Most photographers have a series of packages that range from basic to deluxe with all sorts of odd names to them. Generally the larger that package the more hours you get, better albums, more prints, second photographers, etc. But, this isn’t always the case, nor is there a ‘standard’ price for photography. Photographers typically range from $1,000- $8,000 and average about $2,500. There are more affordable photographers, but be sure of their expertise and professionalism as well as their portfolio. Likewise, just because a photographer costs $10,000 doesn’t mean you are getting more from them than a $2,500 photographer.
Questions To Ask
- What is included in each package- and what is NOT included?
- Can we see some images from a recent wedding?
- Is there an album included in the package and can we see a sample of it?
- How much will extra album pages cost, and does it cost extra do include more images?
- How much are smaller wedding albums for the parents?
- Are engagement photos included in the package? If not, how much extra are they?
- Are Black and White images or special effects included in the quote?
- How much are the prints?
- Does my package come with a Disc of Images? If not, how much? If so, are they edited? high res? watermarked?
- If we order a disc do we have rights to print from it?
- Can our family and friends buy copies of our photos online?
- Will you charge extra if the wedding runs over time?
- Do you charge extra for more locations?
- Will you have an assistant?
- What are the payment terms?
- What are your professional qualifications? Do you have a college degree in photography?
- What happens if you are sick on the wedding day?
- How long will it take to get my photos back? How long with the album process take?
- Will you confirm everything in writing?
- Some may think its economical to have a friend or relative take your photos, DON’T DO IT! The photos will not be in the same league as a professional photographer. Wedding photography is a very tough job and it takes MANY weddings to obtain the skills to properly photograph one. You only get one chance at capturing most of the shots and you don’t want to miss anything that can’t be gotten back. Likewise, unskilled photographers don’t have the ability to create natural looking poses.
- Agree on the price of everything before the wedding. Prices of albums, extra time, prints, etc. and have it in writing.
- Use disposable cameras on the tables for candid shots of guests. You’ll have a wider perspective of your day and more memories. For the tech savvy, create a #hashtag on instagram and let your guests know how to use it.
- Do your cake cutting and first dance as you arrive at your reception. In most cases the photographer can leave after this point and save you some money.
- Coordinate print orders for friends, family, bridal party, etc. If you submit one large bulk order you can possibly get a discount.
- Consider buying a full set of proofs at a lower cost. If you buy a full set you get a lower rate, saving tons of money.
- Don’t book your photographer solely on price. Though it is important to save, a cheap album full of photos you don’t like isn’t going to make you happy. Balance finances vs. quality.