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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.

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.

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.

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.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a photographer when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a photographer, see if the photographer can take photos outdoors or in a large space so all involved parties can maintain the recommended distance between themselves. You should also sanitize surfaces, avoid handshakes, don’t make any other physical contact and use digital platforms to complete payments. Speak with a local photographer in your area to put a strategy in place.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Houston wedding photographers
Kaylee G.
Natalie did an awesome job on our engagement photos and wedding photos, they turned out beautifully!
ShutterUp PhotographyShutterUp Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Our engagement and wedding photos came out great!
JTM Media Image LLCJTM Media Image LLC
Michelle S.
Carina and her husband were so comfortable to work with! Lovely people and love their work! ♥️ They took my engagement photos and wedding. Engagement photos are beautiful!
Carylux PhotographyCarylux Photography
Keneishia K.
Recently Raymond from RS Photography covered my wedding & engagement photos! I've worked with many photographers before, but he's hands down the best. He was very affordable and everyone that attended the wedding complimented me on him. He has an awesome personality and everything came off so genuine with him and this company. I highly recommend booking with him.
Jaleesa H.
If we could've selected all of the highlights we would've! Our intimate wedding was a great success and the photos that were taken were a true reflection of US! There will be more photos of the Alvarez family taken by 3rd Place Photography!
B&A PhotographyB&A Photography
Tiffany W.
Absolutely amazing photographer, he has a wonderful personality and pays attention to detail. He made us feel extremely comfortable taking our pre and post wedding photos. You will enjoy his personality and photography work.
VDM PhotographyVDM Photography
Adil M.
Syed is a very talented photographer! I hired Syed to be the photographer at my Engagement Ceremony and he did an outstanding job. I highly recommend him for your wedding events!
Token PhotographyToken Photography
Michelle C.
Great photographer our wedding shoots were a success, I highly recommend Darshak Zala, not just because he’s a responsable photographer, but for the quality of the photoshoot, and his video shootings are incredible !!
ZD VisualsZD Visuals
Andrea H.
I used Yulissa photography for my wedding. She did a great job . I definitely recommend her services.
Yulissa PhotographyYulissa Photography
Judith R.
Hired Julian to photograph a family member's wedding ceremony and dinner. He was responsive, professional and punctual. Julian did excellent work at a fair and reasonable price. Will definitely hire him for future photography needs.
Julian Cavazos PhotographyJulian Cavazos Photography
Angela a.
Segun was quick to respond, did a good job of setting expectations and following up when we were looking for a wedding photographer.
Segun Ajose PhotographySegun Ajose Photography
Jessica S.
Lee was absolutely accommodating and did an amazing job photographing my wedding! The photos he took and delivered were absolutely beautiful and professional. He was so patient with our group and the pictures we wanted to take. We are so glad we chose him as our photographer. Highly recommend!!!
Beckmann MediaBeckmann Media
Ashton H.
I hired Arion for my wedding and he did an amazing job. I received all of the photos the very next day. He was professional and easy to communicate with.
Arion Smith Photography & FilmsArion Smith Photography & Films
Bethany G.
My husband and I had a great experience! We had Lee take photographs for our wedding and they turned out great. He showed up early and was very professional. We would definitely recommend him to everyone seeking a photographer for their special event.
Beckmann MediaBeckmann Media
Tonya L.
I would truly recommend Armin Caratao Photography. He is so professional and I couldn’t have picked a better person to photograph my wedding words can’t explain how I felt when I saw my pictures absolutely delighted
Armin Caratao PhotographyArmin Caratao Photography
Eva G.
Very knowledgeable about beautiful and photography! I also think his methods are super modern, not the typical traditional photo shoot. We had a very casual wedding and he was very accommodating as far as when and where we would like to take photos. She dare I say, he provides high value pictures for an excellent price!
Peter's PhotographyPeter's Photography
La'Tecia B.
Our wedding was a beautiful disaster, but I know for sure our pictures and video will be great! Don was very helpful and respectful. Our engagement photos turned out amazing and I’m so excited to see the wedding day! The price for what we got was honestly very well worth it and reasonable.
Splash ProductionsSplash Productions
Alexandra O.
Morteza is incredible! I hired him to take photos for my wedding rehearsal and dinner. He took beautiful photos of the event and has an amazing talent! He captured a ton of touching moments and I’m so happy I hired Morteza! I would highly recommend him!!
Morteza SafatajMorteza Safataj
Yemisi e.
Alex is AMAZING!!! He went above and beyond my husband and I’s expectations! Our original wedding photographer backed out at the last minute after we had to push back our wedding date. Thankfully Alex was available! He was super responsive and attentive to what shots we wanted AND he was super flexible during our family photo shoot. I would absolutely recommend Alex. His work speaks for itself!
Jane F.
Alex was great! We hired him to photograph our wedding for 3 house. He arrived promptly, got everything we needed, and did a great job. Thank you Alex!
Betty M.
Glen was great to work with. We just hired him for our wedding and the photos were incredible! He was punctual, responsive, detailed and very professional. Would definitely hire him again
Rusty B.
Lee did a fantastic job with our wedding photo shoot, adding some unique and creative shots we might not have thought about. Would definitely recommend him to others.
Beckmann MediaBeckmann Media
Nykol L.
We hired Arion to photograph our wedding and he captured some amazing photos and videos. He was very responsive and communicative, which as a bride, was extremely important. We received the pictures and video he took within 2 days, much sooner than anticipated. We would and have recommend(ed) him to others.
Arion Smith Photography & FilmsArion Smith Photography & Films
Charlotte L.
Dominique was very easy to work and captured the special, the quirky, and the endearing moments that happened during our wedding. Turn around time on photos were quick and we got them with no problems. Great experience overall!
Paperbag ProductionsPaperbag Productions
Allison M.
Carina and her husband were an absolute pleasure to work with. Very accommodating, flexible, professional. Haven’t received our photos yet (wedding was only a week ago) but I have no doubt that they will be beautiful and top notch!
Carylux PhotographyCarylux Photography
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