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How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want.

Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June.

Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

How many photos should you get from a wedding photographer?

A professional wedding photographer will usually supply their clients with several hundred photos (200, 300, 400 or 800 and more). Some might even provide more than 1,000 photos. It ultimately depends on the photographer.

Wedding photographers will usually take several thousand photos but cut them down to the keepers. They also have to edit these photos. Typically, they will provide them to the clients on a digital hard drive, as an online download or even in a photo album with beautiful decorations.

What pictures should be taken at a wedding?

On your wedding day, your photographer should take pictures of the couple getting ready for the wedding, as well as a fun personality picture before activities begin. They should also photograph showstoppers like the bouquet, invitations, shoes, reception space, cake, centerpieces, rings and the veil. A generational photo with parents or grandparents is also special. There should also be photos of the bride and groom alone, the ceremony, the confetti-filled exit, and hair and makeup.

How long do wedding photographers stay?

A wedding photographer usually expects to work a full day. This gives them time to photograph the venue, cake, rings, shoes, centerpieces, invitations and other aspects of the wedding before the guests arrive. It also allows them time to get photos of the bride and groom alone, as well as the hair and makeup process and fun personality pictures. Then, they will work through all the parts of the wedding.

When should you take wedding photos?

Couples can take wedding photos before their actual ceremony, during cocktail hour (before the reception), during the wedding reception or even after their wedding. The least stressful time to do it is often before the ceremony when hair and makeup generally look their best, temperatures are usually lower because it’s earlier in the day and the couple won’t have to think or worry about it for the rest of the day.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up an appointment or a consultation with a photographer near you during the COVID-19 pandemic is by conducting an online search. Start by scheduling a call with the photographer. If possible, it may be better to use a video call service so that the photographer can get an idea of the site location. Take this opportunity to discuss safety measures you can take during this time, as well as whether it’s safe to complete the project now or simply postpone it.

Does a photographer need to enter my home?

There are many situations in which a photographer does not need to enter your home. It’s not uncommon for people to prefer to have their pictures taken outdoors. If you're hiring a photographer, maintain safe distances, avoid being in the same room, sanitize all involved surfaces and conduct payment using digital platforms. You can discuss strategies as you complete your search for local photographers.

How can I find out if a photographer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Consult your city or state’s government websites, which typically have information on which services are deemed essential during the pandemic. 

For national information, visit CISA’s page on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. Here, you can find 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating unimpeded during the pandemic. But some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do photographers offer remote or virtual services?

Photography happens in person, but photographers may be able to offer other remote services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they may be able to offer editing and other post-processing services. 

If you see that a photographer is offering remote services in their profile, contact them and ask what those services include.

Reviews for Phoenix wedding photographers
Isamara V.
I hired for wedding photography Smile Spotters is very professional, punctual, and does amazing work at a great price! Highly recommend Smile Spotters Photography!
Smile Spotters PhotographySmile Spotters Photography
Vicki F.
Jim was amazing. He met with us several weeks prior to our wedding to get a sense of where he would be photographing us. He was prompt on the day of the wedding. He took tons of photos, but you wouldn’t know he was there. He is a very polite, professional person who clearly loves what he does. We plan on using him again to take family photos.
A Beautiful Habit PhotographyA Beautiful Habit Photography
Mikayla H.
Rob was the photographer for our wedding in March 2020 and he did a fantastic job! He was super professional and fun while taking all our photos and made it all a seamless experience with him. The photos also turned out amazing and my husband and I are beyond satisfied with everything.
RMR StudiosRMR Studios
Michelle I.
My first choice of Photographer, submitted a request for her to shoot our wedding for the next day! Great response, professional, good work quality, good value and was on time. Thank you Stacey for our wedding day picture memories!
Stacey Fergelec PhotographyStacey Fergelec Photography
Edyth D.
It was wonderful to work with Ally on our wedding photos. She was prompt and professional, very easy to work with and very understanding. The photo process didn't take very long, she had a lot of good ideas and so we followed her lead. I love the sample photos she sent me and I can't wait to see the final product.
Miguel V.
Monique did a wonderful job on short notice photographing our wedding. She took time to get to know us as a couple before the big day and was flexible about our schedule and shooting locations. She delivered our photos very quickly, too! I highly recommend Digital Creative.
Digital CreativeDigital Creative
Paul c.
What a great experience! Communication throughout the process was exceptional. I was from out of town looking for a photographer on short notice. Paris Audrey Photography (Paul) was the first choice based on his portfolio. Though the work was mainly wedding events, he was adaptable to the family photos we had in mind. I would definitely work with him again on the future and also look to recommend him to others on the area.
Paris Audrey PhotographyParis Audrey Photography
Brecken E.
We hired Adam for our engagement photos and he was great!!! He had some awesome ideas for location at South Mountain and made us feel super comfortable! We felt like ourselves and we really got some unique photos and really captured the love we have for each other!! We will definitely be hiring him again for our wedding ceremony.
Adam David Photography & Film LLCAdam David Photography & Film LLC
Vinayak G.
We hired Arian for our wedding photography and were blown away with how hard working and dedicated he was to making our day special. We did a traditional south Indian wedding, and trying to find some semblance of order and a timeline was tenuous at best. Arian worked more hours than originally was in his contract, was punctual for every shoot, and genuinely went out of the way to make us feel at ease with the craziness of the day. His shooting style was natural, with minimal interruption to the activities, and our guests kept telling us how much they liked Arian. We wholeheartedly recommend Arian for any project, big or small. We also want to give a special shout out to his expertise in dealing with Indian weddings. It's hard to find a photographer able to understand the nuances of Indian tradition, and Arian did just that. Thanks Arian to you, and your assistant, for making our day so special.
Arian PhotographyArian Photography
Souksavanh M.
Thea, was amazing. She was our photographer for our wedding. Starts to finish, she was awesome. She's very professional, kind and really pay attention to details to what exactly you want. She not only we us feel special on our big day but we above and beyond stay extra took pictures that will be a lifetime memories for our family. I highly recommend her and you won't be disappointed. We will now have her as our family photographer. Thanks again Thea, appreciated everything you did for us.
Thea C's PhotographyThea C's Photography
Dawn B.
This woman was so on it. I love her work with light. Long story, but cuz of Covid, had to reschedule my wedding 3 times. My original photographer moved to CO. I was nervous cuz no matter what, your pics are your forever memories. And after viewing her portfolio, I knew she was the one who would be able to capture those memories for us. Our pics are beautiful
Teresa K Long PhotographyTeresa K Long Photography
Shasta s.
Okay let me start by saying if you are questioning hiring him.... DONT’T! He is BEYOND AMAZING!! we worked with him for over a year. He asked all the right questions to help make my special day PERFECT....and the groom showed up too so that’s always a plus 😉 let’s start with the music. He was sure to ask about the age range of all the guests (they ranged in age from 22-75) he was able to get the party jumping and pleased EVERYONE with his music. We had young and old dancing and singing. We all enjoyed ourselves so much the cops got called! Lol. He found some hard to find underground music I requested...ohhhhh man I can’t say enough good stuff! And charisma THIS guy is so down to earth and fun. NOT creepy (and you know the joke about wedding DJ’s). Now onto the photos (and I will attach a few). Part of the freeway was closed down and he was stuck in traffic for TWO hours, but he stuck with it, kept me up to date and he arrived in time. He apologized but let’s be logical the traffic is not his fault! And he COMMUNICATED!!! The photo's speak for themselves. They are beautiful! He gave me ALL the photos and retouched them (all included in his package). Last but not least... Value. Monetarily YES such a awesome value. But what was MOST valuable to me was knowing I could count on him. My photos are INCREDIBLE and our special day will last forever in those photos. I also admire him as a human. He was kind, worked closely with me and made me feel like FAMILY! When we come back to Phoenix we will be looking him up to see if him and his partner would want to go get drinks. In this INSANE world, it’s reassuring that there are still good honest people out there who CARE about making people happy and providing a good product/service. You would be a FOOL not to hire him!
Ntysin Entertainment  LLC. (DJ N-Tysin')Ntysin Entertainment LLC. (DJ N-Tysin')
Michelle D.
Thank you so much for taking such beautiful pictures of our special day! We were married in November and life has been crazy so I wanted to make sure I took the time to review! We had a small ceremony at home and I was so impressed by all the perfect photos. She even brought another person to take pictures as well. I honestly didn’t know what to expect since it was just at our house but Courtney wanted to take all the pictures she could. She contacted me before the wedding to make sure she knew exactly what I wanted and was looking for.... luckily she is experienced because I had no idea! 😂 I am so grateful she was there to capture our special day. Thank you!!! 😘
Courts Captured MomentsCourts Captured Moments
Katherine T.
Wow! I don't have the words to describe how amazing Stephen and Melissa are! From the very first email correspondence, it has been a pleasure working with them. They have answered every email, and been so organized, which allowed me to breathe easy. Every phone call has been easy and helpful and working with them the day of was a dream. They actually made everything better with their happy, friendly, flexible, and calming personalities. Melissa felt like one of my bridesmaids and Stephen felt like one of the groomsmen. They were a delight from start to finish, and they are the type of people you want to have over for dinner and add to your groups of friends! Also, I received a link to a very well done, organized website with a sneak peak of 100 photos five days after the wedding! The pictures are beautiful - stylish, artistic, romantic - perfect. I can't recommend them more highly!
Stephen + Melissa PhotographyStephen + Melissa Photography
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