(Closed) How much did you pay your photographer?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
98 posts
Worker bee

$2000 for 3 hr is on the high end. That guy must have very good pics or otherwise he’s overcharging.

I paid $7000 for all day, and our photographer has won awards all over the place, published numerous times, and teaches wedding photography seminars all over the planet.

Post # 4
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours was $2600 for 2 photographers at 10 hours, and we received a $600 photo credit. I found ours at a wedding show and loved their pictures. Maybe since it was a husband/wife duo that own their own studio, they were less expensive?

Post # 5
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i got really really lucky, i have a friend/old coworker who is an amazing photog. she is charging me $565 for 4 hours/2 photographers and prints. The cheapest i found through local vendors ran around $1800 for a simple package and limited coverage.

Post # 6
42 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

Mine is charging $3000 for 9 hours of coverage with 2 photogs

Post # 7
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I paid $5,000 for 2 photographers for an unlimited amount of time. That included them arriving at the salon as we were getting ready and being the last to leave with my husband and me.

We also received a $400 print credit, a coffee table book of every proof, a DVD with the rights to all 700 of our photos, and our album.

Post # 8
2237 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got a steal with $500 for a full day (unlimited) and an engagement session. She’s new to the area though.


If photography isn’t a huge priority to you and you’re trying to save money, you could check craigslist. A lot of people trying to build their portfolio post there.

Post # 9
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Most of the photographers we looked at were $3000 + without prints! We managed to find someone for $1,200. I think we get 7 hours… We don’t get any prints, but we get CDs with all the pictures that we then have rights to do whatever we want with. And the pics don’t have any photographers markings or anything. He did a friend’s wedding and the pictures were awesome. Oh – and we get a free engagement session.

I would say just keep looking… talk to friends, look online, check out wedding events… there has got to be someone in your area who charges less!

Post # 10
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Every area is going to be different. In Oregon, the cost of living isn’t as high (or low) as other areas. So when I say the average pro photographer costs around $1200-$2000, that’s this area. In a different part of Oregon, $2000 could be the lowest. The cost of living in NYC is probably at least double than here, so likely, the cost for photography is more than here. I’m not sure about Ohio.

Ask photographers if they can work within your budget. Sometimes you can cut out extras like albums & other things, which should lower the price. Photography is usually one of those “you get what you pay for” scenarios. So be careful with people who give you a really low price! However, more $$ doesn’t always mean better.

Additional money savers: have your wedding on a Friday or Sunday if you can. Usually venues will be cheaper & sometimes photogs will charge less. I don’t change pricing depending on the day, but I always try to work with someone.

Post # 11
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We are going to be using a friend who does professional photography. She is charging us $1425 for engagement session (last 3 hours), 8 hrs on wedding day, and a day after session with just me and the groom. We do not have to pay for prints, as she will give us a CD with all of the photos. She has great quality work!

Post # 12
1807 posts
Buzzing bee

We’re paying $1,100.

That includes 8 hours, rights to the pictures, a high res CD, travel costs (she lives a state away), and a $25 print credit.

Her pictures are stunning.

Post # 13
2742 posts
Sugar bee

Ugh, I just want to die of envy!

Post # 14
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m paying $2500 for 2 photographers and 7 hours of day-of coverage, plus a one-hour engagement shoot and all photos in high resolution on CD with full reproduction rights.

Post # 15
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In Chicago, I am paying $2800 for 2 photographers for 12 hours.  This includes all rights to all pictures in color and black and white and an engagement session with rights to all of those pictures in black and white.  I’m pretty happy with that.

Post # 16
4162 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We paid $1400 for full day coverage.  She normally charges $1900, but had a promotion for $500 off if you booked in August.  To be honest, she wasn’t our top pick, but still takes amazing photos, and was within our price range.  All the ones I LOVED were upwards of $5000 a day, which is definitely out of reach for us.

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