(Closed) what would you pay for a photographer with no wedding experience?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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aquabee:  I probably wouldn’t pay $60/hour for someone without experience but expecting her to do it for free is ridiculous. She clearly has some skill and creatives (photographers, artists, writers) should not be doing things for free just to get exposure – their time and energy is worth something which should be less than someone with more experience/exposure. Would you expect a lawyer or accountant with minimal experience to work for free? Of course not. Negotiate for sure but please don’t think you’re doing anyone a favor by working for free. 

Post # 17
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I hired an experienced wedding photographer for $500 and it was my biggest regret. She was an amazing sports and portrait photographer so I thought maybe the reason I didn’t like her wedding albums was because they weren’t really sophisticated weddings. I was wrong. Her photos cheapened my wedding… I regret it so much, but it was my fault- I had seen her portfolio already. 

I just want you to know what a huge risk you’re taking. But to answer your question I think offering her $250 is fair.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee

Under NO circumstances should she “do it for free” to “build her portfolio” … that honestly a rather offensive concept, as a creative person myself. In my area, $700 for 12 hours is an extreme discount. Regardless, if she is a good photographer with true skill, the fact that she hasn’t done a wedding isn’t too much of a leap.

If you want quality work, you have to pay for it.

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

The price doesn’t sound too bad to me as our photographer costs over 6x that, but I think it depends on the market where you live. However, I would never hire someone without experience or someone who does not do any editing. I think a big part of the reason that photographers are so expensive is that they put in a ton of extra hours editing after the actual event. Personally, I wouldn’t offer her less. If you don’t like her prices, I’d tell your friend that you think she’s too expensive for no experience/editing and move on.

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee

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aquabee:  This makes me really wary. I think $60 for someone completely inexperienced is waaay too much. I would pay no more than $500 total (and even that’s steep, for someone who is doing this for experience and could possibly totally screw up your wedding photos). 

Even doing engagement photos with this girl won’t give you a great idea of her skill, because you have time to pose people – tell them to smile, tilt your head this way, put your hand here. You won’t be doing that at your wedding. You’ll want the photographer to capture dancing and kissing and your vows – none of which can be interupted to ask someone to pose. 

Her “I don’t edit” comment (which, let’s be honest, comes off here as snarky and condescending) really puts me off. A lot of the charge for photography is for editing. Why does she think her time alone is worth $60 an hour? I know nurses who don’t make that much for their time.

If I didn’t care that much about photography and was trying to save money, I would absolutely consider an inexperienced photographer. But I wouldn’t pay $700 for one who doesn’t even edit.

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Post # 22
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Bumble bee

 “edit? I dont edit, people wouldnt need to edit if they took the picture right the first ime.”

Yikes. This alone would have me running the other direction. Wedding or engagement. 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

When I was a photographer just starting out and building a profile I offered my services for FREE. Once I had shot 4 or 5 weddings I started charging $200 for a wedding ceremony and $500 for a full day of photography.  A pro photographer in my area runs $2000-5000 for a full day.

 

There is NO way I would have a photographer who has no experience be the sole photographer of my wedding. Its a VERY big job and much different from shooting basic portraits or nature photos.  Lighting tends to be very complex in mny ceremony/reception venues, there are lots of key special moments you need to predict and find angles for, and its very active longgg day for a photographer.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

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aquabee:  i think $700 is TOTALLY RESONABLE for a day of work. this is a HUGE discount. You can’t actually expect her to WORK for free. Let’s be clear here: you’re not doing her a favor by allowing her to shoot your wedding – if she’s already in the photography space, then there are other jobs she could book for that day (even if they are not weddings). Is she benefitting my expanding her portfolio? Yes. And she’s willing to give you a DEEP discount for this – but free is just absurd. Keep in mind that work of shooting a wedding is not just taking pictures on the day, but also EDITING all those pics to give back to you – this is where I’d be concerned. I’d want edited pics, if I were you.

You’re getting the deal of a lifetime. Certainly, do your due diligence and have her shoot your engagement photos first before you commit. But honestly, stop being so damn cheap – if you don’t have a good vibe (because of the editing comment), that’s one thing. But the actual charging is not unreasonable.

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Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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aquabee:  It’s very strange that she doesn’t do editing. Anyways, I know that a new photographer has got to start somewhere, but it wouldn’t be with my wedding. I don’t really care about getting a great discount if the pictures aren’t good or they miss important shots. I would feel more comfortable if the new photographer was serving as a second shooter for a more experienced photographer while she’s getting her feet wet.

Post # 27
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Busy Beekeeper

I wouldn’t hire one under those circumstances. Nope. Not worth it in my opinion. But again, photos are probably my top priority. 

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Ballroom

Hiring a photographer with no wedding experience is a bad idea, period. You will regret this in some way at some point. Just don’t do it. 

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

My photographer is an amateur. It’s actually my soon-to-be MIL’s friend. She takes beautiful pictures, but has only done one wedding. Those pictures were absolutely beautiful, which is why I decided to use her. She will be with us for about 9 hours, and we are paying her $500, including editing and digital copies of all our photos, awhich I thought was totally a reasonable price. Most photographers in my area are upwards of $1,500 for 6 hours. I’m not worried at all about not having a professional, but I am going to have a detailed list of shots, with printed out examples, since she probabaly won’t have as much knowledge as to which shots are cute. I think if you are worried, I would hire a proffesional, but if you are a bride on a budget like me, you will be surprised how expensive it can be. I will get better pictures than if I just had a friend take them, so I am happy with that.

Post # 30
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Sugar bee

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aquabee:  tbh, bee, you ARE being so damn cheap by even considering her. because you’re trying to get photos for much cheaper than wedding photography is worth. if you’re not trying to cheap out on wedding photos, why consider her at all? go hire a professional with experience.

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