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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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Shaker Heights wedding photographers
Tracey D.
The photographer was very professional. He knew the right poses and suggested a great location for our wedding photos. I am very satisfied with his work and would recommend or use him again.
PixelsPlus PhotographyPixelsPlus Photography
Max H.
Sydney was amazing to work with! She was very flexible to our schedule and took perfect photos on our wedding day. Highly recommend using her!
Sydney KornegaySydney Kornegay
Cierra H.
Shoot your shot media provided excellent services for my wedding. He was very professional, punctual and went above and beyond to capture excellent pictures for my wedding. I had a small wedding at home and was nervous about retaining a photographer but I’m so glad I chose shoot your shot media. I’m already planning family photo day. I will definitely use in the future and I will definitely recommend this company for photography services. I can’t say enough great things about shoot your shot because I would write a novel but just know that you will be extremely satisfied with this company.
Shoot Your Shot MediaShoot Your Shot Media
May Hazel C.
I love Tone works!! He’s so good at what he does and very professional and flexible. I’m really glad I choose him to be our wedding photographer. I love all our photos!! And he’s always very responsive to all our request even if it’s on a short notice. I would recommend him to do your wedding photos! A very nice man with hood work ethics! Would love to work with him soon. Thank you Tone -Joe and Hazel
Shoot Your Shot MediaShoot Your Shot Media
Brittney M.
Latisha went ABOVE AND BEYOND my expectations. She truly made my wedding day better just by her presence, let alone her beautiful photos! I'm so excited to work with her again soon. She photographed our ceremony at City Hall and all of our guests wanted her back the next day for our reception! Her professionalism was absolutely outstanding. She even helped me stay calm during the wedding stress. If you have any hesitation, trust me. Hire her!
LATISHA CAMMON PHOTOGRAPHYLATISHA CAMMON PHOTOGRAPHY
Alicia K.
David made us feel very important on our wedding day! He's very knowledgeable and made every shot look amazing!!! My mother in law and all my family members said he was excellent. I definitely look forward to calling him for future special occasion photography!
David Paul PhotographyDavid Paul Photography
Patricia J.
Kerry photographed our 10/2 wedding reception and I would absolutely recommend her for her quality work, flexibility, and prompt communication! I found Kerry here through Thumbtack and felt that her work best fit the vision I had for our wedding reception. With our reception only three weeks away at the time, I felt immense relief that Kerry got back to us promptly and was available! Kerry is very responsive, professional, and ensured meaningful touches to our photos and video (thanks for choosing a BTS song!). She was incredibly easy to work with and I loved how she captured the energy and fun we had that day. Thank you, Kerry and Jordan!
KerryDarlene PhotographyKerryDarlene Photography
Kortney C.
Jasmine is the best photographer I’ve ever worked with! Our planning process was all over the place and super short notice, but she did not skip a beat she kept up with any and all changes/issues I presented her with. The actual photo taking process was even more amazing and fluid than everything she did for us beforehand. She arrived early to the session and had plenty of ideas upon our arrival, and even graciously dealt with my family being extremely late to the rest of photos for our wedding. This was our first time working with Jasmine, but it most definitely will not be our last 💗 Don’t miss your opportunity, BOOK BOOK BOOK your appointment ✨
Jasmine Lea PhotographyJasmine Lea Photography
Kam W.
OMG. She is A M A Z I N G !!!! She was very professional and flexible. She captured my wedding day better than what I ever expected. Even though there were a lot of hiccups leading up to and on my wedding day she rolled with the punches capturing a ridiculous amount of clear award winning photos in which we greatly appreciated. Her cunning eye for capturing just the right shot is phenomenal. Not to mention her very reasonable pricing 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤙🏾🤙🏾🤙🏾 I would recommend her 100000x over. She’s f%#:ing AWESOME!
Jordan LairdJordan Laird
Lluvia R.
I cannot thank Amy enough for the incredible photos and direction she provided for me on my wedding day. Not only is she a talented, punctual, responsive, and organized professional, she is also such a kind and caring person. She made sure I was happy and taken care of the entire day. It was a true pleasure working with Amy and I highly recommend working with her to ensure capturing beautiful moments in an organized, pleasant, professional manner. Many thanks Amy!
Jennings PhotographyJennings Photography
Margaret S.
It was a pleasure to work with David Paul. Of the photographers that responded to our request for our event, I clicked more with David than with any of the others. From the time we started working with him, he was always both professional and responsive. He gave me about a five day turnout for the pictures. Having heard of people that, two months after a wedding, were still waiting for proofs, five days sounded great. it ended up taking six days but I will cut him some slack. Everything that I have asked to have done has been done. When I told him my husband's hair was too blue in three pictures, he had new photos to us within half an hour. And that was on a Sunday morning. I would not have been surprised if it had taken him until Monday to get back to me. He took all the pictures I wanted and was very unobtrusive which I count as a big plus. No one likes to have a photographer in their face all the time. I knew he was taking a lot of pictures but was not feeling as if I was always in the spotlight. I would not hesitate to use him again for another event.
David Paul PhotographyDavid Paul Photography
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