(Closed) average cost of photography?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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legos41015:  Our photography package costs $2,100, enagement + 2 photographers on the wedding day itself. Good price for NY rates.

Post # 3
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Honey bee

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legos41015:  typically 10-12% of your overall budget 


Theknot.com and weddingwire.com have nice budgeting tools. As far as my photographer, she costs $2100 for 

-7 hours on wedding day

-2 photographers 

-an album

-disc of all edited pics with copyright release for me to be able to print anywhere 


hope this helps!

Post # 4
1305 posts
Bumble bee


*Digital Prints

*Engagement shoot (90 minutes)

*One photographer 8 hours on the day

*Second photographer 6 hours on the day (not an assistant)

Tampa, FL.

Post # 5
144 posts
Blushing bee

St.Pete FL. 

8 hours one photographer for day of. 


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Post # 6
1066 posts
Bumble bee

I found a STEAL of a photographer for my area and got a short engagement session with 2 photographers for 6 hours for the wedding day and all image rights on a usb. Most were upwards of $3,500 just for wedding day coverage and that was outrageous. If you’re in a higher priced area see if ones from neighboring states will travel. Mine are from 6+ hours away but their travel fee was less than a local photographer.

Post # 7
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


Our photographer is charging us about $1200 for the following:

6 hours of wedding day coverage1 hr engagement session
unlimited photos
editing of photos
online gallery and dvd of edited proofs

We pretty much lucked out because our photographer is so amazing and talented. He had also recently raised his prices but gave us the lesser price because we had been corresponding for a while before he had actually changed it.

If you are on a budget- seriously spend some time looking around for photographers that you will be happy with in terms of his/her work and what they charge for it. I almost gave up and went with somebody that cost almost twice as much until I found ours. And I honestly think that our photographers work is of equal quality as the other- but half the price!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

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legos41015:  They say that photography typically takes up about 10% of your budget, or more.

In my area people like to scalp on their services. I didn’t want to go over about 2K, so I didn’t. I found a great photographer who’s just starting out. 2 photographers for 8 hours with unlimited photos, and a disc of all the edited high res images. Plus a 15% discount on any prints ordered.

I should say, it’s also just over 2K, with an engagement/bridal/trash the dress session added on. It was a kind of a deal where you pick which session you wanted.

Post # 9
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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legos41015:  This is going to vary widely depending on where you live, what you want and the quality of your photographer. 

My photography package is costing $2,200. That’s 8 hours with the main photographer & a second shooter. We will retain all rights to our photos (i.e. we can print them, use them in anyway we choose as opposed to having to order prints through her). She gives us a CD & USB with all the pictures, including 250-300 edited. Once we look at the raw pics we can request up to 200 additional edited ones. It also includes 50 4×6 prints and “a keepsake photobox”. We also got an engagement session. We lucked out in that she offered to drive up to us (we’re getting married in San Diego, where she is located, but live in LA and wanted pictures near us). The session was about 3 hours in two different locations. We got about 100 pictures from it and she’s sending a “keepsake box” with the images on disk and prints. She has offered to print whatever we want (up to 8×10) if we wanted to display the pictures at the wedding… at no additional cost. She’s pretty amazing. 

All that said- she’s on the low end. She’s very talented and has been in business for over ten years, so I don’t know why she’s so cheap, but everyone else in our area in her price range started at $4,000 for a full day WITHOUT a second photographer. I guess she just prefers to get a lot of gigs rather than a few high paying ones. In the five weeks we’ve been working with her she’s shot 3 proposals, seven weddings, three family sessions, five engagement sessions and a gender reveal, while still doing I sure tons of hours of editing for each one. Meanwhile, she came with me on my venue walk-through and I know she does a LOT of “wedding coordinator” type things for most of her brides. 

Post # 10
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

$3000 for 7 hours. Ended up with 530 images, got all digital rights. No prints or albums. 

It was worth every penny, I’m in SoCal so prices are a little higher and our photographer was phenomenal.

Honestly, it just depends on what you want and how important the photos are to you. Ours was 1/3 of our entire budget.

Post # 11
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had one company do photo and video for $8500, so for the sake of argument you could say photos alone were $4250.

We got 3 shooters (+2 wives who helped out), 8 hours, around 600 edited photos, full printing rights, and a huge album. We are so happy with how everthing came out. It took just under 2 months.

They also drove about 6 hours to us and stayed over for two nights, so 8 hours is really under. They were shooting the night before and scouting locations the morning of. OH they also set up a photo booth area for us when our original vendor no-showed. Basically more than we could have ever hoped for!

Post # 12
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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legos41015:  $1,000.

*all digital images – edited

*all printing rights

*1 hr engagement shoot- 1 location

*10 hours day of coverage

*2 awesome photographers


Post # 13
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

Our photographers normal price is $3500, we were able to get them for $2200 due to our date being early in the season and our venue being one they hadn’t shot at before. We got eight hours, two photographers and rights to our photos (digitally provided over 700 edited photos). We’re in Pittsburgh. 

Post # 14
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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legos41015:  We are in Colorado and we’re paying 2,200, exactly 10% of our budget for:

*8 hours coverage

*Rights to our photos and editing

*Coffee table album

*15% prints


We did our e-session in San Diego, so we used a different photographer. I believe we paid $350 for:

*Rights to pictures and editing

*2 photographers

If you include the e-session in our photography package, we are spending a total of $2,550 or 11.59% of our budget.


Post # 15
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

We got our photographer for a steal! I think altogether we’re at about $1500-$1600. I can’t really remember exactly how much total we’ll wind up paying for him (plus his second shooter) as we paid for our engagement photos first as we had not yet decided if we wanted an actual photographer for the wedding, but when we did decide to hire him he included those fees into his new cost. Plus, we’ve just been approved for the location we want for our first look photos which will take another hour so we’re going to work with him on including that cost as well.

We were so lucky to snag him. His work is wonderful, and his rates were low as he had just left a larger photography business to start working for himself so in a sense he was just “starting out”. During the time between our engagement photos and when we decided to hire him for the day he had actually raised his prices, but since he had already worked with us he was very gracious to give us the lower prices! Yay! I know he also won some Photography Award over at The Knot for 2014, so I’m super stoked that with a little bit of searching we were able to find him.


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