Average cost of photographer in California?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Following as I am a California bride and I am at the stage of looking for photographers in California myself.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Northern Central California here – pretty much any photographer I saw I liked started around $2500, but due to our schedule (needing a photographer for about 12 hours) most would have been in the $3500-4000 range. Luckily, I work with an amazing photographer (another teacher at my school), who came in around our budget ($1500). Good luck!

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

I’m in Southern California & most of the reputable ones were at least $1,500 or closer to $2,000.  Can you maybe contact cheaper photographers & ask about traveling costs?  Or maybe [very cautiosuly] look through Craigslist & other classifieds for someone a little more budget-friendly.  Good luck!  It took us a couple months to research & find someone that fit in our price range, as well as, offer packages we were interested in.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Bay Area bride. My photography package is just about $4000. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

DrD711:  I don’t know if this is possible in your area, but in my homeotwn (LA) there are many ethnic photographers who charge much less. I got mine for my reception for $800 and they have a great portfolio! 

 

Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Southern cali budget 3000-6000$$$ they are EXPENSIVE. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I would say 3-6K is average for a quality photographer. If you consider all the work that goes into shooting and what you get, it’s not expensive. It’s not one day of work.  It isn’t cheap, but that’s the cost it seems…

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yep! SoCal here….. 6K for our package. It better be worth it!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Bay Area bride here – we found a photographer out of Sacramento to help keep our costs down and get more for our money. That said, we’re looking at about $4500-$5000 for our photos when it’s all said and done.

We contacted and/or met with maybe 4 or 5 photographers but ultimately made our decision based on her portfolio, yelp and other online reviews, and after seeing her work on a friend’s wedding. Best of luck!

Post # 11
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Worker bee

I’m in Southern California (San Diego) and mine was around $1,500 for 5 hours on a weekday plus 2 hour engagement shoot and that includes a cd and full release of like 700ish pics.  They are so expensive though mine is so talented and will travel.  Let me know if you want her info 🙂 I haven’t taken any pics with her yet (we did our initial engagement pics before we found her) but her portfolio speaks for itself.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

DrD711:  Mine is $4,500 and that was one of the less expensive ones I found.

Post # 13
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Worker bee

Also – FYI I found a lot of my vendors on weddingchicks.com because that site was pretty similar to what I wanted stylistically

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Bumble bee

We received a deal through our venue so we only paid $3500 (which is a steal in our area from what we found). Most quotes were quite high, with the lowest being $4000 for one photographer for 8 hours if we paid all cash (we’re close to LA). However, we love our photographer so much that we will be using her for every important event to come. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

In Sacramento you can get $2-3K if you’re not going to throw in engagement shoot, extra hours, prints/album, etc (just digital images). Otherwise I’d say about $3-5K

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