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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.

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)
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
Mark M.
Excellent and very easy to work with, and the photos of our wedding turned out great! Would definitely hire again.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nikki P.
We had an absolutely wonderful time working with Alex! She photographed our wedding ceremony and then a couple's shoot around the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Alex had great ideas for setting and the pictures turned out absolutely gorgeous. I could not ask for better souvenirs of our wedding day. I think she went above and beyond and really helped make our day extra special. A real joy to work with, thank you!
Alex Simone PhotographyAlex Simone Photography
Kamilah R.
I hired Belinda as my photographer for my Valentine’s Day wedding. She was extremely nice, responsive, and offered package options. She arrived early to the venue and made wonderful suggestions for beautiful pictures from posing to finding the perfect lighting. She was so professional and fun to work with. I would definitely hire her again for a photo shoot in the future. I can’t wait to see how our pictures turn out!!!
BB Jaxson EventsBB Jaxson Events
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.
Reham B.
Roman was our photographer and he was THE BEST we ever had. We have been so fortunate to get him to capture our honeymoon pics . He was attentive, detail oriented, and patient. We had bad experiences for our engagement and wedding pics but his pics made up for it. I am a photographer myself and I know a good one, so trust me and ask for Roman and you won't regret it. I PROMISE.
MacroHype PhotographyMacroHype Photography
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
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