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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 Raleigh wedding photographers
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
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 💙
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
Stacy H.
Thank you Jeff for working so hard on our wedding photos. They turned out amazing! You were a huge help at our wedding- we really appreciate all that you did for us!
Jeff Allen StudiosJeff Allen Studios
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
Cyn M.
Kelley was the perfect photographer for our simple and elegant wedding at the Tucker House in Raleigh. We met and discussed our needs and after that we communicated as needed. She was professional, prepared and delivered the photos as expected. We loved having her with us at our wedding and documenting our special evening. We would definitely hire Kelley again. Thanks again Kelley!!
Kelley Bennett PhotographyKelley Bennett Photography
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!
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
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
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
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!
Addie Agarwal - Different PerspectivesAddie Agarwal - Different Perspectives
Thumbtack Customer
Kelly assisted me with my courthouse wedding photos. She was amazing and very patient. I'm glad I found Kelly. I strongly recommend her and would definitely hire her again. Thank you Kelly :-)
Kelley Bennett PhotographyKelley Bennett 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
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
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
Samantha W.
Mehmet was wonderful to work with for our wedding! I haven't been professionally photographed before and he had a calm, directive energy that was exactly what I needed. He was also able to accommodate us when we had to move our ceremony last minute. I'm excited to see the work he has done with our pictures!
Mehmet Demirci Photography LLCMehmet Demirci Photography LLC
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
Thumbtack Customer
We hired her for engagement photos. We picked a venue where the landscape did the hard work, all she had to do was shoot. She showed up with a baby strapped to her (though very adorable baby) that hindered her from getting the best shots. She didn't notice small things like symmetry or having the best angle or even to show the main point of a prop. We didn't even have one photo that we really loved. We ended up just having to choose one to use for our wedding website. Don't use her if you actually want effort and thought put into your photos. No artistic ability or even an eye for the most simple photography. Didn't have ideas for poses. She did end up going back to photoshop one of our photos to emphasize our props which were the main focus of the photo which should have never had to have been photoshopped if she actually looked at what she was doing. I really don't like to be mean but I wish we had not chosen her and I just don't want someone else to make the same mistake.
Moose Trax PhotographyMoose Trax Photography
Yasha A.
This review was a long time coming. Ayhan photographed our intimate courthouse wedding with family and friends. We hired him for a quick affair. If I could check every single quality to review his work, I would. He was punctual, professional, creative in choosing the spots and the lighting despite being there only 30 minutes before us. Above all, he responded very quickly, quoted us a fair price and delivered photographs I'd proudly display in our home for years and years to come. Thank you, Ayhan!! Will surely ask you to join us for all the wonderful family moments in the future.
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
Faith S.
If you're looking for amazing work with an amazing photographer, look no further. Me and my husband had to change our wedding date with little warning due to the virus, and Ayhan was incredibly kind and went above and beyond for us. He helped make my day not nearly as stressful as it could have been. What should have been a classic southern celebration of almost 100 people ended up being a ceremony of 8 people in my backyard, and Ayhan captured every moment beautifully. We will be definitely using him again for future events! He is prompt with pictures and very professional, you won't be disappointed.
Ayhan Photography - Faceinlens CreativeAyhan Photography - Faceinlens Creative
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