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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Washington wedding photographers
Rumesh V.
We used their services for couples photography for wedding and after wedding. The photographer was ahead of time and ready to go. Had a great experience shooting for various range of photography and the photographer provided valuable insights into lightning, pose, background and other aspects of great outdoor photography. We really enjoyed it. The photos turned out amazing! Very good pricing for the valuable service provided as well. Great quality photos!
MANA Media (photo/video/creative solutions)MANA Media (photo/video/creative solutions)
Jacinta K.
Robert was fantastic! He was the first to arrive at the venue to scout the wedding location. Robert blended with everyone at our wedding--he seemed more like a relative we hadn't seen in a long time than our photographer. He took a lot of photos, presented them in various finishes, and delivered what he promised! Loved the flexibility he offered in terms of ordering/printing photos and making a photo album. It's nice to have control over your wedding photos too! We would definitely hire Brown Photography again!
Brown PhotographyBrown Photography
Alanna W.
Great photos for those looking for documentary style, informal photos. We booked him for our wedding and were disappointed that we didn't get enough of the classic shots of the two of us and our families, wedding party, etc. looking at the camera. Most of the photos we received were of people's backs. A handful of great shots, but overall, we felt that for a wedding, Jamaal was inexperienced. For a wedding, I'd recommend going with someone with more experience staging and posing shots and who will take multiple shots of the same photo and check that everyone's eyes are open, etc.
Visuals by J. McKenzieVisuals by J. McKenzie
Tanisha H.
We Enjoyed our wedding day photographer experience. I would recommend and hire him again.
United PhotographyUnited Photography
Dana C.
Paul and his Brother did and excellent job capturing my best friends wedding. I hired that last min for the wedding. We only had two weeks! They were professional, punctual, and most importantly did an excellent job! The photos were received in less than a week. If you’re considering them book NOW!! Paul is a rising star in the wedding photography game for sure!!
Paul Mardy PhotographyPaul Mardy Photography
Dani C.
Fiorella was great with us and our guests, the photos are great and we a planning to take some after wedding photos in the summer, I truly recommend her, she did a great work in our wedding! She even walked with us in the city and took some great pictures on our way to the party!
Rainforest PhotographyRainforest Photography
Vincent R.
Sophie is an incredible photographer. I hired her as my second photographer for a wedding in D.C. I am a photographer so I am very picky about whom I hire. Her photos were incredible. Her professionalism with me and the client were exceptional. Very impressed and highly recommend.
Sophie Gabriella PhotographySophie Gabriella Photography
Beth L.
5 stars +++!!! Metin was such a joy to work with. He was communicative, reliable, professional, friendly, and talented. He did a beautiful job with our wedding photos. My family members and friends were also blown away by his pictures, especially considering his services are so affordable. I highly recommend him to others looking for a wonderful photographer for a wedding or any other photographic opportunity. Additionally, his turnaround time was at lightning speed! Thank you so much, Metin, for the amazing photographs that we'll cherish forever.
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Rustin M.
DIM productions filmed and photographed a wedding weekend welcome reception for myself and to-be bride. They were very responsive and professional through the process.
DIM Productions Home Of Red The ShooterDIM Productions Home Of Red The Shooter
Tiffany H.
Karen was our wedding photographer and did amazing photos for us. She was punctual and attentive and very personable. Kept us laughing and allowed us to enjoy our day while still taking amazing photos. She’s the best! Definitely would hire her again!
Karen Gage PhotographyKaren Gage Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Krystal showed up at the venue on time! Everyone loved how she captured every small detail, such as my wedding heels. Krystal is very professional & affordable. I love my beautiful wedding photos. I will hire her again for any occasion!
Tetrad Opus LLCTetrad Opus LLC
Emma O.
Luem was the perfect choice for our wedding. Jonlaya was friendly and reliable. We were so pleased with our photos, the value and how quickly we got our photos back. I would highly recommend to anyone getting married in the DMV area.
LUEM PhotographyLUEM Photography
Adam D.
Nandy captured great moments at our wedding, he was very responsive and got our photos to us quickly. We were very glad to work with him!
Nandor NagyNandor Nagy
Ariel M.
Nandor was great to work with. He is very responsive, flexible, patient and worked with me to craft and carry out a vision for my wedding photos. He came to multiple locations to shoot before photos and dealt with parking, heat, crowds/tourists and mosquitos in Georgetown, D.C!
Nandor NagyNandor Nagy
Thomas F.
Stephanie has been more than we could have ever asked for. She has been such a pleasure to work with as photographer for our wedding. She is funny and really puts her personality in her work. We just finished our engagement photo shoot and had such a blast doing it! We can’t wait for her to photograph our ceremony!
Stephanie Jenkins PhotoStephanie Jenkins Photo
Jaime B.
Robert was everything we could hope for in a photographer!!! I had an early morning wedding and honestly everything that could go wrong did! Needless to say I was almost 30+ minutes late to my wedding!!! When I arrived, Robert didn't hesitate to begin arranging poses and snapping pictures. There were no limits to him getting the perfect shot for our special day. He did well to keep a smile on our faces and make the most of the time we had. Memories often fade as the years go by but thanks to Brown Photography, my wedding day will last a lifetime.........Beautifully!
Brown PhotographyBrown Photography
Kristi B.
Jamaal was amazing!! We held our wedding at the beginning of the virus outbreak, and Jamaal followed through with our plans. We had amazing photos in the city and at our wedding location. He was incredibly professional and we love his artistic eye! He also turned our pictures around very quickly! Great to work with!
Visuals by J. McKenzieVisuals by J. McKenzie
Brianna M.
Ben is awesome! His photos really drew me in because they were full of movement and emotion -- a great mix of journalistic and classic shots. The short version is that from start to finish Ben was responsive, professional, positive, and gave us a great product at a great price. More details: We hired Ben to photograph our small wedding (25 people) in a small cafe, and opted for an engagement shoot as well. Ben is incredibly responsive, direct, and thorough -- just a great communicator all around, which is what you need when you're planning a wedding or big event. When he's photographing you, he's full of energy and ideas, and gives great directions. He's positive and clearly enjoys what he's doing, and he made it fun for us. We always felt like he was fully prepared and creatively pumped -- he'd scoped out the scene and was testing the lighting and thinking in advance where different shots might be. Our wedding venue had me worried at first...that it would be tough to get good photos no matter how skilled the photographer might be. But from the beginning to the end, Ben was full of good ideas and he just made it happen, and all while being very accommodating to my family (think, reaching over grandma as she uses her phone to take pics front and center, and with zero complaints and always polite). The finished product is simply wonderful. See for yourself (Thumbtack only allowed me to pick one photo, but it's my fav from the engagement shoot)! We are so grateful we could work with Ben for our engagement and wedding photos, and highly recommend him for your next event!
Ben Frey PhotographyBen Frey Photography
Valyncia T.
7th Tree Images was amazing for our second wedding reception. They’re kind, responsive, professional and their work is beautiful. We’ve used them multiple times since our even in November. We highly recommend this photography company.
7th Tree Images7th Tree Images
Amanda H.
I cannot stress how happy we are with our beautiful wedding photos. Metin was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was fast, unobtrusive, and understood exactly what we wanted. I would absolutely hire Metin for any future events.
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Chase J.
We hired Jamie to take photographs at our small wedding ceremony in DC. I can't say enough great things about his work! By FAR the best photographer I've worked with - he has a great understanding of lighting, angles and how to direct everyone that he's taking pictures of to ensure the best pictures possible. I can't wait to hang these pictures up!
Images By ChristianiImages By Christiani
ELISA Y.
Metin was amazing to work with! He was very communicative throughout the entire process. My husband and I self-officiated our wedding and Metin was wonderful in capturing all the candid, special moments of our day. He also gave us great direction for our newlywed photo shoot. Metin was a true professional; not only did he have our photos ready for us by the next evening, he reached out and made sure we were happy with our photos. We were extremely happy with the quality of the photos and the great value! We would definitely hire Metin again for another event!
Picaboost Photography StudiosPicaboost Photography Studios
Christian W.
Mark and his team are second to none. What a professional, organized, thorough, "invisible" team. What do I mean by "invisible"? Well, nothing annoys me at a wedding as much as when photographers are constantly badgering people to stop what they're doing and freeze in a pose. I want candids! We told Mark that was our #1 priority and he took it to heart...I literally don't remember seeing his team the entire reception! Yet the next day when my friends were posting their own iPhone snapshots on Facebook, I could see Mark's team hiding all over the place capturing candid photos. VERY MUCH appreciated by us. Also, his photo / video / lighting folks were very pleasant and easy to work with during the "getting dressed" photos and "after the wedding" photos. We felt like Hollywood stars walking around Georgetown and it was the time of our lives. Thank you for creating such a special day for my bride and I, and we can't wait to see the final prints and video reel!
Life Reflecting ImagesLife Reflecting Images
Latoria W.
Jamaal, is absolutely wonderful!! He was extremely professional, on time, and such a pleasure to work with. Jamaal knew exactly what I wanted and he understood exactly how momentous this occasion was for me. My photos are absolutely gorgeous and will last for a lifetime. He even had additional photos available that were so unexpected and beautiful. Jamaal gets the assignment, and captured moments. Everyone keeps asking me who was the photographer???He is insightful, considerate, smart, and sharp. He gets the energy in the room and everything needed for a wonderful photo shoot. You won't regret hiring Jamaal. I'm hoping to use Jamaal for most of my work if he is available, and he will definitely be the photographer at my future wedding!! Whenever that happens! LOL
Visuals by J. McKenzieVisuals by J. McKenzie
Aminah W.
Shohn was great! Contacted him to shoot my brothers wedding when the photographer fell through the day before. He was responsive, professional and easy to work with, producing some stunning shots of the precious moments. And for a terrific price. Will definitely use again/refer to a friend!!
Untouchable ShotsUntouchable Shots
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