What's a reasonable price for wedding photographers?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re in a small town (also a college town) and my budget was $2k, ended up spending $2,200 for 10 hour coverage, 2 photogs, wedding album, e session, disc w/ all photos and print rights, and a few prints. I think $2k is pretty reasonable

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re paying $3200 for our photographers (2 photographers, 8 hrs, 2 thank you books, ect) but I live near Los Angeles…so my prices are probably higher than what you would pay. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

The average for most pros outside a city is $200-$300 per hour of coverage. Single shooter and images for print.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

There are a million threads about this.  Answers vary from $0-10,000+ and without actually seeing the work in relation to the price tag you really can’t quantify any of the information you’ll receive.

Most full time professionals (i.e. people who are insured, have proper equipment, some experience under their belts, and specialize in wedding and event photography) are going to start in the 2000-2500 range for minimal coverage and no album.  Saying all day coverage is subjective – in some regions that’s 8 hours, in some it’s 12.  What do you consider to be a reception book and everything?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Ditto previous posters! In our experience, it was best to find an up-and-coming photographer who could show us quality images and reviews without the enormous price tag that a lot of the other full-time photographers had. Our photographer is amazing, but is not very well-known in our area. He charges $1900 for full-day coverage, and all images.  The engagement session, plus all images, will cost us a separate $250.  It’s definitely been a win for us, so far!  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

$4500! But over here in the NJ/NY it gets expensive.. Most people I know paid more than us.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Where we got married (San Diego CA) photogs that were pros and established (and not scary craigslist newbies) started around $2500 for a disk and single shooter/8 hours. The one we went with was just shy of $4k, and she actually lived where we lived at the time (Boston) so we paid her to come out and shoot our wedding, as we were not having luck with our date being open for the photogs we liked in the area. It cost around $5k total.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When I started looking in NY area, average was $3500-$4000.  I found one for $2100 and I felt lucky they were great and on the “cheap” end.  I think $2000 is a really good deal if you find a good photographer!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I paid just over $3000.  But that included a 3 hour photobooth and an engagement session.  This is in Madison, WI.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

$4000 

all day coverage, i own all the photos, all photos touched, 1 leather bound photobook with 150 images extra specially touched, plus engagement photoshoot

photog is amazing so far.  he came highly recommended and we loved his pictures.

 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are also getting married in a rural area, but it is a college town, right between UVA and JMU.  We found an up and coming photographer, but one that had a large enough portfolio so I knew what I was getting into.  She clearly has talent!  We are spending $1,000, plus a hotel night since she lives a little far to include the rehearsal dinner and all day coverage for the wedding day.  No prints, but we get all the photos on a disc, she said it will be about 1,000 of them.  

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Check out Heather Roth! She’s KC based, and her prices start around 2500 – she’s AMAZING. FI and I loved her, and almost booked her for our StL wedding, but when we booked our photographer she was out of our price range for what we wanted.

In St. Louis, we’re paying $2400 for 9 hours of wedding day coverage, an e-shoot, all edited images with printing rights, and an album.

 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We are paying $3600 in a fairly big Canadian city. That’s for 12 hours, rights to photos on a disc, and an engagement session. 

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I believe minimum for a decent photographer is about $2500 for 6-8 hrs coverage + discs of edited photos from what I’ve looked at.  Obviously goes up from there.  You might be lucky to find someone cheaper who takes good photos but for the most part…cheaper prices tend to equal not so great photos IMO.

I paid about $3k (10 hours, and all edited photos on discs from wedding and engagement session with print rights, no albums or prints).

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