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How much does a wedding photographer cost?

Average cost in 20149: $860 See National


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The average cost for a wedding photographer is $860. You are likely to spend between $525 and $1,410 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

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Wedding photography may involve simply photographing the marriage ceremony or capturing everything wedding-related, including showers, engagement parties, the wedding reception and beyond. Common wedding photography styles requested include traditional/formal, candid, artistic, natural/outdoors and high fashion.


The length of time that the photographer’s services are required can contribute significantly to cost. Any additional activities that couples want photographed beyond the ceremony and reception such as photos of the wedding party getting ready, formal family photos, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement photos or engagement parties, day-after brunches and so on can add to the time and cost.

Understanding cost

The bulk of the photographer’s work takes place post-production in editing and fine-tuning the photos. Because of this, the cost of wedding photography is based on much more work than the eight or 10 hours spent taking photos on the wedding day.

Number of locations

If the photographer has to travel between multiple locations, costs can be greater. Different locations may include the getting-ready location, the ceremony site and the reception hall. Destination weddings also increase fees considerably because they may include travel and lodging costs for the photographer(s).

Number of photographers

Extra photographers or assistants may be required for larger weddings or if a client makes the request. Assistants help with lighting and handling additional equipment. Extra hands on deck generally mean a higher cost.

Photography packages

The various digital or printed components of a photo package—beyond time, locations and number of photographers—also affect the overall cost. The final package can be delivered as a CD or DVD, online with access to digital proofs and prints, as physical proofs and prints, as a photographer-made photo album, or some combination of any of these.

Experience of photographer

Photographers in high demand or those with greater experience and brand recognition generally will have higher prices for their services.


Tips, while always appreciated, are not required. Photographers who are individual contractors or the business owners are tipped less frequently than employees of a larger photography company or an assistant to the photographer hired for the event.

Strategies to save

Access to printing rights rather than being contractually obliged to purchase prints and enlargements from the photographer may save money.

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Recent reviews

A Wrinkle in Time Photography

Jenelle did an amazing job doing our wedding pictures and her prices are the most reasonable! She is patient and very accommodating. We are very pleased with the final product. Wedding photography is extremely expensive but she will deliver quality photos for a fraction of the cost!

Dennis Jones Photography

We had Dennis photograph our wedding. I do not feel very comfortable in front of the camera and was very stressed about how the pictures would turn out. Dennis did a great job of keeping me at ease and I felt comfortable during the whole process. And our pictures turned out beautiful! We couldn't be happier. I also appreciated how professional and on track Dennis was. I wanted to make sure the portraits session didn't run long and dinner was served on time, which it was. We chose the digital wedding package which included an engagement session, which was a great, and for a small fee added a second photographer. We received our photos on disc; no prints. This was a great cost savings! We have full print rights to print the photos that we want and in the sizes we want, but didn't have to commit to those costs at the same time as all our other wedding expenses. Other photographers already have it determined what size, quantity, and albums you get in their packages (and reflected in their price), but none of those aligned with what we actually wanted in prints. Dennis was very easy to work with, and overall we were very pleased with both the experience and the how the photos turned out. I highly recommend him for any of your photography needsl

Nancy Swiger Photography

Nancy provided exceptional quality service at reasonable cost. She was able to work with our long-distance wedding planning, and was extremely flexible and accommodating on our wedding day. The photos are beautiful, and our personal flash drive with images was a keepsake all its own! Highly recommended.