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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 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!
Ramiz Will. photo/videoRamiz Will. photo/video
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
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!
Fiorella PhotographyFiorella 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.
D.I.M. ProductionsD.I.M. Productions
Thumbtack Customer
This team did an excellent job photographing my engagement dinner. They were very professional and extremely easy to work with, and reasonable. My fiancé and I will definitely be hiring them for our wedding. I highly recommend Maxx Photography.
Maxx PhotographyMaxx Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Arthur photographed my wedding. He is an amazing person to work with. We had excellent communication all the way. He is very devoted and focused and has very creative ideas.He was also quick to recognize and incorporate our own ideas and desires. We received photos one day after the wedding! A bunch of really fun,excellent quality, photos. I will certainly hire Arthur again and I would warmly recommend him to anyone who needs this service.
Art Photo Solutions, LLCArt Photo Solutions, LLC
Raka C.
Paul was AMAZING! He took hundreds of really good pictures of our chaotic wedding and we are now sorting through trying to figure out a shortlist that we want to print. Everyone at the wedding commented about how he was the most hard-working photographer they had ever seen, and his love for his art is reflected in his pictures. Best part is that your photos belong to you at the end of the day. Thank you, Paul, for allowing us to relive our special day through your photography.
Paul B. Fleming PhotographyPaul B. Fleming Photography
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
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 Dennehy PhotographyStephanie Dennehy Photography
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I hired Puthorn to photograph our wedding. He did a great job, getting a good mix of candid and staged shots. Accommodated our wishes and was pleasant to deal with.
Puthorn Suwannasingh PhotographyPuthorn Suwannasingh Photography
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
Thumbtack Customer
Words cannot describe the greatness that is James Newton Photography. James went above and beyond to capture timeless photos for my husband and I on our 1 year wedding anniversary. The day of the photoshoot presented many challenges - unexpected restrictions with taking photos at the initially desired location and pending torrential downpour. However, James was so flexible and professional. Within minutes, he identified an alternative location to take pictures and captured AMAZING photos just before rainfall. We are so appreciative of the memories that he provided us and will cherish them into the future. We highly recommend his services!!
James Newton PhotographyJames Newton Photography
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
Natalie F.
Pri was wonderful to work with for our small wedding photography project. She was excellent communicating regarding details and what would work with us and getting a sense of our tastes as well. The photos turned out beautifully and we will of course treasure them always. Pri was great to work with on the day of and kept everyone calm and having a good time. This certainly was reflected in the photos. She went out of her way to take unique and creative shots and take advantage of the outdoor setting. We are so grateful to her for her hard work and talent and would of course highly recommend her.
Erin J.
Ashshanae is warm, thoughtful, hard-working, and fun. She photographed a small backyard wedding for us. Our approach was informal and a little slapdash, but she brought the right amount of organization and order (as well as serious fun!). She is a dear and lovely person whom I would hire again in a heartbeat.
Photos by AshshanaePhotos by Ashshanae
LeeAnna B.
I was hesitant about using Ben to capture photos for my 40th Birthday, his portfolio looked more suited for models & showcases, with some openings thrown in. I took a chance, and was happy with the majority of the photos. Despite giving a shot list, some photos were missed (mainly with guests & not taking a pictures of the same table setting....would have loved to seen my place setting name snapped in a professional photo) and this being my first time, some direction and guidance would have been appreciated. In addition, he stated photos would be ready in a week, and then said he had a wedding prior to me, and it would be another week., and then he said he lost some photos, but then found them (that would have changed this rating). Communication is key, but I should have gotten that information upfront vs after the event. For something easy and simple, I would use again, and I did refer him to a friend for her 40th birthday party. The access to completed photos has been a breeze.
Ben Amare PhotographyBen Amare Photography
Emily G.
Words can't express how lucky I was to find Lesly to photograph our microwedding!! From our facetime introduction to shooting the wedding, to getting our pictures, Lesly made the whole process so easy and comfortable. All of our guests commented on how great they all felt with her behind the camera, she was really hyping everyone up and making everyone feel so great about themselves! Her photography style perfectly captured our day and was exactly what I had envisioned for our little wedding. I should also add that I was late to my own ceremony because there was a BLM protest through downtown DC, and Lesly was super proactive and used the time to take as many of my requested portrait photos as possible which was so appreciated! I can't say enough good things about our experience and would absolutely work with Lesly again...Agape Productions is truly a hidden gem that I feel so happy to support. I could only pick up to 3 reasons why I liked working with Lesly, but I would have picked all 5 (work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value, punctuality) if Thumbtack let me!
Agape Productions by LeslyAgape Productions by Lesly
Alana I.
Alfonso was great to work with. We booked him on short notice for our wedding shower, and he did a great job. He got candid shots of all of our guests and captured all of the important parts of the event. We also appreciated that he took some time to pull us out to take some shots of us as a couple. Also, he quickly delivered photos before the promised delivery date. Overall, he was responsive, friendly, and professional.
Justtagme PhotosJusttagme Photos
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