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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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Denver wedding photographers
Christine H.
Kelly did an amazing job with our wedding. The photos are outstanding. I highly recommend her.
Kelly Vann Calaway PhotographyKelly Vann Calaway Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Miranda was the number 1 person who made our wedding go smoothly. From our first meeting, through the follow-up meetings, the ceremony, the reception, and post-wedding photo choices, she has been the absolute best. She really gets to know the wedding couple and their family and friends. Her photos are natural and beautiful, and that's before any photoshop magic! Miranda takes communication as a top priority; she understood what we wanted out of our wedding photos and gave us helpful and creative ideas. Not to mention, that she is a joy to work with!
Miranda G Photography, LLCMiranda G Photography, LLC
First of all, the Hannah and Eric’s wedding photos were so beautiful. Jas was able to set up as well as spontaneously capture the mood of the moment in each photo. Second, Jas was very flexible in working with us to add additional time and photos at the wedding reception. Third, she was very professional and knew how to navigate the event without being obtrusive. My wife’s posting of wedding pics on Facebook drew the attention of more than 150 likes (so far). Thank you Jas K!
Jas K ProductionsJas K Productions
Thumbtack Customer
I asked Bryan to do a last minute wedding photo shoot for our friends. He was awesome to work with. He made the newlyweds feel at ease. And the photos turned out awesome!
Pixil Studio Photography- Headshots & eventsPixil Studio Photography- Headshots & events
Randy E.
Jessi was an absolutely fantastic wedding photographer. She was very nice and responsive from day one of talking to her about our wedding. She was very easy to get along with and made us feel comfortable almost instantly when we first met her to take our engagement photos. She was able to accommodate all of our requests including a drone for some aerial wedding footage. She took pictures of everyone at the wedding, not just the bridal party which was a big plus. She even gave us a sneak peak of about 15 photos the next day! We could not have been happier with Jessi’s service, highly recommend!
Blush and Bee PhotographyBlush and Bee Photography
Krystle W.
We hired Rachel to photograph some engagement photos and do our wedding. We absolutely love how they all turned out! She did a great job of capturing the ceremony and all the casual moments afterwards. Highly Recommend!
Rachel Vardeman PhotographyRachel Vardeman Photography
Ron W.
Jas was fantastic, creative energy is a must in a Covid world and Jas bought it and then some. Post edit work was fantastic and her skill and creative eye made a simple wedding literally look extraordinary and extravagant. Jas brings traditional photos and blends them nicely with fresh approaches. I am certain we have some one of a kind wedding photos, thank you Jas
Jas K ProductionsJas K Productions
Kelsey V.
We could not have asked for a more perfect photographer for our wedding. He was professional, knowledgeable, and kept us laughing the whole day. I literally could not recommend him more highly. Whenever we need photos again, we will go directly to Ramon. Thank you!!!
RJ Photo MediaRJ Photo Media
Jasmine H.
Briana was wondering on my wedding. She has an amazing eye and took beautiful photos and just made the day run smoothly. She worth it I am recommending her to everyone!
Briana Jane PhotographyBriana Jane Photography
Ted Z.
Great experience. Communication was great. Very professional. We where able to get everything we wanted in our photos during our wedding ceremony. Couldn't have asked for anything more.
Blush and Bee PhotographyBlush and Bee Photography
Megan A.
Alex is amazing. Kyle and I did not know what to expect for our engagement photos. Alex coached us through every second and made the pictures feel natural. We will have her at our wedding too.
Evermore CreationEvermore Creation
Thumbtack Customer
Adam Beach was the photographer for my wedding held on July 19, 2014. Adam was extermely professional. He was on time and took many shots. Brides are busy on their special day and I did not have to worry about where he was. I have a large family with a wedding party of 24 people. He captured each and every one of them, every event of the day, the décor, many of the guests and of course us the bride and the groom. The photos who took are absolutely stunning. I couldn’t have made a better choice!
Adam Beach Photography LLCAdam Beach Photography LLC
Shelly J.
Brianna was so great!! She responded promptly, showed up early, and was such an upbeat, fun person to work with. She was taking our wedding photos midday in full sun, and came up with several creative options to get good lighting. She made us feel so comfortable, and the photos came out great!! Would definitely love to work with Brianna again!!
Sonderful StudioSonderful Studio
Mark U.
Anne was the Photographer for our wedding ceremony and reception two weeks ago. We can't say enough good things about our experience with Anne throughout the entire process. From our first venue meeting I could tell that she is a professional that really cares about not only her clients, but her craft as well. She provided us with a pre-wedding questionnaire to help us stay organized when it came to family photos and other groupings. We've recently got the sneak peak back from Anne and we think she did an extraordinary job of capturing our DIY style wedding. We couldn't be happier that Anne could be apart of our special day, and highly recommend this true professional for any event.
Anne Stephenson Photo & NarrativeAnne Stephenson Photo & Narrative
Dawn H.
WOW Mike was exactly the wedding photographer we wanted and needed. Simply said he is amazing, book him Today. To go into more detail he took time to meet with us to see what we wanted before hand, he arrived early the day of the wedding, he had wonderful suggestions about pictures and was able to run the show which we needed. He interacted really well with our guests and our family loved him. He is so easy to work with and talk too but he never lingers he was always working on photographing something or someone, he far exceeded all our expectations. We highly recommend Mike!!
Pixels by Mike PhotographyPixels by Mike Photography
Lexie K.
Kevin responded quickly to my initial search for a wedding reception photographer, and he was organized and reliable as we planned for the event. He arrived on time, and he did a nice job at the reception, capturing both the action and many other quieter scenes of individuals and groups. The attendees found him friendly and non-intrusive.
Kevin Snyder PhotographyKevin Snyder Photography
Sally T.
We would like to say a massive thank you for the brilliant job you did on our wedding day! The photos are amazing. Thank you!! Jeff was really great!!! He was very professional and his direction in relation to lighting and the surroundings was the best we could have ever imagined. Thanks a again Jeff!
Jeff Berger PhotographyJeff Berger Photography
Chrissy L.
Cynthia drove all the way from Colorado Spring to do are ceremony and Reception for our wedding she also arrived on early on the wedding day she got her equipment ready to start taking picture she was bouncing between bride and grooms rooms she did a very good job of taking picture of us even with the little drama we had before the wedding she is very professional and she good at her job u can tell she love taking picture she is fast at her job she is reliable she was all over the place i would seriously recommend her to anyone that need a photographer We would like to Thank you from the bottom of are heart Thank you Mike Chrissy Leach
Cynthia DeMay PhotographyCynthia DeMay Photography
Allison C.
Samantha shot photos for my small family wedding this weekend. She was so helpful, fun, and easy to work with. Due to the pandemic, we had to change our plans several times, and Sam was so flexible and willing to work with us. I've only seen a couple of picture previews, but the few I've seen so far have me feeling very excited to see the rest!
Jacob M.
Kevin was extremely flexible and easy to work with. He had a great attitude and was very willing to work with our busy schedules to get things figured out. At the wedding, Kevin was friendly, talkative, and organized. Everyone had a great time and it was captured so well. The photos turned out amazing and did a great job of showing how much love and friendship that night was filled with. I could not recommend him highly enough!
Kevin Snyder PhotographyKevin Snyder Photography
Emily M.
Jessica is the best! She made me feel so relaxed and even the groom, who hates taking pictures, said he really enjoyed our photo session during our wedding. We both felt like she wasn’t even there, but yet she was guiding us through everything! I already got some pictures back and I am blown away! Thank you so much Jessica! You helped make my day so special.
Blush and Bee PhotographyBlush and Bee Photography
Ben B.
I contacted Kevin a few days before I proposed to my girlfriend. He was an amazing help to me throughout the entire process. He went out the day before the proposal and took several pictures of some places that I was thinking of proposing at so that we could narrow down the perfect spot. When we got to the spot and found a bunch of skateboarders hanging around it, he even went up and asked them to leave so that I could pop the question free of distractions. Kevin took pictures of the proposal and some engagement pictures afterwards. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. We are not local to Denver, but are already considering flying Kevin to our future wedding for him to shoot that as well. He was an absolute pleasure to work with and a huge blessing to me and my fiancé. I could not have hoped for a better photographer. He is also the most competitively priced professional photographer that I found in my search. If you’re looking for a friendly photographer and beautiful pictures for a great price, Kevin is an amazing choice.
Kevin Robertson PhotographyKevin Robertson Photography
Thumbtack Customer
For us, the entire wedding process was a mess! We were supposed to get married in Aruba and everything was planned by a wedding planner. Due to some unexpected issues, we had to cancel that and plan a new one within a month. His website and profile was great, so he was an easy choice. I only hired him for 3 hours because my dad is a photographer as well and planned to do a lot of picture taking. Bryan showed up early, which was great because the weather had gone from bad to worse and my dad was busy with setting things up. I was super unorganized and was running late myself. He took it upon himself to take pictures of my dress, our rings, as well as me getting ready. I had a hanger made with my new last name, and tried to erase the date, but hadn't had a chance to put the new date. When I saw the pictures, I noticed he had added the date himself and it looked perfect. With the weather, we weren't able to take pictures outside as I had hoped, so it was super chaotic taking couple/family pictures. With tables being moved, people wandering off, and people interrupting to talk to us, he was extremely patient. He definitely knows his weddings and even showed us how to cut the cake, and saved the top of the cake for us! He obliged my crazy family who kept asking for "one more!" because everyone kept looking away. The wedding was on a Saturday, and he sent us the link to the pictures the next Monday. The only regret I have is that I didn't hire him for more time. But I was amazed at all of the important parts that he made sure to get in! I definitely made the right choice with Bryan!
Pixil Studio Photography- Headshots & eventsPixil Studio Photography- Headshots & events
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin did my proposal photographs and really went above and beyond. The proposal was at the Botanic Gardens during the Blossom of Lights in December. He really took all the worry and concern out of the planning and let me just focus on our big moment! AND his prices are reasonable - not like wedding industry reasonable, but normal person reasonable, which was unbelievably refreshing. Kevin went out of his way to send me pictures of different locations throughout the event along with a map so I could choose the perfect location ahead of time. He got there early, set up incognito, and left a small inconspicuous LED light to mark the spot to propose for the perfect shot. The man waited for an hour on a 15 degree December night just to help get the best shot. The pictures are excellent, he got them to us the same evening, and I'm still amazed at what a smooth and pleasant experience it was working with him. We'll be using him going forward for sure!!!
Kevin J Beaty: Event PhotographyKevin J Beaty: Event Photography
Paula Y.
I hired Jessi for my son's 9th birthday party. I hired her because she was responsive to my request, but also sounded like she had a good sense of what to do, what I was looking for, and she owned an incredible zoom lens (that I want to own). I am amazed at what an incredible job she did. I am a picture obsessed person. Normally I am the family photographer and am rarely in them. For my kids' birthday parties I've started hiring photographers to lessen the pressure on me and so that I can actually host (and maybe ideally enjoy a bit of it and be in some pictures). Jessi and her partner were fantastic. Honestly, I can't think of anything to complain about (and I'm good at finding problems and complaining). They were early to the party. They took every picture I asked, without problems. When I forgot about certain pictures (combinations of people), that I forgot, they remembered and made it happen. (Thank you!) They organized 24 kids together for a group picture. They did a wonderful mix of posed and candid pictures. They were incredibly thorough at photographing the party and capturing the spirit of it (I've been 'hearting' so many of the pictures). It's what everyone wants. These pictures are better than ones I would have taken. Jessi and her partner are so incredibly professional. I love the images. They are so well-done. But Jessi also wasn't intrusive. I often forgot she and her partner were there, but they were working so hard and blending in. And they worked the whole time and didn't miss anything. Although I hired her for a birthday party, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her for any big life event (weddings, engagement parties, new baby pictures, etc). Hire her! You'll be lucky you did. I am so impressed and happy with the work that she did. And now I'm hoping to hire her for my daughter's birthday party...
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