Average Number of Photos for Wedding?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
11614 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This varies from every photographer.  We ended up with over 2000 photos (although some were color and B&W versions of the same photo), with only 1 photographer, but that was over 10 hours. 

Perhaps you can ask each photographer to see a full sampling of each of the weddings, and make sure the one you like covered all the big moments. 

FWIW, I found going through the 2000 images overwhelming, especially when it was time to make the album.

Post # 3
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Our phographer’s contract says between 250 and 350 images per hour, and I have two photographers.

Every photographer is different though.

Post # 4
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

It varies per photographer, I have full day coverage for my wedding, She will start when we arrive at 10 to start getting ready and stop when it’s over around 11ish so my photos for the day are unlimited. Her 6-7 hour package comes with 500-1000 photos.

Post # 5
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We ended up with about 700 shots total for 8 hours of coverage (two photographers). 50-100 seems VERY low, but 400 seems like it would do the trick.

Post # 6
390 posts
Helper bee

Roughly 50-100 per hour of coverage is standard for a professional photographer. Anything more than that is overkill and tends to be redundant, rendering it completely unnecessary. I true professional will bide their time and take carefully planned out photographs as opposed to taking a million and hoping that one or two come out okay. Think of it this way….would you rather have 300 AMAZING photographs, or 2000 kind of okay photographs?<br /><br />250-350 photos per hour is absolutely insane, in my opinion. Thats promising 5-6 good images per minute. There is pretty much never 5-6 interesting things happening each and every minute at a wedding. With those sort of numbers you will likely end up with tons of what are essentially the same image. So unless you really want 65 photos of your bouquet or shoes, I would not really worry about finding a photographer that offers that many photos. A skilled photographer should be able to concisely tell the story of your day in roughly 300-600 images, give or take. 

Post # 7
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

We received 600 edited photos, and we paid for 6 hours of coverage with one photographer (plus her assistant who took some extra photos during the ceremony, but definitely not a second shooter). So, basically 100 photos per hour of coverage. We have wayyyy more photos than we need, so if I were confident that the photographer was amazing, I’d be okay with 100-200 photos total.

One question you could ask is if the photographer is only willing to provide a small number of edited photos (50-100), could you receive a disc/USB drive with all of the raw unedited photos? Also, make SURE that you ask for full digital rights – that way you are free to print any photos you like, instead of having to buy each and every print through the photographer, which is way more expensive!

Post # 8
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

We had 8 hours of coverage with two photographers and got just under 1,000 photos. Though at the end of the night our photographer told us they had taken around 3,000 shots. Of course many were multiples of the same pose etc…she picked the best ones, edited them and got them back to us at right around 1,000 total.

Post # 9
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  We got about 1100 photos between 2 photographers over 8 hours. I’m sure there were more shots, and a handful were B&W of the same color shots, but I’m sure they took probably close to 1500-2000 overall.

50-100 shots is SUPER low, unless you’re talking about per hour, per photographer, which it didn’t seem like you were.

There were definitely around 100-150 pictures that were somewhat redundant, or that I didn’t particularly love, but I will say that it’s nice that I have 900 others that I love. If you limit the photos you are allotted, then you may end up with some pictures you don’t really like and it takes away from the overall amount. Our photographer was great-I loved her style and artistic view, but there will always be some pictures where you’re like, eh, I don’t love that shot, or you might even find a handful of unflattering ones (like I did). To me, more is better, because even if you get 3-5 pictures of essentially the same shot, you can pick your favorite, rather than settling with what the photographer chose as theirs.

Post # 10
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  Well the price determines the amount of prints with my photographer. I feel like I wouldn’t know what to do with so much prints. She’s covering everything and taking a lot of pictures but will only be printing 200 for us. I have a list of the important ones and whatever artistic shots after that is fine with me.

Post # 11
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


bonbonsparklesMD:  A photographer with a minmum of 50-100 minmum shots for 8 hours isn’t too confident in their work.  And the photographer who promises over 1000 photos in the same time will probably be providing you with a lot of filler (at best) or trash (at worst photos)  250-400 is still on the lower end, but that seems reasonable with out a lot of duplicate poses and shots.

Post # 12
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

bonbonsparklesMD:  I’m a professional photographer 😀

Most photographers will take 300 – per hour, each photographer has different ways of choosing what to give their clients. I remove blinking, unflattering expressions or poses, exact duplicates, and remove the rest. Even goofy faces can be funny or adorable and I don’t want to make that decision for someone else. Some photographers will choose one of each pose and that is it. They are playing it on the safe side by giving those numbers, each session is different, if kids are involved more shots are taken. Also, they don’t want to have to edit 2000 if a lot of them are very similar or you won’t be happy with them. 

Post # 13
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We received 1100 photos from 9 hours, about 300 of which were significantly edited.  This includes similar poses, B&W and color versions, etc.

500-100 is WAY too low.

Post # 14
2064 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


bonbonsparklesMD:  i dont know but i would imagine it varies with region. my friend is a photographer and did it for us as a gift. she took over 1500 photos!!! but when i looked through them i only really kept 250 for our book. she was there for the entire wedding though. so 2pm (getting ready) to the reception at 11pm. she was the only one.

Post # 15
716 posts
Busy bee

For an 8 hour wedding with a photographer and an assistant, I have consistently heard 700-900 photos.

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