. He’s fabulous. I know he has a less senior photographer who also takes fantastic photos, and they do not require buying a photo album.

This is the package with the album:

*          Custom  Hour Wedding Photography Package $3500*

** 8 hours of photo coverage for your wedding event by Tyler Boye
Photography (j)*

**Second shooter*

**13×11 Art Quality Coffee Table Bride Groom Wedding album with 20 pages/ 40
sides & up to 65 images*

**2 hour Engagement Shoot at location of your choosing.  All cleaned &
edited images will be uploaded to a web gallery for easy viewing and
ordering*

**image processing which provides basic color and density correction for
print ready images*

**PRIMIUM finishing on your wedding & e-shoot images *

**All photos uploaded to secure website for easy photo ordering for friends
and family worldwide*

Post # 40
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Wannabee

You can also look for a photographer that offers Ala Carte in terms of products that way you can buy only what you need/want aside from the photographer fee.

The reason you may want to firstly, consider looking for an experienced photographer is that they know how to work a wedding.  They know the protocols in a church, they know the rules at your reception, they know the whole time line of a typical wedding and will not be scramming around for pictures. They will not waste yours, theirs or anyone’s time during your event for photos.  They are quick and skilled. They are insured, and have a business license.  It’s a few reasons why they have to charge what they charge. Part of it is just the cost of running a business.

Creative careers usually don’t fall on the ‘sell cheap sell more’ if they want to stay in business. If they do that, something would be sacrificed like maybe their customer service or quality of items offered or hours of work covered.

No need for negativity over high priced photographers.  There are plenty in the sea to choose from just choose the right one.

Good luck and do update us!

 

Post # 41
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700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My suggestion is to start stalking wedding coordinator’s blogs.  Find pictures that you like and contact the photographer listed in the credits.  I called some absolutely ridiculously over-priced photographers in my search.  I also called some really cheap, but inexperienced photographers.  In the end, I found an amazing photographer in my budget that is giving me the limited coverage I want (no bells and whistles) for the price I was able to spend.  Just keep calling (I find this works MUCH better than e-mail) and talking to people. 

Only pay for what you find value in.  Some people find value in albums and prints.  I view them as a scam used by photographers to make more money on the back-end.  I found a photographer willing to take more on the front end, which I placed value in.

Good luck!

Post # 43
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602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Photographers have bills to pay, too! Stop complaining and check out this site: http://www.kristenboothblog.net/2012/01/for-brides-why-wedding-photographers-are-so-expensive/

The amount of schooling, the time it takes to edit, and the cost of the photography equipment and software – in addition to the artistry of the photographer him/herself – THAT’S what you’re paying for. In the end, it’s very little. My guy is $2300 and we are honored that he lowered his price to that for us. It’s so, so worth it to not have your photos be crap or even just average!

Post # 44
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsLulu:  If brides knew what the wholesale cost of those albums were to the photographers, they definitely wouldn’t be complaining about albums being a “scam to make money on the back end!”. That’s really insulting, actually.

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