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My name is Natalie and I am from Minneapolis MN. My wedding is June 18th in San Diego. The wedding and dinner is taking place on a catamaran but we need to find a photographer! I only need the photographer for 5 hours (3 hours on the boat 2 hours before) and we need to keep it under $1200. Any suggestions would be GREAT!


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Under $1200 will be a challenge in SD. The area is VERY expensive cost of living so most photogs start at about $5000.


The BEST in the area are:


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Tamara Lackey

Jessica Claire

Jennifer Dery is great and may be more reasonable price wise. (tell her I sent you)

Bebb Studios: Jen Bebb

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My photographer is Trent at ProImage Weddings Photography | San Luis Obispo Wedding Photographers | Central Coast Portraits | Paso Robles| Los Angeles | San Francisco. He is based out of San Luis Obispo, up north...but is traveling to San Diego for my wedding. He's more $$ than you want to spend, but he's fantastic. The likelihood if finding a good photographer for only $1200 is not very good...especially based out of san diego. Another one you might want to try Faye Chapman at Faye's Captured Moments, based out of Orange County. She was our second choice...and I know from experience that she's willing to work with you. If you're willing to have someone take the shots and hand you a CD and nothing more, than that might help you get the price down.

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Just a thought, but did you think about maybe bringing a photographer with youhuh.gif?


I just quickly did some pricing and it looks like to fly two people down to San Diego from Minneapolis and stay in a hotel would be anywhere from $700-$1,000.


Perhaps you could talk to some local photographers and see if they'd be willing to lower their costs for a beach wedding? And then maybe you could also do some day after photographs on the beach the next day? Or at the farris wheel or something fun!!

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The plus here is that you're date is a Friday and not a Saturday since I guarantee most great photogs are already booked for Saturday but may not be Friday and may be willing to work with you on price. I love Stephanie Williams Photography but I think she starts around $4K sad.gif A photographer that I've personally shot with and recommend is Erika Earl. You can check her out at www.erikaearl.com

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I live in San Diego and am friends with a few photographers.


Check out....


Marisa Holmes Photography

Marisa Holmes Photographer Blog


Flutterglass Photography: Jenna is Amazing and she is right in your price range. :)

flutter glass PHOTOGRAPHY: San Diego Wedding, Portrait, and Concert Photography by Jenna Kageyama


Let her know Nicole from Artful Affairs sent you!



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I'm from San Diego and did my research for local photographers for our engagement photos (we're using Del Sol Photography for Mexico).


But as far as San Diego goes, there are

1. Boucher Photography (GORGEOUS work): Bouchér :: The Wedding Blog San Diego Wedding & Boudoir Studio

2. Nicole Caldwell (she's doing our engagement photos!) Nicole Caldwell Laguna Beach Wedding Photographer, Boudoir Photographer Orange County Maternity

3. The Image is Found: the image is found . photo blog Such a fun couple of photographers from north San Diego.

4. Melissa McClure: Melissa McClure - Destination And Southern California Wedding Photographer --> gorgeous photos, great prices (we almost chose to fly her out to Mexico. I don't know if Melissa starts lower than $1200 for a full wedding day, but her assistant does the same high quality work and starts lower. check out their sites!


I talked to Jessica Claire, cuz I love her work, and her info is in one of the replies above. Very sought after!


Do more research of the local photographers in SD before flying out someone from your area. You may find someone with decent pricing here.

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