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First Wedding Price Advice


29 Dec 2017 3:29PM
Hello all. First of all thank you in advance if you choose to read and help me out with this.

I got a friend who is getting married next year and I managed to successfully pitch my skills through so I am actually going to be their wedding photographer. They are asking me how much I am going to charge them so they can plan ahead. But we are friends too and I did tell them that I appreciate the opportunity and that I look at it as a win-win - they are gonna get great photos; I'm gonna get experience towards what I'd like to do full time in a few years time.

The big question for me is this: What should I consider charging them considering the following:

- we are friends
- they are giving me an oportunity which I believe is hard to come by in this particular market
- I don't really wanna do it for free either to be honest
- I'm also invited as a guest (though I expect I won't have much time to actually enjoy the wedding as a guest)
- They have a low budge - but they didn't say what it is
- They are not too picky; they are just looking for photos at the reception and the party. I might add optionally a photo album as well as multimedia DVD which could include videos + photos in a slide show format. Got experience with that.
- I'm perfectionist - so I will put effort into it so they are really pleased at the end of the job

thanks again.

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mikeyham 13 12 Scotland
29 Dec 2017 5:59PM
Hi. I found this interesting as I was in the exact same situation as you for my first wedding shoot. Did I charge them? No. Just edited and put on a disc. The reason being I was unsure just how good I was going to be at it. The only thing I wanted in return was, that if they were happy they would share my name and number with as many people as they could. Also that I could use images from the wedding to show potential clients for myself. So did it work you will be asking yourself. Yes extremely well. My friend and his bride had both been married to other partners before and were blown away by the images compared to the Pro's on there previous weddings. Once the images had been shared with family, friends and social media, the contacts started to come through. My next wedding was charged at 350 for the same process and so on. Keep it simple for the first few until you build up a name for yourself. Interestingly my first wedding was shot with the Xpro-1 and 35/1.4 + flash. That was hard work considering how slow the AF was, but to this day I still maintain they were some of the best images I have ever shot due to having to work dammed hard to get them right. Hope this helps.
29 Dec 2017 8:21PM
Thank you !!!!
LenShepherd 11 4.0k United Kingdom
30 Dec 2017 8:29AM
I suggest charging a nominal 50, including a disc, as a "special"; the "special" being their nominal contribution to the several hours post processing you will need as a perfectionist to produce a high quality set of images on DVD.
Some pros estimate 2 days average post processing time for each wedding they undertake.
A point to get over is that a good wedding CD cannot be produced for less than a few hundred pounds of working time.
If any of their friends approach you later they need to know a fair price for a pro is many times 50 Grin
Make it clear you are doing the task as a friend, not as a pro and as a building up experience curve.
You can price up the cost of an album and print costs from a specialist lab as an extra when they can afford it.
779HOB 7 1.2k United Kingdom
30 Dec 2017 10:37AM
I don't do weddings at all normally but did one for a friend a couple of years ago. I did it for free and dumped the photos on my website for people to buy prints from if they wanted them, all done by a lab without me doing anything. I'd have made more if I'd charged for the wedding of course but made enough to pay for the web hosting the following year.
thewilliam2 2 1.3k
30 Dec 2017 10:58AM
For a first-ever wedding, I'd be inclined to do it for expenses only.

Public Liability insurance would be very wise and, if you're not doing the wedding "professionally", you might find that the PL cover included in a good household insurance policy would suffice. I'd suggest that you're most likely to injure somebody when doing something stressful for the first time!

It would be sensible to fix up some second-shooting for an established photographer before the big day. That way, you'll give them a much better result.
1 Jan 2018 2:30AM

Quote:For a first-ever wedding, I'd be inclined to do it for expenses only.

Public Liability insurance would be very wise and, if you're not doing the wedding "professionally", you might find that the PL cover included in a good household insurance policy would suffice. I'd suggest that you're most likely to injure somebody when doing something stressful for the first time!

It would be sensible to fix up some second-shooting for an established photographer before the big day. That way, you'll give them a much better result.



Sorry for my ignorance ... What is a second shioting?
saltireblue Plus
9 9.7k 36 Norway
1 Jan 2018 7:31AM

Quote:Sorry for my ignorance ... What is a second shioting?

Working as an assistant for the main photographer. Helping him in any way he needs. You will normally try to capture 'off the cuff' images, small candid moments, details, etc, whilst he concentrates on the more formal, posed and more official photographs.
thewilliam2 2 1.3k
1 Jan 2018 12:42PM
Second-shooting, or working as an assistant will allow you watch a "master" at close quarters.

Look, listen and assist while the principal photographer is working. Only ask questions during a lull in the proceedings.

An experienced assistant will know exactly what's needed and will probably have it ready before the principal photographer opens his/her mouth to ask for it! It takes a while to get to this stage and they're worth their weight in gold!


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