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A Couple of weeks ago I released the results of my Boho Readers Survey and I have to say I wasn’t quite ready for some of the feedback I got back. Talks of budgets, themes, the hatred for styled shoots! but what came out as one of the biggest talking points was the price that you brides are paying for wedding photography!
With a MASSIVE 34.2% of you saying you were paying between £500 – £1000 for a wedding photographer, it did set off quite a few discussions with people, and I have to say I was pretty surprised myself.
As a wedding planner I have to source Photographers for lots of my brides, so I have a good idea how much these things cost Now obviously there are some Photographers out there who are very cheep, and others who are very expensive, but I always advice my brides that they will need to budget around the £1,500 – £2,000 mark for a good quality experienced photographer. Obviously there are lots out there more expensive than this, add on albums, photo booths engagement shoots, others that offer years of experience, awards behind them, and a rock star status, but averagely £1,500 – £2,000 is what I go with.
On the surface the results from the survey may have been a bit of a surprise BUT when you add up the other percentages, the results actually look a lot more realistic!
This kind of backs up my advice I guess!
So today I wanted to talk to you more about what wedding photographers cost! Now if you look at the back of most wedding magazines they will all give you breakdowns of an average wedding budget, all of which seem to tell you that a photographer on average will cost around £750! This I believe to be incredibly misleading. Honestly I don’t know many photographers who charge this little, maybe a few just starting out? but honestly…..£750 isn’t going to get you much for your money.
So I asked a selection of photographers that I feature regularly on the blog to share with you what they charge. That way you can really get an idea of what an average Boho Wedding Photographer costs.
Now remember these are photographers who’s work I feature regularly on the blog, so you will be used to the quality of work. They are in no particular order other than alphabetical.
Brighton Photo – www.brighton-photo.com
7 hours = £1,550, up to 10 hours with story book £1,750, Both Includes high res edited files on a memory stick or DVD.
Claire Penn – www.clairepennphotography.com
£1595 digital full day coverage inc disc and online gallery. £1995 with album and engagement shoot is included.
Cotton Candy Weddings – www.cottoncandyweddings.co.uk
£1,850 Includes: 2 Photographers for 8 hours, plus shots using our Retro Camera Range. CD containing at least 500 high res images from the day.
Helen Lisk – www.helenliskphotography.co.uk
Digital Package £1500 – Full coverage of your wedding day, An online gallery and slideshow for your guests to view and purchase prints. All finished photography supplied as high resolution files,
Fine Art Album Package £2000 – Full coverage of your wedding day, An online gallery and slideshow for your guests to view and purchase prints. All finished photography supplied as high resolution files, A beautiful luxury 10×10” leather or photo cotton Fine Art Wedding Album with 30 pages and a bespoke design to tell the story of your day.
Deluxe Fine Art Album Package £2400 – A pre-wedding photo session with a complimentary 12×8” print. Full coverage of your wedding day, An online gallery and slideshow for your guests to view and purchase prints. All finished photography supplied as high resolution files, A beautiful luxury 12×12” leather or photo cotton Fine Art Wedding Album with 40 pages and a bespoke design to tell the story of your day. Two mini 6×6” parent copies of your album, with canvas covers.
Jonny Draper – www.jonnydraper.co.uk
£1,995 includes a disc of hi-res images with permission to Print/distribute, also include lo-res versions to make it easy to email/Facebook, etc. I also supply all of the shots from the day on a DVD slideshow set to Music of the bride and grooms choosing. I also include a pre-wedding shoot for all my wedding clients.
Lifeline Photography – www.lifelinephotography.co.uk
I charge £1200 now for full day, me plus assistant, with images on USB stick plus complimentary e-shoot. It’s the only option I offer.
Mark Tattersall http://mark-tattersall.co.uk/
I charge £1400 for up to 12 hours and all images as digital files. Albums are extra.
Mark Tierney – www.tierneyphotography.co.uk
I have a standard price and then the albums are extra. Standard price: £1200 which includes: A high resolution printable DVD (Minimum 400 images).All images digitally enhanced to the highest standard . All of the colour images are also converted to black and white. Coverage starts at the bridal preparations until after the first dance.A pre-wedding Lifestyle shoot which includes a free print. A Wedding DVD slideshow (tv) Varying styles of albums and prices which range from £300 – £550.
Miki Photography – www.mikiphotography.co.uk
I have one price package £1100 and for that you get: 10hrs coverage, 100 miles travel, DVD with 300 edited images, Online Viewing Gallery, 2-3hrs Engagement Shoot + DVD (wedding Album £400)
Nicola Thompson Photography – http://nicolathompsonphotography.co.uk/
£1500 for full day wedding coverage plus a CD of high res digital files, Plus travel anywhere in the UK. £650 extra to add an album of your choice.
Paul Joseph Photography – http://pauljosephphotography.co.uk
£895 for 6 hours, £1250 for full day 2 togs and £1400 for previous plus a photo booth. No albums are included and all include a love shoot.
Philippa James Photography www.philippajamesphotography.com
Each Package includes – A pre wedding shoot, a designed wedding photobook, all edited images on a disc.
5HRS OF SHOOTING £1200 (usually from bride’s preparations up until the reception)
8HRS OF SHOOTING £1550 (usually from bride’s preparations to the first dance)
11 HRS OF SHOOTING £1900 (usually from bride’s preparations to well into the party)
S6 Photography www.s6photography.co.uk
I charge £1800 which includes complete coverage, 500+ images on disc, Slideshow, travel to anywhere in the UK.
Tino and Pip – www.tinoandpip.co.uk
Our wedding photography packages include; all consultations, chats and venue visits, every image retouched, online gallery, a disc of high resolution photographs
The Essentials– £980 (Monday to Thursday only): Up to 4 hours coverage, presenting you with around 150 photographs.
The Extra Touch– £1230 : 4 to 6 hours coverage, presenting you with around 250 photographs
All in the Detail– £1480: Full day coverage (up to 8 hours), presenting you with around 300 Photographs
All in the Detail & Then Some- £1750: An engagement shoot, so we can get to know each other before your big day and full wedding day coverage as above.
Photo albums from £585 – £750
Toast of Leeds – www.toastofleeds.co.uk
£950 for 6 hours and £1375 for 12 hours, includes disc and pre wed shoot
Tux and Tales – www.tuxandtalesphoto.co.uk
£1095 for 7 hours and £1395 for 12 hours (including a photo booth). 7 hour package has £100 in print credit, 12 hours has £200. Albums start at £250 (average album cost is £400) including travel and an e shoot
So what do you think? I would LOVE your thoughts on this. Are you paying less than £1000 for your photography, or are you paying more? are you a wedding photographer what do you think?
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