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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Claremont wedding photographers
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Tom was amazing! We had a very small and casual wedding ceremony on our beautiful college campus. I was happy to have found Tom, whose work looked great and whose price was extremely reasonable. Off the bat, his communication was excellent - he responded promptly with a quote, and again responded promptly, politely, professionally, and thoroughly when I had a bunch of questions before hiring him. Since we were coordinating our wedding ceremony from the east coast and weren't able to meet Tom in person, we video chatted a few weeks beforehand to ask him any additional questions and tell him a bit more about the wedding. His contract was very clear and fair. Because of his wonderful communication, I felt very confident before our wedding that working with Tom would work very well despite organizing everything remotely. We worked with Tom for three hours as he photographed our short wedding ceremony, and then took both posed and candid photos of my husband and I together and with our friends and family. On the day of the wedding, Tom arrived there early (before us!). He melded very well to our personalities and style, and I can certainly picture him doing the same with many different types of people. He made us laugh, and he listened to what we wanted and offered his own expertise in terms of poses and locations. The photos themselves turned out really great. He sent us both a link to a website (where photos can be downloaded) and a flash drive, each with full resolution images of every good photo (he takes out any where people are blinking, making weird faces, etc. that you wouldn't want anyway), which ended up being about 200 photos overall for our 3 hours. The photos were ready just two and a half weeks after our wedding, which is sooner than I anticipated. We have a really nice variety of different photos from the day of really spectacular quality. The photos are really flattering, and I can't wait to show them to all of my friends and family and hang them in my house for years to come. Overall, Tom was amazing in every way - communication, price, personality, and quality of photos. I can't believe what an amazing value we got. I would hire him again for any other photography services that I need, and I would certainly recommend him to my friends and family.
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