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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Alexandria wedding photographers
Sonya L.
What can I say...He was the consummate professional. From the time of selection he was interested in the type of shots we wanted and requested to see inspiration photos. On the day of our wedding he showed up on time and it felt as if he had investigated our wedding location to ensure our photos moved seamlessly from pre wedding, wedding candids, and post wedding. My family and guests felt like he was a member of the family. He was patient and took photos that not only fit our personality but exceeded our expectations (per the inspiration photos provided before the wedding). He delivered the finished photos on time and from first look until now all I see is how awesome they are and how we (the entire wedding party) party thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We definitely plan to sit with him again for portraits. I think we have found the our photographer of choice for all upcoming occasions. We recommend have been recommending him as our photographer of choice (especially to all who have seen our wedding photos.) Thanks again for everything!!! Respectfully, The Minors (May 24, 2018) 😀
Marsh Kove MediaMarsh Kove Media
Monique C.
We are so glad that Barbara agreed to be our wedding photographer! We had to plan a quick wedding and a family member suggested hiring a photographer to get some professional photos of our ceremony. After some initial discussion through Thumbtack and over the phone, we met Barbara in person during our engagement photo session in September. Barbara took the time to get to know me and my fiance and was able to explain her approach to wedding photography as well as answer any questions we had about the wedding session. On the wedding day itself, Barbara arrived early enough to get some shots of the venue in addition to the wedding party, family, and friends photos that were important to us. She demonstrated *a lot* of patience! Since the wedding was held in late October, I was worried that the threat of rain would make getting outdoors pictures impossible, but luckily, the rain held off and we were able to get some beautiful photos! Overall, Barbara is very pleasant and professional. She responded to our emails in a timely manner, she was easy to work with, and the photos were delivered on time as promised. We would definitely hire Barbara for our future photography needs!
Barbara Kovalik PhotographyBarbara Kovalik Photography
Erin W.
I highly recommend Fiorella for any of your photography needs. We had her do our wedding photos in Old Town and DC, and she captured exactly what we wanted in our photos. She is detail-oriented, punctual, kind, thorough, patient, and above all a fantastic photographer! I am so pleased with her work, and she made our wedding even more special.
Fiorella PhotographyFiorella Photography
Vera B.
My wedding date is June 22, so he hasn't taken photos yet. But his customer service so far has been awesome!
Beyond PhotosBeyond Photos
Teresa F.
I am very happy with my experience working with LUEM Photography for my Wedding Photos! Janlaya was punctual, professional and very easy to work with. I didn't really have a plan for what photo poses I wanted during my session, and Janlaya just went with the flow, and got some really great candid shots! She was also very responsive throughout the whole process before and after. I really appreciate her quick responses to all my emails and would definitely recommend LUEM Photography to others! Great value, and great experience!
LUEM PhotographyLUEM Photography
P. W.
I didn't have the chance to meet Jan before my wedding day in November 2018, but she was communicative and incredibly helpful when working out details over email. She brought such a calm and positive vibe into the room the day of and, despite having just met her, it felt completely natural for her to capture private and special moments before the ceremony. She prioritized what was important to us and also addressed sensitive requests with grace and discretion. She made my husband and I feel comfortable in front of her camera, and she was so kind and positive throughout! Her results are unbelievably gorgeous and reflect her incredible talent. I have never felt more beautiful than when I remember my wedding day through LUEM Photography's photos! We gifted our parents books of the pictures and kept one for ourselves. We also included links to the photo site in all of our thank-you notes, because I just know that the stunning photos of our guests will make them feel as beautiful as I did! We treasure the gallery she prepared for us and I find myself ordering more prints every few weeks as I want to frame all of them. LUEM Photography's services added a special, joyful feeling to our wedding day and I absolutely love the end results. I can't recommend her highly enough!
LUEM PhotographyLUEM Photography
Jason G.
Kris aims to give you the biggest bang for your buck while providing a high quality product. He is incredibly flexible and his products, thus far, have exceeded our expectations. We loved our engagement photos and we are looking forward to final products from the wedding ceremony and reception.
Monumental ArtsMonumental Arts
Thumbtack Customer
Everything went well. She was extremely professional. The pictures looked great. She did the photos for our wedding and the reception which were on two separate dates. She promised a delivery date for the pictures and she was early to deliver. In addition her reasonable rates included the hi-res files so we did not have any additional expense.
Maria Sova PhotographyMaria Sova Photography
Thumbtack Customer
Olga and her team were amazing. They were on time, did an excellent job. They actually do what they promise they will do and beyond. Their rates are very reasonable and I would not have asked for a better crew to capture our wedding memories. I would highly recommend them to anyone that comes my way looking for professional photographers. Great job Olga and Sri... Impressive!!!!
Snowdrop PhotographySnowdrop Photography
Jennifer M.
Gabe is the most phenomenal photographer I have ever had in my life. Let me start by saying I wish Gabe was my wedding photographer. Gabe photographed a birthday party for my daughter. He was so great with communication and wanted to get my perspective before the party so he was able to see my vision. He was around taking pictures without being in the way. Gabe remembered so many people's names and people were happy to smile for the camera because of Gabe's charm. When I walked around, I heard a guest say, "I want to hire him for my next party!" I couldn't imagine any future parties any other way! Gabe, you are amazing and we can't wait to see you for the next party! Thank you for EVERYTHING!
The Marvelous RealThe Marvelous Real
Selam B.
Daniel did an amazing work for my wedding photo shoot. He was willing to compromise and fulfil all my requests. On top of his great personality, the quality of his work was beyond my expectations. He arrived on time and took many quality pictures. He edited and sent my the link for the pictures within short time. I am very happy with all the pictures and I definitely recommend him. I can’t thank you enough, Daniel.
Park and LangleyPark and Langley
Sophia F.
Where do I begin?! Jamaal and Myron were AMAZING!!!! They had amazing vision, and went with the flow when I had some crazy idea I wanted to photograph! I’m very untraditional when it comes to what I wanted my pictures to look like.. i.e., weird and corky and Jamaal and Myron even made MY vision come to life. I’m very energetic and my husband is very calm and collected and Jamaal and Myron worked so well with both of us. I especially give them props working with me and my bridal party, because we were very wild to say the least. They laughed with us and enjoyed the moment with us. I wanted candid photos and less posed photos and they nailed it on both styles! They are INCREDIBLY talented. For mine and my husbands first look, Myron drove my husband and Jamaal drove my mother and I. They had already planned to drive us, already had their cars set up to go. Jamaal and Myron communicated so well together for the first look. I had to do nothing. They are such gentlemen. Jamaal was always one step ahead. For the bridal party photos, Jamaal even set up the hotel shuttle to take us to a remote location!!! He was ON IT! I decided last minute I didn’t want us to go to the original location and no longer needed a shuttle and he didn’t mind at all that I had changed my mind. Jamaal and Myron were so easy going and very calm. I feel so lucky to have had them shoot my wedding. I highly recommend Visuals by J. McKenzie. They will not disappoint. You will absolutely be blown away. Two amazing men with such great personalities! Honestly, just good hearted people who do beyond great work. Thank you, Jamaal and Myron for making my vision come reality.
Visuals by J. McKenzieVisuals by J. McKenzie
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