Wedding Pricing

Collections Can Also Be Customized

west virginia wedding photographers

Basic Collection

$1700

  • 6 Hours Coverage
  • Custom USB With Images & Print Release For Printing
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west virginia wedding photographers

Traditional Collection

$2500

  • 8 Hours CoverageWith two photographers documenting every moment.
  • Custom USB With Images & Print Release For Printing
  • 2 Hour Engagement Session
  • 2 Parent 4x6 Gift Books
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west virginia wedding photographers

Deluxe Collection

$3000

  • 10 Hours CoverageWith two photographers documenting every moment.
  • Custom USB With Images & Print Release For Printing
  • 2 Hour Engagement Session
  • 2 Parent 4x6 Gift Books
  • 32 Page 10x10 Printed Storybook
  • 2 Hour Photobooth
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west virginia wedding photographers

Elite Collection

$4000

  • Full Day CoverageWith two photographers documenting every moment.
  • Custom USB With Images & Print Release For Printing
  • 3 Hour Engagement Session
  • 2 Parent 5x5 Printed Storybooks
  • 50 Page 10x10 Printed Storybook
  • 2 Hour Photobooth
  • Rehearsal Dinner Coverage
  • 200 Images & Custom Image Box
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Behind the Price

Because You Really Should Know

Most of the time, the first thing anyone asks me about when they contact me is for my price list. How much will wedding photography cost. And sometimes, I know the price tag that I put on my weddings causes a bit of sticker shock. I understand, I am not the perfect fit for everyone, and I know this. I wanted to provide a breakdown of what goes into my costs though, because I think it is a really important thing to understand. Your wedding photography is one of the only thing that remains after your wedding. You have a spouse, a ring, a dress, maybe a few other mementos, and your wedding photography. Photographers are really the only vendors that you work with after your wedding day is over. So while it is easy to think that you’re hiring your photographer for just 8-10 hours of time on your wedding day, you’re not. You’re actually paying for:

  • Wedding day coverage
  • Second photographer for the wedding day
  • Backing up of files (in my case, extensive backups)
  • Proofing of your photographs (roughly 1-2 hours for every hour of coverage) typically 10-20 hrs just getting proofs ready.
  • Posting proofs online
  • Backing up the final edited files
  • Preparing an initial Album/Storybook layout
  • Album modifications
  • Album printing
  • Other items such as USBs, USB cases, and so forth
  • Preparation of files for printing, creative and artistic edits and other enhancements (roughly 3-5 hours)
  • Archival quality prints of your wedding images
  • Packaging in all archival quality products
  • Engagement/Bridal Sessions
  • Proofing and placing engagement/bridal sessions online
  • Anything else that a package might include

Then there are all the other things that go into running a proper business:
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Paying assistants
  • Ongoing education
  • Courses throughout the year both locally and online.
  • Marketing, advertising, magazines, research, blogging, posting on forums, and a long list of similar tasks.

And the one I feel most passionate about?

CAMERA GEAR
I use two of the top of the line cameras Nikon has to offer wedding photographers. I have backup equipment, and backups to my backups. From camera bodies, to lenses and flashes. I have a lot of nice gear because I want to capture the BEST photographs I possibly can, and I want to be prepared for any situation. I know there are photographers out there that only charge $400 to $800 to photograph your wedding. What you receive from them in the end varies wildly. Some of them hand you the photos straight from their camera, and you take them to a lab and print them yourself. Never mind if the color is off, you’re in shadows, or anything else. There is no enhancement at all to the image files in the digital darkroom. Some of them somehow manage to provide you with not only the photos on DVD, but an album at that price. I don’t know how they do it they must have a weekday job to pay the bills, because there is simply no way that I can crunch the numbers and do the math to make it work. That means that the time they have to focus on you is limited. Most likely, they are not paying themselves. They have no backup gear in case anything happens to their camera on your wedding day. They think that $800 is great for 8 hours of time and they ignore everything else that goes into taking care of you. They can’t afford quality gear to produce fantastic images* because they are not charging enough for their work. You’re not just paying for 8-10 hours of photography. You’re paying for so much more than that. Hopefully, this helps to clarify that. My commissions for wedding day coverage currently starts at $1,700.
*Note: Part of the magic of taking great photographs is within the person holding the camera. I am not a gear snob… but I know this, having nice gear helps, having a variety of lenses and knowing how each lens impacts the photograph that you envision, helps even more in making that vision a reality. I love my cameras/lenses, and with them I can achieve any photograph I see in my mind.

Sincerely,
Donna McComas