I have been procrastinating on this subject far too long. Finding the Best Budget Wedding Photographer is probably the single most important bit in a wedding. Ok maybe getting that bridal lehenga/saree is also somewhere up in the rank. But you know what I mean. Best Budget Wedding Photographer is so hard to come by these days especially when every A to Z photographer has started charging a bomb for their services.
Generally, What do Wedding Photographers Charge for a Day’s Event?
From what I gather, photography charges can start anywhere from INR 35k for one day all the way to a cool couple of lakhs. Mind you, this is just Candid Photography costs. There are a lot of A-List Wedding Photographers that do a phenomenal job of capturing wedding memories. But often they are way too pricey to even think about. I know. I have been there.
If you are a bride to be looking for the Best Budget Wedding Photographer, I get your pain. It is a tough job to shortlist everything you want in your photographer. But here’s what you got to do in order to nail that budget photographer.
There are two big costs you need to think about:
- Candid Photography
Nowadays, every photographer has these options in their package. Both candid and cinematography are huge costs. A good cinematographer will charge anywhere between INR 50k to INR 1 Lakh to cover a two-day event. Candid Photography usually is in the INR 30k per day package. After that, it all boils down to how much you can negotiate and bring down the numbers.
There are also fixed costs in Photography:
- Traditional Photo
- Traditional Video
Traditional Photo is usually outsourced to the local vendors. It is essentially the reception stage photos and some other regular photos. They are only colour corrected but not hi-fi edited. The charges for traditional photography is usually INR 5000 to a maximum of INR 10,000. But you get a bulk of images that you can scour through later.
Traditional Video usually costs INR 15,000. Nowadays even the traditional videographers are offering a short video (cinematography) to be shared on Facebook. They charge a lot less in comparison, but the quality is so-so.
Albums are usually flat price depending upon the album cover, number of images, and the quality of paper you choose. Mind you, albums are expensive. So keep a significant amount aside for it.
5 Tips for finding the Best Budget Wedding Photographer:
This is how I scored the Best Budget Wedding Photographer for my wedding. I used all of these methods and more in a span of 6 months duration to get the photographer in my budget. It is a time-consuming task, often leading to major disappointment. But you got to do it. There is just no easy way around it.
#1 Publish on your Facebook Profile asking for recommendations on Wedding Photographers
Keep the post Public, so that outsiders can also view your post. A lot of times, friends of friends or someone we know has some information about budding photographers. Maybe they might have come across some photographer who wants to get an opportunity to shoot someone’s wedding. You need to try and get hold of those humans. They exist in this world. All you have to do is find them!
#2 Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are great tools for finding the Right Budget Photographer
Often, people just ignore posts. However, it’s difficult for humans to ignore personal requests. WhatsApp texts, status updates, messenger posts are guaranteed to get you replies from friends and family. What this also does is registers this need for information in your friend’s memory. Even if they are unable to help you today, they will get back to you the minute they come across some good recommendations.
No harm in trying right?
#3 Look for those humans on Facebook who recently got married. Ask them for a download on their research for Budget Photographers
What this basically does is gives you a readymade list of photographers that you may not need to reach out to. You get the budget range and it helps you at least tick off few names from the list. Bonus, if you see some Wedding Photographer Names in your budget, then it’s a win-win.
#4 Any human you contact needs to be asked this question – Do you know of any good Wedding Photographers?
I mean, you really never know where the magic name might pop up from. In my case, I had completely given up when in frustration I was rambling to one of my distant friends. She as a matter of fact just dropped a name who in turn turned out to cost me way lesser than my budget. Yes, magic happens. You need to keep the faith.
#5 Realistic Option – Comb through every single Wedding Photographer Website for names and cost
What does that mean? Well, there are a lot of online websites which give information about Wedding Photographers. It is a Wedding Photographer listing in simple words. Make an excel sheet and include all those names that fit into your budget. Start calling one by one every agency and give them your event details. Photographers usually take a day or two to come back with an estimate.
Well, there are too many websites these days where you can find listings of wedding photographers. I personally used PickMyPhotographer portal for my wedding. The prices mentioned on the website are usually for 1-day candid photography charges. Depending upon the number of functions and days, you can gather an estimate.
Have a look at multiple weddings to see whether the photographer is consistent. Also, it will give you a good idea of the photographer’s style of shooting and editing.
Below are some suggestions (not recommendations) of photographers. Let me know if any of them turn out to be the Right Budget Photographer for you.
Budget Photographers in Delhi NCR:
- Blooming Rainbow Films – INR 15k
- Apratim Photography – INR 60k for a day’s event
- One Wed Day Films – INR 10k for Candid Photography
- EventGraphia – INR 30k for a day’s event
Budget Photographers in Chennai:
- Scintilight Creations: INR 60k a day
Budget Photographers in Ahmedabad:
Budget Photographers in Hyderabad:
- Frames by AD: INR 30k for Candid + Traditional photo & Video + Cinematography for 1 day
- Photo Nirvana: INR 35k for Candid + Cinematography
- Creative Captures: INR 40k for Candid + Cinematography
Budget Photographers in Kolkata:
- Piyal Acharjee Photography: INR 10k+ for Candid Photography
- Pritam Mitra Photography: INR 10k+ for Candid Photography
- Bangaliana Photography: INR 15k+ for Candid Photography
Budget Photographers in Mumbai:
- Sanjay Dubey Photography: INR 35k for Candid Photo + Video for 1 Day
- Snap Stories: INR 45k for Candid Photo + Video for 1 Day
- Mukta Thakur Photography: INR 20k for Candid Photo for 1 Day
Budget Photographers in Kerela:
Now, I am no genie who just came up with these wedding photographer names. I pretty much searched every single name on the internet. Looked through their Facebook photos, and tried to cross-check their prices. So, I could be wrong about these photography companies. A lot of times what you see online in terms of price, photos are different than the reality.
If any of you’ll do get in touch with any of these photographers, like them or don’t, do let me know in the comments so I can update the list with further recommendations. In the end, the idea behind this post is to make choosing the Best Budget Wedding Photographer an easy task for you. I hope this post helps some of you find the right budget photographer.
BONUS: Information to note while selecting the Right Budget Photographer
Featured Image Credits: A One Wed Day Films