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#1 Lemon

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Posted 29 August 2009 - 10:52 AM

Hi Girls,

Our wedding is now 7 months away and we still haven't organised a photographer. (apparantly this is something we should have done months ago?) anyway, neither FH nor I know the first thing about phography so we're having trouble working out if we've been quoted a good price or not. We hadn't figured photography into budget, just because we had no idea how much to budget for and none of the websites show their pricing (so frustrating) but we do want some professional pics from the day so it is important to us. Our quote is from an old uni friend of FH who is not a photographer by trade, it is just a hobby but we have seen his photos on his website and they are beautiful so we are leaning towards him already, however we don't have any pricing to compare too, He has quoted us $1200 which covers a pre wedding shoot and approx 40-50 shots from that on a disc for us to keep, and his time on the day (no specific timeframe given, he said as long as it takes to get the best shots on the day) and all the best shots on a disc for us to keep.

He said he can do enlargements, album etc too but that would be extra. Do you think this is reasonable for what is included? We want to do our own album later on so that part is fine, I guess it's just a bit more than we expected and would like to compare it with what others have gotten! TIA smile.gif

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:25 AM

Um, I hate to say this but $1200.00 for wedding photos is actually fairly cheap, especially if he is doing a pre-shoot too.

I would recommend that you do some searches and get some recommendations from girls here on i-do on wedding photographers in your area, then go and see them and discuss their packages etc. You will then get a better idea of what most wedding photographers charge and what you get in their packages, so will have a better idea.

I haven't seen your friend's photos and they may be gorgeous but I would highly recommend that you consider a professional wedding photographer, if you want to make sure your photos are good. I have heard so many bad stories about friends doing the wedding shots and it not working out well or the photos not being good. Remember, you will (hopefully!) only get married once and you will look at the photos for the rest of your life.

To give you an idea, we spent $2,500.00 and got:

- two photographers for seven hours, which included:
- getting ready (boys and girls)
- ceremony
- family shots
- bridal party shots after ceremony ('location' shots)
- first hour or so of reception, which included guest shots, cake cutting, first dance etc.
- this was about 420 photos, all provided in 4"x6" format (not a proof book)
- all photos on CD so we can reprint ourselves
- digital enhancements on some shots

We put this package together ourselves with the photographer A lot of photographers also offer package deals which include professional albums, but this is generally when it gets really expensive.

I hope that this helps. What city/area are you in?


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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:03 AM

$1200 is cheap, however, if you are only recieving the best shots from the day...what happens if there is only, hypothetically, 70 'best shots' ?

To give you an idea....We are paying $1650. This includes: our photographer for 8 hours (from me getting ready, right through to the reception), All images from the day in high resolution on disc and our choice of 250 photographs (6x4). albums and enlargements are extra.

I would really research the photographer you use for so many reasons....In twenty years time, the only way you will remember your day is from the photographs. You need to decide what type of photogrpahy you want (contemporary, candid etc) It is such a personal choice though.

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:09 AM

We paid over $4,000 and got-

*Two photographers for the entire day, both bride & groom getting ready, through to reception
*Over 2000 on disc to be printed
*Proof Book, Canvas
*30 Page silver lined album with 10mm thick pages
*x4 photo's enlarged, x 2 parent albums
*Huge wall collage of one of our favorite pages from the album



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Posted 31 August 2009 - 12:56 PM

We payed $2500 and that included:

-6 hours coverage
-all photos on dvd and cd (high and low res) there are just over 3000
-he travelled from sydney too so there was 3 hours travel all up

And overall fantastic photos and great photogrpaher who we felt comfortable with and we are very impressed with our photos and will always look back on that day and have our beautiful photos for keepsake.

Id say get some quotes from photographers (they dont have prices on there websites purely because id say everyone is defferent, email them and they will send you there prices or if you know how much coverage you want ask them) and start comparing. Search the net there are heaps out there, i spent the first about 10 months searching for THE photographer as this was something i wanted not to skimp on. I suppose just do some research and make sure you are comfortable with the photographer and trust them to capture your day.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 09:20 PM

Hi BlueBug,

For a professional photographer, $1200 is cheap. However, I think it's quite expensive for a non-pro. On another note, the pictures you saw on his website, are they wedding pictures?

Because there is a difference between shooting wedding and shooting landscape. Professional wedding photographer will be able to anticipate and position him/herself to capture the moment, while someone who never shot wedding before might miss some important moments.

If you want to find wedding photographers, go through wedding directory, check their websites and ask for quotes. With some work, you will be able to find a good one with reasonable price.



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Posted 08 September 2009 - 07:16 AM

QUOTE(70308 @ Aug 31 2009, 08:25 AM) View Post

To give you an idea, we spent $2,500.00 and got:

- two photographers for seven hours, which included:
- getting ready (boys and girls)
- ceremony
- family shots
- bridal party shots after ceremony ('location' shots)
- first hour or so of reception, which included guest shots, cake cutting, first dance etc.
- all photos on CD so we can reprint ourselves
- digital enhancements on some shots



We paid $880 for the same deal - but that was only because our photographer had just moved from a big agency and was building up her personal portfolio. She now charges $1600 for the same thing...

If you just want a CD of the images (high resolution) so you can print them off - I spent weeks if not months looking and the average price for a Professional Photographer was about $1500 - $1800 for getting ready - start of reception around the Brisbane / Gold Coast areas... Just email some of the mid-bigger agencies and tell them what you want. They dont generally list "Just dvd" packages, but do offer them if you ask. We ended up with 2 FULL dvd's (almost 3000 photos).

I think if you were going to spend $1200, I would honestly spend the extra $300 (even if you have to cut down on the cake wink.gif )and get a professional smile.gif
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 09:10 AM

We are spending $4800, for that we get 2 photographers all day(getting ready to midnight) , a photobooth at the reception, a DVD slideshow of wedding pics at the reception, a fine art photo album and all pictures from the photographers and photobooth on DVD to keep.

We were pretty freaked out with prices when we first started looking, however, at least we get to keep all the negs so we can print out as many pics as we want in the future.
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Posted 11 September 2009 - 10:49 PM

QUOTE(70308 @ Aug 31 2009, 09:25 AM) View Post

I haven't seen your friend's photos and they may be gorgeous but I would highly recommend that you consider a professional wedding photographer, if you want to make sure your photos are good. I have heard so many bad stories about friends doing the wedding shots and it not working out well or the photos not being good. Remember, you will (hopefully!) only get married once and you will look at the photos for the rest of your life.


Good point - a few brides on here have used friends/amatuers/non-wedding but still photographers, and most really regretted it

QUOTE(**erin** @ Aug 31 2009, 10:03 AM) View Post

$1200 is cheap, however, if you are only recieving the best shots from the day...what happens if there is only, hypothetically, 70 'best shots' ?


And this

We paid $2800 (was $2400 but we added 10 pages to album).

included was;
- pre shoot
- groom getting r4eady
- me getting ready
- ceremony
- family/congrats pics (family were formal shots) at church fater ceremony
- locations (up to 4 but we had 2)
- pre-wedding shoot
- all 2000+ proofs on disc (minus blinks etc...)
- 30 side album
- 1st 1/2 reception

She took some fantastic shots

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 01:04 PM

I paid $1150 and got a pro photographer plus

- coverage from 11.30 am until 9pm
- all aspects of the day covered
- proof book
- prints 20 x 5x7, 3 8x12, 1 16x20
- 1 High Res Disc

I am doing my own albums (momento style ones)

I believe his price have increased as I booked him fairy early on and he was new to the business

I have only got my sample pics and they are stunning and we are more than happy.

So if the photographers work is good, and you click with them - I think that this is more important than price - then go with it

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 02:09 PM

We are Paying 3,000 with this we get

- 2 pro photographers
- unlimited hours
- pre wedding shoot
- bride & groom getting ready shots
- location shots
- ceremony & reception
- Matte album 25 pages
- all photos on a high res disc & low res disc
- signature board for the day
- 2 parent albums
- book of all the photos taken on the day
- canvas (cant remember the size but it is quite large)
- DVD slide show

we are pretty happy with this as this is what we will be looking back on for the rest of our lives




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Posted 01 October 2009 - 03:44 PM

BB, FH and I are having the same dilemna. To add to the problem though, FH is a photographer (just not weddings) so he wants something good, but we're on a budget. ATM it looks like we might be getting two of our friends from Tas to come over and do it for us (if they both accept) as they take amazing portrait shots and have done some other weddings before.

It's a hard call, because this is something that will keep the memory alive after the day and I want some awesome photos, and this is the most important thing (except of course actually getting married) for FH on our day seeing as it's his passion.

BB - I can't remember where you're from huh.gif but if you're in the Sydney area PM me, because I've done STACKS of research on photographers up here.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 06:05 PM

In my experience the friend thing is always a bad idea!! For the record I am a hobbyist photographer and I refuse to do friends weddings, I don't want the stress. I just take my camera and give them any decent shots I get. I've been roped into a few for family and I hated doing it, even though the photos worked out fine.

The friend in your case sounded like a douche though ohmy.gif So glad it worked out well for you in the end. Did you end up posting any pics? I can't remember seeing any of your wedding. Would love for you to post one for old times sake.........
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:22 PM

QUOTE(***Amy*** @ Aug 31 2009, 09:09 AM) View Post

We paid over $4,000 and got-

*Two photographers for the entire day, both bride & groom getting ready, through to reception
*Over 2000 on disc to be printed
*Proof Book, Canvas
*30 Page silver lined album with 10mm thick pages
*x4 photo's enlarged, x 2 parent albums
*Huge wall collage of one of our favorite pages from the album


You are right and price are depend on photographer.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:20 PM

QUOTE(Tigridia @ Jul 31 2012, 06:05 PM) View Post

In my experience the friend thing is always a bad idea!! For the record I am a hobbyist photographer and I refuse to do friends weddings, I don't want the stress. I just take my camera and give them any decent shots I get. I've been roped into a few for family and I hated doing it, even though the photos worked out fine.

The friend in your case sounded like a douche though ohmy.gif So glad it worked out well for you in the end. Did you end up posting any pics? I can't remember seeing any of your wedding. Would love for you to post one for old times sake.........


That's a good .





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