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April 2012 Weddings

Photography

So my MOH's father is an AWESOME photographer. He did my senior pics and I have utmost faith in his work. He's been in the business for 25+ years. Accreditation, seals, awards, you name it. His prices? *shudders*

The packages start at $1,500 (plus tax). That is photography and a DVD of pics with copyrights only. He says not to do this because brides try to do their albums themselves and never get around to it and regret it. He also says I will be unhappy with prints from somewhere like Walmart. 

The package we are looking at is $2,400 (plus tax). This would be photography, DVD with pics, and a 10 x 10 leather album with 70 pictures. The pics are printed onto the cardboard/whatever the surface is, rather than slid inside plastic or laid on top of the page. These pics will have major retouching done (no triple chin or bat wings for me!)

Since his daughter is my best friend, he is not charging me overtime (package usually only includes 5 hours- based on my timeline I would need 2 or 3 additional hours) and he is not charging me travel fees (the wedding is outside his range). This is saving us hundreds. He also agreed to upgrade me to a larger album in exchange for Epics since the latter package includes an engagement session, and we already scheduled those with a friend of a friend who is breaking into the business (but still good!). 

So what do you guys think? Is this pretty standard for photography? I really wasn't wanting to spend more than 2k but maybe I was being too optimistic? I just wish some actual prints came with his packages, but you have to buy all of them separate. I know I can always go have them made but he says they aren't good quality. Obviously he can tell, but I don't know that I really would, and that I want to pay $800-900 more for a photo album and the time for him to retouch the photos. 
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