Pricing

Non-wedding photography

David loves event, corporate, editorial, music, and other types of work, but rates vary according to the date and nature of the work. Please call or email so we can discuss your project.

Wedding Packages

Please ask if you want something customized. The two packages below represent the two most common variations from which to customize. An Assistant Photographer (a.k.a. Second Shooter) may be added to any package for a reasonable fee, though the fee may vary according to date and location of your event.

The Disc

$2485

  • 6 hours of wedding photography included
  • Extra coverage hours: $225/hour
  • Full size, edited image files, aka “Digital negatives” (2)
  • Online print ordering on request (3)
  • Use of best-in-class “full frame” cameras and lenses (4)

The Album

$3450

  • 7 hours of wedding photography included
  • Extra coverage hours: +$225/hour
  • 28-page custom-designed 10×10 leather-bound, flush-mount, Made-in-USA wedding album
  • Upgrade to 12×12: +$300
  • Upgrade to 40 pages: +$300
  • Full size, edited image files, aka “Digital negatives” (2)
  • Online print ordering on request (3)
  • Use of best-in-class “full frame” cameras and lenses (4)

Engagement or Bridal

$350

  • Each additional shoot, such as bridal portrait or engagement. These shoots include digital negatives.

Rehearsal Dinners

$300/hr

  • Due to the variety in length and complexity of rehearsal dinners, they are billed hourly, minimum 2 hours. You will receive digital negatives, with online print ordering upon request.

Notes

The following notes answer some very frequently asked questions about how the packages work. Enjoy!

 

  • 1. David Hill is the primary photographer on all jobs booked.
  • 2. The digital negatives will contain all the post-edit, full size, hi-res photos in print-ready JPEG format (though we shoot RAW to ensure quality, RAW is not a print-ready format). “Post-edit” means a few things. First, that we remove a portion of pictures due to redundancy, people blinking, or extremely unflattering moments. Second, that all RAW shots are color and contrast corrected for best quality; RAW shots also receive other localized and artistic adjustments. Some will be presented black-and-white, at the artist’s discretion. The exact number of post-edit pictures will depend on your event, but is likely to be between 600 and 1,000. No particular number is guaranteed. Longer events tend to get more photos than shorter events. By default, we will deliver the digital negatives to you via web link. If you do not have a high speed Internet connection, we will deliver them in person or on disc. We emphasize downloadable files due to the fact that they are more easily backed up to a second location, which is strongly recommended, and secondarily because the download method legally avoids sales tax on digital only packages (i.e. a non-tangible good). For long-term preservation of your digital images, they should be stored on hard drives at multiple locations, rather than relying on a single DVD–we have had clients lose images stored at only one location to hurricanes, for example. A DVD is a valid component of a backup strategy, but keep in mind that a DVD may deteriorate over time and is easily scratched. The one major strength of DVDs for long-term storage is that they are not prone to magnetic damage.
  • 3. There is no charge for us to provide you with online print ordering, but any prints you order are at an additional charge paid to the photo lab. The photo lab we use is a full service professional lab and priced accordingly; keep in mind that you are also free to print the high resolution files that we provide to you at any online printer of your choosing.
  • 4. Why is this in our price list? Because it makes a difference! All other things being equal, our work looks better when we use better equipment. Many less expensive and less experienced photographers use inexpensive equipment, especially those cameras with smaller sensors (known as ASP-C or DX or Micro Fourth Thirds format) which capture more noise and less real detail. Smaller sensors also suffer to a greater degree from a physical phenomenon known as “diffraction limitation,” which in the simplest terms limits how much actual detail is captured, regardless of high megapixel count. David Hill does all primary photography on only the best full-frame DSLR cameras, currently the Nikon D3s, which is at present time the world’s best camera for photographing low-light events such as weddings. Additionally, David Hill uses only the best and latest Nikon lenses. Using the best equipment will ensure that more of your photos are sharply focused, contain less undesirable “noise,” and lack optical flaws; this is particularly visible in sizes of 8×10 or larger. Using the best equipment also allows us to capture low-light images which are simply impossible with cheaper equipment.

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