Post # 1
So we are in the process of booking our photographer. There was one I loved but they were booked, and I have emailed many more who are also booked. There is one I love who is available for my date but she is expensive $4000. My parents friend who is a professional photographer for 30+ years offered to do it very cheap but I saw photos from past weddings and it is not my style. We are not going in dept for this wedding, my F1 and I both have well paying jobs, money saved, etc but we are not wealthy by any means. Should I pay for my dream photographer? I am worried if I don’t I will regret it.
Post # 2
portlandbee: Why not find a gray area? Are there any photographers in your area whose work you like better than your mom’s friend, but who aren’t as expensive as the other photographer?
I’m not in your area so I imagine Portland is probably a bit more expensive. But where I am, quality wedding photographers start at around $2500 for basic packages. Set a firm budget, do a little more research, and see if you can find something that makes both your eyes and your wallet happy.
Post # 3
I’m in Portland, and there are a TON of talented people here that aren’t $4k expensive. (NOT DRUMMING UP BUSINESS ALERT) I know my package is way less, and I had to lower it when I moved from the east coast bc prices here are lower.
try googling your venue + wedding and click on images…click on the ones that jump out at you…you might get some other ideas that way.
Post # 4
Is photography one of your top priorities? For us it was our top priority second only to our venue so didn’t mind shelling out 4k+ for our amazing photographer. We def went with a much less expensive videographer because we didn’t care that much abt the “style” and just wanted the footage. Make a list of what your tooo priorotes are, see if you can cut back a little elsewhere that is a lower priority and splurge on the photog if it’s a higher one!
Post # 5
I think out of all wedding expenses, photography is one of the most important. We spent a ridiculous amount because it was a top priority and haven’t regretted it for a second. Go with what makes you happiest and most confident.
Post # 6
portlandbee: On this forum we see tons of people in this same scenario come back and cry about how bad the photos from the cheaper photog with the wrong style were. I would splurge on photography if that’s something that is important to you.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan
check if georgestreet photography works in your area. We signed with them after a few friends did and they had great results. They were really reasonable. It’s a nationwide group, and they work with local photographers in each city. It fit out budget (~$2k total), and we were able to pick a photographer that was more our style.
Post # 8
portlandbee: If the style is not what you like, DON’T USE THEM! My parents’ friend was also a professional photographer–good in his own right–but not the style we wanted. Remember you will be looking at this photos for ages to come. Either try to cut back in other areas of your budget to accommodate your dream photographer, or see if you can find another one you really like who is less. Up and coming photographers may be much cheaper because of less experience but may already have great style.
Post # 9
Thanks for the input. My F1 is from Boston so we are getting married there not Portland!
I just don’t want to regret not loving my photos.
Post # 10
portlandbee: Go for the photographer you love. If you can afford it, do it. For 95% of the population getting married, photography is a big priority and something high on their list. It’s one of those areas where it’s important to spend the money and get who you love (so long as you aren’t going into debt for it). Now, there are always going to be people who really don’t see it as important and it’s just not a priority. By all means, hire someone cheaper. That being said, if quality photos are important to you I would suggest going with your gut and hiring the person whos photos you love.
I say this as both a wedding photographer and a bride. In my job I have SO many people tell me at weddings and after the fact that they wished they had researched more or budgeted more for photography. They all have the same story – someone offered them free or cheap, and at the time the extra $500 they spent on favors seemed SO much more important.
Post # 11
Photography was pretty much our #1 priority for our wedding. We definitely splurged on it but it was so worth it – no regrets at all. I’ve also seen way too many stories on here about family friends doing a poor job, taking forever to get photos back, missing shots, etc. I don’t think $4000 is a bad price for a good photographer. We paid a little more than that and they worked their butts off and tried really hard to give us great photos.
Post # 12
portlandbee: my advice is don’t cheap out on your photographer. My sister had my mom’s friend take her pictures and it was a disaster plain and simple. I’m currently frantically trying to get something together for my sister so she’ll stop being so upset about her disasterous photos. You don’t have to break the bank but book a photographer and someone who’s style you like.
Post # 13
Photography was important to us, but it wasn’t so important that we wanted to spend a large chunk of our budget on it. Our photographer was $2100, and I feel like it was a fair compromise between top of the line, and just starting out. I loved her work, and she did mostly candids which I love as well.
Post # 14
portlandbee: We are not having a videographer so photography was extremely important to us. I would say to splurge on your dream photographer. You’ll have those pictures forever and if you don’t like them, you’ll be extremely upset (especially if they’re not you’re style). I honestly don’t think $4,000 is that bad for photography either, but if you are concerned about the cost and willing to take a risk, you could try to find a photographer that is your style and just starting out. Our friends did that and got a phenomenal deal (they are sooooooo expensive now and it’s less than a year later) and their pictures look amazing. They got a phenomenal deal because the photographer was trying to build their portfolio.
Post # 15
portlandbee: FI and I decided to blow our budget for the photography. I literally spent 2 months googling and rummaging through tons of websites before we found our photographer. And gosh, he’s expensive. And yes, we feel he’s worth it! We’re going to be looking at these photos for the rest of our lives, and we concluded that if we were paying money for photography, why not spend more and get something you’ll love?