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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 Raleigh wedding photographers
Lorene G.
Photos were amateur. Do not use for a wedding. So disappointing. Photos were blurry.
Triple C Event & Photography, LLCTriple C Event & Photography, LLC
Amber W.
Amazing photographer! Loved all our photos and her direction. She captured our wedding day beautifully. Anna is highly recommended :)
Anna Wartak PhotographyAnna Wartak Photography
Olivia W.
Mehmet did a great job taking photos of our wedding. Highly recommend!
Mehmet Demirci Photography LLCMehmet Demirci Photography LLC
Hannah H.
We loved working with Ayhan! I would recommend him for anyone looking for a wedding photographer. He did our engagement and wedding photos, and we love them! He took so many wonderful photos it was hard to choose which ones we wanted to frame. Ayhan was incredibly responsive and available to answer any questions that I had. He also provided so many great recommendations for locations taking our engagement photos. On our wedding day he spent the whole day with us and took photos of every moment throughout the day. Thank you, Ayhan!!
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Minnie A.
Unfortunately, Our Memoir Photography was unable to complete the project. I was notified in a timely manner and the deposit fee was refunded. I had confidence that the photographer would have delivered photographing my wedding day to my satisfaction.
Our Memoir PhotographyOur Memoir Photography
Kim C.
Ayhan was so great to work with and my wedding photos are beautiful! I highly recommend him for your event!
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Allyson F.
Such a lovely photographer- so sweet and detail oriented. Our photos from our “micro-wedding” came out absolutely perfect. A day we will never forget thanks to Ayhan 💙
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Karen L.
We had Josh as the photographer for our small wedding last month, which happened to rain a ton but Josh still did an amazing job! Really appreciate his work and the photos are truly great! Highly recommended!
JoshPhotographyJoshPhotography
Rylie D.
Our wedding was beautiful, and Mr. Demirci was able to capture it perfectly. He was early, began taking pictures immediately, and was creative in poses and ideas. He was very polite and my wedding party greatly enjoyed working with him! As for the pictures, they are the best professional photos my husband and I have taken. We were given a time frame of ten days after the wedding, and he delivered them in eight! We recieved 200 absolutely gorgeous photos. I couldn't recommend Mr. Demirci enough!
Mehmet Demirci Photography LLCMehmet Demirci Photography LLC
Alexa W.
Delia photographed our wedding! She was extremely professional and accommodating to changes in plans due to COVID-19. Having her photograph us made everyone feel comfortable and the pictures turned out fantastic. We’ll be using her again for future events
Imagination 2 Infinity, LLCImagination 2 Infinity, LLC
Kayla C.
Ayhan was my wedding photographer on June 27th 2020. I was so surprised by his professionalism and work ethic. We originally had Ayhan scheduled for 4 hours, but once my mom and I saw what great pictures he was taking, we asked him to stay an additional hour; which he did graciously. He was able to flow through the chaos of the wedding day and still produced quality pictures! He was thoughtful in the photos he chose to take and made sure he got the best shot every time. My wedding was planned in under a month and I did not take the time to make a list of all the photos I wanted. He was gracious enough to stop and snap pictures when I found certain spots I liked; but also skilled enough to find his own beautiful shots. Not only are my pictures beautiful, Ayhan sent all of the photos edited 5 days after the wedding! I would definitely hire him again for any of my photo needs!
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Jennifer S.
I really enjoyed working with Josh for my wedding. His attention to detail was excellent and he was very responsive with any questions we had along the way. The photos he took of us were beautiful and we were able to view them about a week after our wedding. I highly recommend working with Josh for any photography needs that you have. He will do a wonderful job.
JoshPhotographyJoshPhotography
Harley S.
I had the pleasure of hiring Ayhan for my backyard wedding this past weekend. Ayhan showed up early to prep, which I appreciated! Because our wedding was non traditional, I didn’t have much of a plan for photos. Luckily, Ayhan knew exactly what moments to capture! He took amazing candid shots, and helped my family pose for photographs. I knew that I was in good hands with Ayhan. I will definitely be using him for my next
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Nikie A.
Nitish has been very responsive to all my queries and it has been a joy to have him capture our wedding photos. He was quick to capture our emotions in the pictures. His work is of incredible quality and exceeds our expectations. He had many great ideas which translated beautifully into our pictures! He gave us suggestions on poses and locations to take photos after the wedding while also readily accepting of any ideas that we had during the photo shoot. Great value for money and would definitely recommend him! Would love to hire him again!
Shutter By Nitish LLC (Photography & Videography)Shutter By Nitish LLC (Photography & Videography)
Madison B.
Ayhan was a truly incredible photographer to work with on our wedding day. He has mastered the art of photography and understands how to create a natural and comfortable environment for couples to look their best, most relaxed selves. When we saw our photos we were blown away. His talent is unmatched. He was a delight to have at our wedding and captured everything from delicate, unique details, to big, beautiful shots. Ayhan moves effortlessly in his element and it is clear he is a true artist. As a bride, it was incredible to have the prettiest picture I’ve ever seen of myself captured by Ayhan. A bonus was the affordability, turn around time for the photos and the accessibility through texting or emailing! I would recommend Ayhan to anyone and everyone. 💕
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Sally T.
This is the first time I found a photographer on Thumbtack. I was satisfied when picking Nitish as my photographer for my wedding pictures. He is kind, friendly and hard-working guy. We were very happy to receive beautiful pictures taken by him. Thanks Nitish! We may contact you again for another shooting :)
Shutter By Nitish LLC (Photography & Videography)Shutter By Nitish LLC (Photography & Videography)
Lorraine S.
Aditya and Komal are lovely people and we so enjoyed having them as our photographers! They were really more like friends from the initial meeting and a wonderful part of our wedding and reception. Thank you!
Different PerspectivesDifferent Perspectives
Kristen B.
Tom’s communication skills were truly impressive. It was never too much - and never too little. He was easy to work with and his pictures are truly beautiful. SO happy we went with Tom for our wedding photography!
Tom Waldenberg PhotographyTom Waldenberg Photography
Raheef J.
Ayhan is the best photographer in the world, he did more than amazing and he is the best at what he does! We requested his service for our wedding and he took care of everything and made it really smooth and knowledgeable
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Tynajia P.
We hired Stop & Smile Photography to capture professional photos of our wedding reception. This was a very special and memorable day for my wife and I and we were looking forward to having the photos to save the memories. Unfortunately the photos were not what we expected. The quality was horrible it appeared as the pictures were taken from a cellphone. Not to mention the initial turn around time given was not met. Out of the 300+ pictures we seen only about 10-20 were decent/downloadable and most of those were of the decorations. I strongly don’t recommend this photographer if you want your special day to be captured in quality and not have your money go to waste.
Stop & Smile Photography LLCStop & Smile Photography LLC
Justan A.
Colvin Close Ups did an absolutely amazing job with our wedding photos. Terry was very clear and concise leading up to the wedding, they were on time, (even though we were not lol) very professional and courteous. They even included a scrap book with our picture as a gift to us. And all of the pictures turned out amazing!! Will definitely be using them for any other events in the future. Awesome job!
Colvin Close Ups, LLCColvin Close Ups, LLC
Szymon G.
The photos that Ayhan took during our wedding were top class. They were of great quality and style, and he really brought our characters to life in those photos. Ayhan is very easy to work with, creative, and comes with excellent ideas, but when necessary hides in the background to not be in the way. We didn't even notice him taking pictures during the ceremony, though he was close by and got some great shots! We loved working with Ayhan and we highly recommend him.
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Basha g.
Nitish is great! He took photos for our small wedding, and it was the best I could have asked for. His cousin is also a great videographer. We have the most stunning photos with vibrant colors. They were even so kind and helped us move our bags and cake that we brought for ourself for our intimate 2-person affair. Very polite! We were able to focus on just having fun and getting our pictures taken in the garden.
Shutter By Nitish LLC (Photography & Videography)Shutter By Nitish LLC (Photography & Videography)
Shannon R.
Ayhan was amazing! He worked with us and created beautiful photos for our wedding! He is very experienced and knew exactly which shots to get. He was also accommodating with the editing afterwards. Also, he saved the day by helping fix my broken bouquet holder! We could not be any more happy with the results!
Faceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan PhotographyFaceinlens Creative, LLC - Ayhan Photography
Abby R.
Anna was such a gem to work with! She was super flexible for what we wanted from our photos (since we didn’t do a traditional wedding) and all of our friends remarked on how sweet she was. She got the pictures back to us in a very timely manner as well, which was awesome. We will definitely be reaching out to her again in the future!
Anna Wartak PhotographyAnna Wartak Photography
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