Wedding Photography Prices

posted 5 months ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
527 posts
Busy bee

That depends on your CODB and what you currently charge your your regular sessions, and also how much time she wants you to be there.

I include the engagement photos with my wedding packages and I know a lot of other photographers who do the same, or a discounted price for it to be included.

I charge $200/hr for events – but keep in mind you’re not having them just pay for your time of being there, but also for editing, your equipment, your product you’re giving them the images from (a USB or CD/any packaging for it) etc.

Because this is your first wedding, though, most photographers would recommend you do it free of charge. I’d suggest doing it not for free, but for a minimal amount – maybe $200 for the wedding and reception, and then charge what you would usually charge for the engagement session.

And have a contract in place. Make sure your contract states something along the lines of ‘client is aware that the photographer is not a wedding photographer and therefore cannot be held liable for issues with image quality or amount.’ I’ve seen too many photographers who have never done a wedding before get burned when the client knows they’re inexperienced.

Do all the research you can about lighting, have all the equipment you need, and good luck.

Post # 3
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I agree with PP. I’d do it for a very minimal amount, but not free.

When she asked you, do you think she assumed it would be for free? Did she ask you for a price?

Post # 4
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

I would do it for a few hundred. Make sure you have a back up for all your equipment and especially memory cards! 

Post # 5
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I photograph adoptable dogs and shot a friend’s wedding. She paid me $100 for about an hour of photos and I gave her every photo that looked good. I didn’t feel right charging her as I’d only ever done one human-related shoot before that, but she insisted. If you have any human photography experience, you can probably get away with charging a bit more!

Post # 6
122 posts
Blushing bee

salaiz :  Hi, I had a small photography business and a little bit of wedding experience. Personally I think you need to know your work and its worth before deciding on a cost. Yes, it’s your first time–but get a clear idea of how many hours you will spend planning, working the actual day (don’t forget travel), and then editing. Editing could take much longer than the actual work day.

Are you going to rent equipment? If so, definitely make sure you at least charge enough to cover the rental fees. 

Echoing what others said, have a contract. When I was starting out, I read probably a dozen wedding photographers contracts online, and it really opened my eyes to the risks! Your contract should cover risks (i.e. make sure the person paying you is not going to blame you for a variety of potential issues), state clearly the exact cost, etc.

I also recommend meeting face-to-face before the wedding sometime to discuss exactly what the couple is looking for, style, important people to include (or people to avoid!), must-have photos, etc, and create a written document of that (take notes of the conversation, send them typed to the couple later on to confirm).

You can look up normal pay range in your area, in my area it wasn’t unusual for weddings to cost anywhere from $2,000-10,000.

And one more thing–please don’t sell yourself short. If you’re a talented photographer & know you’re going to do well, then don’t do anything for free. Hope that helps! 🙂

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