Wedding Price Info
Here’s the short version before I waste anyone’s time:
My standard wedding package is $2,990. Send me a note and I’ll give you a run-down of all the packages I offer.
Video packages also now available. We do amazing video work, and you can save a ton by bundling services with us.
If this is within your budget, please call or text or email me. I’d love to talk details. 612-607-4133. firstname.lastname@example.org
Now here’s the long version:
Here’s the thing: I understand that everyone has a different budget. And everyone values photography differently. Some people will look at $2,990 and spit out their coffee. Others will find it to be quite reasonable in the world of professional wedding photography. I get that some people want to find a photographer for $500 on Craigslist. Others want the best of the best and they don’t mind spending $10,000 on a big, fancy name or a big fancy studio. That’s cool, too.
Myself, I’ve been told I need to raise my rates, in order to compete for the upper crust of the wedding photo business out there. And I thought about it. I looked at my competition hard, and I’m confident my work is every bit as good as other photographers who charge double what I do. But I actually decided to lower them from $3,500, where I had them in 2014. And I’ll tell you a little about why.
The first reason is that I just really love shooting. And I love giving people amazing photography, and I don’t want it to only be accessible to those with very deep pockets. I like shooting a diverse array of couples, all over the country, all over the world. Whether it’s New Orleans, Minneapolis, or anywhere else I am booked. If I raise my rates to $5,000, that severely limits my market, and who can access my work. I want a balance between being able to make a living at what I do, and being able to work with couples from all walks of life.
And this brings me to the next reason, which is personal, and different with every photographer you will meet (which is also why I will NEVER hear me criticize another photographers’ rates). And that is, A) I am single, B) I have no children, and C) I have, over the years, shed myself of major expenses that keep other people from being able to survive in this business when they’re first starting up. This was the best advice anyone gave me when I was getting going as a photographer–keep your expenses low; not just in your business, but in your life. And I worked hard to make that happen. My car is paid for. My gear is paid for, and I don’t buy new equipment unless I have the cash ready to do so. I don’t have credit cards. I don’t have a $200/day cocaine habit. Everything important to me can be packed up into my car, if need be. It gives me great flexibility.
So in short, my prices reflect this balance between my business, my personal situation, and my desire to work with as many different kinds of couples as possible. I never set out to get rich in this business, and I firmly believe that if you do good in the world, good comes back to you. I set out to make great photography, touch people’s lives, hopefully live comfortably, travel as much as I can, and have a fuckton of fun along the way. And I do that. Everyone’s idea of comfort is different. Everyone’s idea of the American dream is different, too. But this is my version, and I hope everyone knows how grateful I am that I get to live it. I don’t want to sound too emo about it, but I’m the first person to understand how lucky I am.
If and when my situation changes; say I do find someone I’d like to start a life with, or I get sick and have a huge medical bill to pay, or whatever life may throw at me, I will have to reconsider how I do things. But for now, it’ll do.
For now, my rates are going to stay where they are, and I’m happy to offer them to everyone. I’m also happy to consider barter or trade, or other creative arrangements, to anyone with an interesting or weird or wild love story who might be low on traditional American dollars.
Hope this is helpful to anyone shopping for a photographer, and doesn’t quite get why we charge what we do, and what exactly goes into the final invoice.