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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 Durham wedding photographers
Taylor W.
Mehmet was wonderful to work with. His photos are exceptional and exceeded any expectations we had for wedding photos. We would absolutely hire him again to commemorate a special occasion.
Mehmet Demirci Photography LLCMehmet Demirci Photography LLC
Hollie C.
I absolutely loved our engagement photos experience. We had never taken formal pictures but it was so smooth and easy. I am so lookin forward to our wedding day photography.
One Wild Life PhotographyOne Wild Life Photography
Nicole F.
Working with Ayhan was very easy and he was very professional. He was extremely patient at the wedding waiting on all our friends and family to take photos on their IPhones. The pictures he took turned out great and we feel it was very good value and we are so glad we hired him for the wedding. Would certainly recommend him to anyone else getting married or for any other event. He was extremely easy to work with.
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
Quenten G.
Karen did an amazing job. She found ways to capture the wedding that left us speechless. Her eye for detail and making sure the shot was just right was unparallel. We seen some of the preview of our wedding and they photos have come out better than we dreamed. We will be hiring her again for our celebration event and any other events we want to have captured with her artistic eye and amazing talent.
Karen Salinas Photography LLCKaren Salinas Photography LLC
Kelli S.
Steven backed out of our wedding two weeks before the event, after ghosting us for several days, and took over a month to refund our deposit. We signed our contract with him and paid the $100 deposit in August 2018 for our May 2019 wedding. April 2019 came along and we hadn't heard from him all winter, despite his claim that he had emailed us in December 2018*. After several attempts at reaching out to him via email, text, and phone, he finally emailed us back in early May 2019 to tell us he had moved away from the area (in late 2018) and would not shoot our wedding (and that he was sure we could find another photographer - two weeks before the date). When we requested that he refund our deposit, it took several emails, a phone call, and more than a month for him to refund us in full. We found his behavior and demeanor throughout the entire process to be wholly unprofessional. *Steven uses Mailtrack, a service that allows him to know when his emails have been opened. Even if he did email us, as he claims, he would know that we hadn't seen the email.
Mantilla PhotographyMantilla Photography
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