How much should I expect to pay for my wedding in Vancouver?

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  1. fdiddy

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    I'm getting married in July in Vancouver. We are having a fairly small, inexpensive and casual wedding. We want a photographer to take pictures at the ceremony (about 45 mins), some posing after (about 1 hr), and then a little bit at the reception (about 30 mins).

    I'm not sure what to expect for pricing. I've searched the forums and have found anywhere from $150 for 3 hours to over $2000. Our wedding total will probably come out under $2000 so the high end of the spectrum is out of the question. What should I expect?

    People in Vancouver, feel free to quote/put forth your portfolios. Thanks for the replies.
     
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    $10,000~ is high end. $1200 is kind of 'standard', though it's still quite low and nothing fascinating and should be really the minimum you're willing to pay.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    There are loads of togs in the begginers forum that will do it for $100 :lol:
     
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    Most people I've seen don't do weddings by time, so it's all the same. Although what do you want from the photographer? Because any noob could go shot a few and just give you a memory card or a few prints for like 100 bucks. But if you want persay.
    -Digital Rights to Photos
    -Nice Book with the Pictures
    -Professional prints
    -etc.

    You will be paying MUCH more, around 2-5k. Then the 10k photographers are the guys that are amazing, in most cases.

    But what are you looking for? That is what it comes down to.
     
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    If you are related to pdiddy, you could ask him to pay for the photog ;)

    But seriously, I had the same type of wedding your planning and we just relied on our friends to take photos. No, they don't look like pro shots but we don't care much. Our photos match our wedding. Low key.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    In a city the size of Vancouver, you should be able to find the entire range...from free to $10,000+....and from crappy to spectacular. Of course, you usually won't find spectacular down near the free end of the spectrum. ;)
     
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    Have you searched for photographers based in Vancouver?

    And good luck. Booking a photographer so close to your wedding date may be tough.

    *edit: consider photography students or putting an ad out on craigslist. I would like to re-emphasize what was already stated: pro photographers will get you better results, or they should, anyway.
     
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    I'm a full time wedding photographer in Vancouver, Richmond and Vancouver island, my package is very reasonable and I always use two camera body to shoot with and all your digital files are large which allows you to print to a canvas size without losing much quality due to my professional equipments and lenses (Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, 85mm F1.2L, 24-70mm F2.8L, 70-200mm F2.8L IS, 24-70mm F4L, Quantum battery pack and 580 ex II flashes) I have been photograph student with Dan Fontaine who is a well known photographer for Richmond area. My style and pricing (starts at 1200 for six hours) are different than his as you can see: www.FantasyWeddingPhotography.com You can read up my bio range from Vancouver Film School, Emily Carr, Langara Photography Certificate. Let me know if my Professional work and budget meets your need.
    Wayne L
    "The Art of Storytelling"
     
  9. JasonLambert

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    $20 and a six pack and I'm in! :D
     
  10. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    First nail down what you want, then talk about a price.

    Your marriage will hopefully last for your lifetime, your wedding album should last for generations. It's up to you to decide the image you project through time and what you are willing to pay to have it delivered.
     
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    Are you for real? Is this bride porn mag or something? I would never want my bride nor daughter posed like that.
     
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