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Average cost in 20149: $195 See National


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The average cost for an engagement photographer is $195. You are likely to spend between $110 and $345 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated August 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.


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.


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.


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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Cyrus was the first to respond to my request via Thumbtack. He was very time-flexible and the quality of the pictures was great. He really 'got' us as the couple we are. The value of the product and experience vs the cost is way better than other alternatives we reviewed. We were highly satisfied with Cyrus work and highly recommend him!

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