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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Minneapolis wedding photographers
Benjamin J.
John did a great job with our wedding photos! He made the process fun and relaxing and was very watchful for candid moments during the wedding. The photos are beautiful and everyone commented on how great they were!
John Molene Photography Inc.John Molene Photography Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Nicole was so sweet, very organized, and produced beautiful photos for my mom's wedding!
Little Mac DesignLittle Mac Design
Sheri M.
Giliane is a wonderful photographer, it really shows that she has experience. Our wedding photos turned out beautiful, and she was very friendly! I would recommend her to anyone!!
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Victoria S.
We enjoyed working with Stephie and Tony for our wedding photos. Very professional and organized, exactly what we needed during a hectic day. Our sneak peek photos looked great!
Welcome Love PhotographyWelcome Love Photography
Matt K.
Overall the best you could ask for. She offers high quality wedding photography for a reasonable price. Very professional and easy to work with as a person. Very very glad we chose her to capture our wedding as the photos look phenomenal and she captured the right moments at the right time and angle/lighting/etc. Would highly recommend her!
Welcome Love PhotographyWelcome Love Photography
Melissa P.
Jess did an absolutely amazing job photographing our wedding! We cannot recommend her enough. She was so kind and supportive. She made sure to walk us through the entire process and assist us on the wedding day.
J Fairbourne PhotographyJ Fairbourne Photography
Elizabeth E.
Leah photographed our wedding, and we could not be happier with the experience or results. Leah is kind, professional, and prepared. She thought of elements of our wedding day that I wouldn't have, she even brought granola bars to the wedding in case we forgot to eat (we had forgotten). Leah was calm and reassuring which made us comfortable and resulted in photos that reflect our personalities and captured the fun of the day. My guests even assumed that Leah was a friend of ours, because she fit into the day so well and made a point to remember everyone's names. I recommend Leah to anyone needing a photographer, and I hope to work with Leah again in the future!
LQ photographyLQ photography
Raven R.
Angela is super amazing!!! She is wonderful to work with and has a true eye as a photographer. I am so happy I chose her over anyone else to take pictures for my wedding. I would definitely recommend her to everyone looking for a great photographer.
Images by AngelaImages by Angela
Lisa S.
I highly recommend Sara Tucker Photography to anyone wanting affordable and quality photos! Sara is professional, fun, friendly and created a stress free experience that everyone in our wedding party enjoyed. She went above & beyond my expectations and we love our pictures!
Sara Tucker PhotographySara Tucker Photography
Conor L.
We were absolutely blown away by the professionalism! We had such a good time with Kanisha and she made our wedding day grueling something special! Can't wait to see the photos!
Lito's TheoryLito's Theory
Sarah R.
loved the photos and got all the final results 3 weeks after the wedding. Very pleased with the results. He was also great at making sure we had wheelchair friendly pictures
Two Oaks PhotographyTwo Oaks Photography
Stephen B.
Luke photographed our wedding and did an absolutely incredible job. He has a great eye for photographing people spontaneously and uncovering the magic of the moment. He also made sure to take into consideration any special requests we had made prior to the event. We felt very comfortable working with Luke and certainly recommend him for any individuals looking for an event photographer. You will not be disappointed!
Lens Grunt - A Veteran owned photography studioLens Grunt - A Veteran owned photography studio
Thumbtack Customer
Gialiane was fantastic! I asked Giliane to photograph my parent's 50th wedding anniversary. Giliane was a professional from start to end -- she was easy to communicate with, made it easy for me to pay online, and even gave me photobook options at the end. My parents will cherish her photos for years to come. Thank you Giliane!!
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Mercy K.
Giliane was great to work with. She captured every moment of our wedding. We could not have asked for a better photographer for our wedding. She went above and beyond in asking us what we wanted, and captured it in the best way possible! I would highly recommend Giliane for your wedding. Also, I love her client portal setup- gives you the option to make small payments until your total is paid off and update documents as needed.
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Sara P.
We had a small wedding at the beginning of November. Samantha was very professional and punctual, and the pictures were ready within 2 days only. She is also very creative and layed back. I am highly recommending this 5* photographer.
SLicK ImagesSLicK Images
Vinod R.
Lambda Photography exceeded our expectations! Robert did our wedding and he was everything you could ask for in a photographer with his professionalism, work ethic, and his keen eye to take the best shots! He delivered on everything he said and that alone is worth his services! I would highly recommend his services for anyone expecting quality work, reliability and trustworthiness!
Puget Sound Imagery & DronePuget Sound Imagery & Drone
Denise W.
John was on time, and took pictures before, during, and after the wedding. It was outside, and he had to deal with intense sun, very little shade, and few clouds. His photos reflected this, although we received some very nice ones. I would say he was excellent at posed photos but his candid were only of good-very good quality. However, that said, we would hire him again.
John Molene Photography Inc.John Molene Photography Inc.
Andra B.
Charnell is simply the best. She far exceeded our expectations (which were very high) -- we were so lucky to have had her at our wedding. She showed up far in advance of our ceremony to capture some of my favorite pictures and moments from the day, she made everyone laugh and feel at ease, her pictures are stunning and she gave us more amazing photos than we could've ever dreamed of. I cannot recommend Charnell highly enough!! She sent pictures very quickly and was in constant communication. Her blog, Instagram and Facebook pages gave us sneak peeks into our beautiful photos. I will only work with Charnell for any photography needs going forward -- Charnell helped make our wedding perfect!
Charnell Timms PhotographyCharnell Timms Photography
Cory O.
Giliane was very easy to work with and was able to respond to all our needs leading up to the wedding and during the actual day. She was considerate of the needs of our church and wishes of the pastor for photography during the day. She was also able to be flexible on the day of with our needs. She was able to keep the stress off of us, minimizing the questions she had during the event and letting us have peace of mind, knowing all important events would be captured. Giliane was very friendly and was prepared for every eventuality. Her experience in related professions and expertise in photography make her a must have for weddings and celebrations. The quality of her work was excellent and her rates are affordable, making her a value that I will recommend to others.
Giliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLCGiliane E. Mansfeldt Photography, LLC
Kristen D.
Sarah is a very sweet and friendly professional. We loved her vibe from the moment we met via Zoom and she came through with some amazing photos of our wedding ceremony! We would recommend Sarah to anyone looking to capture moments from any special event. She will definitely deliver!
Smoen PhotographySmoen Photography
Lindsay G.
Bishal was our wedding photographer back in October. We absolutely loved working with him! He was very responsive leading up to the bid day, and he needed little guidance the day of as he was prepared. We had never had professional pictures done before so we were a bit awkward at first, but Bishal helped us relax and be more comfortable. All our pictures look very genuine and not staged. A big feature we wanted for our photo collection was candid shots of the wedding, and Bishal delivered with some creative flair. We loved looking back at our pictures and seeing ones that were not anticipated. Beautiful pictures, very professional, very friendly and great prices! We highly recommend!
Surabhi PhotographySurabhi Photography
Aminah H.
It was such a pleasure to work with Bishal! He was so easy to contact and communicate with right off the bat, which helped when we were looking for someone reliable. He gave us everything we were looking for and more! We wanted professional photographs for my sister’s wedding ceremony and he delivered! He showed up on time and set everything up before the ceremony. My sister felt he got all the best shots during the ceremony and was a natural at directing the couple during their private outdoor session, he helped them get into the right poses for those picture perfect shots! He also helped us book a bundle with his videographer which we were wanting to book as well; the total cost for both was so well worth it for us! The photographs and wedding video were beautifully done and delivered within 2 weeks! We would recommend Surabhi photography to anyone looking, for any event!
Surabhi PhotographySurabhi Photography
Cristina L.
Charnell is a delight! She made our family laugh and relax, which is no small feat amidst wedding day jitters. She obviously has a passion for photography and is willing to contort herself in all sorts of positions to nab that perfect shot. It's a joy to be around someone who takes evident pride in her craft while remaining flexible and personable.
Charnell Timms PhotographyCharnell Timms Photography
Darci F.
We don’t have our photos yet, but based on following Anthologie on instagram and the way Dan did exactly what we asked of for wedding, I assume the quality will be great. We really just wanted someone to get some great candid shots of our wedding and Dan did just that. We hardly knew he was there, which was perfect for our taste. The band started a little later than expected and Dan stayed to make sure to get that first dance without complaint. We would recommend him, it’s been a great value so far!
Anthologie, LLCAnthologie, LLC
Colleen Y.
We feel so lucky that we found Charnell to take the photographs at our wedding. She was professional but fun and made us feel relaxed the entire time. She has a great energy. It was clear before we even saw the photos that she knew what she was doing and that they would turn out great, and we were right! Several members of our families mentioned how great she was, even after spending only 5 or 10 minutes with her. She was incredibly flexible with our schedule and knew how to make the most out of the 2 hours she had with us. Thank you so much, Charnell. We hope you are available for a family photo shoot when our baby girl arrives in September!
Charnell Timms PhotographyCharnell Timms Photography
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