(Closed) Average cost of an elopement photographer?

posted 4 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

If you go with an elopement company they usually offer a package that includes photography. It’s much cheaper than hiring a photographer on your own. My elopement ceremony and photos 60 (half posed and half candid)  cost $300 total. And I love my pics 

Post # 3
3602 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

We paid $300 for about 2 hours. 

Post # 4
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Some photographers have an hourly rate. Mine does!

Post # 5
68 posts
Worker bee

My pricing probably wont help you as we eloped in Bali. We paid  900 aud for 4 hour photography and 4 hour videography (crew of 5 in total)

Post # 6
49 posts

I’m getting quotes from 800 to 1000 USD for 2 hours but this is for San Francisco so VHCOL.

Post # 7
6299 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a wedding photographer in a resort area, so I shoot a lot of elopements in addition to full weddings. My hourly rate is $500/hr with a 2 hour minimum. That’s pretty standard for my area. There are some who are cheaper but they’re newer and less experienced. In my area most elopements tend to be weekdays or a Friday/Sunday because we all typically have minimum hour requirements for Saturdays. 

Post # 8
3057 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Paris elopement package included; flowers, officiant, driver, hair & makeup, & photographer for $2,500. It was 2.5 hours of photos and I’ve no idea how much it costs just for photos. But, I got all my digital images. 

Shop around!

Post # 9
4509 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We eloped in SF and I believe we paid $1,900 for 4 hours.

Post # 10
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

When you call photographers ask for their rate for a portrait session vs. anything “wedding”.  That is basically what you’re looking for… not the full day wedding coverage etc etc.

Post # 11
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My photographer is costing $400 for ceremony coverage and then a 45min couples photo shoot after the ceremony is finished. I live in the PNW not in a major city and she is a really good photographer with a beautiful photography portfolio. She said that her elopement package includes a minimum of 40 digital high resolution images that are print release so we can print as many as we want once we have the disc. Her normal wedding rate is between $1800-$2400 for comparison.

Post # 12
112 posts
Blushing bee

We paid $1300 in Orange County for a 3 hour session of the elopement, and a 2 hour engagement session shoot.


I think average at least around here is $900-1000 but I’m sure you can find cheaper depending on the quality of photos you want.

Post # 13
1 posts

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300bride :  Hi I live in the same area and am looking for a photographer to shoot an elopement. I was wondering if you could share who you worked with!

Post # 14
119 posts
Blushing bee

We eloped in the Caribbean and we paid $1,200 for 3 hours, which included an assistant. The pictures look amazing, and some of my favorite shots would have been impossible without the assistant. 

Post # 15
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Gosh! I get why my fiancé is not happy about the price I’m getting quoted! We’re looking at $2600 for 4 hours in Colorado. That is an adventure elopement. We will be hiking. 

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