(Closed) Photographer cost, how much are you paying?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Booked my photographer Sunday! We are paying 1330 after taxes, and includes an engagement session and 2nd photographer! I think this is an AWESOME deal. Best price i was quoted before that was 2200! And she takes lovely pictures, but it took me about 6 months to find her! Don’t give up!

Post # 33
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am paying $1,000 for 6 hours w/ 1 photographer plus a tableside album, editing of photos, release of all photos on DVD to us.


This is out photographer:




Post # 34
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m paying $1,600, which seems to be around the low to middle range here. 

Post # 35
1144 posts
Bumble bee

$2,800 + tax

We paid $300 more (the regular package is $2,500) because we wanted the owner of the company to be our photog on the day of. It’s around average around here, maybe a bit on the higher end.

Post # 37
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Agree with the “bigger city, bigger price” notion.


Cheap, ametuer quality: under $2000

Budget, inexpensive, below average quality: $2000-3000

Average in every sense: $3000-4000

Good quality: $4000-6000

Superior quality- top notch world renwoned, award winning phtographers: $6000 and up.

We paid $3000 and I wish we would have spent $4000

Post # 38
10360 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I paid about $5000. That included a travel fee (Boston photog for a San Diego wedding, we wanted someone local to where we lived for e-pics and to know her better). She was only 2 years in, but fabulous. She’s now one of the top wedding photographers in Boston and charges a lot more.

When you pay a photog, you’re paying them for equipment, insurance, cost of business, for the 30-40 hrs of work they put into your photo editing AND the day of stuff, plus any actual products. Most brides that are initially shocked at the prices usually don’t realize how many hours go into the editing and business end of it.

Post # 39
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re in NYC and paid $3300 before tax for:

  • Engagement shoot
  • Full day coverage (9 hours) with second shooter (and, it turned out, third shooter bc our primary photog was 8 months’ pregnant!)
  • 100 4 x 6 prints, with option to purchase additional prints/sizes at cost
  • Online gallery, CD with all images and digital rights
  • “Mess the dress” or other post-wedding shoot (we’re doing a one-year anniversary session)

Post # 40
30 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Around $7000

It was the only thing we were happy to splurge on because everything else will be gone after the wedding day, but the only remnant of the wedding that will remain with us for the rest of our lives are the photos. We ended up booking FI’s favorite photographer (he’s been following this photographer’s blog for quite some time).

Post # 41
986 posts
Busy bee

$3,600, which includes a ton + an extra photographer, and it’s well worth it to us!

Post # 42
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We paid $175 for engagement pictures. Included 2 photographers, 2 hours, unlimited locations.

We are paying $1499 for wedding pictures. Includes 2 photographers, 6 hours, unlimited locations, disc, release, all that jazz.

It is true that prices are going to be more in bigger cities. And in most cases, you get what you pay for. But there ARE good, quality photographers out there at decent prices. These photographers realize that not everyone can afford to spend 5 grand on pictures.

My recommendation is to look for a photographer who has been in business for 3-5 years. These people have enough experience that their work will be good, but they aren’t “so big” that their prices are off the charts.

I LOVE our photographer, her work, her packages, everything. Sure, it took a lot of research and digging to find her, but I am SO glad I did.

Just because you don’t spend a fortune on your photos doesn’t mean they will be crap. 

Good luck! Wink













Post # 43
8435 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

$2100, includes engagement w/DVD, boudoir w/DVD, all day wedding with 2 photographers, 1000 pictures on DVD, $200 print credit and tax (all images on DVDs are retouched with copyright release).  I picked her because I love her style, so the fact that so much is included is just icing on the cake.

Post # 44
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ours is going to cost $4,900 for Colorado/Denver area and includes the following

  • 7 hours coverage
  • enagement session (1 hour)
  • 12″x8″ 40 page photo album
  • web access to high resolution images
  • 2 shooters (husband & wife team)

This was one area I was NOT willing to skimp on since we are photo whores!!!! 🙂 I went through tons of magazines and blogs looking at the photographers I liked the most. I compiled a HUGE list of prices for the ones I liked the most and even ones I didn’t like for my own peresonal taste but still had good photography, and everyone costed around the same amont $4000 – $6000.

I, too, was shocked at first and was in denial thinking I wouldn’t have to budget that much. I tried negotiating with a few only to find that it was an insulting question (rightfully so) to ask them if they would do a wedding on a Saturday in high-season for less. I mean, c’mon, some of these photographers make magic happen and have perfected their art for years! You really do pay for what you get. The only thing they will negotiate on is doing a lower price for off-season and non-weekend days.

I did see a few for less than $3000 and thought the lack of quality and experience was evident, but it’s entirely possible to find a hidden gem for a photographer.

Post # 45
8435 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I, too, was shocked at first and was in denial thinking I wouldn’t have to budget that much.

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@texasrandi:  This exactly!  Then I thought to myself, the photos are going to be the most permanent vendor purchase from your wedding day, skimp on the aisle runner, centerpieces and flowers instead lol.

Post # 46
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@MissLacy:  Mine is the best man’s sister so I suppose this isn’t fair, but she’s charging me $650 with full rights and she’ll be there alllll day. She works with another company that charges $2,500 for two shoots all day. =)

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