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Author Topic: Wedding photography. Who does them here and whats ur rates?  (Read 2117 times)

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« on: September 12, 2016, 21:13 »
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I'm wondering if there are many who do wedding photography here. What do you offer for your services and how much your rate would be if that isn't too much info on here. Location would be helpful to gauge what its like around the world.


« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2016, 22:04 »
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I'm wondering if there are many who do wedding photography here. What do you offer for your services and how much your rate would be if that isn't too much info on here. Location would be helpful to gauge what its like around the world.

I haven't done any, but I hired a wedding photographer for my wedding a few years ago. I did a posting on craigslist and I had offers that ranged from $300 to $1500. The ones who offered to do it for $300 was pretty amateurish...like they're just starting out. The higher cost ones were more professional obviously.

I ended up paying $400 for a fairly good photographer who had a partner for 6 hours of work. I did some negotiating and got the rate down. In the end, it really depends on the type of job, the size of the wedding, and how much work is required. Sometimes the couple can ask for a lot...like traveling to multiple venues for photo shoots, following them around for multiple days shooting rehearsals and makeup sessions. Sometimes they want a movie and/or prints, etc.

Your best bet is estimate how much time you'll be spending on it (the actual shoot, travel, retouching, production) and charge about $50 to $100 per hour depending on experience. Add any additional cost, like a USB drive that contains all the photos, prints and DVD/Blu-Ray discs. You won't always get what you want, but you can try. You'll be competing against a lot of photographers, so be prepared to lower your rates if you want the job.

« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2016, 22:40 »
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Minsc, where are you located?

« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 02:34 »
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Netherlands: Pro: 1500-3000 for a complete day. Wannabe pro: 250-600

« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2016, 02:46 »
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Don't forget about contract. They or you are clients first of all. I include in contract even level of retouching, because for every wedding complexity of work is different. Nobody is perfect, but clients want "enhanced reality". We do our best, and happy smile has its value, for sure. Price is always calculated as "tailor-made service", and proposed packages serve only for general orientation. Every case is different. Conditions from client are different too, and there should be a balance, protecting both sides. Example: request to shoot video non-stop during several hours is something what should not be requested if you want to hire just one person for affordable reportage.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2016, 02:52 by skyfish »

« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016, 09:37 »
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Minsc, where are you located?

California, US.


 

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