Photography cost?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
9806 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We paid $1000 for 2 photographers for 6 hours, all rights to our photos, and we recieved about 600 photos, plus a black & white copy of each photo. I love our pictures and our photographers were awesome to work with.

Post # 3
3512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

sarahparkview :  just under $5k for 10 hours, 2 shooters, print rights, and a thumb drive with all the pics (which are also available via download). i dont remember how many pics my sister got (we’re using the same photog) but it was a LOT. from our 2 hour engagment session, we had something like 300ish pics.

ETA: the pricing i quoted is the “travel package” pricing for my photog, so it includes 2 nights in a hotel as well

Post # 4
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

My wedding is in NY and we just paid $2400 for 1 photographer for 6 hours, online access to all photos taken, 8×12 wedding album (30 pages, 75 pictures), 25 thank you cards with photo and a mini session (30 mins) to be used as we please in order to get comfortable with our photographer

Post # 5
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We are in Seattle, WA.  Paying $2500 plus tax for: 

– 2 photographers for unlimited time on wedding day 

– 1 photographer for unlimited time for engagement shoot 

– Printed proof books for both events 

– Personal website 

– Free access to all digital files WITH retouching and WITHOUT water marks 

Post # 6
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

In Oklahoma, $3500 for

– 8 hours

– 2 photographers

– USB drive

– Photos accessible online for 2 years

We splurged on our photographer, as it was really important to us and I LOVE ours and her work, but you can get a really good photographer with all the above included for about $2000-2500 here.

Post # 7
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

In southern California– $3700 for a two-hour engagement session, plus two photographers for 8 hours day-of, with full rights to all photos.

Post # 8
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

In Nor Cal– $1300 for an engagement session and 5 hours the day of, two photographers both days, full print rights to all photos on a USB.

Post # 9
1481 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I’m in the Detroit metro area. I’m paying $3300 for 2 shooters, 9 hours, a disc with all pics, rights to all photos, and an album.

Post # 10
7072 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

As a wedding photographer, I can tell you that industry standards is around $3,000-$3500 for a typical 8 hour coverage w/ two photographers. That number will vary a little, up or down, depending on the area and the package…..but that’s usually a good starting point to go by.

I think I paid around $4200, but as a wedding photographer myself I opted out of packages with albums and such because obviously I could order all that stuff myself at cost, which my photographer totally was in agreement on.

Post # 11
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

PA bride here: I booked when she was running a contest and won! I’m getting A HUGE STEAL!!!! Her sticker price is $1200 for 2 photographers, 8 hours of coverage, a minimum of 1000 photos, all rights, a photo album, and a thumb drive with all photos (retouched and raw)… and I’m paying half of that. 

Post # 12
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We paid $4800 for a 10 hour + if needed (basically they won’t leave before the timeline is finished or if something amazing is happening). This included  two shooters, $150 print credit, 600 edited images, and an engagement session, which we were allowed to reschedule for post wedding and make it a family session with our kids (we received 65 edited images). 

This is pretty pricy for our area, but he is really good, and Darling Husband was really good friends with him in high school, and wanted to support his business. It was worth every penny. My wedding was an absolute shit show, but you would never know it from looking at the photos. They did such a great job of capturing the best moments… And at my request he edited out my back fat and slimmed my arms 🙂

ETA: Western NY

Post # 14
1661 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We got married 3 weeks ago and paid $2000 for 2 shooters, 10 hours, all 850 photos returned to us. Most of them edited. And we got a free engagement shoot.

She was the cheapest I could find cos we were on a budget and she produced the most stunning photos. My recap was posted earlier today. 

Post # 15
661 posts
Busy bee

I’m in LA. I’m paying $3800 for two photographers for 8 hours. The photographer is a little bit pricier so I opted out of the extras like engagement shoots and albums. 

In my area, photographers are anywhere from $2500 to $5000. But I think the average pro is about $3500. 

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