Essential Tips for Hiring a Wedding Photographer

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Matt

Subject: How to choose a (wedding or other) photographer

You are on the right track but missed a # of important things:

#1) WHO will take the pictures? A photographer that 'multiple-books' Events (e.g. weddings) may send someone who is NOT a pro or experienced
#2) Ask if they carry a FULL back up system (There are NO second chances w/wedding photography!)
#3) Ask if they edit (adjust/correct) each picture? In the age of the 'digital darkroom' this is VERY important -- to get the best results.
#4) You *must* have a written agreement, a contract, spelling out what is included, # of hours, how the pictures or digital images are provided, etc.
#5) In this day & time, stay away from anyone who shoots film ! Digital photographer has progressed to the point where it is equal to (& better than) film.. This advice comes from a 25+ year photographer.
#6) The person you choose, especially for a wedding Event, must have a pleasing personality, not get 'stressed out' easily & will gladly help you plan your Event. They will be with you throughout the entire day so they should be relaxed & unobtrusive.
#7) Digital format (output) is the preferred way to receive your pictures. Make sure you get a release from a professional photographer to use their pictures.
Copyright law says the photographer who took the pictures will ALWAYS own them. You get a 'license' for your personal (not commercial) use.of the the images.
#8) Have fun, enjoy your special day, hire a pro who has done this many times and things will go well.
#9) Beware of anyone who quotes an excessively low price &/or has less than 5 years of experience. And does not carry a full back up system !

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.