I think we can all agree that weddings are expensive! I won’t lie, wedding photography is usually one of the pricier things that you need to book for your big day. But how much should you actually be paying?
There is no easy answer to this question. Every couple has different photography needs on their wedding day and every photographer is priced differently. Some couples live in the moment and would rather have a family member snap some iPhone photos than pose for a professional photographer. Other couples spend thousands of dollars to make sure every detail and moment of their big day is captured.
So how do you find out your photography budget? I’ve narrowed it down to a three key things you should consider and do before booking a wedding photographer.
A few extra considerations:
It is important to understand the time and effort that photographers put into their work that may impact their pricing. They spend time sending emails to potential clients and answering their questions. They set meetings with couples do go over their wedding day timeline. Photographers also spend countless hours editing and delivering galleries for engagement sessions, bridal sessions, and weddings.
Let’s say that you find a photographer who agrees to shoot your 8-hour wedding day for $400. It’s very possible that you found a great deal, but it’s important to look further into the pricing. At that price, the photographer is either willing to work hard for only $50/hour OR they may only put in a minimal amount of work toward planning, shooting, and editing because they are only making $50/hour.
Wedding photography pricing is also influenced by what each photographer includes in a wedding day package. Do they provide a complimentary engagement session? Does there package come with a second photographer for the wedding day? Do you get a photo album included with the package? Many photographers include these amenities in a wedding package as a bonus to their clients, but these extras can definitely add to the cost of the package. Finding a photographer who offers packages that include all of your needs (extra sessions, additional photographers, etc) is a great way to maximize your budget. On the other hand, if you don’t need all of the amenities a package has to offer, you may end up paying more for services that you don’t need or want.
I know I didn’t give you a specific dollar amount to spend on photography, but I hope my tips and advice will make it easier for you to find the best photographer for your wedding day! Good luck!
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