Pricing on Upcoming Wedding

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  1. iflynething

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    I have been asked to do a wedding Sunday, April 29th.

    What the bride needs from me are around 150 pictures (that's what she told me, but I will take many more and we can go from there) of the before, the ceremony, aftershots of the family/bride/groom, and of course the reception.

    Going from that, what would YOU expect to be charged and/or what would you charge for something like this.

    Also, I have experience with one wedding which I did in November. I took around 300 shots and the bride was very happy with the results, even though all I had was my Nikon point-and-shoot.

    I have some time to get aquainted with wedding photography.

    This would be considered my first "true" wedding "shoot." The other thing is I have just Nikon Point and shoot and I definately don't want to roll in there with that. I told the bride I am working on a better camera (a Nikon D40 or 50) which will take higher quality, and better pictures. It's not that the Nikon doesn't take good ones, it just being seen taking the pictures with that camera.


    I hope you can help.

    Thank you

    ~Michael~
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    First of all the D40 or D50 WILL take better pictures regardless of what you might think but putting that aside only you can decide what your time is worth and what your particular bride will be willing to pay and what the going rate in your area is put those three things together and you might come up with a good price but with your experience I would not plan on charging alot.
     
  3. iflynething

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    That's what I wanted to take into consideration was my experience. I would of course take pictures to the best of my ability.

    I just have to get, or get access to a D40 or D50 that weekend or sometime before to get familiar with it.

    A wedding is a very important time that usually happens once and I want to be able to capture those precious moments.

    I was thinking in the neighborhood of $100-150? More? Less? Just right?

    Thanks for your input

    ~Michael~
     
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    Ask the bride if this is right tally up your expenses and add what you think you should make and theres your price. Just remember one thing never underestimate how much it will cost you to shoot print and mabye buy an album for this wedding.
     
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    Start out by considering all of your expenses: prints, batteries, gas, lunch, everything... Double that, and add whatever you want to make. $150 doesn't seem like enough to me for a full day of wedding photography, even if you don't have a lot of experience.

    I made $300 after expenses for my first wedding.
     
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    I'm in a similar boat. I've never shot a wedding, but had one in May that I was doing for a friend of the family (she can't afford a high-priced photographer). I generally shoot sports and family portraits, mainly outdoor stuff. A referral approached me about an indoor wedding (yikes!) and all I had was a point and shoot (FujiFilm). It's a great camera and she loves my pictures. I was honest with her about my equipment and experience. (I have since upgraded equipment, so my husband will use the P&S as the second photographer). She was interested in a quote (desperate is more like it) so I told her that I'd do her wedding for $100. I put together some packages and she choose one that she liked. She mainly wants family pictures, but I told her that the $100 would cover 4 hours and I'd shoot the reception, ceremony, etc. I'll post her pictures online for her to purchase whenever she wants. If you have photoshop, you can put together a DVD slideshow, which is a big seller. I know that this is underpriced, but I'm gaining experience which is what you need (in my opinion) to charge a price worth your trouble. Remember that you'll have to go through all of the pictures that you take and edit them (possibly). For every football game that I take pictures of (say 400 pictures), I'll spend a day of editing. Hey, every photographer has to shoot their first wedding sometime. Congratulations!!!
     
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    you must be nuts why don't you do it for free $100!!! that may seem like alot if you say you are shooting only 4 hours but if you say you are going to shoot ceremony formals and even some reception you can throw that 4 hour figure right out the window. Even if you have no experience you need to consider editing time and CD burning time if you are going to give them prints and even if you are going to meet them before or after the wedding to deliver the prints.
     
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    I am trying to help them out. They can't afford any more and I really need the experience. I'm willing to not make alot of money off of this to gain some experience and have wedding pictures to market for my next wedding. My next wedding won't be for $100.
     
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    Sorry to frighten you here but before taking on a wedding consider a few things.

    This is the couple's big day. Are you experienced enough top take wedding images? It's not just a point and shoot ocassion. If that's how you use the camera then a P&S will probably do the same job.

    It's not just the camera that determines what a good shot is, the photographer has to make (not just take) the shot!

    Can the couple afford someone better? If they can let them because these are high pressure jobs that should not be taken lightly. What if you mess up? You will feel bad the couple will likely feel worse.

    Do you have experience in posing poeople? This is a nightmare to the learner. Look at many many many wedding images before you think about it.

    Regards equipment, you need a backup camera, lots of memory, fast lenses (the cheap 50mm f1.8 will do ok) and a very good flash unit like a SB600 - LOTS AND LOTS of Memory and shoot RAW.

    Backups are required because cameras do break down. What if it breaks ofr you drop it in a panic or the like. Be prepared and do lots of reading. Loads of info on the web.

    Charge what you feel is appropriate for your experience. The hours you spend shooting can easily be doubled when post processing!
     
  10. iflynething

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    First, thank you for all your help, posts and comments. I really appreciate them.

    I am prepared to edit. When you would edit pictures, what are you editing...I guess that's too broad? Cropping? Brightness? What else?

    I have left her a message and I WILL tell her of my experience. Just like you said, mimartin, everyone has to shoot their first wedding sometime.

    When I spoke to the bride, she said she is looking for a cheaper photographer. I know she doesn't want to spend alot for the more expensive photographer, but I don't want her to think you get what you pay for.

    The wedding I did in November was done with my point and shoot but it was not to my liking. The "actual" professional photographer has a Kodak "advanced" point and shoot (like the Sony H5, but a Kodak version). Those photos turned out nice. I just told her I would come anyways and shoot. My photos turned out to her liking too.

    A backup camera :0 Oh boy! :) I have a teacher who's husband is a photographer and does weddings. He might be able to let me use one of his. All I can do is try.

    The $150 is, modest, I guess. That's why I'm here. I don't want to charge too much but, then again if they can get someone else for cheaper then I wouldn't want to loose the business and above all experience. I was asking around school what would people "expect" to be charged if they had a photorapher like me (in high school), with a year's experience photographing, and one wedding behind me. Some said up to $500, some $200-250. I called a photographer in town and was quoted at $750 for 3 hours service, rights to the negatives, and a CD with the digital JPEG files of the pictures?

    I will talk more with the bride and get more information.

    Thank you again

    ~Michael~
     
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    do it for free . . . don't mess up the market!

    there are too many weekend warriors out there willing to do it for less than what they should, and it makes it harder to make a living.

    Also please don't give them the files! make them buy prints from you, even if your doing them at cost!!!!!!
     
  12. iflynething

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    By you saying make them buy prints from me, you mean I get them developed and they buy from what I got developed?

    I have still not talked to the bride so I don't know if she is wanting an album of all the pictures or not. That's another story though :)

    ~Michael~
     

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