Wedding photography budget tips (part 3)

Wedding Photography Budget Tips (part 3) Advice from some of the best wedding photographers in Atlanta We had the pleasure of interviewing some of the best wedding photographers in Atlanta and asked them what advice they had to share when thinking about the wedding photography budget.   We also asked what are some commonly overlooked considerations […]

Wedding Photography Budget Tips (part 3)

Advice from some of the best wedding photographers in Atlanta

We had the pleasure of interviewing some of the best wedding photographers in Atlanta and asked them what advice they had to share when thinking about the wedding photography budget.   We also asked what are some commonly overlooked considerations couples should remember when budgeting for their wedding photos.  Here’s what they had to say:

Altanta wedding photographer Laura Stone Photo
Image provided by Laura Stone Photo

“Identify the style of photography you want and ask for rates from your favorite photographers. Understand that pricing isn’t arbitrary and reflects the level of service and experience you can expect to receive, as well as the expenses your photographer faces to maintain their business.”


Altanta wedding photographer Six Hearts Photography
Image provided by Six Hearts Photography

“When setting your photography budget, reach out to a few successful wedding photographers that you like for quotes to get an idea of how much wedding photography realistically costs. Don’t go with the cheapest company but rather the one you are most drawn to. The purpose of collecting quotes isn’t to price shop but rather to become knowledgeable about your purchase so you can feel good about it. See value.”

– Atlanta Wedding Photographer Schellie from Six Hearts Photography


Image provided by Cayce Callaway Photography

“Don’t cheap out. I know everyone is going to say that, but it’s true. You don’t need to hire the most expensive wedding photographer out there. They may not even be the best. They may simply be the most confident. It’s not the same thing. But don’t hire someone whose rates are too good to be true. Do your research and look at full galleries. That’s the only real way to choose a photographer.”

– Atlanta Wedding Photographer Cayce from Cayce Callaway Photography

 


Atlanta wedding photographer Walter Drayton Photography 1708_image_46607
Photo by Walter Drayton Photography

“There are hundreds of reasonably good photographers in your city, get your money’s worth, but keep in mind that you are not just paying for them to shoot the wedding, you are also for paying for the many hours of editing that follows in the weeks after your event. Get your $$ worth, but don’t expect to pay rock bottom. Also, make sure you see their past reviews on a third party site and not just on their website.”

– Atlanta Wedding Photographer Walter from Walter Drayton Photography

 


Atlanta wedding photographer Debbie Neff Photography 1
Image provided by Debbie Neff Photography

“First, figure out how much photography coverage is needed for the wedding day. Eight hours is typical, but a shorter ceremony or reception could save money on both photography and other costs. Then, research different photographers and their packages. Some photographers, like me, will customize packages based on a couple’s needs. With that said, it is important to remember that wedding photography is an investment – the wedding day comes and goes but the photos live on forever, so try to allocate as much of the budget as possible towards the wedding photography.”

– Atlanta Wedding Photographer Debbie from Debbie Neff Photography

 


Atlanta wedding photographer Janet Howard Studio
Image provided by Janet Howard Studio

“There’s no wrong answer when it comes to the budget, but it’s about prioritizing. It’s a good idea to research photographers beforehand so you know what price range the photographers you like are in. If your budget is tight, see if there are things you can pay for after the wedding instead of including them in your initial package, like albums or wall prints.”

– Atlanta Wedding Photographer Janet from Janet Howard Studio


Image provided by Matthew Druin & Co. Photography

“Decide what is most important to you about your wedding and make a prioritized list. For some couples, that is photography and they will allocate more funds towards that. For others, it may be something different. At the end of the day, there is nothing left but memories and photographs. Memories fade with age, but photographs last forever. There is also a reason there is such a large range of costs when it comes to wedding photography. It’s not just how many hours you get and what’s included that makes one photographer more expensive than another. There’s a lot of underlying things that are not tangible, like how much experience and what type of experience they have that factor into cost.”

Atlanta wedding photographer Melissa Prosser 1
Image provided by Melissa Prosser Photography

“Be realistic. There are photographers that charge $0- $20,000. Your photos are the ONLY lasting proof of your day! Choose a photographer that does this for a living (not just someone who has a nice camera and shoots available light weddings on the weekends), has lots of experience, and is within a reasonable price range for you. If you have to whittle down your food/venue/flower budget to get the experienced photographer that you need to cover your wedding day, do it. You only have one chance to make the right choice.”

– Atlanta Wedding Photographer Melissa from Melissa Prosser Photography

 

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