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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 Los Angeles wedding photographers
Susan N.
Very flexible, calm and we are very happy with our wedding photos.
Lizbeth Rios PhotographyLizbeth Rios Photography
Sara W.
Tiffany is the best!!! We love her and had a great experience with our wedding photos.
Tiffany Kyees PhotographyTiffany Kyees Photography
Lily A.
I'm am totally blown away by my wedding photos. Desiree and Carl did spectacular work for my photos and I'm so glad I hired them. I looked at the photos my friends took of me and then I compared it to the ones Carl/Desiree did. I almost wished my friends didn't take pics of me! Live Art Photography did such amazing work that my friends and family are now asking for their contact information. They took everything I was hoping for, and did it with their vision. The candids were exactly what I was looking for and the execution of their pictures is truly professional. I had a friend who wanted to become photographer because he has a camera, but after seeing Live Art Photographer's work he was like 'Nevermind'. Yeah, they're high level wedding photographers. If you're looking for wedding photographers I did all the research for you. Trust me, just hire Live Art Photography. Six stars out of five.
Live Art Photography LLCLive Art Photography LLC
Kristin K.
Super easy to work with. Professional photos with no stress and affordability. We used William Lei for our wedding in 2016, the photos came out beautiful and we got them within a week. Couldn't have asked for more!!!
William Lei PhotographyWilliam Lei Photography
Norman M.
Live Art Photography was the perfect photo team for my wedding. They captured all the photos we were hoping for and then some. Carl and Desiree were the main photographers and we also opted for the two additional photographers so we had coverage throughout the event and they were also great. They have amazing personalities that will get you and your guests relaxed. I think that’s how they were able to get the best candids we’ve ever seen. We received printing releases which is very much appreciated so we can go with our own printer. We’re so happy with our wedding photos and the excellent job they did for us.
Live Art Photography LLCLive Art Photography LLC
Roxanne A.
Sameer was an absolute professional. He stepped right in and did a fantastic job with the outdoor wedding photos! I would hire him again in a heartbeat!
Samer Yousef PhotographySamer Yousef Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We are so happy we hired Tom for our wedding photography. He is extremely professional and responsive. His portfolio is impressive and his skills are even more so. On our wedding day Tom and Karen were amazing, they were both easy to talk with and knew exactly what they were doing and how to get great shots. Tom was great about directing large and small groups for different pictures. Tom and Karen were very in tune with everyone’s energy and nice and respectful to all of our family and guests. Tom sent me a link to our photos the next day! Great turnaround! Our photos are amazing and he was able to capture all of our special moments perfectly as well as the vibe of our wedding. Their eye for composition and colors is exceptional. Having never had professional photos taken before I was nervous, but Tom and Karen were great to work with and made the experience very pleasurable. I highly recommend LAdigitalPhoto if you are looking for great photographers and amazing photos! Cheers to them for helping to capture our day!
LAdigitalPhoto.com - photo video DJ photoboothLAdigitalPhoto.com - photo video DJ photobooth
DARIEL J.
. Julian was nothing short of amazing ! My photographer canceled last minute for my wedding photos & I was so scared , stressed and sad . I contacted him and his response time was shocking ! He wrote back immediately. He was professional, personable, helpful & a joy to work with . My wife and I have never had a professional photo shoot but yet we felt like models. He guided us the entire way and it took so much pressure off of our wedding day . If you don’t book with him you are cheating yourself . Highly recommend
Julian Talib PhotographyJulian Talib Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Richard was our photographer at our Roaring 20's wedding reception. He was great to work with and has such an upbeat personality. We all loved his pictures and would recommend him to anyone!
Richard Hartog PhotographyRichard Hartog Photography
Barbara N.
We hired Richard Hartog to photograph our daughter's wedding and reception, and he was so outstanding we just had to write a review. Richard responded quickly to our initial inquiry, and continued to get back to us efficiently right up to the wedding day. We called and booked him just about a week before the event, and in speaking with him, I felt comfortable right away with his expertise and experience. Throughout the event, Richard was very personable, flexible, and professional. Whenever we asked for a specific grouping of people, he was quick to accommodate our request. He included a wonderful four-generation photo in the mix, which we know will be treasured for years to come! Richard did a just a wonderful job for us! We could not have asked for a more excellent photographer, and recommend him highly for any type of event.
Richard Hartog PhotographyRichard Hartog Photography
Phoebe Yun Jin L.
They did amazing JOB! The photographer who is a team member with Santiago was awesome. He is so professional and friendly. Although we asked many things:) (because it was our wedding), he tried his best to help and make it work out. I am so glad to work with them and I STRONGLY recommend Santiago team. Thanks again!
SantiagoSun PhotographySantiagoSun Photography
Janice A.
My husband and I decided to do a special 1-hr photo shoot in traditional Korean clothes, which we didn't have time to do at our wedding a few months back. We decided to go with Joe after reading the numerous 5-star reviews on Thumbtack. Joe was very responsive to every email and had a very quick turnaround for the photos (within 1-3 days). He was also flexible and understanding when we arrived nearly 30 min late to the Griffith Observatory due to LA traffic and only started our time once we met onsite. We also appreciated his quick follow-up once the final photos were ready, which were provided within a week of the photo shoot. He was friendly and easy to work with and definitely values customer service!
Joe Chung PhotographyJoe Chung Photography
Xishel H.
We hired Corey to photograph our wedding and will say that he EXCEEDED all my expectations and I was already expecting him to be great. From our first phone call, I immediately knew that he was the perfect fit for us! All our photos turned out amazing and all my family and friends can't stop raving about them. We're absolutely using him for every event and/or special moments we need to capture in the future. You are AMAZING Corey! You're definitely a part of our crazy CaribLatino family now!
Corey Kennedy PhotographyCorey Kennedy Photography
Anna C.
Brooke is absolutely fantastic. My partner and I needed a photo for our wedding website, quickly. Despite being together for many years, we didn't have a single usable photo (I take the blame since I hate having my picture taken). Brooke quickly responded to my request, suggested a convenient location, and priced her services extremely competitively compared to other pros. Brooke was great to work with the afternoon of the shoot, putting us at ease and providing great coaching to help this camera-shy woman along. Photos were turned around in less than a week, and she responsive when I had a small editing request for one of our images. Overall, working with Brooke was an overall great experience.
Brooke Squires PhotographyBrooke Squires Photography
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