Average Cost of a Photographer

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What did/is it going to cost you for your wedding photographer?
    Under $1000 : (6 votes)
    5 %
    $1000-$1500 : (17 votes)
    13 %
    $1500-$2000 : (16 votes)
    13 %
    $2000-$2500 : (22 votes)
    17 %
    $2500-$3000 : (17 votes)
    13 %
    $3000+ : (50 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @MrsHotPink:  This  is going to depend and vary widely based on geography and what’s included in packages.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @MrsHotPink:  Agree with the PP who said it varies by region. Ours is $4,000+, and that includes a 30% discount across the board because our wedding is in an off month in the area. Apparently no one likes to get married in February, but hey, it worked out for us!

    We get:

    – Engagement shoot, plus edited images and print rights

    – 2 shooters on the day of for 10 hours, with an assistant

    – all images edited, some retouched more, all print rights

    We didn’t opt for albums, because they started over $1,000 and that was just not going to work for us. 

    We’re considering adding a photo booth, because we’ve been to a wedding with one, and it was awesome! 

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MrsHotPink:  This is going to vary wildly. There really is no average cost but there is a minimum cost to doing business professionally and that, in most areas, is around $2,000-$2,500 for single shooters. Your pricing raises major red flags for me honestly. There’s just no way to run a professional, tax-paying, insured business providing two photographers and an e shoot for $1,000. Your photographer would actually most likely be losing money unless they are pocketing the whole thing and not paying income/sales tax. I would be concerned. It’s one thing to KNOW you aren’t hiring a pro and be fine with it (which is totally ok!) but a whole other thing when you sort of get tricked into thinking you are hiring a pro and then ending up very disappointed and heartbroken when the results are not what you expected. A lot of people are very good at branding and making a professional looking website that misleads clients.  

    Post # 6
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I spent $3,300 for two photographers, 7 hours of shooting day the day of, a free engagement shoot or after session (they don’t live nearby so unfortunately I wasn’t able to enjoy that), print rights, editing and travel costs. I had originally based photographers on cost – but I couldn’t find anyone who has a style/eye that I really liked. I was about to sign with a newer, cheaper photographer, but didn’t feel great about it, and started wandering through blogs again when I found THE one. I was so excited – and they happened to have a cancellation for my weekend.

    For me, capturing the day artistically was super important, and I chose to spend the majority of our budget on photos, I choice I don’t regret at all!

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We were surprised at how high the prices were when we started looking at photographers. It looks like we’ll be spending around £1200 which Google tells me is currently about $1800. That’s to have a photographer from the start of the ceremony to the first dance, including a disc with rights to print the images and an album.

    Post # 8
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    124 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    For my area the normal cost is between 3/4,000. My FSIL’s came out to 2600 but she had a 40% discount becuase she went through a friend. I got a super deal and mine is going to come in under 1k but it was the deal of deals so I wouldn’t consider that the norm. 

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I think ours is going to run us about 7000. I don’t even want to know at this point, we’re pretty sure we’re going to use them but we haven’t discussed detailed pricing yet. I’m bracing myself for impact.

    Post # 10
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    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    The cost of our photographer’s package was around $2500 I think. We are also using their video services which is another $2000. Then we added on albums and such… It went way up. We wanted parent’s albums (3) and one for ourselves. It REALLY adds to the price. 

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @CaroBee:  That is REALLY high end for Raleigh! Is it an NYC photographer or Raleigh?

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @MrsHotPink:  I am paying $3050 for 7.5 hours, one photographer.  I was quoted as high as $4500-$5000 in a very tourist-y area.  We are not having an engagement shoot, because we do not live in the area where we are getting married.  I think it depends on numerous factors, location, quality, what is included in the package price.  We will have all rights to our photo’s as well as editing, and a really talented photographer.  I was willing to pay a little more for someone who delivers a great product.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    About $2,100, and that’s after a 10% discount for being a teacher, yay!

    It includes 8 hours of coverage with 1 photographer, disc with all edited hi-res images with print release, engagement session + disc from that with all edited hi-res images with print release, photo album, and one large print of our choosing.

    When I was looking for photographers, most of the ones I liked ranged from $2,000-$3,000, with the average I guess around $2,500. I’m very happy with my photographer, and I would have paid more for him because his work is really great and exactly what I wanted.

    Post # 14
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    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I never really looked at other photographers until way after we’d booked ours. Prices I’ve seen around here (and I live in a low-cost area in the midwest) are comparable with big cities. I saw one lady who started at $5k, and her photography and editing were effing terrible. The only other one I’ve seen comparable price-wise to ours isn’t that good. Everyone else seems to start at $3k+.

    Anyway. Our photography package is $1360 (after the referral discount that we got). We get:
    – Engagement session with two photographers, edited images and print rights on a custom-designed disc + sneak peek the next day (we got over 400 edited photos).

    – Nine hours day-of coverage with two photographers.

    – Edited images (~100/hour) with print rights in a custom mini album case + sneak peek the next day.

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    We’re paying $2400 in St. Louis (e-pics, 9 hours, two shooters, all edited images with printing rights on disk). We’re really lucky – our photography team increased their prices (deservedly so!) significantly since we’ve booked. They’ve been published multiple places and are great people who are actually formally trained in photography and have several years of experience second-shooting weddings.  When we booked them they had only been the primary shooter on about 10 weddings, but they’ve done A LOT more sense then and their work has only imporved.

    Post # 16
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    788 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    The average price per hour for most professionals outside a major city is $200-$300. Major city it will be $400+ per hour.

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