Wedding Photography Price
How much should you spend on a wedding photographer?
How much should you spend on a photographer is a personal choice. Some want the day captured while others may wish to have the wedding turned into a photo shoot. The cost comes down to what you want and how much you are prepared to pay. As a guide to the wedding photographer cost below is a ballpark figure for your thoughts on how much should you spend.
The average photography cost in the Cardiff areas is between £741 -£1,650. The differential is often down to what is included in the price. Some include albums while others do not.
Before you speak to a photographer Do you actually want a photographer to capture your wedding? Sounds strange but some brides don't want a photographer, but will give in to family pressure. You must decide if you want a photographer and how you want the day captured. Not your family. You will be the centre of attention for the photographer.
If you want a photographer, then begin by deciding what you want and how much you are prepared to spend for your chosen photographer.
First, you should decide on the style of photographer you want.
Are you looking for the more traditional photographs with a lot of poses and you can allocate a lot of your wedding time to the photographer
Contemporary style with some time set for poses and then candid shots
Photojournalistic style. Keeps out of the way and captures the real action as it happens. Taking very little to no time for you to enjoy your wedding. Will often photograph family requests but will not pose the image.
Your wedding date needs to be confirmed. Not a rough period or just a month.
Location of ceremony and registration needs to be established . Again you need this essential information at hand before contacting a photographer.
Do some homework? Look at wedding magazines or wedding photographs on the internet; see what style of images you are drawn to. If you are attracted to the heavy posed images, then look for a traditional photographer. If you like the photos that capture the fun of the day but don't want to pose look for a journalistic style photographer. It’s your wedding so pick the style you want. But be sure you understand each photographer will have a style they follow, and this style is what you want.
Once you decide on your wedding photography style, you now need to look at your budget for what you are prepared to pay for this style of photographer. As a rule of thumb if you want to capture your wedding day, then you should be looking to spend 5% - 10% of your total wedding cost. So for a £10,000 wedding, you are looking between £500-£1,000 for the photographer. A £20,000 wedding, then its £1,000 to £2,000. You get the idea. This is not an accurate cost but will give you a ballpark figure to work with your budget.
Photography is a competitive industry so you may get your chosen photographer for less than the going rate with no loss of quality or service. Some offer discounts depending on the time of year or day of the week. A wedding in February will attract a lower cost than awedding in August. Same for day of week. A wedding on Wednesday will attract a lower price than Saturday.
The professionals will have lots of experience, insurance, quality equipment, Professional grade lenses. Back up equipment. Usually, belong to a photography organisation. They can show you lots of past wedding images in print and digital. Often will have awards and qualifications to show you. Payments usually made to a business account or can take credit cards. Some will accept regular part payments.
With this information, you call your photographer.
I have looked at your website and liked your style of photography
I'm looking for a photographer from 11 am until first dance at about 8 pm
I’m getting married at ???? with the reception at ?????
Are you available on this date?
Can you give me a price for this and set out what is included in the price.
You can call me back at this number ??????????
The above is an example that you have done your homework and know what you want. If it is out of your budget, then consider fewer hours of photography and see what compromise you both come up with. If you want the photographer and he or she is available, then you can often make it work.
However, if you are looking in the bargain bin then don't expect too much for your money. The cheap bin often contains photographers with little experience, no backup equipment, and no insurance, old or cheap camera and lenses. Often requesting cash payments.
Never book a photographer based on just price. It’s not going to work for you or the photographer and often leads to disappointment.
Example of enquiries from brides and family members who have not done any homework or thought for the photographer style they want at their wedding.
The bargain hunters looking for a photographer will often ask these questions
What is your price to photograph my wedding
We are on a budget
What do I get for my money
Do you supply albums in this price
How many photographs will I have
How long will you take to deliver
Will I have a disc or USB
No mention of the date, Wedding venue, or even consideration to the style of photographer. The above is often looking in the bargain bin of photographers and shudder the thought of professional rates. They won't care about insurance or back up equipment. They want the price so low they don't give any thought to anything else. But often expect the photographer to produce outstanding work for very low cost... Dissapointment usualy follow.
We all love a bargain. But do your homework and get a photographer in the style you want.
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