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May 27, 2008 12:47 |  #1

Just wondering what you guys charge...I have my first one coming up, so I'd like to get an idea...obviously whatever I charge will most likely be substantially lower than you guys simply because this will be my FIRST wedding ever...just looking for some parameters.

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May 28, 2008 16:29 |  #2

up we go in search of some replies ;)


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May 28, 2008 16:58 |  #3

Not to sound mean, but here are a few hundred suggestions.

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May 28, 2008 17:51 |  #4

that's not mean at all...that's helpful...but right now I don't have hours to wade through hundreds of posts to get an answer :( I have to tell the ppl tonight how much I want.

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May 29, 2008 10:58 |  #5

I charge $750.00. I charged only $500.00 for my first one.


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May 29, 2008 12:16 |  #6

I'd say $750.


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May 29, 2008 12:19 |  #7

Just shooting? No albums or prints or anything? Just going to give them the pictures from the camera?


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May 29, 2008 12:50 |  #8

LowriderS10 wrote in post #5613999 (external link)
that's not mean at all...that's helpful...but right now I don't have hours to wade through hundreds of posts to get an answer :( I have to tell the ppl tonight how much I want.

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But it's ok for us to do it for you?


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May 30, 2008 08:35 as a reply to  @ bwolford's post |  #9

First wedding: Free, shot as a wedding gift, they did pay 2 nights lodging
Second wedding: $400. they got RAW images from the camera
Third wedding: $500, RAW images
Fourth wedding: Free, shot as a wedding gift
5th: $200, it was my cousin
6th: $600, friends of my husband
Now we charge $600 for a very basic wedding, and $1000 with more coverage and end products, plus we have some a la carte pricing.
It depends on the time involved, end products, and will it be just you or you and someone else?
I'd say charge them a very nominal fee and make sure that they know it's your first wedding.
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May 30, 2008 09:12 |  #10

First one free
Off the back of that, the next at £500
I've been asked to shoot one next year in Scotland, and that's £1000
Why is it that no matter what figure you pick out of the air, some people just don't even blink ???




  
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May 30, 2008 09:51 |  #11

The one person I know that did her first wedding for $500 had no flash.

You have a flash so that is why I say $750.

All kidding aside try to build the image in your brain that you are already one of the best in the business. Confidence is the name of the game.


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May 30, 2008 09:56 |  #12

If you are comfortable with your equipment and have shot other events and activities and understand what has to be done at a wedding than charge for it.
My first wedding was $1500 and my fees went up as time passed by. Most underestimate the difficulty of doing wedding work and the large amount of time you have to spend in pp. I put 110% into my weddings and have everything ready to go ahead of time--meaning I know what is happening my gear is ready--backup gear is around my neck and understand and anticipate ahead of time---do not react--anticipate shots.
Charge what you are worth------show them the value in what you bring to the table....then as for your deposit.


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May 30, 2008 10:00 |  #13

/groans

You're going to need to figure out your costs.

Do I need to rent equipment? How long is the travel time (gas)? How much time will I spend in post production? How much will making an album cost, and the time invested into making said album? How much markup for said album do I want to get? Will I offer enlargements, DVD/CD's with reprint rights, and if so, how much do I want to get for giving away reprint rights? Will I have to send the album to the bride and groom, or am I meeting up with them afterwards? How much of a deposit do I need to get my necessary items?

Then you need to decide how much your time is worth. Time = money.


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May 31, 2008 18:45 |  #14

First wedding: $30 an hour, paid by the main photog. Last year. =)


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Jun 01, 2008 21:11 |  #15

good gracious, some of you people are charging what I charged by in the early 80's!




  
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