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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 Tampa wedding photographers
Mara L.
The photos took a while to arrive, but once they came, Jeremy and I were able to relive the memories of our special wedding day through those photos.
K&R Photography - Husband and Wife TeamK&R Photography - Husband and Wife Team
Caren R.
We worked with StBrant Photography for our wedding. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and our pictures were lovely.
StBrant PhotographyStBrant Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Stephanie shot wedding photos for us at Florida Botanical Gardens. She is friendly, professional and did an excellent job. The photos turned out great and we are really happy with them! She really knows her stuff, don't think twice about hiring her :) Thanks Stephanie
Stephaniellen PhotographyStephaniellen Photography
Quan N.
We booked Kelly for our wedding and she was very pleasant to work with! Arrived on time, friendly, professional, and responsive -- So glad we booked her and looking forward to seeing the photos!
Kelly Teasdale PhotographyKelly Teasdale Photography
Danielle F.
Hired Kien to do our intimidate home wedding. He showed up promptly, on time. He was professional and had his mask on the entire time (b/c of covid). He got several candid photos of myself, the groom and all of the guests. He also used the lighting perfectly for all of the staged photos after the ceremony. The photos are amazing and the turn around time was only a few weeks (even during the holidays!). I highly recommend Kien for any and all of your photography needs. Thanks :)
Kienobi MediaKienobi Media
Courtney S.
Michelle and Bill were amazing. They did the photography for our wedding in March on a dinner boat. They were great to work with and the pictures were better than we could have hoped for. Michelle was quick to respond to messages and communicated with us. I would recommend them to friends and family and will definitely use them again.
MYB PhotographyMYB Photography
Corben A.
We had a wedding at a specific time of our anniversery at a location that truly marked our relationship. It was as the sun came up, very early, and he came from St.Pete down to Tampa to meet us and take beatiful photos, and made the experiance enough for us to refer him to friends. He even got us a gift when he presented us with the finished professinal pictures!
Dominic NDominic N
Mrs.Ashkea B.
I like everything both did. Both were very professional they both enjoyed taking pictures of my family. My Auntie small wedding reception this Saturday was a blessing and to hire him at the last minute was wonderful..... 💯💯💯💯💯💯.. I am so glad that I picked this photographer and I will use him again Thanks again Coston and the Butler family .. The newlyweds says thank you and they enjoyed you guys the Butlers
Chris M.
Alex was so incredible. He went above and beyond. Very professional. He truly cared about making everything perfect for us on our wedding day. He took charge of everything and executed flawlessly. Even though he was past the time I’d paid for he still would not leave until he made sure he captured all the moments that he knew would be special to a bride. I have a family member who has a passion for photography and he saw her with her camera and told her husband he could help her learn and gain experience. What a wonderful kind hearted person and amazing photographer. He truly loves what he does and when he says his priority is making sure your day is perfect he isn’t just saying this. I am so blown away. I wish I had a million dollars to pay him 😃 If your looking for a photographer TRUST ME Alex is the perfect choice!
AM ImagesAM Images
Carrie L.
I hired him for my wedding, the beginning he was kind and attentive and always emailed or texted me back quick if I had any concerns, then the day of my wedding he was standing around for a good while and was trying to leave at 8:00 pm when he was scheduled and paid to leave at 10:00pm. After we told him he had to stay because that’s what we paid for he stayed he took lots of pictures and when it came time to send them to me the editing was horrible they were way too edited, I could’ve done a better job if I could that’s how bad they were. I asked him nicely if he can just give me the pictures unedited and just how they are and it took him a whole day to get back to me. He finally sent the pictures but a lot of them were missing , I’d say a good 100 were missing. I emailed him asking where they are and he never emailed me back, I tried texting him and he never replied. It doesn’t even say delivered and when I call it goes straight to voicemail which means he blocked me because my husband called him and it was fine. He’s obviously just in for the money he got what he wanted and blocked me so he wouldn’t have to deal with me anymore. Worst experience ever with a photographer and mostly on the most important day of my life.
GQ’s PhotographyGQ’s Photography
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