I was hoping to get a full post in this afternoon, but now that it’s 6:30pm on a Friday, I’m going to post my thoughts on Photography on a Budget and leave it with that. I’m also going to explain how spending money wisely in one area may be worth it in the long run.
To all of you who were waiting for me to tell you how to get 8 hours of a photographer’s services, plus assistant, plus photobooth, plus album all for some magic low, low price —– you’re out of luck. As I’ve said a few times this week, you get what you pay for. Professional Photographers seem like a big cost and there’s a good reason why:
- The photo’s from your wedding are going to be with you for years after your wedding day. The food, decor, venue and everything else will be witnesses for one day. So think about it in a long-term investment way, not a “what I’m getting for a few hours of work” kind of way.
- Your photographer works more than just the time slot they are booked for your wedding. Forget the cost of their equipment and the cost of running a business for a minute…lets talk just about their time:
- Time for your wedding day itself
- Time for travel/prep
- Time for photo editing after the fact (this can be a big one!)
- Time for answering your emails, phone calls, questions, etc.
Now that I’ve lectured you (sorry about that, I tried to keep it a short!), I’ll give you some tips on how to keep your costs down:
- THE ALBUM: Do you need a $2,000 wedding album? Probably not. Do you have an aunt who is crafty or a friend who loves scrapbooking? Ask them to make you an album as a wedding present or think about making one yourself. Or just don’t even have one. It is the digital age after all…
- THE PHOTOBOOTH: They’re fun and trendy, but do you have enough people attending to make this worth while. And by enough people I mean enough youthful, gonna-actually-use-this-thing people. Your 50+ demographic may not be all that interested.
- PACKAGES: Look at your photographer’s package options and communicate with them about what you actually need and want. If you don’t need something that they offer, ask about a discount.
- STUDENTS: If you’re really in a pinch and just can’t spend the money – check out the local art schools and see if there are any photography students you can get. They may work for nothing or next-to-nothing, especially if all you want at the end of the day is a CD with images burned onto it.
- GO NON-PRO: If you honestly aren’t worried about having great photograph’s after the fact, than hiring someone off of craigslist for $400 might work ok for you. I’ve known people who’ve done it and regretted it later, so fair warning (and I promise it’s the last time I’ll say it) you get what you pay for.
Have more tips to share? Leave them in the comments!