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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Columbus wedding photographers
Thumbtack Customer
Chloe was phenomenal to work with – from our initial meeting to the wedding day, she was responsive, detail oriented and made sure we got all of the photos we wanted. She has such a warm personality, and she made everyone in the wedding party feel at ease - everyone had such a wonderful time taking photos. After seeing an amazing sneak-peak photo from our wedding, we can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer for our special day. Thank you, Chloe!!
Chloe Tarrier Photography & Design Ltd.Chloe Tarrier Photography & Design Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
Best photographer I've ever worked with. We had wedding photos done. The service was fantastic, photos are beautiful. Could not have asked for a better team. Five star isn't a high enough rating.
Cory N. Cates PhotographyCory N. Cates Photography
Sarah j.
Lisa was amazing. Did a great job photographing our small wedding and got the images back to us super quickly. A pleasure to work with.
Emergence PhotographyEmergence Photography
Amanda G.
It was a great experience having him photographing my wedding ceremony. He was super professional and the quality of his work was amazing. Highly recommended
Kixils PhotographyKixils Photography
Addie P.
Shawtography was excellent to work with. He scouted the venue and sent a mood board for me to review and add input. On the day of, he was organized and professional. We loved the final photos from our pre-wedding couples photo shoot.
Catherine S.
Absolutely Amazing. When I first met him to discuss my wedding photos, he asked the questions I hadn’t even thought of until then and was constantly keeping in communication leading up to the wedding day about how plans were coming along and words of wisdom and encouragement! The pictures turned out absolutely incredible and I couldn’t imagine a better person doing my photos.
Jonathan Michaels PhotographyJonathan Michaels Photography
Dan D.
We just got our engagement photos from Brett and his wife and they were great to work with! Completely open to our ideas/wishes, but lots of suggestions where we were unsure. They turned around our (high quality) photos quickly. We're so happy to have them photograph our wedding!
Brett Brotherton PhotographyBrett Brotherton Photography
Maia S.
We are so happy we went with Uniquely Created! Eric and Jill are wonderful and they took amazing pictures of our wedding. We are so pleased with the value and quality of all of our photos!
Uniquely Created, LLCUniquely Created, LLC
Nicole S.
Kelly did an amazing job with our wedding photos and was so kind and easy to work with! She even had everything done in time for me to send some as a gift a couple weeks later.
Kelly Koolhoven PhotographyKelly Koolhoven Photography
Liza D.
Diana was very involved and genuinely cared about photographing our wedding. She wasnt just there to do her job, she actually cared about her work and was very prepared and fun to work with. I highly recommend her.
Diana V PhotosDiana V Photos
Susanna D.
Natasha did an excellent job photographing our daughter’s wedding! I can’t thank her enough for her patience with us! The sneak preview she sent was beautiful and makes me so anxious to see all the pictures! Thanks Natasha!
Natasha Anne PhotographyNatasha Anne Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Steve took wonderful, high-quality photos at our intimate wedding that really captured the emotion of the day. He made us feel comfortable, was extremely reliable, and got our pictures back to us quickly. We were VERY impressed!
Shoot 2 StudiosShoot 2 Studios
Patricia W.
What did we like about working with Harry Acosta Photography? One word - everything! His professionalism, creativity, attitude and so much more were far more than we had hoped for. Add to that his understanding of how important it was to have the proofs back in a shortened time frame. (The USAF groom was heading out 2 weeks after the wedding to Germany!) I would recommend Harry to anyone that asks if I know of a good photographer.
Harry Acosta PhotographyHarry Acosta Photography
Hallie R.
She was great! Was well prepared with sample poses so you knew exactly how to stand and it made things move really fast and gave us lots of options of great back drops! She was very flexible with the scheduling and responded to all my messages promptly. This was our first photo shoot since our wedding and we were very impressed. Thank you for our beautiful pictures!
Val Phan PhotographyVal Phan Photography
Sumaiya A.
Denise did an amazing job of capturing our wedding day. She was so personable and lovely to work with - before, during, and after the event! Our family was just as impressed by her as we were. She sent us a teaser photo right away and it was so dreamy we couldn't wait to see the final package. She delivered us our photos and video highlight within the time frame she had promised which wasn't surprising given the professionalism she had already demonstrated. We absolutely LOVED the final product. Not only were the pictures beautiful but the video highlight was also incredible. We were overwhelmed and moved to tears because the videography very beautifully captured our love and commitment to each other. We would pick Denise again in a heartbeat!
Willow Ridge PhotographyWillow Ridge Photography
Nathan E.
Jenna managed to perfectly capture every meaningful moment at our wedding reception. From start to finish, she was a consummate professional and made us feel like we were in expert hands, which of course we were. The candid portraits as well as posed shots all turned out flawlessly. Jenna's editing and personal photography style were exactly what we were looking for and the end result did not disappoint; she managed to make a gray, rainy Ohio day feel rich and lush. We couldn't be happier.
Jenna Filia PhotographyJenna Filia Photography
Danielle H.
Zach did an amazing job as the photographer for our wedding! He went above and beyond our expectations. He had fantastic ideas for locations to shoot and was able to capture so many wonderful moments for us. In addition, he made it a priority to make sure that we had everything we needed and continued to anticipate next moves and decisions throughout the day. His flexibility, humor, and overall approach made us feel relaxed and able to enjoy our day. We have decided to hire Zach again to do our family portrait in the fall. Our experience was top-notch and we highly recommend him!
Zach BellmanZach Bellman
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