How much does an engagement photographer cost?

Average cost in 20149: $200 See National

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The average cost for an engagement photographer is $200. You are likely to spend between $115 and $340 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated March 1st, 2017

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Engagement photography allows recently engaged couples to announce and memorialize their engagement. Engagement photography shoots typically take one or two hours and can be indoors, outdoors or in a studio. Couples often request a specific photo style such as traditional or classic, candid, artistic, natural or environmental, or high fashion. Photographers can usually deliver the final files on a CD or DVD, using an online gallery or as physical prints. Customers can purchase prints from an online gallery, a physical album or some combination thereof. Several factors affect the cost of engagement photography.

Time

Many photographers set a specific amount of time for engagement photo shoots. Some photographers charge an additional fee if the shoot goes over the specified time period, while others don’t. For example, Pickle Pie Photo in Chappaqua, New York, does not charge extra as long as the shoot stays under two hours. The majority of the time and work for an engagement photo package is spent in post-production perfecting the photos, so a little extra time during the photo shoot doesn’t make a huge difference.

Flat rate

Most photographers charge a flat rate for engagement photo packages, which include a set amount of shoot time, a minimum number of retouched photos and sometimes a designated number of outfit changes or photo shoot locations. Here are two package pricing examples:

  • Pickle Pie Photo: $225

    • One- to two-hour photo shoot in one location and one outfit change, as time allows

    • 30–60 high-resolution photos, depending on how many quality photos were captured

    • Retouching services to fine tune exposure and perform portrait touch-ups such as skin smoothing, whitening of teeth and brightening of eyes

    • Full access to the image files, so clients can print and download as desired
  • Jeff Samaniego Photography in Brooklyn, New York: $400

    • One-hour photo shoot in one location with one outfit change

    • Approximately 30 high-resolution final photos, culled from 300–600 images taken during the shoot

    • Retouching services, including editing for color and white balance along with removing any light blemishes, etc.

    • Full access to image files, so clients can print and download as desired.

    • Option to add another hour of shooting and approximately 30 additional final photos for $400 more.

Location

Photographers in cities and areas with a higher cost of living generally charge more than those in smaller towns or regions with a lower cost of living.

Photo access

The total cost of engagement photos can be affected by what kind of access the client has to the final photos. Many photographers include a set amount of photos in their flat rate to which the client has unrestricted online access. This means the client can download, print and share as desired. However, some photographers may stipulate that clients must pay a fee per photo for downloading. Some contracts require that the prints must be made by the photographer. Read contracts carefully to determine what is best for your needs.

Reputation

Photographers with a famous brand or high-profile body of work often have higher rates than other photographers because there is more competition for their time.

Cost-saving strategies

Clients may be able to negotiate lower prices by compromising with their photographer on the final image deliverables. Typically, the most work for the photographer is in post-production when they are culling through and editing the images. Pickle Pie Photo will negotiate pricing somewhat if clients will accept fewer final images and limit shooting to under one hour.

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Recent reviews

Grafixer Studio

Andrew was truly a pleasure to work with. His knowledge of the Cleveland area and Botanical Garden made for a great session where he already had a good idea of where to take our Engagement photos. The final deliverable was Outstanding and remarked by family members that it was one of the most beautiful photo collections they have ever seen from a professional. Andrew was also very conscious of our initial budget and offered extra time to us at no charge to take the Photos. While we did exceed our budget for the Memory book, the Book was well worth the price and would recommend to anyone!

Bobby Deal Photography - Front Range Headshots

Bobby was very easy to work with for a very reasonable price. My surprise engagement almost fell through because I had to change the venue only a couple of hours beforehand. At the new restaurant I didn't have the time to get a photographer approved but Bobby found a way round this by getting us our own private VIP room for no extra cost. He really was a lifesaver! The rest of the proposal went smoothly and Bobby did a great job on all of the photos and sent them in a timely manner. I would recommend him to anyone

Ultimate Production Company - Wedding Photography and Videography

Flexible, cost-efficient, excellent product. We needed a training video with a quick turn around and within two weeks of reaching out, we had a final product and a five minute training video in our inbox.