Wedding Questions

Charleston Area Photographer

August 01, 2017 5:13:05 pm

Posted in Charleston, SC, USA
Emptyprofileicon catherine alley Wedding date: May 19, 2012 Folly Beach, SC, USA

Anyone have any recommendations on photographers? Also, for those of you who have researched this and booked already, what prices are your photography packages? Perhaps I am a bit naive but I keep getting quotes of $2500 plus----which seems really high to me. We are just having a simple beach wedding and then a beach house reception on Saturday, May 5th. I know that I've got a popular date in prime wedding season, but I was really hoping to not blow the bank on the photographer. I want someone who will do some photojournalism like shots (i.e. I don't care as much about all the staged shots) and we're keeping the wedding really simple (no decorations, just a simple party) so I don't care about photos of the cake or the decorations or anything like that. I just know that it is so special to have all of both of our families and our friends there to support us so I want pictures of people. Also, I don't need tons of hours of coverage (some of these packages I'm seeing are offering like 6 or 8 hours). I don't think I need photos of us all getting ready, etc.

Please offer any guidance! Do you know of any new-ish photographers who are not yet so expensive? Or is my budget unreasonable and I need to either find a bit more moolah to get a photographer or (much more likely) just do without?

Feel free to send me an email if you don't want to post publically. (Needless to say, I don't want to incite any public bashing of any particular photographer---but if you happen to have a bad experience with any of them---or if you want to share with me a discount you received that perhaps they wouldn't want you to post publically---please email me!)

catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

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Emptyprofileicon Steven Hyatt

July 27, 2011 1:23:19 pm

www.DianaDeaverWeddings.com

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88008 Elizabeth and Bryan Wedding date: April 18, 2009 Charleston, SC, USA

July 27, 2011 1:46:23 pm

I understand your concern about photography budget, but you might consider trying to up your minimum spend to that $2500 price. Everything else fades away, but the photos last forever! I was the same way when considering a photographer, thinking that there were many things I didn't need, but those were some of the pictures that turned out really good and I am SO VERY GLAD that I have. Be sure to ask about the touch-up work they do after the fact to make you look your very best. I would strongly recommend www.clarkberryphotography.com out of Columbia, but they are definitely in the upper range on price. Their tel # is 803 996 5982. You can always call and ask, though, and perhaps they can do something for you if they are not already booked for your date.

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155328 David and Kesley Wedding date: September 05, 2010 Charleston, SC, USA

July 27, 2011 1:59:42 pm

Try Lea Dales. She was great to work with and will probably put together a package that meets your needs. www.leadales.com

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Emptyprofileicon MARTI SEBESTYEN

July 27, 2011 2:30:32 pm

Try Trisha. Her phone number is 843-926-0536.
We had our wedding 2 years ago, and she did all the pictures on our ceremony and reception. And she did give us the pictures on CD, so I have all of them and I printed out what I liked.
Good luck!

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74499 L Huneycutt Wedding date: September 09, 2007

July 27, 2011 3:05:29 pm

We have package prices from $1300 and up. My son lives in N Charleston so we're there often and would love to talk with you if you'd like. We have galleries on our website www.AkiPhotography.com and on our Facebook page by the same name. You could message us at info@akiphotography.com. Have a good remainder of the week.

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Emptyprofileicon Lauren Fitzhugh Wedding date: June 26, 2010 Charleston, SC, USA

July 27, 2011 4:29:33 pm

Check out Reese Moore!
http://www.reesemooreweddings.com/

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Emptyprofileicon kristin sherwood Wedding date: February 11, 2012 Charleston, SC, USA

July 27, 2011 11:29:39 pm

Hey I am getting married in the area and my photographer is AMAZING! www.tillmanbranch.com; however, they are a little pricey but if you are looking for someone newer and more affordable I would recommend Amy Prikazsky, www.amyprikazskyphotography.com. Her prices are EXTREMELY affordable and another REALLY cheap photographer is Brooke Brooks at http://www.brookebrooksphotography.com/. Hope this is helpful!

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Emptyprofileicon Amber Eubanks Wedding date: October 08, 2011 Charleston, SC, USA

July 28, 2011 8:22:58 am

I went thru the same thing you did when i was looking for a photographer! I was stressed out thinking how can i afford this? This cant be all there is to offer. Well i was right, i came accross this guy that will be doing my wedding in October and has already done our engagement pictures. He is decently priced and willing to work with you! here is his information....http://blakelewisphotography.zenfolio.com/
His packages start out at 650.00. I hope this helps and he is great at what he does!
Amber :)

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89755 Stephen Steinbach Miami, FL, USA

August 03, 2011 2:19:06 am

I don't know what you've come to as a final decision, but this is a one time thing and getting a cheap deal won't matter in the long run like having something you are proud of! Check out my site... My prices are in the middle of your range of replies, and I have that date available.

www.AboutTheDay.com

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Emptyprofileicon Mike and Tara Wedding date: September 18, 2010

August 03, 2011 6:37:33 pm

Check out Juiet Elizabeth. She is absolutely the best! She does most photojournalism photos but will do pretty much anything you like. She has just the best eye. I haven't met a better photographer and was very pleased with my photos and with working with her.

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Emptyprofileicon Amy Bailey Wedding date: June 02, 2012 Asheville, NC, USA

August 24, 2011 7:42:43 am

I've just started to plan my wedding (also in May 2012) and I thought the same thing about prices. I agree that the pictures last forever so I'm trying to find just the right package for us. Our wedding will be very small as well so I can really understand your concerns.
A really good photogropher that I'm considering is chrisandcami.com. They are a little pricey but they will work with you to develop your own package. Another that I've found on this site actually was www.bentstudio.com. Another really good one that will work with you.
Good luck!

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148242 Angela Beckhart Wedding date: July 10, 2011 Charleston, SC, USA

August 26, 2011 9:38:04 am

We got married last year and went with Chi Photography of Charleston. The main reason was she allowed us to put together a package we like. We'll within our budget of 1,500.00. Pictures turned out great!!! http://www.chiphotographyofcharleston.com

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