(Closed) average wedding photographer cost

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Post # 3
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

There is a photographer to fit every budget- it just depends on how professional/quality you want your photos to look.

I found mine on Craigslist- a couple looking to build their portolio. 6 hours of shooting time with 2 photographers with a disc of digitial images with full rights (no prints, I will have to print myself) for $500 total.

One photographer I am love with started at $4,000….yikes.

I’ve seen a lot photographers come in between $1200-$1500 for the mid-range of pricing.

Good luck! 


Post # 4
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our photog is costing us 10 hours for $3500–but that’s because we specifically want photojournalistic wedding pics. The price is really for her time the day of as well as editing/finishing that she will have to do.

Post # 5
4122 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We’re paying about $4,000 for 8 hrs and a disc, which is also discounted for a “colleague” discount. And that doesn’t include his travel or the 2 portrait sessions we’re adding 😉

“Average” Good photographers should cost you around $1800-2200 on average (higher or lower depending on region). GREAT photographers $2,800+. Amateurs between $500-1500 depending on experience. (prices based on the package you listed)

Post # 6
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m getting an engagement session and 1 photog/6 hours with a disc and printing rights for $2500.  No physical prints/album.

In my area (which is high cost but not NYC-high), it seemed like $1800-$2000 would get you a basic package with a “cookie cutter” type photographer (probably with some prints thrown in) and you had to pay more to get someone with more of an artistic eye.

Post # 7
58 posts
Worker bee

I have to disagree with some of the above posters.. I have narrowed down my list to a couple photographers. I live in a big city. There is a fantastic photojournalist-style photographer that charges $1,000 for 6 hours and a disc with all electronic copies. To me, this is the most affordable option and I do not feel like I would be compromising my taste. My absolutely faaaavorite photographer (her work is stunning) is closer to $1800-2000.

Post # 8
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For $2,800, I’m getting an engagement session, up to 12 hours/2 photogs the day of the wedding, and an additional shoot of our choice (rehearsal dinner, day after brunch or trash the dress, etc.), a fauxtobooth at the wedding, all images of each event on a disc and all images edited, plus an album! I don’t know what the average is, but I feel like I’m getting a screaming deal! My photog did my friend’s wedding, so I know that I LOVE her style, too. Good luck!

Post # 9
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I LOVE mine. We are paying him $1,700 and he is doing the whole say (there is no hour limit) So he will take photos of me getting ready all the way untill the end of the night. This includes printing rights and an electronic copy. He will make an album for us for a little extra so I think we are going to do that. He is wonderful. I found him through my sister’s friend. He did her wedding and the picts turned out amanzing.

Post # 10
8 posts

When I was looking for a photographer, I found that the prices varied a lot. Some quoted us 2500 (for 10 hours and a disc with all the images) and others were around 5000 for the same stuff. I would just narrow it down to a couple photographers you like that are in your budget and then meet with them in person and look at their photos. Some of the photos looked REALLY different in person than online on their blog. 

It seemed hard to find anything we liked below 2500 though, and we ended up with someone who is just under 4000 for 10 hours, e-session, and all the discs with pictures.

Post # 11
529 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

I really underestimated our photo budget, and wasn’t able to find a good photog for that, so we had to bump it up :).

Anyway, we’re paying $2400 for two photographers for the whole wedding day (no time limit), a high res disc of all photos, an e session (which was 8 hours too!), and a disc of the e photos, and online ordering. 

After our e-session, though, I really realized that ‘you get what you pay for.’ After seeing the photos, I know it was totally worth the investment.

Post # 12
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We are paying $3000 for 10 hours of shooting, digital proofs, and select pics printed out.

Post # 13
15341 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The one i have my eye on is 4k.  2 photographers, 10 hours, e-session, digital proofs, and 1 album.

Post # 14
140 posts
Blushing bee

3400 — 2 photographers, entire day wedding coverage (we’re starting at like 8am and running through midnight), 3-hr e-session, full ownership of photos (not just printing rights) — photos come on CD and DVD, 4 included albums (1 e-session, 3 wedding), and 100 4×6 prints. 

Post # 15
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

$2500 for 6 hours of coverage, engagement shoot, 40 page album, a high res disc with copy right release, $350 print credit (the package actually offered 2 parent albums, but I’m pretty sure my parents have no use for an album of our wedding, so we asked them to turn it in to print credit), two photogs (a husband wife pair).  Far about my initial photog budget of $800, but I had trouble finding someone I really liked.

The are also going to do our epics when they are on vacation in New Mexico…..a double win:  I don’t have to pay to fly them out here, and they get to deduct some of their trip!

Post # 16
5150 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours was $4000+ for 2 photographers, 9 hours, disc, select pick outs/album, etc

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