Originally Posted by LauraandBrian
Can anyone advise on affordable photographers... I just received pricing that was starting at $5000 for the most basic package... (this is way above what I was expecting).... maybe I am naive .... is this the standard rate?
I know the feeling, when I started looking at photographers in Mexico, I was finding rates from $900 to $12,000!!! So it's really hard to tell what the real price is. In the end, the photos were very important to us, so we made the decision to go with a photographer whose style we liked. Then we compared prices of the top 5. In the end it cost us less, to fly a local photographer from home down with us. Our total cost was about $3500, and included photos from our cocktail party, full wedding day (about 10 hours) and TTD.
A couple things you should be aware of when looking for a photographer:
-is it a style you like (ie. posed photos, journalistic, lots of photo editing)
-how many hours will be required (ie. do you want photos of you getting ready?, just the wedding ceremony, reception, etc.) Be realistic, a minimum of 4 hours will likely get you the ceremony and photos of family/friends and you after the ceremony.
- is TTD extra?. Is there extra charge to come back out another day? (since usually you would do the TTD a day or two after the wedding)
- do you own the rights to your photos? Or do you have to order every single photo from the photographer?? (this was a major point for us. I wanted to have all my photos on a CD, so that I could decide what I wanted to do with the photos. For example I made photobooks for all our grandparents as gifts, since none of them could attend.