What does everyone consider their limit for a photographer? just received some pricing from a photographer that i KNOW is phenomenal! but what is TOO much? curious to know, but only answer if you’re comfortable!
We spent $5000 on our photography package. It included a 1-hour engagement shoot, 10 hours of coverage the day of the wedding with a second shooter, and a 15 spread (30 page) wedding album. We got quotes from several photographers and found this pricing to be the norm in our city, given the things that our package included.
For my daughter's wedding in CA we paid $2,000 (included 6 hours photography and 4 hrs videography with full rights/access to photos and full video documentary). The pictures/video were absolutely everything she had hoped for (she and husband were combat photographers/videographers in Army and had high expectations).
Mine is $3950 for 8 hours coverage and second shooter on the wedding day and an engagement shoot. I didn’t know what to expect but quotes I got (in Southern California) ranged from $3,000 to $15,000 and most did not include photo albums. I’m not doing a videographer. The avg costs on Wedding wire budget options are way off base for California pricing.
We went $1000 over budget on our photographers (budgeted 3k, spent 4k) and I’m so glad we did. Our photos are the best part of our wedding journey. We did shop around after the quote for a less expensive package, but nothing compared to the photographers we ended up with.
We didn't want to go over $3k, so that limited us a bit with who we could go with in our area, but a girl I know from school has been in the business for 2 years and she came just under $3k for her package, so we booked her!
She's been shooting more weddings since we booked her, and her skill keeps improving (didn't think it was possible since she was already amazing!), so I'm super excited for our wedding and to see our photos!!
Our package with our venue includes photography coverage, a photo album andan engagement shoot. In order to get what we thought we wanted, an extra $4000. While we think they do great work, this was a shocker and we had no idea what to budget before hiring.
I believe ours is 4K ( we have had them booked since 2020 ) we put down 1500 and have them for 7 hours . Videographer is 2500 for the same amount of time . We focused our on photographer since it was important to us to have nice pictures . I’ve been following my photographers ig since before we were engaged and I just loved their style
This really depends on where you are located and what type of service you are looking to have covered. I'm a photographer so was super picky in selecting a photographer for our wedding and all of the photographers I looked at were between $2000-$4000 for a full day of shooting. The $2000 range really only included a couple photographers who were newer and less experienced in the industry (but still quite talented) and they did not have second shooters included at that price point. We ended up spending $3000, and it was our third most expensive vendor, after venue and food. We did not do an engagement shoot nor did we add any "extras" onto our package like extra hours or album or print credits.
There were some photographers whose work I liked and were more like $4500-$6000 but I did not feel it was necessary to spend that much to get what we were looking for. We also did not opt for doing video but the packages I saw ranged from $1500-$3000 with most in the $1500-$2500 range.
We're in Texas and I'm only paying $2,000 for 10 hours with a 2nd shooter and an engagement session. I didn't want a photo book or prints form the photographer. I prefer to print my own, so a photo release was important to me.
My photographer for my 1st wedding was almost $4,000.
The quotes i was getting was like 2500 for photography only.
i honestly think it's worth it. my bff and i for our weddings have a lot of photography horror stories and that's cause we opted for cheaper photography. so i think it can be something you splurge on because at the end of the day, THAT is what you're left with after the event - the photos/video
We paid $5000 and worth every cent (NJ wedding just for info). This was where my husband and I decided we wanted to throw a lot of our money. But that's us! Not everyone feels the same or has the budget for that, or they find someone amazing for cheaper! My personal preference was for a photographer with an artistic style. I saw our photographer and then looked at the photos for cheaper photographers ... and the difference was a big deal to me. They spend so much time editing after, so it's not just paying for their time, it's the hours and hours that go into the details. So for some photographers, $5000 is a pretty average and fair price. It really depends what your looking for in your pictures.
My dream photographer was $5,000 and not available on my day and our overall budget was around $5-6k, so I opted for a friend just getting into wedding photography and she charged $800 they came out amazing!!!!
Just booked our photographer - $4,200 for 8 hours of coverage and a second shooter. This seemed pretty average for the area (getting married in Boston, MA). We went over our initial photography budget but knew it would be worth it to get what we wanted. We ended up under budget for our ceremony music and DJ so it evened out anyways. If photography is of higher importance to you, you can definitely find other places in the budget to cut back.