(Closed) Wedding Photography on an Extreme Budget – Any Ideas?

posted 8 years ago in Atlanta
Post # 3
28 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

You can hire a photographer just for reception, may be 2-4 hours, it will get you professional shots of the reception and may be some formals. The rest of the day can be done by guests. I would call your area photogs and see what they can offer you for the amount of hours.

I know my photographer charges under 1k for 4 hours and she will give you a dvd. I believe that she travels too. If you’d like more info, shoot me email or message.

Good luck!

Post # 4
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - Anthony’s Fine Dining

My friend Evan is a photographer (he’s doing our wedding!) and he’s about to finish up photography school.  I’m sure he’d be able to work with your budget.  He always gives brides a CD with their pictures, instead of printing them.  It saves you a lot of money to take them somewhere on your own, and then you always have the edited final pictures if you want to get more printed later on down the line.  Here’s his photojournalism site: http://www.hamptography.com

His wedding site is under construction, but I’m sure he can send you some of his work if you ask for it.  PM me if you want more info 🙂

Post # 5
1254 posts
Bumble bee

Have you checked your local Craigslist postings? I live in California and have found that newish photographers will post ads for additional work or to add to their portfolio. Many of them are within your price range.

I did a quick search and found this: http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/evs/1802873279.html

If they have your date available, I suggest you be honest with them about your price range. Many will customize packages that meet your needs and budget. If they don’t have your date available, ask for referrals. The photography community is tight knit. Good luck!


Post # 7
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is there any local colleges in your area that have photography courses? Students sometimes make the best photographers as they want to build their portfolio and won’t charge a fortune for their services. 

Post # 9
5 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

try fixed focal photography.  You get 2 photographers, Ashley & Jon for $895 for all day.  They do full editing and send your pictures on a CD, they do enagement photos for $50 as a special.  I am using them for my wedding in November we just had our e-pics done and they have been awesome.  Tell them Beth referred you.  I was in your boat to everything was out of my price range but when I stumbled upon them via reference from someone on the knot I felt awesome getting 2 photographers for less than I was going to spend for 1.

Post # 10
394 posts
Helper bee

Id love to help you out. Send me a message and I will send you my site info.



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Post # 11
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you have a local photography school around that might be a great avenue as well. My fiance and I were in quite a bind with finances and ended up hiring a student who had just graduated. We are paying around the same amount as you and we’re super happy with her soo far– she’s been great. I think with recent graduates and newbie photogs, you can get alot of extra creativity and when I saw my e-pics I knew she had spent loads of time on them because she’s still building her portfolio and its not “just another wedding/e-session/etc”

Make sure you’re looking closely at any of those craigslist or facebook pages where there is someone selling their photography services. I have a few people on my facebook who are selling photography packages to people and their work is AWFUL.

One last avenue that might be useful…. http://www.flickr.com look to see if theres a group local to you. I’ve come across many talented people on that site, and if you look for people in your area it might be helpful. You might also want to google your area and see if there is a camera club anywhere. I’m an amateur and belong to one but there are MANY pro photogs that are members as well!

Post # 12
4 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010


The company we are using is pretty big and is based out of Baton Rouge.  It’s Photography Shoppe.  I met them at the ZYP bridal fair last summer.  We are using them the same day, but they seem like a big enough company that you may be able to use them too.  We get 2 photographers for 5 hours, and get the disk.  It came out to right at 1k after taxes.  Otherwise I’de try craigs list.  There are alot of photographers who are trying to build up.  Good Luck!

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