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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 Kirkwood wedding photographers
Michelle S.
Darrin was super fun to work with!! I definitely recommend him to photograph your wedding. He Was the easiest part of the wedding planning! So happy I chose him!
Dear Hart Photography GroupDear Hart Photography Group
Mary H.
Sunniday Images worked really hard to make our wedding photos special! We had a lot of fun.
Sunniday ImagesSunniday Images
Laura M.
Sunny is such a great person! My fiance and I booked her for our engagement photos and we had blast. We were able to pick up the photos later in the week and they all turned out beautiful. I can't wait for her to photograph our wedding!
Sunniday ImagesSunniday Images
Rhonda p.
Ms.Tina was very professional she came through for me and my husband at the very last minute for are wedding can’t wait to see how are photos come out!!
TSDitto Photography - Studio & GalleryTSDitto Photography - Studio & Gallery
Micaela C.
We want to thank Darin and Dear Hart Photography for his great work and photos of our wedding. We had previously planned a wedding out of state but because of the COVID pandemic had to make a change of plans last minute. We were able to get into contact with Darin through this site and he made it work for us with very little heads up. We had a small ceremony with just family and had some delays getting started but he just kept saying "no problem" and making us feel more comfortable. He did a great job making sure that we were happy with the photos and more importantly that our moms were happy with them. He sent us the "teaser" photos the night of the wedding which were 10-15 photos of the day and they looked amazing. We can't wait to see the rest of them. We highly recommend Darin and would hire him again for any invite.
Dear Hart Photography GroupDear Hart Photography Group
Madison H.
My husband and I had the privilege of having Rae take our engagement and wedding photos. She made the entire experience effortless and fun and our pictures came out amazing!
Rae Marcel PhotographyRae Marcel Photography
Kay m.
Sally was very professional. The bride and groom loved working with her and she made them feel really comfortable. The wedding guest were impressed with her work as well. I got a lot of compliments on the photographer (Sally) I hired for my aunt wedding. I will most definitely use her in the future. Thank you again.
Sally Grieshaber PhotographySally Grieshaber Photography
Aubrey H.
Erin was great, especially day-of the wedding. She made sure we were on schedule all day and gave up options for breaks (since it was so hot outside!). I cannot wait to see my photos!
Erin Tayloe PhotographyErin Tayloe Photography
Estelle M.
Darin was Amazing so happy we went with him! Extremely professional, showed up early, very personable. Any and everything you can imagine for your wedding photographer to do, he did! We never
Dear Hart Photography GroupDear Hart Photography Group
Brandi F.
Sarah was the photographer for an event I was the Wedding Planner at. She was prompt amc attentive. The bride was not very polite and was very late but Sarah remained professional. Sarah even helped others with preperation task while waiting (definitely above and beyond). Sarah is a professional from her demeanor and presence at work to the quality of her photos... which you are sure to love!!! Highly recommend!!
Sheet Photography LLCSheet Photography LLC
Bethany G.
(Wish 4.5 stars was an option, because aside from the small stumbles during our first & last phone calls everything else was pretty great.) Style in Light was the second photographer I spoke with during my search. I called during my work day (8am-4:30pm) to follow up on our TT messages with a voice conversation and when they answered I thought I had woken them. The conversation was more direct and dry (business oriented instead of frilly feeling oriented) compared to bubbly and excited sounding like the previous photographer. The almost emotional-less tone coupled with questions being asked had already been answered during our message exchanges/the original TT request submission, caused concern as if I were some weird business after thought. But overall the conversation was quite thorough. There was also a misunderstanding in how TT priced the original quote, but they were kind enough to honor TT's quote price. My Fiancé and I reviewed their portfolio and preferred Style in Light's photography technique and image touchup skills over the other 2 we ended up considering. Requested & reviewed their contract and received a comprehensive list of wedding photo types to select to decide/discuss wedding day schedule as well as all the pre/post-wedding photos that would partially determine the schedule too. All the following phone conversations went well and were pleasant. Contract signed and deposit paid, I was thrilled to have secured my wedding photographer. Then the Covid pandemic shutdowns came and by end of April /early May we were forcing us to postpone our wedding from June 2020 to Oct 2020. When I reached about to reschedule, I was told maybe and we'd talk later about. During our follow up call I was informed they weren't available that day but there was also concern/lack of understanding about some feedback received and that maybe we weren't a good working fit. I understood the date availability but was confused about the feedback portion, but accepted they're cancellation of our contract. They fully and immediately refunded our deposit and sent a good list of other wedding photographers they could confidently and comfortably provide as professional recommendations for us to contact. Eventually I printed and added their recommendations to my wedding book to do list, but was disappointed to not work with Style in Light Photography. Don't know if my review will be helpful to anyone, but a mostly extroverted person with introverted tendencies you now know my limited experience and my personality type for personal perspective reference.
Style in Light PhotographyStyle in Light Photography
Holly W.
Giovanna did an incredible job on our wedding day, 9-29-19. She is very pleasant and upbeat and her husband was there too assisting with lighting, so 2 for 1. She was so attentive to the specific pictures that were important to us. The quality for the value is so worth it. High recommend Giovanna Von Nida Photography!
Giovanna von Nida Photography, LLCGiovanna von Nida Photography, LLC
Marie L.
Heidi met and exceeded our expectations in every way! She and Soonhe showed up promptly on time and ready to go. They were friendly and polite, but also there to get the job done and make sure to capture all of the moments of our wedding day. I had a plan written out for them which Heidi took note of, but quickly we had to change plans and move to different locations and Heidi was understanding and accommodating of all of my requests! Soonhe was a great assistant and wasn’t afraid to suggest some of her unique pose ideas. We both thoroughly enjoyed having Heidi as our photographer and cannot wait to see the rest of our photos! We are already in love with the preview pictures :) I would highly recommend hiring Heidi as your photographer for any occasion!
Heidi Zeigler PhotographyHeidi Zeigler Photography
Megan S.
Rae was a gem during our experience getting married. She has wonderful interpersonal skills and put my fiancé and I, both very camera shy people, immediately at ease and gave us direction while we were photographed. She was creative and adaptable, professional and capable. I would recommend her to any couple for a wedding or elopement shoot and wish her the best.
Rae Marcel PhotographyRae Marcel Photography
Robert M.
Beth shot my wedding and reception and I highly recommend her. There is no question that Beth is a master of her craft--she's got experience and it shows. She knew how to shoot in a church, how to navigate the rules of the sanctuary, how to command a large group (where everyone is literally speaking 3 different languages) for the formal photos, and how to pose us for our individual photos. The latter part of the evening reception was also captured in photojournalistic style. I don't even know if she took a break to eat a meal. There is real art to her craft, and the fact that she busts her rear all day long makes her an unmatched value.
Beth Farnsworth PhotographyBeth Farnsworth Photography
Kaydee K.
Giovanna first captured us in Feb 2019, for our engagement. She and her husband, Gabe, were amazing! Two wonderfully talented and kind people that we are glad to have met! The photos turned out perfect! Just a few days ago, Giovanna and her son, Judah, were able to capture our wedding ceremony! I was so ecstatic to find out that she was available for us! Highly, HIGHLY recommend her services for any event or memory that you would like to be captured and cherished forever! Looking forward to working with her again in the future! :)
Giovanna von Nida Photography, LLCGiovanna von Nida Photography, LLC
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