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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.

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.

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.

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.

Can I use digital payments to pay for wedding and event photography services?

As digital forms of payment and money transfer are becoming more popular, wedding and event photographers are likely to use digital services. These include PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, Square Cash and more. As you search online for local wedding and event photographers, ask them if they accept digital payments and, if so, which ones you can use. And make sure to have a strategy in place for safe social distancing.

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 San Diego wedding photographers
Jeffrey T.
Amazing photographer for our wedding as Ivan was prompt with organizing and coordinating photos. I would recommend Ivan for all weddings and events as his work turned out great and everyone complimented his professionalism. Ivan went above and beyo
Ivan Hundric PhotographyIvan Hundric Photography
Duyen T.
I hired Hide for wedding photography for my wedding on May 7, 2022 and I’m extremely glad I found him on Thumbtack! Since day 1, Hide has been very responsive and professional. I had to change the photography agreement a few times and Hide was super accommodating and was always happy to talk through the wedding timeline with me. On the actual wedding day, Hide showed up early to set up his equipment and had a cheerful attitude the entire day. I would highly recommend Hide for wedding photography because he’s very punctual and captures beautiful photos! Thank you Hide!!
Takahashi PhotographyTakahashi Photography
Alyssa S.
My wedding photos came out amazing ! Both photographers were great they really captured the special moments. The whole experience wonderful and the price was unbeatable.
Never Ending Visions PhotographyNever Ending Visions Photography
Sonya C.
I was looking for a photographer a week before my wedding via Thumbtack. I reached out to Rodney and he responded to my request within 15 minutes. He was professional, knowledgeable and very nice. He communicated with me prior, during and after the wedding. It was a trouble and stress-free experience. He also provided the digital photos within a week of the wedding. I would definitely use Rodney again. His work is beautiful and the memories of our wedding are forever documented beautifully.
Stylish 1 PhotographyStylish 1 Photography
Mónica D.
Rufus was AMAZING to work with as the photographer for my daughter's wedding! Not only was he super easy to work with, he was flexible with wedding itinery adjustments (as you can imagine, weddings never go quite as planned!). Best of all, he provided so many BEAUTIFUL pictures that captured the essence of the wedding couple & family celebration. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Rufus ClicksRufus Clicks
Tarah S.
Caleb is an amazing photographer!! You can’t go wrong with him. He literally saved my wedding day and has provided me with beautiful memories/photos that will last forever! Thank you Caleb!!
Photos by CalebPhotos by Caleb
Roxana F.
Thali photographed our wedding at Balboa Park and was absolutely amazing. I was able to communicate with her very easy through text message. She responded to all my questions and concerns in a timely matter. She was early to set up and was ready for us when the wedding started. Her energy is beautiful. She did an amazing job with our photos. Highly recommended!
KTR PhotographyKTR Photography
Ron V.
We chose Chuck to photograph our wedding and he did an excellent job. He kept us updated, asked for our input about what type of photography we wanted, and we got some great photos. I would highly recommend giving Chuck and would use him again when I have a need for a photographer.
Chuck Hunter-Wingman PhotographyChuck Hunter-Wingman Photography
Tracey r.
Kayla is Great! I looked on Thumbtack for a photographer to shoot an hour's worth of wedding ceremony/family pictures and found Kayla. She was extremely willing to work with us and our small wedding request. I am very satisfied with her work and professionalism.
Kay Luna PixKay Luna Pix
Irene C.
We are so happy that we chose Laura to photograph our wedding ceremony and wedding photos. She was so respectful of space in a religious setting and the posing process was seamless. She gave great suggestions for how to stand and what to do. She also captured so many special moment that show a lot of emotion and also are beautifully composed. Definitely recommend to hire her! We would hire her again. We were so amazed at the great quality if work and the low pricing compared to other photographers.
Laura Carrasco PhotographyLaura Carrasco Photography
Lolita P.
Heather answered all the questions I had for her in a fast and timely manner. I loved her portfolio and I can not wait for her to photograph my wedding.
Heather Lee PhotographsHeather Lee Photographs
Elisa P.
Elena was beyond amazing on the day of my wedding, she was punctual and knew exactly where to go for our photos. She’s also very professional and has a fantastic energy!!
ElenaUPhotographyElenaUPhotography
Mayuri K.
Hazel Photography is absolutely great- she ensured that we get the best possible photos during a large family wedding event by taking the time to communicate her thoughts on what would look best. She has a passion for getting it done right, which all of the guests appreciated.
Hazel Moments Photography and VideoHazel Moments Photography and Video
James S.
Matin was awesome! My wife and I decided to do a quick courthouse wedding, and he brought professional quality and a cost-effective solution to needing a photographer on short (~2 week) notice!
Matin Nazari PhotographyMatin Nazari Photography
Lany J.
Reimo is absolutely wonderful! He was incredibly responsive, helpful, and attentive right from the beginning of our work together. He really pays a lot of attention to you and what you are looking for and is very thoughtful with a precise eye for photography. He caught big moments and little moments, posed photos but also candid photos of us and our loved ones on our wedding day. We had a cultural traditional Laotian wedding and it had a monk ceremony and Reimo was very patient and took the time to learn all about our traditions so that he could optimize his photography. He was always open to everything and happy to do anything that we requested. The photos turned out beautifully and we are so happy. Thank you for everything, Reimo. You were incredible and were such a pleasure to work with. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a professional photographer!
Reimo PhotographyReimo Photography
Marieke A.
Emma was such a wonderful photographer to work with and we could not be happier with our wedding photos! She was very professional and punctual and she made herself invisible during our wedding while capturing the most beautiful moments of our special day. We did not want to feel like we were being followed by paparazzi all day, so for us this was perfect. She captured all the different emotions, made everyone feel very comfortable and had an eye for detail. On top of that she is very friendly and fun to work with. The photos turned out amazing and we will treasure them forever. Thank you Emma!
TLT MediaTLT Media
Gabriela P.
My mom just got married! But a couple of weeks before the wedding I touched base with her about the wedding details, it turned out she had not booked a photographer to capture the special event!! I found Desert Mod here on Thumbtack and she responded so quickly! On the day of the wedding she showed up promptly, before the bride! And took so many photos! We got ones of ALL the guests! And so many special individual pictures of the bride and groom!! She made the day so special and captured the event! We got the pictures a week after the wedding and they are all lovely! We went for a digital delivery and the bride and groom were not disappointed! She even sent them to both emails. Thank you so much for capturing such a special day!
Desert Mod PhotographyDesert Mod Photography
Ajinkya P.
It was a pleasure to work with Tahli for our pre-wedding photoshoot. She is easy to work with and we had a great time capturing moments. The photos came out beautiful and were delivered in no time! Tahli's work is highly recommended.
KTR PhotographyKTR Photography
Thumbtack Customer
The engagement pictures went extremely well. I indicated that I wasn't the best at coming up with nice poses, and he helped us with that along the way. He made the experience fun and entertaining. I recommend him to everyone out there looking for a photographer. Honestly ! He's also doing my wedding photographs as well. I'm happy I picked him.
Gabriel Hernandez Photography Top Pro Voted #1Gabriel Hernandez Photography Top Pro Voted #1
Kayli W.
We had the pleasure of having Debora as our photographer for our small micro wedding in July - she was so kind, professional, and fun to work with. I usually don’t like having my photo taken, but she made me feel very comfortable right away! I could tell that she puts her heart into what she does and she made the experience very special. The photos turned out beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you Debora!
Debora Barreto PhotographyDebora Barreto Photography
S. H.
We booked Ivy months in advanced over the phone for our wedding photos. Then a couple of months prior to our wedding, Ivy reached out and offered a free engagement session as she was offering that to customers who booked them for six hours or more. We appreciated the nice gesture as we had booked prior to her promotion offering. We were so busy planning but so glad that we took advantage of the engagement session as that was the first time we met Ivy and Mark in person and we also had a chance to discuss what we wanted to capture in our photos. Both Ivy and Mark were very pleasant, professional and most importantly, you can tell they take pride in the quality of their work, and they really want to make their photos and their subjects shine. We had a lot of activities on our wedding day, including lion dancers, and they were on top of everything, capturing every moment, which was evident in their photos. I also had a request to take some night time photos at the arch, and they made that happen with special lighting preparations. Ivy and Mark are truly a great team to work with and we highly recommend them! It’s rare these days to find people who really care about their customers like Ivy and Mark does!
Ivy LianIvy Lian
Megan M.
Ariel and his assistant were super nice and made getting my picture taken— something I wanted to do for my wedding, but otherwise I never want — a fun experience. Definitely recommend, I would re-hire for any other photography session ✨
Ariel Palencia PhotographyAriel Palencia Photography
Sasha K.
We were so lucky to get to book Marion to shoot our wedding on a yacht in the San Diego marina. It was last minute, yet she was so responsive and friendly in the communication. On the day, Marion was such a calming presence and felt like a friend! Even though I was running late, Marion was so positive, punctual, and easy going. She was creative and proactive in her vision, and made sure to get the photos I requested, the photos she wanted, and so many photos of our guests throughout the evening. The photos turned out spectacular! And she made it very easy to access and download afterwards. I would recommend her highly. Thank you for everything, Marion!
Mameun PhotographyMameun Photography
Melissa D.
Tony was amazing. He helped with the list of wedding photos. He was so sweet and polite. We haven’t seen the photos yet but I know every time I turned around, he was snapping pics. He didn’t miss a beat and we were beyond impressed with him. He took charge when needed (so Sweet and polite though) directing the kids and grandparents so everyone knew what to do. My guests commented on his ability to find all sorts of photo opps throughout the night! We feel like we were so lucky to have found him. Thanks Tony! Can’t wait to see photos!
Tony CamarenaTony Camarena
Yeccenia A.
I absolutely loved having Heather as a photographer!! She takes soo many beautiful pictures and puts one at ease throughout the whole process. Since my wedding, I have used her for another photoshoot and plan to book her for maternity shoot next because she is that good :)
Heather Lee PhotographsHeather Lee Photographs
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