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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.

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.

Reviews for Chicago wedding photographers
Ashley M.
Thank you so much for photographing our wedding! Our photos came out great and everyone who attended our wedding enjoy having you there! We highly recommend Balmin!!
Kitoko Photography LLCKitoko Photography LLC
Charlie H.
She was easy to work with and prepared for both the wedding and reception, she blended into the group and took amazing photos from the wedding and reception. I really enjoyed the quality of photos she took and how she remained discrete during both the wedding and reception, yet managed to capture the moments from the day.
Jenna JayJenna Jay
Thumbtack Customer
Photographer for our wedding. Amazing pictures and scenarios, very professional at a great price!!
Carrie Leah PhotographyCarrie Leah Photography
Kyle W.
Our wedding photography was made smooth and spectacular with Pierrot. The level of excellence and value you get with such an experienced, kind, creative and adaptable person is hard to describe. We loved having Pierrot be a part of our wedding and the photos came out amazing! It was well worth the wait some weeks after our wedding for photo delivery and final images, and we recommend Pierrot to anyone looking for outstanding service with a genuinely thoughtful and talented professional.
Piero Pierrot PhotographyPiero Pierrot Photography
Matthew K.
Photos of my wedding turning out amazing, and the touch-ups were very professional.
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
Cat S.
Irv did a great job capturing our wedding. He was unobtrusive and effective, and the photos are great!
Miranda M.
Anna was absolutely amazing! She was able to photograph our wedding with minimal notice and I am so happy she did! She was so easy to work with and her photos are beautiful!
Husky Photography IncHusky Photography Inc
Thumbtack Customer
My pictures turned out beautiful and Isabel's tenacity for wanting to capture great shots in a such a limited time frame on my wedding day was awesome. She does great work and gives you many, many photos as part of her wedding package. She even included a free engagement photo session.
Studio SouzaStudio Souza
Stephanie M.
Francisco Gonzalez of Zalez Photography was a class-act from the first message to final photo delivery. We contracted him for a Chicago wedding--a destination wedding for us--and hired him after being attracted to his corporate photos (in particular, his handling of people and color). It was clear from the get-go he also has a lot of wedding experience. He captured all the big joys and little moments. He was encouraging for formal portraits and absolutely seamless for candid shots. When we got our photos, I kept saying, "I didn't even know he took that!" I credit Francisco's skill, experience, and creativity for getting us the photos we wanted--and his enthusiasm for making it fun! An all-around great experience. I would hire him again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Francisco and Zalez Photo!
Ilona G.
Kimia did a great job shooting photos at our courthouse wedding ceremony! She was on time, flexible, offered professional suggestions and was very open to last minute requests. A+! We are so happy with our photos!!!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
Stacy H.
Bill was great! I can't recommend him enough! I contacted him kind of late after changing our wedding plans due to covid to a small family wedding in Chicago, and he was super responsive and truly captured our wedding day perfectly. He also got us our photos extremely quickly and even sent some for us to see that same night. Our family and friends have said how amazing the photos are numerous times.
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
Marko V.
We are very happy to have chosen Ronald (RC Photography) for our wedding reception & photoshoot. He did an excellent job of making us and our guests at ease. He managed to capture the perfect amount of staged and candid photos. The photos looks fabulous. He processed and sent us photos very quickly. We highly recommend him.
RC Photography Chicago I RCphotographychi.comRC Photography Chicago I RCphotographychi.com
Sean R.
Amazing! Out of all the choices we had this was an incredible pick for our wedding photos. We are extremely happy and thankful we chose wisely.
Kristen S.
We hired Mariia to photograph our city hall wedding and post celebrations. She was prompt, very easy to get along with, and took amazing photos! She sent us the raw photos almost immediately and the edited photos within a few weeks. She captured so many amazing moments that it was hard to narrow down our favorites. We highly recommend Mariia if you are looking for a blossoming and affordable photographer in the Chicago area.
Mariia VolkovaMariia Volkova
Brock L.
Rafay was a huge part of our amazing wedding. From the engagement photo shoot to providing videography for our special night, he was really easy to work with and gave us a lot of insight and assistance with our wedding proceedings. I would definitely recommend 100%.
RAW Phase Photos | Rafay ZaferRAW Phase Photos | Rafay Zafer
Kristin F.
Karolina did our wedding photos and was FANTASTIC. We had an afternoon wedding at a wine bar and wanted the photos to be laid back and capture the love and energy of the day. Karolina did exactly that. She got so many fun candid photos, all the requested staged photos and captured so many more moments that we would have never even thought of. She was so friendly and nice - all my guests thoroughly enjoyed her. We asked her to stay an hour later too and she was incredibly flexible with her time. I would hire her again for any special occasion!
Karolina Heggaton PhotographyKarolina Heggaton Photography
Michael G.
Antonio photographer our wedding and did an amazing job. The service was very reasonably priced. He captured some amazing candid moments that look like we spent thousands of dollars on photography. We had the pictures later that night. I would highly recommend.
Enevole IncEnevole Inc
Ellice R.
Brittany was on time, took amazing photos and was incredibly professional but friendly the entire event. My guests commented on how great the photos are and how pleasant she was during the wedding/reception. I would use her services again. Highly recommended and her prices are reasonable.
Fierro Photo & Video LLCFierro Photo & Video LLC
Adam D.
Nattaya and her assistant took photos of our wedding on a Chicago rooftop a few weeks ago, and the photos are SPECTACULAR. They captured some amazing candid photos and also knew exactly how to pose us in other photos for the best results. Nattaya is super friendly and loves her job, which is very apparent in the enthusiasm and energy she brings to her photography. She made my wife and I feel absolutely special! Her rates are also very reasonable, and she provided hundreds of high-res, high-quality, photos for us to choose from (there are so many good ones, it is truly hard to choose just a few for our albums/social media). As our we went forward with a small wedding during the pandemic, she followed all COVID-19 safety protocols, including mask-wearing throughout the day and hand-sanitizing. She really helped make our wedding feel special, and didn't even ask us for a review. Do not hesitate to hire Nattaya for your next special event!
Nattaya PhotographyNattaya Photography
Linda T.
Bill did a wedding photo shoot for us in Chicago and did an outstanding job! He was very responsive and flexible with scheduling the session. He also accepted all of our feedback and photo requests. Needless to say, the photos turned out absolutely amazing! We are so happy with all the pictures he took. This is by far the best experience we've had with a photographer-- Bill was professional, patient, flexible, and easy going. Would highly recommend him for any kind of photoshoot (special events, graduations, weddings, engagement, etc). Bill provides high quality work at a very reasonable price and will make sure to capture your memories in the most beautiful way! Strongly recommend!!!
W. Biederman PhotographyW. Biederman Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Danielle was very helpful when it comes to ideas and poses for our wedding photos!! Very curtious, and smiled throughout our whole experience! Very easy to work with, she takes amazing photos, absolutely loved that she only charges for her services and does not charge for the photos themselves I loved that!!! I will highly recommend Danielle for any event you are having, you will not be disappointed!!!
Danielle Heinson PhotographyDanielle Heinson Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Kimia was so incredibly nice and sweet leading up to my wedding day. She is truly a master of her work in Photography. She is very professional and I knew I didn't have to have a worry about anything. Before the wedding she corresponded with me & provided a contract and invoice, very easy to make payment. I was very impressed. Her portfolio is absolutely captivating and I knew right away she would be the perfect choice for my wedding photographer. She arrived early and set up, talked me thru any photos during the craziness of the ceremony, my family loved her and respected her very much during the process. I can't even begin to describe the feeling of looking at the finished photos. I was sent a link to her website with all the photos and download links. You can even order high quality prints. The photos were so perfect it allowed me to truly look back and have a completely different experience of the wedding all over again. Every picture is perfect and I have never felt so beautiful. I now have special pictures to look back on for the rest of my life of the best day of my life. I give my highest review to Kimia!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
She hasn't shot our wedding yet, but thus far, out experience has been stellar. So excited to see her again soon when she does photograph for us!
Carrie Leah PhotographyCarrie Leah Photography
Tyler R.
Kimia was hired to photograph my wedding ceremony and reception. She arrived early, and despite our not having a very traditional set up immediately got to work. She snapped photos at a great pace without ever being obtrusive or getting in the way despite plenty of chaos. She was also easy to hire, and communicative throughout the entire process. Her photos were turned around within 10 days, including organizing the photos by event. I would definitely recommend Kimia for any of these kinds of events!
Kimia EmamiKimia Emami
Shawn k.
Ekaterina was wonderful to work with. She was extremely responsive and catered to all of my requests. I hired her to help photograph my wedding day and her service was great. I will definitely recommend her to anyone I know.
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