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.

Our Standard Package includes:

  • Fully Edited, Full Resolution files of ALL OF YOUR PHOTOS. (minimum 500)
  • Full Copyright Release
  • Three person Photography Team
  • Full Day Coverage (not hourly)
  • Unlimited Locations
  • Currently offering Free Engagement Sessions with Every Wedding

This typically falls between $2,000-$3,000 depending on Referral/Friday/Sunday/Off-Season dicsounts and based on which photographer you choose.

  • Associate Photographers fall in the low $2,000 range
  • Senior Photographers in the mid $2,000 range
  • Master Photographers in the $3,000 range 

Because of the finished editing and copyright release you can print your own Metal, Canvas, Enlargements, etc without professional mark-ups from the photo labs on our preferred vendor list.  Albums can be customized for $300-$700.

Every photographer is peronsally trained and approved by Daniel Michael.  All Lead photographers go through multiple years of training to perfect their craft before they can become a Lead Photographer.  Regardless of your choice of photographer you still get the above package.

For small weddings (1-2 locations, party of 0-2 attendends) we offer a 1 photographer option for under $2,000

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

 


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?"
$2,000-$3,000

"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

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

Do you have a list of packages?

Photography packaging is designed to maximize the photographer's proffit even if it is detrimental to your wedding.  Our approach is based on personalizing our style and approach based on your needs instead of a package you chose. We don't want to photograph a package, we want to be there with you for your wedding and showcase your style and memories.

We simplify our packaging into two packages with everything important already included and anything else can be personalized.  We also like to show you how we can do this with examples and show you how that impacts 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
Up to 3 locations
All photos fully edited (minimum 300 after duplicates, light tests and blinks are cut), full resolution
Full copyright release
Personal planning session with your photographer

**Free Engagement Session with edited files

Full Size Wedding-$2350
Three Person Photography Team
Full Day Coverage
Unlimited Locations
All photos fully edited (minimum 500 after duplicates, light tests and blinks are cut), full resolution
Full copyright release
Personal planning session with your photographer

**Free Engagement Session with edited files

Custom Albums can be added for $300-$700 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 since 2011 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!