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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 Lakewood wedding photographers
Sheri S.
Kellicia was amazing! She has such an eye for creativity - we loved the photos! Her pricing was incredible, especially for the value. We have a collection of beautiful wedding photos full of memories now. Highly recommend!
Kermo Photography & DesignKermo Photography & Design
Bryce H.
Don’t look any further for your photographer! Marvin is the best around made our wedding day that much more special! Knows how to keep it fun and light hearted! And keep you stress free on your wedding day! Thank y’all so much! You crushed it!!!
Marvelous Images Photography.Marvelous Images Photography.
Laura L.
Demitri did a great job taking photos of my family celebrating our parents’ 60th wedding anniversary. Siblings flew in from all over the country and it may be the only time we are all in one spot for a long time so these photos meant a lot to us! Thank you!
Ginger B.
Jeff really did a tremendous job as the photographer at our wedding! We asked him to set up a video camera to capture the ceremony, while he took photos, and it really worked out great! He is creative and skilled on what to capture, and has great equipment to achieve the quality we desired! The next day he provided some photos for us to look at in Box, and within a week we had everything! Box was easy to use and share with our guests. Jeff really captured the emotion and essence of our ceremony, getting some terrific photos of everyone, both candid and posed. We HIGHLY recommend Jeff as a photographer for any event, and look forward to calling on him again! Thank you, Jeff!!!
Jeff Berger PhotographyJeff Berger Photography
Carmen H.
I was in a pickle needed a photographer 3 weeks before my wedding and I got so lucky with Jessi she is absolutely amazing she can capture the most amazing shots just gorgeous and she has a wonderful personality that makes you feel like a queen. The way she makes you feel comfortable and in your element you don't find that often she Definitely made our wedding perfect and captured memories we will cherish forever can't thank her enough!!
Blush and Bee PhotographyBlush and Bee Photography
Katie P.
We hired Dmitriy for our wedding ceremony and were so happy with our photos! He was very responsive when we contacted him and was flexible with some late changes that we made. He was very efficient at getting a lot of shots and was great at posing us and our families, making the whole process smooth and comfortable.
Ken E.
First off, let me say that having Lea photograph our Wedding was a sheer delight. She has a very laid back, friendly demeanor and knows how to flow smoothly with the ceremony capturing all of the important moments. She works quickly and is open to whatever transpires with a sharp eye and artist's spontaneity. Her different angles, perspectives, colors & shades and locations for her photos are quite unique, appealing and memorable! She did a Wonderful job capturing the emotional essence of our ceremony with an emphasis on us and our surroundings. The pix of our rings, vows and wedding dress in the Golden Aspen forest were very well composed and nicely polished/edited. Also the post ceremony pix have a nice balance of casual and romantic with a little humor mixed in! The dancing 💃🏼 and dipping pix are certainly keepers and were framed nicely by the old cabin structure! Overall, We feel blessed to have had her take our photos! She responded to all of our enquiries promptly and had our photos edited and finished in a few days to our amazement. Lea's user-friendly Website where One can view, download and purchase photos & products is Very useful and a pure delight. And She does all this for a VERY reasonable price - NO breaking the bank for her professional services! Once Again, Thanks for the Great Experience & Pix Lea!!!😁😊😁
Hope PhotographyHope Photography
Elena D.
Cameron is such a nice person. I already really liked him as a person, but the number of guests who told me after the wedding that they loved our photographer was just awesome and so good to hear. His happy and easygoing demeanor made the day less stressful. His communication was great, he was on time, and he respectful of all of the direction and requests we made. I’d highly recommend Cameron!
CM PhotographyCM Photography
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