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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Harrisburg wedding photographers
Erin H.
He did an amazing job, worked with my budget I had and even took more photos and stayed longer then what was in my contract with him. He takes amazing photos and couldn’t of asked for a better photographer to have at my wedding. I’m so grateful for the memories he was able to capture.
Daring Adventure StudiosDaring Adventure Studios
Janine B.
M VISUALS was the perfect choice for our wedding photography. Martin was very professional, but made everyone feel comfortable and relaxed. His photos were lovely and captured the spirit of our ceremony perfectly. It was a pleasure to work with him and we highly recommend M VISUALS!
Emily O.
Martin is hands down the best photographer you’ll find. As someone who has no idea how to pose for pictures, he gave such amazing instructions and our pictures turned out unbelievably beautiful because of it. If you want someone that will go above and beyond to make your day care-free and special (he even bustled my wedding dress) then choose M Visuals.
Glenn S.
This was the first time my Fiance and I have had a professional engagement photoshoot done, and we honestly could not be happier with Mike. He is a down to earth, fun, charismatic and dapper guy. He is very personable and really gets you in the right mindset for the shoot. Getting our pictures taken and seeing his smile after he catches a good picture really is fullfilling. We are using Mike for our wedding hands down. Great guy, even better photographer!
MLR Images, LLCMLR Images, LLC
Donunshae M.
I don’t even know where to begin. From the moment I first connected with Jay, it was an immediate thought that he would be our photographer. Before I get into how amazing Jay’s work is, I first want to say how incredibly kind, punctual, responsive, detail-oriented and easy going he is. When we first connected, I had a response before the close of the day. Jay made himself available within the next day to jump on a call and talk through what we were thinking, what we knew we wanted and what his process looks like. My husband and I had never gone through this before and Jay literally held us by the hands and walked us through it all. From timing to guidance on expectations for the day of, he is a true professional and expert in his craft. We had the time of our lives on our wedding day and Jay captured each and every moment. I have no idea how one person can be in so many places at once but he got there. We are so grateful for meeting Jay and having him photograph one of the most important days of our lives. If you are considering, just book him and you will not be disappointed. I’ll include some of our highlights. The saddest part about the wedding is when it’s over and all of the wonderful people you have met go away and life goes back to “normal”. We sincerely thank you for everything Jay.
Jay Collier PhotoJay Collier Photo
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