(Closed) Wedding Photography, how mucha nd what is included ??

posted 4 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My photographer is costing around $4000 which includes a large leather album, 8 hours coverage, and all of the (edited) files. I looked at cheaper photographers online but didn’t really love their photos. We recently had an engagement shoot with our photographer and got back some AMAZING photos plus (unexpectedly) had a great time.

Post # 3
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our photographer was close to $9000 (eeep) – included is full day wedding coverage, an album, engagement session, and bridal portraits. I wasn’t planning on spending that much, but once I saw his work (and his complete lack of trendy editing/posing) I was sold. I don’t want that instagram filter look on my wedding pictures. That is going to look so dated. I want natural, true color, honest images.

We’ll also have print reproduction rights to the end product from each of the sessions. I imagine we’ll have around 300-400 images from the wedding, we shot engagement photos for 4 hours and ended up with 59 images. He shot way more than that, obviously, but part of what we’re paying him for is to go through hundreds of images and pick the best ones. He does that himself (he doesn’t farm it out as some photographers do) and that was a huge selling point for us.

It was a lot of money, but we were so delighted with our engagement pictures that I think it is worth it. I can’t wait for my bridals and the wedding!

Post # 4
2223 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Ours will cost us $3450, including shared printing rights, high resolution digital files and all-day wedding coverage (no time limit). It also includes an engagement session, pre-wedding venue scouting and 2 photographers. We’ll be getting a ton of photos, all edited, and he has a fairly quick turnaround (which is stipulated in the contract). After seeing so many Bees waiting months and months and months without anything, that was really important to me.<br /><br />I think we’re getting a really good deal for where we live, and we both LOVED our photographer’s style. In fact, while we were researching photographers, Fiance continued to say he didn’t care, but as soon as we saw our guy’s work, he was impressed and realized he DID care and everyone else just didn’t measure up.

Post # 5
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ours is $4400, includes 8 hours and edited images.

Post # 6
39 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

Our photography was $2500 and included an engagment shoot (2-3 hours), 2 shooters all day wedding coverage (they showed up at 9 am for my getting ready pictures and left at 11pm when the reception ended so 14 hours) printing rights and high res digital files within 4-6 weeks of the wedding.  After our engagement shoot we had 91 pictures and their wedding shoots typically include 800+ images so thats what I think we will get in the next few weeks.  They also had the option to add on albums, prints, and canvases.  

Post # 7
1612 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My photographer is $2300 for 8 hours of wedding day coverage, bound album, full digital rights and engagement shoot. The engagement shoot is at the end of May. We liked who we chose because they are a professional and not a student (there are a lot of students doing photography on the side around here). Plus he has more natural poses and doesn’t photoshop the hell out of photos.

Post # 8
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

MrsN2010:  We aren’t married yet, but our photographer’s contract stipulates that we will get minimum 700 edited photos (all edited by him, no one else), all digital, the rights to print (since he doesn’t print), 10 hours with him, 8 hours with his 2nd shooter, (or its 12 and 10, I can’t remember off the top of my head).  It’s about $2600, all in.  But he gave us a deal for being off season and on a Sunday.  That package actually costs $3800.  I can’t remember how we get the photos from him.  I remember he talked at length about it but I had tuned out and started looking at his work.  DF knows, I’m sure.  I think its on a micro SD, or similar.  He did advise us to put them all on an external hard drive as soon as we get them, so we will always have a back up. 

We loved his work, so we were thrilled to get him. We negotiated extra time in exchange for the engagement shoot we didn’t need. 

Edited to add:  We found him through our venue.  He’s shot tons of weddings there, so he knows the grounds inside and out (and he knows where he’s not supposed to shoot and how to do it anyway!  He was very forth coming with that!  Haha.)  He also skis and was super excited to do some ski shots with me in my dress and totally ran with the idea.  We’re going to have to bring him back in a bit I think.  We just clicked with him and his assistant (she is fabulous!)  We had a 2nd choice who were great, but we didn’t have nearly the same click.  

We are having our engagement photos done overseas, it’s a professional photographer that my Fiance used to work with.  So its costing us 100 euros.  He’ll edit and give them to us on a thumbdrive befoe we head back (or courier it to us at home if it takes longer.)  Edited:  That’s a mates rate.  His regular wedding packages are in line with photographers here.  Engagement shoots don’t seem to be as common there. 

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Post # 9
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MrsN2010:  Finding a photographer can be difficult because every quote I received included and excluded different things, so I understand how confusing it must be.  

I’m not married yet, but our photographer is $3500 (not including tax) and includes 8 hours of coverage, a 2nd shooter, 20 page album, an online gallery, USB or DVD of edited images, and a 2 hour engagement session.  


Post # 10
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

$4000, includes up to 8 hours of coverage with 2 shooters, all rights to edited photos, online gallery, and engagement session which lasted around 4 hours.

Post # 11
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

$2100 for an engagement session, boudoir session, all day wedding photography with 2 photographers, all images edited and on DVD with print release, $200 print credit, slideshow, and online proofs.  We had a little over 100 images for the engagement and boudoir sessions (about 3-4 hours each) and 1000 pictures from our wedding.

Post # 12
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ours is $2900 including an engagement session, second shooter, all edited photos hosted on a website we can download from or directly order prints from for reasonable prices.  I don’t remember if it’s for a specific 8 or 10 hour range or just all day coverage, but we are having a daytime wedding so she’s probably only going to be shooting 7 hours at the absolute max.  Albums start at $300 or $400 so we’ll probably just order those elsewhere.  I picked her because she has natural colored photos, does a lot of candids, etc.  I didn’t want those really washed out photos that are so trendy now.

Post # 13
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We paid $2000 for 8 hours of coverage and digital copies of about 1100 pictures, about 500 of which were edited/retouched.  We also ended up paying $150/hr to have her stay for an extra 1.5 hours during the reception.  She’s a friend and we love her style of photos, and we were psyched with the results.

Post # 14
420 posts
Helper bee

We are eloping so we don’t need much photography time. 3 hours with rights to print, unlimited images and locations, online posting of images – $750. All edited but no retouching.

Post # 15
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

annb9:  I gotta know, who did you go to!!!

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