Over the past week or so I’ve been looking for a new wedding photographer. I had a family friend who was going to take our wedding pictures for free as a gift to us, until the flash on his camera broke when he was taking pictures at a baby shower a couple of weekends ago. He said to replace the flash is going to cost $700 which he does not have.
This is a real bummer, because having this service for free was really going to save us a lot of money. I started looking around for photographers and I couldn’t believe the prices. The really good ones are anywhere from $2000-$3000. I do want really nice pictures, but not at that price. I started looking for recent university graduates that were trying to break into the industry and build their portfolio. I found one that I really liked, so future hubby and I went to meet with her on Monday.
Everything was going quite well in our meeting, I had my questions laid out and she answered them well, until I asked her about a contract. She said she doesn’t do contracts. Huh?! No contracts I said, and she said no contracts as if I was crazy for asking. I knew we wouldn’t be using her services at that point, but since we were already there, I started asking more questions such as how many locations is she willing to go to for pictures. Such as my place, the church, park and restaurant. Some photographers have a limited number of places they will travel to, so I thought I would ask. She then tells us that she doesn’t have a car. Huh?! Hold on, what’s your occupation again? How are you a photographer and don’t have a car? She said I would be responsible for getting her to the different locations.
I could just see this playing out on the day of my wedding. We plan to use my brother’s convertible to transport us on the day and my immediate family will drive my car. So if we actually agreed to this madness, the photographer would drive with my family in my car with her big bag and tripod as she put it. I could just see my family in the back seat with this girl wondering why I was so cheap to hire a photographer that doesn’t drive.
Anyway, that won’t be happening! Her price of $500 for 8 hours and her beautiful pictures on her website is what made me reach out to her, but now I am wondering if the pictures are really hers.
I am now on the hunt for another photographer. I have contacted a few more and have checked out some packages online and the prices seem to be $1000 for 8 hours. To go from $0-$1000 is a hard pill for me to swallow. I really don’t want to spend that much, especially since I am trying to keep this wedding on a budget. This would definitely put us over the amount we want to spend.
Talking to family about this hasn’t been helpful because they think $1000 is cheap and I am thinking it’s expensive to take a few pictures. I don’t even want printed pictures, because I am going to do a photo book.
Do you think $1000 is too much to pay for a wedding photographer? I forgot about taxes, that means it will actually be $1130, Gheesh! Maybe they’ll take $1000 if I pay cash.