Cincinnati Wedding Photographer Pricing

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Wedding Photographer Pricing

Wedding photography packaging can be exceptionally confusing and put you and your photographer at an immediate disadvantage when planning your wedding.  We will eliminate that confusion by including everything that we need to photograph your wedding the way you hope for and our photographers expect.

Every wedding package will include:
Full day coverage
No charge for additional locations
Full resolution, fully edited files of every photo from your wedding
Copyright Release
Most of our weddings have a three person photography team.
We are currently including a Free Engagement Session as well.

For very small weddings we sometimes offer hourly packages to customize based on your needs for your wedding.

Our All Inclusive, All Day Wedding Packages range from $1850-$4000 with most of our couples spending between $2000-$3000.  The price varies based on your choice of photographer and the size of your wedding and wedding party. 

These packages are listed and explained in more detail in the Q & A below:

What is your starting price?

The starting price is rarely the package you'll choose and typically has additional charges.  Our starting price for a full sized wedding is $2350 assuming no discounts (off season, referral, Friday/Sunday etc.).  It already includes everything so there is no "platinum or diamond" collection.  Every wedding should be treated like the only one we will ever photograph.

Good questions to ask are:

"What is the average final investment for your couples?"

"How much is your most popular package?"
$2650 for our senior photographer full size wedding package. This is after our bridal show discount

"What is your full price range?"
$1650-$4000 though couple and parent albums could push that $400-$900 additional.

These will give you a much better sense of what you should expect. 

Do you have a list of packages?

Photography packaging has one purpose; for the photographer to make as much money as possible.  Choosing the wrong package can be detrimental to your experience, timeline and to the photographer's approach to your wedding.  We know how we want to approach your wedding and do not want budget or package selection to change that. 

This allows us to simplify our packaging into two packages, one for small weddings and one for regular weddings.  Everything important is included and anything else can be personalized.  We also like to explain how we can do this and how that affects you and your wedding.  There are no additional charges because our focus is on you and your wedding, not the package you chose.

Small Weddings-$1850
One Photographer
Approximately 7 hours of coverage and up to 3 locations
All photos edited, full resolution and copyright release
Personal planning session

**Free Engagement Session with edited files

Full Size Wedding-$2350
Three Person Photography Team
Full Day Coverage and Unlimited Locations
All photos edited, full resolution and copyright release
Personal planning session

**Free Engagement Session with edited files

Custom Albums can be added for $350-$750 at any time

Senior & Master Photographers are available for an additional fee. 

How many hours are included in the package?

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?

We list hours as a guidline but rarely charge for extra hours.  Not once over the last 5 years since we restructured the packaging have we charged for extra hours.

Do I need 1 or 2 photographers?

For our standard packaging for regular and large weddings parties we include 2 photographers and an assistant.  I believe the second photographer is critical to capturing moments.  Most photographers offer two photographers but you have to pay extra for the second photographer.  If they offer you a one photographer package, is the second photographer necessary?  If the second photographer isn't necessary why offer it?  If the second photographer is critical to the photography, why is there an option not to have one?  Are you comfortable with a photographer willing to do lesser quality work for you because you purchased a smaller package?  

We just aren't willing to do anything less than our very best at every wedding.  Every wedding is a once in a lifetime event and we should guide you through that, not just shoot a package.

Do your packages include prints/canvas/albums etc?

If your photographer treats every photo as if you are going to print it, you should be able to take them to a professional lab your self and have them printed at the exact same quality for 1/2 - 1/4 the price.

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 personal artistic style and what they can do to those photos with filters and effects.  This lessens the focus your style, your day and on candid storytelling photos.

Do you include engagement photos in your packages?  Do we have the copyright release and high res images?

Typically yes, but it’s completely up to you.  Yes and Yes.

How does our photographer direct us on our day?

Preperation by your photographer prior to your wedding day is the key to understand family dynamics, your style, priorities and your story.  This allows us to guide you efortlessly through your day.  It removes the pressure not only from you, but also from your family and friends.  Our photographers will create a plan with you prior to your wedding and then direct this plan on your day making it feel effortless and allowing you to enjoy every moment.  This truly separates the best photographers from the rest. 

How do I know I will like my photographer?

You will spend more time with your photographer than any other person on your wedding day INCLUDING your future spouse!  Having said that, 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.  Your photographer will direct your entire day up until the reception.  You want a professional that also cares and takes it personally.

Our studio is rare in that you almost always work with your photographer for your Engagement Session, Personal Planning Session and Wedding Day.  If you don't click, you'll know long before your wedding day and we'll make whatever changes are necessary.

Do You Charge For Travel?

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.

We also offer extreme discounts for desirable destinations!