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#16 2 Kidlets 4 Me

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 05:38 PM

Cannot recall exactly how much ours cost but I think it was about $2100 (before we added on all the extras such as parents albums etc)

OUR PHOTOGRAPHY PACKAGE
We selected the Complete Wedding Ultimate Coverage Pack
This includes:
~ Pre-wedding engagement shots
~ Unlimited coverage time and over 450 photos
~ Groom's home, Brides home, ceremony, location & full reception coverage
~ Prints & negatives presented in proof album
~ Night shots
PLUS
~ Albums Australia, 15" Designer Mark 2 series book bound album in Metal, with 10pgs, inlaid cameo, personal cover embossing/etching, keyhole panel & cut-out, panorama page, brief case and photographs.

OUR VIDEOGRAPHY PACKAGE
We selected the Gold Package
This includes:
~ Broadcast Digital Video Camera & Operator
~ Bride getting ready at home
~ Groom getting ready at home
~ Church service or Park Ceremony
~ Pre Reception location shoots eg. Park
~ Full coverage of Reception until Bride & Groom leaves
~ 1 highlight version on VHS
~ 2 full length versions on VHS
~ 1 highlight version on DVD

I think our video was about $1500.

I won't go into the dramas of our photographer but compared to other photographers offering the same package, he was worth the price and so was the videographer.

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 06:12 PM

Gosh, reading through these posts makes me realise exactly how lucky we are!!

My uncle (Dad's brother) is doing our photography and his son is doing our video. They are both professionals (run their own studio south of Sydney) and my uncle has been doing wedding photos for over 30 years, so he really knows what he's doing!!!!

He is actually due to retire soon, but asked me (yes asked me!!) if he could do our wedding as a gift to us! We will make a contribution anyway, because I just can't take that big a gift, but the photos will be awesome I know!!

I said it just means I have more to spend on "THE DRESS"!

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 07:39 PM

We are paying $2000 which includes pre wedding shoot, grooms house, my house, two locations, start of reception, negatives, about 200 in photo album and 1 large framed picture.

I thought this was really reasonable as this was his top package and we saw some other photographers that had base packages starting at $2500 going up to $4000.

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Posted 17 March 2004 - 08:42 PM

We paid $1,300 for our photographer/package etc and it was worth every cent!!

It included all the usual things like - 24 page album, larger than normal sized photo proofs, enlarged photos, wall print etc.

Our photographer was fantastic and his work was great - we were more than impressed and I'd recommend him totally!

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Posted 19 March 2004 - 08:51 AM

Nads,

I'm actually really curious as to who your photographer was?? I read that his initials were BW. If that's the case, I think he could be the photographer we used, and we found him to be fantastic!!! We didn't have any issues whatsoever with him and his work was great!!

He came highly recommended to us, and we've recommended him (and his company) to heaps of people. Is his business name also the name of a move with Tom Cruise in it?!?!

It's a real shame to hear that you weren't happy hon - it's always disappointing to not be happy with the service you're paying for!!

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Posted 22 March 2004 - 01:18 AM

We've allocated about $2,500 to photography. (And hoping to do.. 1st thing in the morning, until first dance kind of coverage. Plus us with each guest)

On a scale of importance...
I feel that our photography is equally important as the reception. If not more.

My h2b's family were the type to get copious pixie photos a few times every year. When we first met I was shown this huge pile of albums. smile.gif
I thought they were a collection of the entire family, but it was just his pile. biggrin.gif *laugh*

I really want to start this chapter of my life off right. I also started trying to trace my family tree last year. So when Iím gone, I want my kids, Grandkids etc etc to see that I existed. She was someone who wasnít afraid of standing up, not just a name on a piece of paper!

Growing up I didnít have many photos taken. As I grew older I tended to shy away from them for one reason or another. Now that Iíve realised that I can be beautiful, and that on your wedding day youíre going to be the belle of the ball, I canít help but want all my memories permanently recorded.

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#22 Mrs M

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Posted 22 March 2004 - 09:50 AM

We've 'booked' our photographer. but haven't discussed price.
We're anticipating around $600. He's an old friend of My mum's and when he was learning how to be a photographer he'd take me and Mum to the park and just shoot. We've some really cute photos of me around 4 yrs old. He's really warm and friendly and i trust him to take great photos.
That said, part of me wonders if we should have engaged a pro. But frankly our budget just doesn't stretch that far. I remember My Aunt having major problems with her photographer, but that was like 17 yrs ago!
Maybe this is somewhere we shouldn't have cut corners, but it's an area where we could, eg ; he's a friend. Another is the cake, Mum's friend is a chef.
The photos are a major thing for me but like i said i trust this guy so all's well.
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Posted 24 March 2004 - 02:51 PM

Our photographer is costing us over $2200, but it is unlimited photos and unlimited locations from morning to night. It is also including a descent sized album and full set of proofs. YOu just cant stinge on a photographer and videographer. Once the day is over, these are your memories, and all you have left.

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 02:16 PM

We paid $2500 for our photos, plus $1000 for the video. The video was worth every penny. The photos, I didn't think were THAT fabulous.

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Posted 30 March 2004 - 10:09 PM

Our package was $1400, he ended up shooting 250 photos, a mix of b&w and colour. He printed 3 copies of each photograph and we got to keep the negatives.

We had our own album that we wanted to use, and with the three sets we got to give one set each to both sets of parents.

The photogrpaher was a friend of ours who used to do freelance phoptography in Melbourne. So he was invited to the wedding also so he did some shots of the reception as it happened and also came over early in the day to cover myself and the girls getting ready as well as wedding shots, location shots (which he had some great ideas for - including sitting in a bar for an hour or so to calm the nerves and relax before the reception.)

He was fantastic with asll the guests and we LOVE our photos smile.gif
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Posted 22 June 2004 - 11:46 PM

QUOTE (babybeatlebug @ Feb 29 2004, 10:04 PM)
Sorry if this is a personal thing, you dont have to answer or go into details, but I'm just interested in the price people are going to pay / paid for their wedding photography. Don't include videography if you had it.

We are lucky enough to know someone who does wedding photography as a hobby but his work is really professional. He has done 60 weddings this past year and has never advertised.

For $700 we are getting 2 sets of approx. 280 photos (one set displayed in 2 albums the other set loose) in the larger 5" x 7" prints, this includes a roll of black and white and borders on the prints and all the negatives. He is going to come to my parents house, where I will be getting ready and take photos there, at the church, formal wedding party photos and photos at the reception for about three hours to cover speeches etc.

We thought that this was a great deal, but there is also the fact that we do know this person, however his prices are generally around this mark anyway.

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I'm glad your photographer has a full-time "other" job, 'cause at $700 for all that he is making zero profit.

It's good value if you can get it, he won't be charging that ridiculous price for long though once he gets a referral base...
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 12:05 PM

QUOTE (Christian @ Jun 23 2004, 12:46 AM)
I'm glad your photographer has a full-time "other" job, 'cause at $700 for all that he is making zero profit.

It's good value if you can get it, he won't be charging that ridiculous price for long though once he gets a referral base...

Well if he does it for a hobby then he'll presumably be happy to just make a small profit or break even. I don't see why the price has to be called "ridiculous".

If break even is around $700 can we assume that photographers charging around $2000 are making $1300 on the day without what they make on albums and reprints?

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Posted 23 June 2004 - 01:17 PM

In total we paid $5000 for our photos.
We got a 20page album, poster size framed print, all 280 proofs in an album, parents album and a photo for each person in the bridal party.
Definately worth it I think.
We didnt pay for a video - we got my uncle to do it and by the end of the night it got a bit didgy but we always have that to laugh at.
My photographer had never done a wedding in our town before so he was full of awesome ideas. We had him and his wife as guests at the wedding that then sat down to a beautiful brekky with them the next day. They captured every single moment of our day - from getting home from the haidresser to leaving to the hotel!
It is something that I would definately do again!


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Posted 23 June 2004 - 02:20 PM

QUOTE (Zen @ Jun 23 2004, 01:05 PM)
Well if he does it for a hobby then he'll presumably be happy to just make a small profit or break even. I don't see why the price has to be called "ridiculous".

If break even is around $700 can we assume that photographers charging around $2000 are making $1300 on the day without what they make on albums and reprints?

Z

Based on the information offered by Katie, the material costs for him to photograph Katie's day are approaching $500 (assume eight rolls of 135-36 film printed as two sets 5x7" matt, plus small flip album).

One would assume from Katie's description of attendance that he is going to spend around six hours minimum at the wedding, add to that behind-the-scenes labour such as initial consultation, proofing, and delivery - and the guy is probably spending over ten hours total for this wedding.

So he is paying himself a wage of around $20 an hour (not bad for administration work but $50 an hour for shooting is the industry standard), with zero profit.

I agree that $200 may seem attractive to part-timers for only six hours of their weekend time, especially if they're new to the business and want to build a referral base. However, longer term this pricing is unsustainable. Camera equipment and insurances are expensive.

When you amortise say a $10,000 camera/lens/flash kit over five years useful life (and I'm being generous here), plus $1,000 for insurance and a few other bits and pieces, then his "hobby" is starting to cost him over $3k per annum - that's fifteen weddings per year before he even starts to earn a wage, let alone a profit. Now that IS ridiculous.

It's a BIG misconception that wedding photographers are making HUGE profits. The business is VERY competitive and most studios make around 30% GP on sales - your $2,000 example typically realises $600 of gross profit to the studio. Considering that this is a seasonal business with relatively low turnover and non-repeat clients - not many photographers are retiring on fat profits...
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Posted 23 June 2004 - 02:24 PM

Were paying approx $2200 for ours. I say approximately cause we are doing a DIY package. That is pay by the hour and roll of film and no album. The best part is, is that she is really flexible in the options, ie we get to choose how many rolls will be in black and white and the coloured sepia toned ones and don't pay anymore for these. We also get the negatives so we don't pay a really high price for reprints and she supplies us with all the prints of the day.

We are planning on putting a really nice album on the gift registery for the wedding then putting the photos in ourselves.

She was recommended to us by a number of people, and was willing to show us heaps of her albums. Also when the local paper does a feature on weddings she is always the photograper featured. For Sydney and the package we wanted she was reasonably priced and with her local reputation we couldn't go past her.

We are getting a friend to video the ceremony and speeches so we decided to spend a bit more on photos.

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