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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 Sarasota wedding photographers
Rachael V.
Amazing photos for our wedding ceremony at Coquina Beach! Very responsive and excellent shots. Thanks again!!
TB Punk FilmsTB Punk Films
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Matt was a total pleasure! He corresponded with us frequently & promptly prior to the wedding. He arrived early, took pics of the wedding party. He was easy to work with, laid back, but very efficient. Took tons of photos! Photos are gorgeous! Captured many moments & the beautiful sunset! Matt went above & beyond in all aspects! Our photo discs & slide show arrived to our home before we did! We loved the unique & special packaging, too! You rock, Matt!! Thanks a million! Larry & Pam Kissack Siesta Key Beach Wedding, June 30, 2014
Matt Clark | adgumbo.comMatt Clark | adgumbo.com
Margaret R.
Small family wedding (bride & groom from overseas) planned at the last minute and we were VERY fortunate to be able to book Adriana Kay. The photography was wonderful and now family in UK are seeing the wedding pictures and feeling that they too were there. Thoroughly recommend Adriana.
Adriana Kay PhotographyAdriana Kay Photography
Ellen L.
Allan did a fabulous job as the photographer of my wedding. He ended up with many more pictures than I expected and they are lovely. I would highly recommend him for any event. Ellie Longo Ticola
Allan Mestel PhotographyAllan Mestel Photography
Josie S.
We couldn't have asked for a better photographer for our intimate wedding at the Ringling Museum. Julia and partner are very kind, professional, punctual, respond quickly, listens to your vision and deliver phenomenal photographs. She is very talented and passionate in what she does. We are very pleased with her work in capturing our special day. Highly recommended!
Fantasmic PhotographyFantasmic Photography
Bianca S.
I’m so happy I hired Bryce to photograph my wedding! I highly recommend him because he was very fun to work with and very professional. Not only was he early, he really helped me feel grounded the whole day. He let me see a few snapshots off of his camera and that just made me so excited to see them for real!
BryceWilliam PhotographyBryceWilliam Photography
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