(Closed) How much should I be preparing to spend on photography?

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Post # 3
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

u should look at the book the brides books of lists and things to do, i think thats the name LOL. but as far as costs, i have friends who only spent like 900$ on a photographer, and not to sound mean, but their pics look like something a ten year old did with an iphone. u kind of get what you pay for i think. We are spending 3200$ total on a photographer, and our budget is 10,000-11,000.

Post # 4
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m in central PA and we’re spending $2500.

Post # 5
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It will definitely vary by region,

The price will depend on what you want and get. For example do you want full day coverage, engagement pics, pictures on cd so you can make copies, 1 or 2 photographers, an album.

Some questions..

– do you provide a disk with all images

– is the disk high res

– ask to see a full wedding they have done

– do they edit the images you are given

– how many photos will they usually capture

– how many sites will they include

– how big can you print the pictures


Just for referance..

we are paying 2840 and we are getting..

-full coverage

– e pics with high res pics on CD

– guest book made out of e-pics

– edited images of wedding on CD 

– 2 photographers


Post # 6
6573 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

It really depends on your area and what is included. $3k is pretty average in my area. I’m spending quite a bit more than that, but I’m a photographer, and photos are really important to me. It was the only area of the wedding that Fiance just didn’t get a say. This was my domain. 🙂

Post # 7
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My photography was $4000. With that I got unlimited coverage for two days. I’m having my ceremony with a Tea Ceremony with coverage beginning at 8:00 a.m. running through the ceremony and  pictures ending at 5:00 p.m. The next day coverage begins for my reception from 5:00 p.m. to around midnight. I also get two photographers, two 10×12 wedding photo albums, two 5 x 7 parent albums, two large canvases (I forget the dimensions offhand), all photos on a Hi-Res disc, and copyright of all images (which you really don’t need, my photographer just threw it in).  I find in Houston, not sure of Austin, most photographers will offer a basic package and if you need more hours or services they charge a la carte. I found that for what I wanted the minimum was about $3,000.

Defintely shop around. One place I found some interesting options before I settled on my guy is Craigslist.

Post # 8
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

In most major metropolitan areas you can expect pricing to be in a $2500-5000 range.  The lower side of the range is probably going to apply to a shoot and burn, with the higher end including an album, a second photographer, and possible more sessions or products. You can always find cheaper examples, and more expensive examples.  Some of the above advice is good.  I usually stress the most important part of choosing a photographer is loving their work, and loving them as people.  Having an awesome rapport with your photographer, and trusting their ability to capture your day goes a long way in insuring that you have awesome photos.  If you make it all about the monetary or “stuff” side if it, it can feel like a commodity.  You won’t care about the stuff if the photos aren’t great.

Post # 9
700 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My photographer is from Austin! We were originally hoping to spend $1K, but ended up spending $3K to get a photographer FH and I both loved ($2K-$3K seems pretty average in this area, and we’ve had friends that have spent double that). We basically spent a TON of time looking at websites to see what their work looked like, and then when we (FINALLY! it took forever, seriously) found one whose style we both liked, we met her at a coffeeshop to see if our personalities meshed, and then we booked her then and there. Our photographer is AL Collective (www.alcollective.com) – they have amazing reviews on all the websites and their work is very classic, but not old-fashioned looking. We don’t think it will look all that dated in 20 years, though.

For ~$3K, we’re getting:

2 hr engagement session (this Wednesday; I’m excited!) with disk of edited imaged

2 hr bridal portrait session with disk of edited images

7 hrs on wedding day with 2 photographers in Blanco (an hour outside of Austin) with disk of edited images

So – no actual prints will come from our photographer, but I’d rather save the money and order things through sites like snapfish anyway.

Hope this helps!!


Post # 10
2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our is $2000 including tax. Our photog is the cheapest pro and one of the BEST in the area.

We get

Engagement sesh

8 hours of coverage

cd with full printing rights.


But this is Pgh. Pittsburgh is cheap 🙂

Post # 11
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We are paying $1700 in Charleston, SC.  That includes 8 hours of coverage, all rights to the pictures, 200 prints, and then a bunch of enlargements.  

Post # 12
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I would say $1k-1000 and that’s bare minimum.

Post # 13
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m in Western New York Area, and we are spending $2283.75 with tax for photography with wedding budge of $12,000 (which is the finalized budget costs)


. To get an idea , our package includes: handcrafted designer coffee table Wedding album of 70 images and 30 page sides, high res dvd of all wedding images with copyright release, signature portrait 16×20 with custom mat, engagement and bridal sessions, 9 hour coverage, personal website, matching parent albums (2). 


Post # 14
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Its definitely by region.

Here is sunny So Cal you wont get much for less than $3K.
I feel VERY lucky with our photographer package.


We’re paying $2800 and getting:

**2 Photographers (They are a husband & wife duo) at every session (epix & wedding day)

**All Hi rez & edited engagement session pix on disk. This price didn’t normally come with but our photogs were so nice that they knew I wanted one for practice for my Fiance & I so they threw it in for free because our wedding is on a Friday & that frees up their weekend for work too.

**7 hours wedding day photography with them both.

**Hi rez & edited wedding photos on disk.


Soooo yeah no albums or anything but we have all printing rights so we can DIY them.

Definitely find a photog who’s pix you love, see if they are in/near your budget and then talk to them about making a custom package to suit your needs…

I was VERY happy to have my engagement photos included and the guy-girl duo was VERY important to me too so we booked them!

Good luck!

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