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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Los Gatos wedding photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff is a very creative photographer who comes up with great ideas for photos! He is enjoyable to work with and easily goes with flow even when the unexpected comes up at a wedding. We have beautiful wedding photos and videos and we loved working with him! Thank You Jeff!
Jeff Rumans PhotographyJeff Rumans Photography
Thumbtack Customer
I used Michael as our wedding photographer. He was absolutely wonderful and fun to work with! The pictures turned out fantastic. So pretty and exactly what I was looking for. We used Michael's services for a 4 hour tea ceremony day before the wedding, and for the entire wedding. He was very easy to work with. He used a good mixture between directing us and letting us be for photographs. The pictures came out very artistic, stylish, and classy. Absolutely love my pictures. Would highly recommend him and will definitely use his services again for other little events we might have down the road. :)
Michael Keel PhotographyMichael Keel Photography
Mary L.
Meeta was our wedding photographer this Feb, and we love her and her work. Since the beginning, she was responsive, patient with our questions, flexible, professional, and very pleasant to coordinate with. She arrived at the venue earlier than scheduled, had such a warm and fun energy that made us instantly feel at ease, and was so gracious, patient, personable, and kind to everyone. Her calm and friendly presence made it easy for us to let go and enjoy the moment. The images she captured were truly beautiful. She exhibits a range of editing styles that highlight the venue, the mood, the spirit of different parts of the wedding. The joy of the occasion is evident in the liveliness and vibrancy of her pictures. She has a great eye for details! She also completed our edited wedding album in less than two weeks, which was incredible! She is very creative, talented, hardworking, and artistic, and these qualities are conveyed in the pictures she took. She really put in a lot of effort, love, and time in her work. We are so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to have Meeta photograph our wedding. Because of her, we have so many heartwarming and special pictures to remember our day!
Meeta AhlawatMeeta Ahlawat
Beth S.
I hired Jason to photograph a 50th wedding anniversary party and the process couldn’t have been easier. Jason was quick to send a quote/samples of his work and answer any questions I had. He showed up on time and was very professional. The party was Sunday afternoon and by Wednesday morning I had access to all the photos he took. Once I finish going through them and let him know which we choose he will do any touch-up necessary and get them back to me. His pricing was very reasonable, the pictures look great, and his service professional. I wasn’t sure if we should hire a photographer but am so glad we did; the photos will provide a wonderful memory of a wonderful celebration Thank you Jason!
Jason Chen PhotographyJason Chen Photography
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