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wedding photography package


The most common mistake I see upon first contact is for couples to ask for the "starting price".  This price is typically just a bait and switch to up sell.  I once saw a photographer advertising $200 wedding photography but included very little.  By the time I added up all the things we include in our basic price, he became a $2,700 wedding photographer.  That was 10 years ago and we still have a package that includes more for $2,350.

The question to ask is for the average final price.  In our case that is around $2,650 with 75% of our couples falling between $2000-$3000.  5% are under 2,000 and 20% are over $3,000.

Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most difficult and stressful decisions to be made for your wedding.  I hate that the pressure and stress of that responsibility is on you and would love the opportunity to remove it from your wedding experience.  There are so many things I'd like to tell you about Wedding Photography Pricing and Packaging and how to differentiate the good photographers.  Here is an example of what you get in our standard packages.  Smaller weddings have other options.

Wedding Package:

  • 3 person Wedding Photography Team.
  • Unlimited Locations in the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton area
  • Full Day Coverage to cover pre-ceremony photos and well into your wedding reception without rushing your day
  • All of your photos (500+ Natural Edits) full resolution so they are all ready to print gallery quality
  • 50+ Signature Edits Full Resolution
  • Copyright release

With stunning Fine Art Custom Albums for an additional $450 that can be purchased after your event.  Printing can be done gallery quality very reasonably from your full resolution files at Robin Imaging.  Here you can do Metal, Canvas, Standard Prints and just about anything you could need AT OUR COST with no professional mark up!  Our pricing has NO ADDITIONAL COST to consider as you plan your budget.  We want our focus on your wedding, not your photography package.

We offer stunning custom designed 10x10 Fine Art Albums for $450.
We also offer off season, Friday/Sunday and Referral Discounts.

  1. Wedding Photography Packages are designed to make more money for the photographer.  It is not for your benefit.  There is no reason to commit to buying an album or prints or any other product a year before your wedding!  The truth is, more than half of the people that pay for print credits, albums, enlargements, canvases up front never get around to actually ordering them.  Everyone thinks they will.  Ask your married friends how they felt about doing more wedding stuff after their wedding.  Some were happy to.  Most were not.
  2. If your photographer treats every photo as if you are going to print it, there is no reason you can't order everything except for a professional album yourself.  Unfortunately, most photographers rely so heavily on technology they often lose sight of the natural beauty of each individual photo.  Instead they put their focus on their artistic style and what they can do to those photos.  This leaves the majority of the candid photos as "snapshots" and forces you to pick the photos you want edited instead of valuing the entire story.
  3. 2 photographers?  Most photographers offer two photographers.  However if it's not part of their base package, is it really important to them?  If the second photographer isn't necessary why do you need them?  If the second photographer is critical to the photography, why is there an option not to have one?  Are they willing to do lesser quality work for you because you purchased a smaller package?  If so, is that someone you want to trust with your wedding?
  4. Photographer Hours.  I certainly understand being paid by the hour.  It makes sense.  Having said that, there is no way to truly know how many hours you will need till your wedding day is already happening.  Timelines rarely go as planned.  If your photographer is only lined up for 6 hours or 8 hours and you hit that number before your first dance, they now come to you and tell you their time is up and you need to pay more if you want them to stay.  That's rude and shows they really don't want to be there.  Or they are rushing to get out after your dances and missing the party portion of your reception.  When you look back at your photos it will all be portraits and documentation of the events.  What about the guests you invited?  What about the party you're throwing?  What about the memories they are missing?
  5. You will spend more time with your photographer than any other person on your wedding day INCLUDING your future spouse!  It's not critical that person is your best friend.  It is however critical that their primary focus is taking care of you and making sure you are happy and enjoying your day.  If their primary focus is "doing their job" or "just taking photos" or "photographing the photography package" then your experience is going to be average at best.  Your entire wedding day and entire wedding experience should be enjoyable and your vendors should guide you through that. 
  6. Nobody impacts your wedding day experience more than your photographer.  You will spend hours taking direction from your photographer with much or all of that prior to your wedding ceremony.  This time will set the tone and feeling for your entire day.  If your photographer doesn't do the take the time to ask the right questions before your wedding day, to understand family dynamics, to understand your style, your priorities and your story, then they won't be able to properly guide you and direct you.  This puts the pressure squarely on your shoulders on your wedding day.  You have too much on your mind to add another responsibility and you shouldn't be asked to direct people on your wedding day.  This truly separates the best photographers from the rest. 

Having said all of this, our studio is quite unique in it's packaging, teaching, training, preparation and overall approach.  This makes the package itself very simple as every package is all inclusive.  Outside of optional albums, there is nothing additional to purchase that would increase the price after choosing us.  No extra hours, no extra photographers, no prints due to the editing of all photos and the copyright release.

destination wedding photography

Custom Packages

Most of our wedding photography packages fall in the range of $2,000-$3,000 and typically include all editing, full copyright release, 3 person photography team and full day coverage with unlimited locations.   Each wedding is unique and some packages will fall above or below this range but it gives you an idea.

Your wedding is unique and your wedding photography package should reflect your vision and hopes for your day. If our standard photography packages do not meet your needs, we are happy to customize our photography package if it does not suit your wedding day and your photography budget.  If not we will direct you to someone who can.

Please give us a call so we can help make your wedding the experience you’ve always dreamed of. 

We do not charge for travel to wedding venues within a 50 mile radius of Our Cincinnati; Reading photography studio.  Outside of that it is $100 for each 25 miles beyond that point to bring the entire 3 person team.  Exceptions are made for destination wedding photography that involves flying.