(Closed) wedding photographer…please help

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

http://Www.ryanchan.ca for 3000. It says he includes engagement in it too so maybe u can get it under that amount without engagement since you already did them. 

I think the photos are really important but I think what you can afford is even more important. If you can’t then you can’t. Money isn’t going to magically appear somewhere. 

Good luck!

Post # 5
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Thought I’ll briefly share with you from what I’ve learnt on wedding day photography.

Shooting an engagement session and a wedding are very different. In an engagement session, the couple can pose and repose for the photographer, but in a wedding, everything is live and on-going, once that special moment is missed by the photographer because he/she is nervous or his/her one and only professional camera broke down, it can never be captured again. (Unless you have videography going on)

An experienced wedding day photographer also carries at least 2 cameras, just in case one goes out of battery/ film/ broke down. Engagement session photography last for approx. 2 hours but a wedding is easily 3times longer or more thus it’s much more tedious and stressful as well (which explains the higher cost).  You definitely need someone who is confident to shoot your wedding for you and is able to interact with your guests.

I would suggest hiring a true professional wedding day (primary) photographer and have your friend to be the second (or secondary) photographer to earn some experience.


Post # 6
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Definitely, DEFINITELY go with a professional photographer. @momlove is right. Shooting an engagement session and a wedding are two completely different things. Trust me, for your wedding you need a professional who has experience, or else you will be really disappointed with your photos.

Post # 7
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

See if you can find a photography student or something, do not pick your friend. Wedding photography is NOT something you can just start doing one day.

Only pick your friend if photography isn’t important to you, because I can 100% guarantee the results you’d get would not be anything close to a professional. At least students have proper training.

Basically; keep looking for something in your budget, if you can’t find anything, sus out local colleges for students.

Post # 8
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Do you live near a military base and have friends in the forces? Every base has a Base Imaging section and I’ve been told you can usually hire one of the base imaging photographers privately and the costs are VERY reasonable. As in <$1000, and more like $300-$600 reasonable. Now, you probably only get copies of the pictures on a disc for that price, but still, for a full day of professional photography that’s a helluva deal.  Something to look in to, for sure.

Post # 9
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Expand your search. Different rate scale outside the cities.

Traveling costs are usually minimal.

Post # 10
551 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I looked at all of the vendors list in my area from wedding channel and just emailed every one of them and asked for a sort of custom session, gave them a number of hours, told them no engagement photos are necessary and asked for the cost of a retouched disc. Once I started getting quotes back, I went through all of their websites and picked the ones we liked and eliminated on that and costs. You definately want to use a pro, someone starting out may have good rates, but if the pics are important to you, and it sounds like they are, I wouldnt skimp here. We ended up finding several good deals, then I yelped them and went back to wedding sites to read their reviews. Maybe you could tell your friend you appreciate it but you got an offer you couldn’t refusse, something like that so no further detail is needed. We are telling our friends who might have otherwise helped that we wanted our friends/fam to enjoy the wedding, and not have to actually WORK the wedding- and that has gone over very well! 

Good luck! 

Post # 11
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

First off it’s not so much about the specific dollar figure you are spending, it’s about loving your photos.  If it costs $4000 to find a photographer whose work you love and who you trust to capture your day then that’s your number.  If you can find someone who can do it for $3000 then that’s your number.  I think you know that this is important.

My advice is to not listen to the different ways you can find some aspiring amateur, friend, or part time person to do this on the cheap.  You will regret it.  You have one opportunity to capture a wedding, you do not want someone practicing at yours.  I don’t know the market in Toronto or what your expectations are as far as skill, but in most cities I’ve shot in you can find a great full coverage photographer that will give you a disc of images for less than $4500.  Sure you can spend that money on something else, but images are important to you right?

I’ve shot weddings for clients who have acted like our prices were extravagant, only to discover they hired a 12 person live band, and are having a top shelf open bar, etc.  A lot of times it comes down to priorities.  It’s not for me to judge what a person’s priorities are, but if photography is one of yours, make it happen!  No one will regret having beautiful images from their day.

Post # 12
394 posts
Helper bee

 I agree 100% with everything said by continuumphotography.

Post # 14
6574 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@continuumphotography:  This is SO true. It’s all about priorities. I had a client book me for a higher package, and then after talking with her fiance called up and lowered it to a smaller package. He thought the price was outrageous. Turns out they spent double on their florals than they spent on photography with me. I was expecting some over top flowers and gorgeous centerpieces. Nope, they were tiny little centerpieces that were not impressive at all. To the groom though, he just couldn’t wrap his head around spending all that on “just pictures”.

Post # 15
2087 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I know you said you don’t live in toronto, but are you still in the area?  I’m in Barrie and have found a number of photographers that are pretty good and definitely under $3000. 


That being said, if you have to spend a bit of $$ to get the photos of your dreams then I say do it… yes there’s a lot of other things you could spend 3000 on… but your day is going to fly by when it comes.  When all is said and done, your photos are all you have to remind you about all the hard work you spent planning and how much fun you had.  And you’ll get to show them to your babies and grand babies…. $4000 seems like a LOT to me, but I’m sure you can find a good photographer more in your range who you’ll love…


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