How much do engagement photos cost?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

A lot of photographers include an engagement session in their wedding package so keep that in mind! I discovered that when looking for our photographer after we had already spent $450 on an engagement shoot 

Post # 4
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@freshflowers:  Ours cost $200 for an hour shoot with a disc of all of the images without watermarks. Ours was done through our photographer who works for a company called “the pros”.

Post # 5
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Have you booked your photographer yet? Many photographers (at least where I live) include engagement pictures in their wedding packages as a way to get to know the bride and groom.

Post # 6
983 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@freshflowers:  Ours was included with the wedding package, not sure how much she’d charge to do the separately.  I liked it that way because even though I knew our photographer, Mr. S didn’t so he got a chance to know her and any awkwardness was quickly dismissed during that shoot so we should look comfortable in our wedding photos.

Post # 7
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL

For places that charged separately in Chicago (I researched a ton) a common rate seemed to be $350. I think I saw a range from $200-$450, but I think $350 would be a good amount to budget.

Post # 8
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Most photographers charged $300-500 in my area.

Post # 9
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Ours also came with our wedding package. It included a limited number of digital negatives and a large canvas print of a photo of our choosing, with an option to purchase all of the digital negatives for $250 – well worth it! Definitely money well spent, and I’m so glad that we did them! I should add, we found a photographer outside of the Bay Area so her rates are more reasonable than those in our area. Some will charge travel time, but sometimes it’s still a better deal to find someone out of a main metro and pay for travel. Hope that helps!

Post # 10
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Good professionals usually charge in the $500 range and up.

Post # 11
1460 posts
Bumble bee

Ours was included in our wedding package. But I’m in the DC area which is pretty expensive as far as photographers go and when I was doing an a la carte search, I found it sessions ranging from $300-$500. Anyone charging more without major inclusions (prints, albums, props, multiple outfits/locations, location changes etc) I wouldn’t even bother because the e-shoots are only an hour or 2 and you can find someone really good without breaking the bank.

Post # 12
957 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@freshflowers:  You may be able to find a really good price from someone just starting out. You are taking a bit of a risk that the photos won’t be perfect, but it’s just e-pics, not the actual wedding, so the risk may be worth it.

Ours was in our package but if we got the package without them, our photographer would have charged us $200 to do it.

Post # 13
3340 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

We did a short, one-location, one-outfit shoot for $300.

Post # 14
1285 posts
Bumble bee

I include the service free with my wedding packages to my clients. If it’s a stand alone engagement session and they don’t sign with me for a wedding client, it’s $375.

Post # 15
9671 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Ours was included with our package but from what I saw for a stand alone session, most charged $400 and up.  I didn’t look at any of the super cheap photographers, but I’d guess you could find someone less experienced for $100-$250.

Post # 16
11697 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@freshflowers:  we paid a friend – a new photographer building her portfolio $150 for our first round of photos, we own the pictures, we got about 40 or 50 on a disc – they’re nice, not spectacular, but I got what I expected.

Our second round were included in our photography package and are non-negotiable cannot be removed for credit.  so they were ‘free’ BUT we don’t own the photos, we can choose to buy them all for $500 (there are 80-90) or we can buy specific files for $50 each or we can buy specific prints.  So far we’ve purchased a print package with a few, and I intend to buy 1 file that is hands down the best picture of FH and I that I have ever seen, it is the perfect reflection of us as a couple, I love it (and have a 16×20 print to prove it).

Like you, we have zero good pictures of us prior to getting engaged – in 9 years that’s pretty sad!

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