(Closed) What's a reasonable price for wedding photographers?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
Member
251 posts
Helper bee

I’m paying $5000 for a full day plus disc in Toronto 

Post # 18
Member
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@shrubfish09:  I think it depends a lot on what’s the average for yoru location.  For us, we are spending I think $3500 for 9 or 10 hours of photography (can’t remember right now), 2 shooters with the possibility of a third intern, an engagement shoot, an album, and unlimited access to all photos.

Post # 19
Member
1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It really depends on what level of skill you want as well – and what kind of extras you want (a second shooter, hours of coverage, additional sessions, etc) We found a lot of people in our area for around 2500 or 3000 – BUT they were part time or only shooting a few weddings a year.

I hesitate to say what we are paying because it is a lot. But I wanted someone who did it full time, whose second shooter also did it full time, and had been doing it for a long time – and didn’t rely on photoshop effects to make the pictures interesting.

Post # 20
Member
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@shrubfish09:  To be perfectly honest, any photographer anywhere charging under $2,000 for a full day of coverage, let alone all these extras, is suspect. There IS in fact a bare minimum cost of running a legitimate photography business – gear costs the same for everyone, computers/software cost the same, websites, federal income and self employment tax, etc. These things really don’t vary based on whether you live in a rural or urban area. The MINIMUM a professional, experienced photographer running a legitimate tax paying business can charge for solo coverage without product add ons is ~$2,000. That minimum is higher for photographers in cities or in areas where insurance coverage might be sky high (like the coast vs inland). I would be willing to put money on the fact that businesses charging significantly less or throwing in tons of extras for that price do NOT have a business license/may not be insured/may be cutting corners on things like backup gear and back up hard drives/is not remitting ~37% of that $2,000 to the government right off the top. 

 

Why does this matter? Well maybe it doesn’t affect you at all and you get a steal. But judging by some of the recent photo horror stories on the bee this summer with “photographers” losing memory cards and not backing up files and not having equipment to handle a difficult lighting scenario or just plain delivering awful photos … it might make a really huge difference. 99% of the time you get what you pay for in this field. For me to take home $2,000 in pocket (like these folks who cut corners or don’t establish a real business) after taxes and expenses I would need to charge ~$5,000 and I live in the suburbs.

 

A good way to weed out the sketch balls – ask for proof of liability insurance (NOT equipment insurance, that does you no good). Most legit photographers have it and most newbies/people running their businesses under the table don’t. Many venues actually require it so it’s a good thing to be sure of before you hire someone and it can really weed out the photographers who have fancy websites but in real life haven’t figured out how to run their business legally (or who don’t care to). 

Post # 21
Member
1451 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@shrubfish09:  I am getting married in a small town.  I chose a new young photographer.  He had a special going for the brides that met him at the bridal show.  We are paying $1100 for 2 photograhers, all day wedding day coverage, wedding rehearsal coverage, rehearsal dinner, engagement session, and bridal portrait session, this also includes all images on CD, and a few other things.  We really really lucked up.  If you cant find a new photographer and you trust that person hire them.  We LOVED our engagement sessions photos and I have seen is other work and its amazing so I cannot wait to see our wedding photos. 

Post # 22
Member
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours was $5000 for two photographers, 10 hours of wedding day coverage, bridals, engagements, wedding album, roughly 900 edited photos on a disk, etc. We could have (and probably should have) gone cheaper but I was really wanting great pictures. They did a great job just maybe not our style as much as others… they turned into hipster photogs and that just isn’t my thing.

Post # 23
Member
3518 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Larger city, my photographer charges $2000 for “everything” – all day, two shooters, prints, etc. I got the smaller package for $1000 – 5 hours coverage with no prints. (Still both shooters though.)

The topic ‘What's a reasonable price for wedding photographers?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors