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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.

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 San Diego wedding photographers
Chris M.
We loved having Marisa photograph our wedding. We trusted her in producing beautiful photographs. She was on top of it, and very professional. She wanted us to have the best photographs for our wedding and worked with us in choosing the best sites for our photographs. She is such a talented individual! We recommend her for your wedding!
Marisa McDonald PhotographyMarisa McDonald Photography
Ariana N.
I would give Attila 10 stars if possible! Throughout the process, he was fantastic. He agreed to travel to photograph our last-minute wedding, charged a very reasonable price, and we ended up with unbelievable photographs. He was prompt, professional, and everyone at the wedding just loved him! He is simply a great guy...and how many people can say that their photographer was dedicated enough to getting a good shot that he lay down in the dirty, wet shoreline at their wedding??
Attila Iuhasz PhotographyAttila Iuhasz 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
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
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
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
Grace B.
Jimmy photographed my brother’s elopement. My brother is in the navy and he and his fiancée decided to elope before their family wedding and due to the last minute nature of their elopement our family was unable to attend. At the very last minute I found Jimmy who agreed to meet them and photograph their ceremony and take some portraits for them. I’ve never used an app like this to hire someone to do anything, let alone photograph such a special occasion. Jimmy was great to work with, especially considering the short notice I gave him. He was very accommodating and returned the photos more promptly than I would have expected. I am so grateful for the beautiful photos Jimmy took! It was so wonderful to get to see their ceremony through the shots he took and to be able to gift them these lovely photos as a wedding gift. Thank you Jimmy for helping us celebrate with my brother and new sister in law! I would certainly recommend you to others in the San Diego area!
Jimmy Wu PhotographyJimmy Wu Photography
Arielle H.
First off, I cannot say how great Travis is as a photographer. We booked him for our wedding, along with his second photographer, Sergio, and they were absolutely fan-frickin-tastic. Not only were they early to the venue, Travis was exceptionally attentive and reassuring prior to the wedding. He sent us emails in regards to specific things we wanted for the wedding, and for the engagement photos. You don’t realize how difficult it is to get timely responses until someone is on the ball like Travis. He also was very patient with our rambunctious puppy dog. Sergio, was just as amazing as Travis, and could not stop laughing and smiling during the whole process making us feel at ease. They were both relaxed, professional and thorough and had some crazy ideas for photos that turned out absolutely amazing. We can’t say enough good things about how above and beyond they went, and how extraordinary the photos turned out! Most reviews can be inflated and exaggerated about how great something is, but I think it’s impossible to exaggerate how great Travis and Sergio were. I could not recommend them more!
Travis Bernard Wedding PhotographyTravis Bernard Wedding 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
Latoya S.
Maria was AMAZING. She responded to all my questions and requests no matter the time of day or NIGHT, very professional and reassuring. On the day of our wedding she arrived early and was very patient even when circumstances got us started a little late. She was very personable, and patient with us and the photos I’ve seen are breathtakingly beautiful. If you want an affordable, professional, down to earth, knowledgeable, AMAZING photographer look no further. I will definitely be using her for all my photography needs in the future.
MariaLozano PhotographyMariaLozano Photography
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
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
Doris M.
Gian and Graciela were amazing photographing our wedding. Since the moment we booked, they were prompt to communicate. Gian was very attentive via email, making sure to know exactly what we wanted (via pinterest, email conversation, phone, etc.) For they day of the wedding, they worked very well with some of our unconventional parts of the ceremony (I had asked for more candid style photography, as well as candid romantic shots, which can be difficult to capture! Plus we're not really photogenic. haha! ) Graciela was so sweet, fixing my dress, flyaways, etc. Both of them together captured our day beautifully, you can tell they make a great team! Thank you so much for your care and attention!
G Squared PhotographyG Squared Photography
Todd B.
My wife and I are very happy with Elena U. She was the first to respond, and her communications have been both prompt and clear. We chose her to do our wedding pictures based upon looking at her work. She has an uncanny ability to utilize light in a way that is beyond the scope of many other photographers. Her prices are fair, she is punctual, exceedingly professional (yet friendly) - and she made us feel very comfortable during the photoshoot. If you are looking for a photographer to capture a special event, I highly recommend you contact Elena U.
ElenaUPhotographyElenaUPhotography
Michelle A.
Celina is fantastic and such a lovely person! We had a (very) small wedding but she really made our day special and captured it beautifully. Plus, she shot some on film which is even more special. We got preview photos in 24 hours and based on just these, we are so excited to get the rest. Very happy with our choice to hire Celina for our special day.
Celina Kenyon PhotoCelina Kenyon Photo
Payal G.
Me and my fiance asked Elena to do our pre-wedding photo shoot at La Jolla Pier. It was really good experience working with her. Our photos came out so well that we had hard time choosing our favorites pictures since she had captured so many beautiful pictures for us. We were initially very worried since we both our not photogenic. But, her photography skills are amazing. She captured amazing shots including candid and funny shots that sum up our cute relationship perfectly. She did suggested many different poses for us and she really responded very well to all of our request. Also, I would like to stress upon that all the pictures are so great that pictures really do not require any editing. I would highly recommend her to everyone who wants to make their photo shoot really memorable.
ElenaUPhotographyElenaUPhotography
Nicolas R.
Danielle is top notch. Her level of professionalism is beyond reproach, and I could not have asked for a better photographer to have handled such a momentous occasion as my wedding. I look forward to working with her in the future, because I will definitely be a returning customer. There was a hiccup in the form of some traffic prior to the event, but she made sure that there was no effect on my special day; for that I am eternally grateful. She WILL take care of you for whatever your occasion may be, and you will look at your absolute best. A treasure to work with. Thanks Danielle!
Danielle Penn Photography AwardWinningPhotographerDanielle Penn Photography AwardWinningPhotographer
Summer S.
My now husband and I planned an elopement/secret courthouse civil ceremony about a week before the date we selected (our 6yr dating anniversary). As a wedding vendor myself (musician), I’ve seen my fair share of wedding photos and knew exactly what I definitely *didn’t want* and that helped me to sift through all the quotes I received and connect with Celina. I also knew that I only wanted to hire her for an hour because that would be sufficient time to capture both our super short ceremony and some pictures around the courthouse outside afterwards, and was amazed by the work she had featured on her site. I was so happy to find out that she was available (luckily our date ended up being midweek) to shoot our ceremony as she was my first choice among all the vendors who contacted me on Thumbtack and GigSalad (and many were wonderful options). Leading up to the day of the wedding, Celina was extremely professional, very prompt with her responses and very warm/friendly as well. She arrived early, captured candids during the ceremony, and once we stepped outside to take more posed pictures, she was wonderful at directing us! She even delivered my photos digitally within one week of my ceremony (talk about turn around time!) and I am absolutely thrilled with them. She has such a great eye for color and what poses would work best and I would hire her a million times over. She also accepts multiple forms of payment (Venmo/PayPal/cash/card) to make it easier for her clients. Thank you so much, Celina!!! We loved working with you and adore your work. We will definitely be recommending you to anyone looking for a photographer in San Diego area (my friends / family / clients) because you’re the absolute best in every way! -Summer & Jeff
Celina Kenyon PhotoCelina Kenyon Photo
Marnie B.
Ivan, from our first meeting online was professional, and very punctual. I planned our entire wedding for 120 guests myself and Ivan made booking our photographer a breeze. He had great tips and very flexible meeting our needs. We even had him juggling both cameras on a skinny 41' sailboat for ceremony!! Ivan captured some great candid moments from our once in a life time day...we will treasure these pictures forever!! He was a complete joy to work with and hope to have an opportunity to work together again someday...social or corporate affair, he's your man!!
Creative Vision Photography by Ivan HundricCreative Vision Photography by Ivan Hundric
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