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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.

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.

Reviews for Santa Cruz wedding photographers
Aliya B.
We hired Lisa to capture our wedding in Santa Cruz, at the courthouse and then the beach. She was awesome about asking what kind of pictures we would like, and very flexible when it came to indoor and outdoor photos. Her pricing was extremely reasonable, and she was a pleasure to work with! Her energy is fantastic, and she was very knowledgeable about Santa Cruz, and picked the most beautiful spot to take our wedding photos. I can’t wait to see the finished product, and would definitely recommend her services! We would love to use her services again for anniversary photos! Truly played a perfect part in our perfect day!
Lisa Beeson ImageryLisa Beeson Imagery
Thumbtack Customer
Leilani was a wonderful wedding photographer! She was efficient, but calm and friendly. I was so appreciative of her ability to help us get back on track with timing after the ceremony started late, and cut into the family photo time. She was always walking around and getting those awesome candids at the reception, including on the dance floor, I can't wait to see them! Thank you Leilani!
Leilani Paular PhotographyLeilani Paular Photography
Thumbtack Customer
They were quite nice. During the wedding, they were not very noticeable, quietly doing their thing. And it took a month to get the pictures so I admit I got a little worried. When the pictures arrived electronically, they were amazing. They did a great job of capturing so much emotion of us as the married couple and of the guests. We received over a 100 photos so received quite a good value for the money. It was a non issue that they are both deaf. I fully recommend them.
Jonathon & Anna PhotographyJonathon & Anna Photography
Marina A.
Nico is truly the best photographer ever! The pictures he took are the most beautiful wedding pictures I have ever seen! He is such an amazing professional and such a responsible worker! We are impressed with his work. Truly impressed! Nobody could have done a better job! He took exactly the pictures we wanted. Natural pictures with nice nature around and lightening (sunset). And he made it. I am a very shy person but he made me feel so comfortable while taking pictures. My husband and I had so much fun! We wish we would have hired him for longer. It was such a magic moment taking pictures with him! He is also a very responsible and nice person. He was always ahead of time in each of our sessions. We were late in one of the sessions and he waited on us and even stayed longer for that reason. He told me he would have my pictures ready in one week. And he sent me everything on time! Super nice, easy going, friendly and good-hearted person. If you really want to have amazing, wonderful and gorgeous pictures in which you look like models you should hire him! Do not hesitate! I would hire him a million times more. We are having a second wedding in Spain and I wish we could take Nico with us! NICO - BEST photographer ever on earth! I would give him infinite stars and continue talking about him if I could! Wishing you all the best Nico, Marina
Atler Photography and VideographyAtler Photography and Videography
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