Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Planning half my wedding in 3 weeks: Pictures are worth a 1000 words.

Dress = Check.
Photography = next up.

For our engagement pictures, I asked one of my bridesmaids, Callie Hanes take pictures for us in exchange for a donation to her trip to Israel this past May. We had a blast romping around her cousin's farm- here's one of my favorites from the shoot (the rest are at the bottom):




The next giant to tackle was getting a wedding photographer for our wedding.

Ok, ok, I confess-- I actually did quite a lot of research on this one prior to my trip back to Georgia. Mainly because this is one of those few things that make a difference for years (decades) after your big day.


My main qualifications for potential photographers were: 

1. I wanted 2 photographers (main shooter & assistant shooter)
2. Prior experience at The Carl House


The first thing I had to do in this process was find out how much wedding photography actually cost these days and then figure out how much we were going to pay! In order to do this, I emailed upwards of 20-25 different photographers who met those qualifications asking them for pricing on their packages.

In case you are not in the know (I definitely wasn't), the low end of hiring a main photographer & a back up shooter is around $1,500. Average is about $2,500 and the high end is $3,500+.

Since everyone offered different options in their packages, it was a little tough to keep up with. Thus, the spreadsheet came into the making. If anyone reading this wants to get married at The Carl House (or just get married) in the near future, you are welcome. Check it out--




Name
Website/email
Cheapest Package w/ 2 photographers:
Next Package
Shutterkiss (husband & wife)
Shutterkiss.com

Carl House Photos:
http://shutterkiss.com/2013/01/caseypaul-wedding/
$2,000:
2 photographers for entire day, engagement session, online gallery/printing rights
You can add on a variety of other services for an additional price.
Neal Reeves
Nealreeves.com

Carl House Photos:
http://nealreevesphotography.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-01-14T19:13:00-08:00&max-results=7
$1750:
2 photographers starting 3 hours before the ceremony and ending when bride & groom leave, DVD of images w/ a copyright release
You can add on a variety of other services for an additional price.
Julie Anne
Featured in ‘style me pretty’ online magazine
Julieannephoto.com
julie@julieannephoto.com

Carl House Photos:
http://julieanneblog.com/cassie-vals-bold-carl-house-wedding-auburn-photographer/
$2,799:
2 photographers for 8 hours w/online gallery & DVD, engagement session w/ DVD
$3,799:
2 photographers for 10 hours w/online gallery & DVD, engagement session w/ DVD, Wedding album & slideshow
Tonya Douglas

tonya@tonyadouglasphotography.com
$1,200:
2 photographers for 6 hours w/online gallery & CD, engagement session w/ CD
$1,500:
2 photographers for 6 hours w/online gallery & CD, engagement session w/ CD, & Leather Wedding Album
Liz Yeakle & husband
Featured in ‘style me pretty’ online magazine and ‘Theknot.com’
liz@lizyeakle.com
$2,500:
2 photographers for 6 hours w/online gallery & CD
$3,100
2 photographers for 7 hours w/online gallery & CD, $600 product credit
Lauren Wright Payne

Carl House Photos:
http://www.laurenwrightphoto.com/?s=carl
$3200:
8 hours w/ 2 photographers  w/online gallery & CD, engagement session, Signature Wedding Album (Album = $1,000)
You can add on a variety of other services for an additional price OR remove any items to create a smaller package
Melissa Tuck
Melissatuckphoto.com
mel@melissatuckphoto.com
$3200:
2 photographers for 8 hours w/online gallery & CD, $50 product credit

You can add on a variety of other services for an additional price.
Sarah Eubanks
seesarah@me.com
$2250:
2 photographers for 6 hours w/online gallery & CD, $100 print credit
$2650:
2 photographers for 6 hours w/online gallery & CD, engagement or bridal shoot, $200 print credit
Scott Greene
Greeneworks.net

Carl House Photos:
http://blog.greeneworks.net/tag/auburn-ga/
$1950:
4 hours of coverage, 2 photographers, digital negatives
$2750:
Wedding day coverage, 2 photographers, digital negatives, engagement session, 16x20 photo canvas
Eric Little Photography
http://photos.ericlittlephotography.com/
$1,900:
-8 hours of coverage, online gallery, DVD, engagement session
$2,900:
8 hours of coverage, online gallery, DVD, engagement session, bridal album, 2 photographers, engagement book, save the dates
Feng Long Photography

http://www.fenglongphoto.com/

Carl House Photos:
http://www.fenglongphoto.com/blog/2012/11/carl-house-wedding-auburn-lacey-david/
$2750:
6 hours of wedding photography, edited photos with print release, engagement/bridal sessions
$3200:
10 hours,  edited photos with print release, engagement/bridal sessions, 10X10 album with 20 pages
Jackie Reedy
Personally created packages running from $2000-$3000
















So... maybe that was a little overkill... but helpful! Once I narrowed it down based on packages & their shooting style (aka photo blog stalking), I set up meetings. I think that McCray & I probably met with 5+ photographers in 48 hours. It was impressive.



One of the biggest things that I learned was that you've gotta pick a photographer with the personality that works for you. McCray and I ended up landing on Lauren Wright Payne. We loved our time chatting with her & I loved her shooting style! I can't wait to get to know her better on our big day!



More engagement pics from Callie Hanes!










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