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How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost?
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Mio in Christiansted, Other.Posted: June 12th, 2010 10:06AM
Number of Hours: 2Number of Photographers: 1
Other Sessions: assistant
I am a photographer that caters to the budget conscious bride and groom. Typically my clients purchase a wedding package at a resort, which includes only 1 hour of professional photography (coverage during ceremony and a short session rigt after the ceremony). What many of the commenters in this thread don't seem to understand or realize is that a "one hour coverage" IS NOT EQUAL to one hour of work! The "real work" starts only after the session. To produce images (files) that will hold up quality printing and that will be at least basically editied to remove small blemishes, even out skintones, be cheked for exposure balanece (so that your actually can see the detain in the wedding dress as well details in the darker areas on the image, etc, we spend at least on hour per image in photoshop. This is not including any major editing such as liquifyung (slimming) etc. The "standard" tools that are needed for even the most basic of wedding photographers (at least 2 pro slr bodies, 2 lights, 6-7 lenses, photoshop CS, calibrated monitor, a print fullfillment system of some sort etc) still cost at least as much that no matter how you turn the equation, there is no way you can provide that for under $1500. If someone claim that they can offer you their photographic service for less than that, you should be aware that it means that hey do on fact NOT have all the equipment and systems in place and you will notice in the end what exactly is missing. You can contininue with the "wishful thinking" and hope that somehow, somewhere there is a "pro" with a magic formula to providing almost free photography service. But there isn't. Taking one of those "$500" deals just means that you are either getting lied to (you will notice by the end result) or that you really don't care that you will only get images that will not be anything like the beautiful images brides typically expect and that can be reproduced in decent prints. This has nothing to do with greed, its just basic math.
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$3000 closer to average
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Paulbreland@yahoo.com in Hattiesburg, MS.Posted: June 8th, 2010 06:06PM
Photographer: Paul BrelandFirm:
Number of Hours: 40Number of Photographers: 2
Other Sessions: 2
Your wedding day is one of the single most important events in your life. Your children, their children, and their children's children will want to see this event. Any photographer worth their salt will cover the day with both journalistic images recording the event, and high quality portraits that show the participants at their best. One large and two small albums that will endure the test of time will cost the photographer about $1000-$1500. Then it actually takes about 40 man-hours altogether to do the job right, including organizing, editing, and archiving. About 3 weeks after your wedding date should be more than enough time to deliver ALL finished products. Get references, interview photographers, and find out what they've invested in doing your wedding right. Also, find out how they got into the business, This will clue you in to personalities. My background is in public relations and fund raising. It taught me a lot about the value of being nice to people while everyone's under pressure. Your wedding day should be a joyous event. And your photographer OWES it to you to respect that. Just remember, the key to success is careful planning and selecting responsible people who will behave accordingly on that special day.
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Faboulus photographer!
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Jennifer B. in Crystal, MN.Posted: May 26th, 2010 12:05PM
Photographer: Jenny HansonFirm: Divine Photography
Number of Hours: 1Number of Photographers: 1
Other Sessions: none
Was married on May 8, 2010. In looking for a photographer, I knew I wanted to spend around $500 and only wanted some "posed" photos of us and our attendants. I found Jenny from a flyer for a bridal expo. She had a package listed on her site which was exactly what I was looking for - 1 photographer for 1 hour for $499. This also includes the CD with copyright release and a link to a slideshow. My maid of honor and I were running a bit late for the shoot. Jenny was so good about it and was able to get some shots of us getting ready which wouldn't have happened otherwise. Can't say enough good things about her and her professionalism. Wonderful experience. Couldn't have been a better choice.
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Just Starting out
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Racheal Hyde in Cleveland, TN.Posted: May 4th, 2010 05:05PM
Photographer: RachealFirm: Hyde & Seek Portraits
Number of Hours: 6+Number of Photographers: 1
I am a professional photographer starting on my own. I really did not want to do weddings but it is a high demand. There is no way I could charge less than 1,000. I did a friend a favor and did a small 20 person wedding for free with an album of 100 prints and enlargement and a CD and cost me to much as just what was suppose to be a helpful thing to someone who absolutly did not have the money. It cost about 100 per hour for a wedding starting out. I did it because my wedding photographer did mine as a gift as a friend.
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artistic photography
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: a user in st. louis, MO.Posted: April 5th, 2010 01:04AM
Photographer: myselfFirm:
I am a professional wedding photographer and I want people to understand that what a client is paying for is art. What a couple wants is art of their wedding day, not just the same photos that anyone could take with any digital camera.
To address what "Jackie Offy in Lancaster, PA." said in his post, a baboon would not know what shutter speed, ISO and exposure to use in specific situations, how to crop and compose a photo creatively, or how to pose a couple in a romantic way in order to create a beautiful portrait that the couple can hang above their fireplace, a portrait that makes the viewer want to gaze and admire that photo for awhile. If you give enough cheap cameras to enough people, eventually one of them might get one good shot by accident, but a professional will give you many excellent and artistic shots on purpose. Even the best quality digital camera will not pose the couple for you, make unique custom artistic effects, compose the photo in a dynamic way or make the viewer of the photo say "wow". And as for "how hard can it be?" Would someone who has no experience creating photographic art know how to make a glowing silhouette of the couple? or take a striking macro (ultra closeup) photograph of the rings? or to freeze frame someone dancing with a flash but to let the natural room light motion blur with a low shutter speed to create a photo that gives you a sense of motion?
The best professional photographers are artists. They create art, and that's what the client wants and is paying for. If you don't personally value art then I can understand that but many people do, but you must understand that good professional photographers are artists and a "friend" or average wedding guest is not. And as a photographer myself I am saying that all we are trying to do is make a living doing what we love, something that we know how to do well, and something that not just anyone will know how to do without talent, training, experience and passion.
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True Photojournalist
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: Elke Swedenson in Clinton, NJ.Posted: March 7th, 2010 03:03PM
Photographer: www.CliffEvansPhotography.comFirm: Cliff Evans Photography
Number of Hours: 8Number of Photographers: 2
Wow. We were so lucky to get Cliff and his wife for our wedding date. He captured so many unbelievable moments...I was crying with my Mom the whole time we looked at the photos! It seems that we never saw them, but when we got the photos, they captured EVERYTHING. Even stuff we didn't see happening.
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Reasonable Choices
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: TW in New York City, NY.Posted: March 1st, 2010 11:03AM
Photographer: www.1314studio.netFirm: 1314 Studio New Jersey
Number of Hours: 8Number of Photographers: 1 + assistant photographer
Other Sessions: engagement session
Reasonable rate with the excellent quality (service and photography) they represented. The wedding package includes 8 hour coverage, complimentary engagement session, two photographers and a photo disc of the color corrected digital negatives and fully retouched photos are included. You can find them in the North New Jersey and NYC region. *note to bride: make sure you ask for a full-day wedding sample and few references before making decision on your photographer. After all, it's not about high-end or budget photography, it's about the quality. General rule of thumb is that good photographers will cost you at least $2500 to $4000. Those photographers have enough experiences, references and good photographs to back them up. Rarely you may find a "deal" on craigslist that offers high quality and cheap prices, make sure you ask the "deal" photographer for references and at least 2 to 3 complete wedding day gallery.
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Weddings
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: Martha in Selah, WA.Posted: February 23rd, 2010 07:02AM
Photographer: Martha GoudeyFirm:
Number of Hours: 7 plusNumber of Photographers: 1 + pt assistant
I have been taking photos for 35 years. I love the candid, story-telling aspect of wedding photography (but do all the poses as well) and began doing weddings a few years back. I started at $200, then $500. Now I have different packages, depending on the hours at the wedding. I want to feel good about what I'm getting paid, considering cost of equipment, time after the wedding spent in editing, burning, etc. I give them three CDs with most of their images after some minor editing within one week of the wedding. I do not make them wait for proofs or sell them more later. If they want more advanced editing on specific photos, or reprints, etc. I charge per hour. I get a deposit when we sign the contract, locking us both into the date. If something were to happen and I couldn't shoot the wedding, I would return the deposit. Bottom line, everyone has a budget. Some can afford the high-end wedding photographers. I don't even try to compete with them. I show them my portfolio and say, "This is what I do. If you want something different, there are other photographers." People have been happy so far.
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i'm no professional but have a question?
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: negra in west palm beach, FL.Posted: February 14th, 2010 04:02PM
Photographer: ametuer photographerFirm:
Number of Hours: 2-3hrsNumber of Photographers: 1
Hi, I have a question. I am not a professional photographer but I do take "professional" photos of family and friends at bdays, weddings, baby showers and such. I have never charged any $ for any of them but I have a friend of a friend who would like me to take pictures of her wedding for just a couple of hours. It's a small celebration, but I am not sure how much to charge. I have a Nikon D60 DSLR with a Nikon speedlight SB600 flash. I have no clue what to charge. anybody has any ideas. She has seen my pictures and likes them. I normally take tons of pictures, edit them (nothing crazy or too fancy, I like to play with them and see what looks best) and give the person a CD of all the pictures to select and print themselves. any help is greatly appreciated. thanks
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AWAC did great for us
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Nic in Hermiston, OR.Posted: January 29th, 2010 02:01PM
Photographer: Friend of fathersFirm:
Number of Hours: All DayNumber of Photographers: 1
Other Sessions: 0
I had a horrible experiance with the "professional" that took our engagement photos and was having a very hard time finding a photographer that would fit our budget. My dad suggested a friend who is passionate about photography and would do it for free as long as we shared rights to all of the pictures. Fine by me! Free is great. He was right she was passionate and she had a great eye. We captured candide shots only a friend would look and catch. She gave me a CD with all of the photos and printed the best in 4x6's and gave us the book as a wedding gift (totally unexpected). She by no means called herself professional but her work looked it. Don't despair if you are reading all of the horrible things about AWAC and the professionals, if you know someone with an eye and a good camera offer them $ you will more then likely get great shots!
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Nobledj.com
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Jazmin in Woodbridge, NJ.Posted: January 23rd, 2010 09:01AM
Photographer: Alex PodowskiFirm: Noble Studios
Number of Hours: 8Number of Photographers: 1
Other Sessions: free engagement shoot
I saw this add Photographer, Videographer and Disc Jockey for 4 hours $1500
I already book a DJ and only Need a photographer, I asked how much he said $500 for 4 hours and $125 for each additional hour total $1000, I got a free engagement shoot, 100 4x6 prints 10 8x10's 4 5x7's and 1 16x20, the best photos I've seen in mylife he used several flashes around the room and every shot was magazine quality I would recommend this company for the rest of my life make sure you get Alex
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wedding
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: emily H in Burt, IA.Posted: January 16th, 2010 01:01PM
Photographer: DavidFirm: Reflected images
Number of Hours: 8Number of Photographers: 2
Other Sessions: engagement photos
Great Photographer, We got Engagement session, 3 hours pre wedding, Cermony photos, Reception photos 200 proofs in proof Book, full resolution cd, 2-8x10.We were very happy with our photos. and with the photographer. Would recommend.
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Re: Jackie Offy
Amount: $3,000.00
Posted by: Joe Federer in Minneapolis, MN.Posted: January 5th, 2010 04:01PM
In response to Jackie Offy --

Your photographer (likely) did not get paid 2500 for 4 hours of work. He got paid for 4 hours of shooting... and 40 hours of 'behind the scene's work such as backups, processing, meeting with you, traveling, dissemination, putting up your gallery, etc, etc, etc...

You've got to remember wedding photographers work is much like an iceberg. The work day-of (the stuff you see) is only about 10% of it (if that).
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Wide Photography
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Ricky in Bali, Other.Posted: January 4th, 2010 07:01PM
Photographer: Harry and DennyFirm: http://wide-photo.com
Number of Hours: 9Number of Photographers: 2
The both photographer are great.. they are funny and experienced in natural style images.
We love their work with us.. and we have a great time in our holiday too...
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Wedding Photography
Amount: $2,500.00
Posted by: Erica Sanders in lancaster, PA.Posted: December 15th, 2009 08:12PM
Photographer: Austin RobbinsFirm: Ceylon Studios
Number of Hours: 6Number of Photographers: 2
I was absolutely impressed by Austin the owner of Ceylon Studios. He did a fantastic job covering my wedding and the finished pictures were delivered within two weeks of my wedding! I just received my albums as well and they are absolutely beautiful!!! We booked Austin back in March and he kept in touch every month to see if we had questions or ideas which made our wedding planning more exciting and reminded us of our good decision choosing him. I hope other brides take my advice and use Ceylon Studios. His website is www.ceylonstudios.com
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