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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 Fort Collins wedding photographers
Alissa W.
We used LightFusionPhoto for our wedding, and we highly recommend them! Dmitriy was awesome throughout the entire wedding planning process. Eight months before our wedding, we talked to ~5 photographers, and we went with LightFusionPhoto because Dmitriy was the one most willing to work with us and what we wanted. He was flexible and laid-back. Leading up to the wedding, he was always available to discuss our wedding and was super communicative. When I emailed him about anything, he always responded within a few hours (and often within a few minutes!). We sent him a shot list a few weeks beforehand and he took charge of it on our wedding day, which was very helpful to us given how much else was going on. He was incredibly punctual, organized, and flexible. He was always willing to add shots to our list. We also received gorgeous pictures from him! He told us that we would have the photos within a month (which is already a short timeframe for a wedding photographer), and he sent them to us after 9 days! We now have beautiful immediate and extended family photos, plenty of photos of the two of us, and cute candids from the wedding. We also have lots of photos of guests from the reception. We are very happy with our experience with LightFusionPhoto!
LightFusionPhotoLightFusionPhoto
Stephanie H.
Amy was excellent. She did our engagement and wedding photos. So sweet, easy to work with, and a huge help on such a hectic day. Her rates are great and so is the quality of her work!
Arrow Tree PhotographyArrow Tree Photography
Kelsi S.
Let me tell you this. Kelly is the most amazing photographer I have ever worked with. From the time that she responded to us to our wedding day and beyond she was incredibly personable and professional. She made us feel so comfortable and loved. She made sure that our love was expressed in our photos. She flowed throughout our venue effortlessly, many of my guests commented how she just moved around and made sure that all angles were taken. She made sure that we got through family photos fast and effectively so that we could start the party. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing photographer who I now call a friend. I would recommend her for any event and plan to use her in the future!! Thank you Kelly!!
Kelly Miller StudiosKelly Miller Studios
Eileen V.
I found Brenda on Thumbtack. I was really stressed because of an unanticipated and relatively short window for the planning necessary to give our son and his fiancé a backyard wedding...inheritance of coronavirus disruption. Brenda responded to my inquiry almost immediately. She was welcoming—clear about her work, her experience and her costs. We had a chance to talk about what I hoped for and what the layout of the event might be. She was flexible and instilled confidence in me, even as many of the details were not fully in place. Brenda reassured me, the day before the wedding, that she was prepared, knew where we were located, and would be on time. While these may sound like simple courtesy’s that one might assume, little In my effort to pull things together during this unpredictable time turned out to be safe assumptions. Brenda arrived on time, worked comfortably with everyone, was warm and attentive but with her own perspective. In such a small group I feared it might be uncomfortable having a “stranger“ present but she was the kind of person who put people at ease, ttentive without being intrusive. Brenda worked hard during the whole time she was here. Took gobs of pictures and By the following evening had sent a handful of “teasers” that we’re just lovely. Within the week, she attached digital copies of several hundred pictures that I could/can print, edit, or just cherish. There was a lot of excitement in our group about the photos and she added substantial joy to our day. I would recommend her without reservation!
b.saint photographyb.saint photography
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