wedding photographer

froggy05December 12, 2004

We asked a family friend (best froend of FIL) to do the wedding pictures. he accepted, and asked us what kind of budget we are operating under. I have no idea how much wedding photos cost, we just wnat the basics, teh wedding party, the bride and groom, a few parent pictures and lots of candid shots at the recption. Anyone have any idea as to how much this would run? Or what the basic pcage costs?

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The cost of wedding photography depends on where you live, the experience of the photographer, the amount of time that he spends at the wedding and reception, and what you purchase (do you get an album as well as prints, what size of prints and how many).

Adequate coverage takes about 5 hours if the ceremony and reception will occur in the same location, more if there is travel time involved between the ceremony and reception. If you take all of the photos before the wedding, plan on starting about 2.5 hours early. Photos will be taken for 2 hours, then you will disappear from sight while guests arrive. Then there is the ceremony coverage and the reception coverage to follow. You should decide at what point you want the person to leave the reception, then plan your schedule of activities so that you get photos of those things that are important to you, such as the cake cutting, toasts, and first dances.

All of this can cost anywhere from $1,000 to over $2,000 depending on where you live, the time involved, and the photographer's experience. Those prices usually include an album plus 35 to 50 photos of varying sizes to go in it. Some photographers allow you to purchase all of the good proofs that they took, which should range from 100 to 200 good ones. You don't need the ones with eyes closed or duplicates. If you purchase them, you can use some of them to create a mini album for parents.

Sit down with your friend and ask him about number of photos, albums, who gets the proofs and negatives, how long he plans to stay and how he anticipates photographing the events. Then, you should have a better feel for what you want to pay.

You might also go on-line and look for web sites of photographers in your area and see if they list prices and what is provided in the varying packages that they offer. Then, you will have a good idea of the going rate in your area. Be aware that not all wedding photographers are the same, so don't base your budget on the cheapest that you find, but you don't need to use the most expensive as a guide either. Those are usually people who bring an assistant and two people are photographing at the same time.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2004 at 9:52AM
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