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?
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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.
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!
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 email@example.com. Have a good remainder of the week.
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 :)
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.
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.