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Hi everybody,


I would like to know your opinion on the following subject:



What do you prefer, a comfy price per hour covering only the essentials or a more expensive unlimited coverage package?? Photo and video-wise.


What's the best value for money for you?


Any comments??



Thank you,




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Hi Dino,


Personally, I prefer photographers who offer hourly rates. I am in the process of looking for a photographer right now and I don't want all the fancy big packages that offer a coffee table book or special photo retouching. I am in the publishing business and I can do these things myself.


What is most important to me is someone who offers me the option to sort of design my own package by choosing how many hours I want. The second most important thing to me is that I can have all the photos. I don't like that some photographers won't give you all of your photos and you can only choose some of them. It is important to be able to have my photos on a CD so that I may print them however I like. I feel like the hourly rate is a much better value from the quotes I've gotten so far because I don't have to pay for any "extras" that I don't feel I need or want.


That being said, I think some people would like to also have the option for unlimited coverage. Sometimes I wish I could mix and match the things I like about different photographers because nobody seems to have exactly the type of package that I want. I am sure others feel this way too.

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Personally, for photo I like the unlimited coverage. I don't want to stress about how many hours I need. At the end of the day I don't want to look back and say "I wish my photographer would have stayed for the cake cutting" or have a moment pass where someone says "where is your photographer for this? It would make a great photo."

Video on the other hand I think hourly would be what I am looking for. I don't want to spend a lot of money on a video since realistically I will probably watch it five times in my life and four of them will be the week I get back! So I would like a VERY affordable hourly rate in which I can choose to only tape the ceremony so I can hear our vows again.

Just my two cents.

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Honestly, unlimited. We are having a big wedding and wanted my photographer to cover everything!


It was a major reason why we decided to fly in our photog instead of using one in PV (whom were mostly if not all , by the hour.)

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