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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Pittsburgh wedding photographers
Pam M.
Everything about this photography studio is amazing. Alyssa listens to your questions and answers them. The quality of the photos of our wedding was above what we imagined for the price. I would recommend the photographer for anything.
Love Place PhotographyLove Place Photography
Nickie B.
Absolutely incredible job! My husband and I had our engagement shoot and wedding done with Jennings Photography, the final product was amazing! They did our engagement, rehearsal, and wedding photos, a highlight video, and full documentary video; they did a phenomenal job with everything! The entire wedding party loved working with them as well and continue to praise their work! We cannot say enough about them and how they helped make our wedding day perfect!
Jennings PhotographyJennings Photography
Madeline G.
Can’t say enough how grateful we were to have Tillie as our photographer for our wedding ! We called it an elopement because we planned it in about three weeks for only family. Planning was hectic and Tillie was incredibly accommodating to our constantly changing plans. We had so much fun shooting with her and our photos could not be more gorgeous. This was also an evening wedding and the shots she got of the Pittsburgh skyline on a misty night were fantastic. We would absolutely recommend Tillie to anyone needing a wedding photographer in the area. Thank you Tillie!!!
Tillie Lee PhotosTillie Lee Photos
Sarah B.
We hired Mike Christ for our wedding and are glad we did. He was so energetic and fun. You can really tell he loves photography and wants to make sure your photos turn out perfect. We have perfect photos of the perfect day!
Mike Christ PhotographyMike Christ Photography
Natalie W.
Mark did a wonderful job capturing our wedding day! I would highly recommend Mark to any brides looking for a wedding photographer who provides high quality work at a fair price. Thank you Mark!
Mark Simpson PhotographyMark Simpson Photography
Stephanie W.
If you are looking for an outstanding photographer who is easy to work with and who captures the formal and the spontaneous shots with great skill, then Jill is your person. Her photographs of the wedding are truly beautiful. We have had other photographers for events and paid more but never have we been this satisfied. Jill is a real find.
Jill Farrar PhotographyJill Farrar Photography
Nicolette B.
Jill did an amazing job with our wedding photos! She was so fun to work with and really captured our love. I would recommend Jill to everyone!
Jill Farrar PhotographyJill Farrar Photography
Caitlin s.
She’s the best! If your thinking about booking do it!! Reasonable prices and very good quality!! I can’t wait for her to do my wedding photos!
Jennings PhotographyJennings Photography
Cenk S.
I highly recommend Brothers Pictures to everyone. They have young, energetic, and professional photographers. They met us 2 weeks before our wedding, understood what we expected, checked out the venue. They were extremely patient with us on the day of our wedding. We thank Tristan and his team and appreciate all of his efforts to capture the great moments of our wedding.
Brothers PicturesBrothers Pictures
Kara d.
The BEST photographer I could have chosen for my wedding day. She went above and beyond for us on our special day and made it perfect. I would highly recommend.
Jennings PhotographyJennings Photography
Karie D.
Kashuk took our photos for our outside wedding on Mt Washington in late October. The weather was terrible and our photos are amazing!! A true professional and a pleasure to work with!! He was fully prepared for the wind and rain and explained to us to go slower to help him get better photos. The weather cleared and Kashuk was relaxed and took his time getting beautiful memories of our day. Highly, highly recommend!
Mitras PhotoWorksMitras PhotoWorks
Samantha B.
Dakota was AMAZING!! We had a small wedding but needless to say lots of last minute hiccups and she was more than accommodating!!! She took beautiful Photos, kept it fun, captured every single minute and was so so sweet!! I couldn’t be happier with having her as a photographer and I can definitely say she will be the only photographer I ever use again!!! Thank you so much Dakota!
Wanderful ImagesWanderful Images
Caleb W.
Mike did an amazing job with our engagement shoot. He was very good about being inconspicuous and my now fiancé never suspected it. Madlyn Mergler and I could not be more pleased. His photos are very professional and I loved the poses he picked. He was really good at making us look happy, attractive, and in love. We are so thankful for him and if we are ever in Pittsburgh again we will be sure to let him know. We are going to be looking for a wedding photographer, so I do not think we will have to look very far. Thank you again, M4J Photography!!!!!
M4J PhotographyM4J Photography
Elyse C.
When I initially hired Ako-Visuals (Francis), I booked a 4-hour wedding shoot for an extremely reasonable price. Francis was easy to get in contact with and even easier to work with. We were able to meet once before the wedding, and he had a contract written up detailing what I could expect from the shoot. I could see from his online portfolio (https://www.akovisuals.com/) that Francis was a fantastic photographer, and he had an editing style that really fit my aesthetic. Francis did not disappoint! All of the pictures turned out perfectly, and he even found ways to include our beloved pet into a picture or two. Despite Francis committing to a 4-hour time block, Francis stayed with us taking pictures for the ENTIRE. DAY. He was easily there for 8 hours, and did not ask for additional funds. He worked by himself and hustled hard, and ended up capturing over 1,000 photos of our big day. He took all of the getting-ready pictures, the photo shoot in front of our cityscape, our ceremony, and our small reception afterwards. I don't think he ever stopped working. I am beyond impressed and so happy that we chose Francis to be our wedding photographer. He brought all of my ideas to life and he captured all of the best moments. I will forever cherish his work. Thanks, Francis! <3, Elyse & Matt Garvin
AkovisualsAkovisuals
Thumbtack Customer
We had the pleasure of working with Beth recently when she photographed our small wedding ceremony. Her quote fit within our budget and after briefly speaking on the phone I knew she would be a great fit for us. Our ceremony was pretty last minute but she was very flexible and seemed comfortable with the timeline and details (or lack their of) I could give her. On the day of the ceremony she arrived right on time, gave us some guidance but made us feel extremely comfortable and was able to capture some great moments. It's also important to mention she had a great personality and had many of our guests laughing! I am so happy with our final photos, (which were delivered to us very promptly!) and would definitely recommend Beth and hope to utilize her in the future. Thank you Beth!
Kukucka PhotographyKukucka Photography
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