How much does a wedding photographer cost?

Keeping beautiful pictures of your big day to remember it years later is fundamental. To avoid being disappointed, you should therefore spend a lot of time choosing the right wedding photographer, the one who will meet your expectations… and your wedding budget!

How to choose your wedding photographer?

How to choose your wedding photographer?

Before determining the proportion of your wedding budget to devote to the photographer’s services, you need to determine exactly what you want and need. Do you want a presence on site all day for a photo report, or simply a punctual presence for a posed session? Would you simply like to receive the photos in digital format, or print them in photo books and other media? What atmosphere are you looking for for your photos? Only then will you be able to determine a budget based on the average rates charged by wedding photographers, and then find the gem through your research and word of mouth.

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How much money should I include in my wedding budget for the photographer’s services?

Most often, wedding photographers will offer you a fixed fee, the price of which will be determined according to the workload related to your expectations: the amount to be spent will of course be higher for an all-inclusive package and an all-day presence than for a one-hour session aimed only at immortalizing the two brides and grooms. Count on a minimum of 300 dollars for a limited classic package, but most wedding budgets include at least 1,000 dollars for a full-day presence. In addition to this fixed package, there may be a variable portion depending on the number of photos you wish to purchase, with a fee per photo. This rate will be degressive depending on the final number of photos ordered. There is no rule, so it is not uncommon to pay several thousand dollars to pay your photographer!

Amateur or professional wedding photographer?

Amateur or professional wedding photographer?

A very important rule to keep in mind when choosing a wedding photographer is that, unlike some other important services, price is not always synonymous with quality… a very high price will generally be an indicator of excellent results (a sought-after professional therefore asked, who can afford to charge higher than average prices) but the reverse is not true: it is quite possible to find the rare pearl, the person who will be able to take very high quality photos for a relatively low price.

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These include very gifted photographers who are just starting out and therefore break their prices to build up their first clientele and make a name for themselves, or passionate amateur photographers who offer very good services without making it their job to do so and therefore offer attractive packages. It can be more difficult to spot these people because their books are logically less supplied and it will be more difficult to know in advance what to expect, but by dedicating a little time to it, it is a solution of choice for small wedding budgets!