Professional Wedding Photography Prices
Most commonly asked questions about Professional Wedding Photography Prices you were afraid to ask.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Professional Wedding Photographer Alfredo Valentine and owner of Couture Bridal Photography discusses Professional Wedding Photography Prices.
I’d like to start by saying that photography like any art is subjective. Photography comes in different flavors and varieties because no two photographers are alike. True photographers are artists, and their work will continually evolve as they create more and more art. With this being said, you should select a photographer for your wedding based on style and how you connect on a personal level. The Professional Wedding Photography Price won’t matter if you absolutely feel comfortable being around your wedding photographer all day and confident that he or she has your wedding day photography in their best interest. Wedding photography prices will not seem a lot months or years after your wedding when your flipping through your Wedding Album or look up at the canvas print mounted on your wall.
Let’s look deeper in to what influences Wedding Photography prices?
The cost of wedding photography ranges from $250.00 to $10,000 dollars for a whole wedding day. Your wondering “WHAT”! Let me explain wedding photography cost in 2015 and onward. I would say around 2005 wedding photographers started popping up all over the place. Pro-sumer camera’s by Canon and Nikon started showing up on the shelves of Costco, BJ’s and Walmart and some people wanted to make a quick buck and became overnight wedding photographers. I swear its true. So even right now you can go on Craigslist and find dozens of photographers advertising weddings for $200 for the whole day. You won’t find much advertising for wedding photography cost over $750. I pretty much guarantee it. You can quickly spot those photographers a mile away, but as they say there is something for everyone in every budget or some people don’t appreciate of even care for photography.
The other Wedding Photography Cost over $10,000 is reserved for masters in the art of wedding photography. You’ll find names like Yervant, Jerry Ghionis, Cliff Moutner, Roberto Valenzuela. These are artists that really reached the top and have won numerous international awards in all areas of wedding photography and are in a class on their own.
Now we come to the rest of us. The professionals that have studied our art form, attend clinics, constantly practice, are members of professional photography associations, have liability insurance, and professional cameras, lenses and accessories. We are the ones that your likely to select for your wedding photography needs.
Important considerations when it comes to finding a Professional Wedding Photographer and Professional Wedding Photography Prices
Your wedding is 6 months or more away and your working on who to invite and also trying to figure out your budget. You will most likely start by finding a venue that can accommodate the amount of people you intend to invite and falls within your budget for venue and food. The next stop will be your flowers and decorating, to which I will alway only recommend my good friend Jorge Mercado, owner of Dream Occasions. Then you will find a DJ and MC and hopefully the person that will make your wedding Cake, again as far as cakes go, my recommendation is Cakes by Kim Garcia. I also want to mention the single most important person you will overlook up until a month or 2 before your wedding is a professional wedding and event planner. I recommend Mayra Hillock, owner of Exclusively Yours. You should hire Mayra from the beginning to help with everything from the beginning, but at the minimum have her as your day of. I will follow this blog up with articles on every vendor you need for a beautiful wedding. Now back to the most important vendor that is sometimes over looked, your wedding photographer, but when its all said and done will be the biggest regret if you don’t invest in the right professional wedding photographer.
Professional Wedding Photography Prices: Research the Photographer
When considering a Professional Wedding Photographer or Professional Wedding Photography prices make sure your do some research. Check the Professional Wedding Photographers website, and look for reviews. When researching Professional Wedding Photography Prices, get pricing from Professional Photographers in your area, and the area around your venue. Professional Wedding Photography Prices are heavily influenced not only by supply and demand, but the photographers popularity, and services they may offer. A professional wedding photographer that has been published in various wedding magazines, wedding websites, or even membership in certain professional wedding photography organizations play a big factor in professional wedding photography prices. Awards from prestigious photography organizations also play a big factor.
Most importantly, when viewing a potential wedding photographers website, look for consistency in the images on their website. Also remember, if it sounds to good to be true, it likely is. As a perfect example, I met with a bride that was given a super low price for the type and size of wedding she was planning. I did some research and found the company, Hitchmeweddings.com in Miami, Florida was and still is stealing other professional Wedding Photographers images and displaying them as their own to couples. When I looked further into their website, or if you look their gallery of work resembles nothing like that they show throughout their website. Amazingly enough they have a large number of of reviews on their wedding wire account which leads me to believe are fraudulent as well, since they only went into business in 2011. The first tip off to their unprofessionalism was the fact that they take $100 as a deposit, and the balance $2,900 on the day of the wedding. The exchanging of money or payment should never occur on a couples wedding day, EVER!
Professional Wedding Photography Prices: Don’t use a friend or family member for your wedding day photography or someone just starting out
I also want to discuss a sensitive subject, but a very real one. Like many couples getting married and trying to save money, it is easy to ask a family friend who dabbles in photography or have a friend that wants to enter the industry to ask permission to photograph your wedding. In an effort to save money because of the obviously higher Professional Wedding Photography prices it may seem very appealing. DON’T DO IT! Wedding Photography is a very specialized genre of photography that takes years of training to become proficient and requires very specialized equipment. Even the biggest enthusiasts with years of experience will struggle capturing images in little to no light with people moving, and someone wanting to become a wedding photographer should be working with a wedding photographer as an assistant to learn the skills necessary to photography a wedding. The most important reason not to use a family friend, or friend to photograph your wedding, it the ability to photography a wedding and be a part of it. It just doesn’t work. You can’t capture someone else moments when your supposed to be a part of them. Another consequence to avoiding professional wedding photography prices is the damage to a relationship that will occur when your disappointed with your wedding photography.
Professional Wedding Photography Prices: The Knot, Weddingwire, etc.
I would like to add that upon meeting a bride, who is getting married at a particular location that only allows preferred vendors to photograph weddings on property. I met her at a vendor meeting and when advised her that I was a preferred vendor, she responded with, “My friend is a wedding photographer and she’s on The Knot.com”. I didn’t correct her but I want to point out the facts here. You can get listed on the Knot, Weddingwire, wedding lovely, or any of the wedding vendor websites with nothing more that $2,000.00 plus dollars and a disposable Kodak camera. Clearly this bride is like many who just don’t understand the industry. Its fine that she feel confident in her friend, but on wedding day if the venue doesn’t allow her friend to shoot, or if her friend isn’t as good as she thinks she is theres a good chance of deep disappointment. These wedding websites don’t care if a vendor can actually offer the services that claim, they are only just another business and profit is the motivation. I have complained and contacted, The knot and Weddingwire.com about HitchmeWeddings.com and they still allow them to advertise on their website despite the hard evidence that HitchmeWeddings.Com is a fraud. So being listed on any website doesn’t mean the photographer can perform as advertised which leads back to researching who you intend to use.
Professional Wedding Photography Prices: Adding it all up
Hopefully you have learned enough from my Professional Wedding Photography Prices article to help you better make a decision on finding the right wedding photographer for your wedding. Your Wedding day is the most important day of your life and it is possible to find Professional Wedding photographer prices that fit within your budget and still get the quality you deserve. Having a friend or family member photograph your wedding is never a good idea, and because someone is listed on a wedding vendor website, doesn’t necessarily mean they are the best choice, event if they have high professional Wedding Photography prices or low professional wedding photography prices. Look for consistency and style, and research them. A good way to research a a photographer is to use, ex: Sites:www.couturebridalphotography.com with their website. Everything about them, anything they show up in, and anything and everything related to the link will show up and it will help with your research. Don’t let Professional Wedding Photography prices the only aspect of a photographer you look at.
I hope you choose me to be your Fort Lauderdale Wedding Photographer no matter where your getting married, I can be there!
IF YOU NEED ANY ASSISTANCE IN PLANNING YOUR EVENT OR NEED A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR PELICAN GRAND WEDDING DAY, PLEASE CONTACT ME AT
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