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I have absolutly no idea how much a photographer is, and I think I'm asking a lot... But I just wanted to get some input...

 

I want to get engagement photos, photos of the wedding day, TTD Photos, and also a few photos when I get home at the reception, because my Grandma can't come to my wedding, and I want her in some pictures...My Girlfriend just finished the photography course and has done a couple weddings before... She is charging $1800.. Is that a good pricehuh.gif

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for you to truly decide if something is a good price when it comes to photography...is look at their portfolio of pictures.

 

do they have experience doing doing wedding photos?

 

are they using your photos for their portforlio as well?

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I have absolutly no idea how much a photographer is, and I think I'm asking a lot... But I just wanted to get some input...

I want to get engagement photos, photos of the wedding day, TTD Photos, and also a few photos when I get home at the reception, because my Grandma can't come to my wedding, and I want her in some pictures...My Girlfriend just finished the photography course and has done a couple weddings before... She is charging $1800.. Is that a good pricehuh.gif
Can I ask what TTD meanshuh.gif?

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Can I ask what TTD meanshuh.gif?
TTD is a Trash The Dress session - usually the day after your wedding you either use your wedding dress (or a similar cheaperversion) and take loads of fun photos - usually in the water on the beach, rolling around in the sand,in the villiage - the result is amazing - just search in the forum for TTD photo sessions.

Portfolio is really important.Its a different technique used for natural portraits,wedding shots, couple photos,indorrs and outdoors and its a talent working with the strong natural light and colouring on the beach. You need to balance the price with a photographer who can take amazing photos in all the conditions.

The right photographer not only has a great understanding of colouring and composition, as wellas lighting and saturation - but also will know things about your best angles and take more flatering photos...

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$1800 is a great price. You just want to make sure that you check out all of her pictures and that they are along the lines of what you are looking for. Make sure you shop around for photographers so you have a good idea of what type of photographs you're looking for!

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$1800 is a great price for what you'll be getting, but I have to agree with vlynnw. You definitely need to shop around first. I had no clue when it came to photographers when I first started, but after looking around a ton of work and portfolios, I started to develop what style and "look" I wanted for my wedding pictures...and everyone is different. There were some great and talented photographers whose work and style just didn't fit what I was looking for. So my advice is if pictures are important to you, definitely do your homework then gauge people's work (including your friend's) against the style you're looking for. Good luck!

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Not to be rude to your friend, but $1800 for someone who just started it could be a lot. There are many vendors who charge similar rates after years of work. She has no experience. Paying $1800 to her just so she can practice on you is not ideal. Also, hiring a friend is one of the worst things you can do. If you aren't happy with the images, your friendship will be ruined forever. And since she has very limited experience, chances of that happening are very high.

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I think that's probably pretty reasonable....photographers are expensive!! I did a lot of research in order to find mine at a reasonable price, but there are photographers where I live that have their cheapest package starting around $3000! That doesn't include a lot either.

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No disrespect to your friend but she's still pretty much an amatuer. Charging $1800 for someone who is just starting out I feel is alot of money. If you really think about it she will benefit regardless even if she only charged you for film or her out of pocket expenses since she would be using you to build her portfolio and get to gain more experience.

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I would be afraid to use a friend - no matter what the price... what if you arent happy? You cant really complain and there arent any retakes for your wedding. I think you should shop around a bit. I looked on here and found a bunch of photographers that the other brides were happy with - I looked at endless slideshows of pics and found the style that I liked and then emailed to get the price list. I looked at the price and what you get for each and narrowed it down to two. I compared them point for point and looked closely at their portfolios and then chose one. You will find that some photographers portfolios will really "move" you and others are just blah.... I would go back to the pictures again and again to make sure that I still liked them... It was really tme consuming but I am happy with my choice now. Good luck :)

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