(Closed) Regrets about photography?

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: What are your photography regrets??
    I should have booked a better photographer instead of worrying about the cost! : (29 votes)
    78 %
    I shouldn't have spent so much on photography : (8 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We splurged ($5k for engagement shoot, rehearsal dinner coverage, and 9 hours on the day of). Would not have changed a thing!

    Post # 4
    9578 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I don’t have any regrets so far!  More the opposite…I’m happy I will be spending what I am.  I’ve only done my boudoir photos so far…and I LOVED those!  We have our engagement pictures here very shortly.

    Before I knew how much most professionals charged I was only planning/budgeting on paying $1000 or so.  I got sticker shock pretty fast.  But I’m spending about $3100 now ($3600 with the boudoir photos).  9 hours, 2 photogs, engagement photos, discs of all edited photos.  No albums or prints…I’m probably going to order those afterwards.  It’s our own money (my parents aren’t paying for my photos) but it’s worth it to me to really love my pictures.


    Post # 5
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I did the opposite. Booked a cheaper guy and then regretted it so I cancelled him and went with a better one. 

    Post # 6
    1556 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I have a good friend that I was going to have take the pictures, but she was a few hundred dollars more. Went with the cheaper option, and wish I would have went with my gut and hired her!

    Post # 7
    2750 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    No regrets!!

    Post # 8
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I went with a younger/less experienced photographer and paid 1600 for all day coverage and an assistant (who also shot pictures) and we received all printing rights, dics of all edited photos (in both black and white and color).  Most other photographers in my area charge 3000+ for the same thing.  She did a great job; our pictures are gorgeous.  No regrets. 

    Post # 9
    590 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My photographer was good but I wish I would’ve went with one that I liked a tad bit more, and was only $300 more. I looked ONLY at price when I booked our photographer and should’ve compared apples to apples.

    For $1200 I got 6 hours of photography and a dvd of all photos (no editing) within a week.

    For $1500 I would’ve gotten all day photography with a dvd of photos, and a photo book. (and the photos would have been edited for me!)

    I did get a lot of really good pics but I think the other photographer would’ve been a tad better, especially considering I had to do all of the editing myself and spent sooo much time doing it! And I also designed the photo book myself, which cost $70. For the $300 price difference, looking back I would’ve gone with the 2nd photographer.

    Post # 10
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    Paid to get the photographer I wanted and absolutely no regrets.

    Post # 11
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Spent more than originally budgeted and I am glad I did. I love my photos.

    Post # 12
    1980 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I don’t fit into either category. My photographer charges between $5-6K to do a wedding, but we are paying for his room and board only. He is my best friend from college (knew him long before he became a pro photog!) and I am lucky that he is gifting us our photos. I don’t know how we could have afforded a photographer of his quality otherwise.

    He shoots for nature magazines now and has sworn off weddings entirely. He quit doing them about 2 years ago but promised me he would come out of “wedding retirement” for mine, whenever it would be. He kept his promise and I am so excited to see our pictures!

    Post # 13
    4416 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We took a pretty big risk and hired friends of friends who are trying to get into the pro photography business — so we only paid them $500 and they weren’t really experts at posing so I had to do a lot of research prior to the wedding to figure out what shots I really wanted. The pros: they did an AMAZING job and the pictures all look freaking fantastic. No regrets at all. The con: we only ended up with 200 pics, because they obsessively edited every single one and didn’t want to give us ANY that weren’t perfect. But as it turns out, 200 pictures is quite enough when every single one of them is excellent!

    Post # 14
    5966 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    My wedding is still a few weeks away, but I definetly feel unsure of if I made the right decision.  

    We booked a photographer who’s work is gorgeous for $4200.  It’s a lot of money, but not as much as some others pay.  The thing that gets me is that I feel like I’m not getting a lot for my $4200…6 hours of coveragae (all images on disk) and nothing else…

    I feel like most peopel who are paying in the $5000 range have longer coverage, and engagement shoot, and a second shooter.  With this photog I could have had that but it would have cost like $6500.

    But it does make me think of taking on wedding photographer as a career!  Jesus, that’s a lot of money!

    Post # 15
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Nope, I loved my photographer. He was within budget (the upper end, but still within) and I am SO happy with our pictures. They really turned out amazing!

    Post # 16
    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m taking a risk. We are only paying 760 dollars for an engagement session and four hours of coverage. Most people charge about 300 more for this service. This photographer is expanding her business in several states and she did our engagement photos which were fantastic. So hopefully it works out for the wedding. We can’t afford anything more expensive. 


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