(Closed) Wedding photographer HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think you are right. She is going to make A LOT of money selling you your own photos. Many photographers nowadays will include a disc with all photos as part of the package, so you can order prints on your own. It sounds like in order to get the same from her, you’d have to spend $1250 ($250 in prints, and $1000 for digital negatives).

Honestly it sounds like her business model is outdated and I’d either look into another photographer or ask her to include some discounted photos/albums in the package.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Smith12:  digital negatives are high-resolution digital copies of the photos. I assume that buying digital negatives from her means that you’d get a CD with all of your photos on it digitally. Then you could go to any photo place and get prints made.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

wow, she’s charging you a LOT.  I’m getting basically all of my photos on disc included in my package, and it’s substantially less than the $8500 you got to.  I would go for another photographer…her pricing structure seems out of whack!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I checked with a lot of photographers in my area and I would say it was about 50/50 whether the CD was included, or if it was a model more similar to the OP described with having to buy a certain minimum + pay for the CD.

Post # 9
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31 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Smith12:  Yes, I just had our photographer meetings,(in seattle) and had the same experience.  

Regionally I think the initial quote is reasonable for what she is offering. 🙁 We had quotes from 8600-2800. Which included a CD of images that weren’t terribly high rez; we couldn’t print anything over a 4×6. So ask about the resolution she gives in those files…if its anything under 200 dpi its kinda a waste in my opinion.  I think it sounds a bit shady that she won’t even give you SOME images on a CD in that initial package.  

Go back and look for another! There will be one that will give you what you want.  After the interviews and reading weddingbee I figured out what was most important to  me and went looking for it in another photographer.  We went with the 4th we interviewed. Do you want an album, or the digital negative, or is a canvas all you really want?  We wanted the ability to print out later from files if we wanted more pics and it would cost LOTS (digital negatives) from a more “professional” person.

  The above DOES sound like if you come back to get any physical prints you pay and pay and pay.  

Good luck!

 

 

Post # 10
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Newbee

Based on this comment – The digital negatives are only available for purchase ($1000) after purchase of $250 of professional quality prints from the online gallery. 

It sounds like you will pay her $2500 for the day, then after you buy at least $250 in prints, you can then buy the photos on disc for $1000.

Grand total of $3750.  IF you are going this route, MAKE SURE and TRIPLE CHECK what images you get on disc.  Do you get all of the images?  Do you get them in the highest resolution?  Will they have a watermark on them?  Do you have reprint rights?

Something to keep in mind.  A photographer shooting 40 weddings a year, is doing pretty good.  If they are getting a full $2500 per wedding, they are making a pretty decent living.  Cut that to just 30 weddings and they are just above average.

Something else to keep in mind is the average price for a wedding photographer according to The Knot is in the $2600 range.

Hope this helps!

 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Yup, digital negatives are what you want…at high rez, and make sure that you have “rights” allowed in the contract; it should be limited rights for personal use.  If you need local recomends…LMK.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

This is completely insane. I cannot comment on price, as each photographer should be able to justify their price, and generally has a price point for a reason. However, they should not be vague or use trickery. I have 3 clearly defined packages and that is all. They are on a printed document that does not change and is easy to read with the listed price and what is included.

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I am a firm believer in us getting paid for the quality art that we produce, but photographers that use deception to run up the price for their weddings really irritate me. Be honest, open and up front about everything. People will respect you more and put value in the work that you are doing. This is the type of crap that makes people want to not hire a photographer for the most important day of their life… Ridiculous.

Sorry, my rant is over. All of you, please forgive me.

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