Setting a Budget for Wedding Photography

On a momentous occasion such as one’s wedding, a marker of a completely new stage in two people’s lives, not having a photographer capturing every step of the way is unheard of. From the candid smiles of everyone present to witness the journey, to the intricate details on the wedding cake and the decorations, a photographer is the one who’s present to observe every last bit of the process and document them to be preserved for years later, bringing fond memories to those who take a look at the pictures again.


One of the first aspects of photography that comes to every person’s mind while planning the wedding is the amount that would go into hiring the best photographer possible. Here are some tips that would help you figure out who would suit you best and the range that you’d prefer going for when making such an important decision.

Base Cost

Regardless of your location or the kind of wedding you might have, setting aside a budget for a good wedding photographer would require a minimum of 900 dollars, especially if you’re finding your photographer through an established online platform. Those who work for this base amount would tend to be people who are starting off in the profession and do not have a full working portfolio yet. They would have skills related to the field but it may not come as naturally to them as those at a higher level. Wedding photography prices at this level would come to a cost up to a maximum of 1000 dollars, and there would be differences in the way each of the individuals captures the photos.

When photographers within this range are found on online wedding sites, they tend to work alongside people who have more experience in this field rather than work alone. However, photographers who are starting off and charge these rates are better found through referrals and word-of-mouth. One important thing to remember here is that even though these people may not be well known, that doesn’t mean they aren’t good at what they do.

They thrive on the kind of inputs and feedback that are given to them, and gain prominence by taking on freelance jobs that would give them a higher standing in the field. So if you aren’t willing to spend a lot on a wedding photographer then the best option would be to talk to people who have gone through the process already; go on social sites, look at conversations on platforms where people put up threads with contacts and proceed from there.

Average Range

If you are willing to spend a little more on the photography side of your wedding, there are more established photographers with their portfolios built up, with more experience in the field. Their prices range from 2000 dollars to about 3,500 – 4000 dollars. These are people who have built up their style of taking photos and have strong technical abilities.

Their portfolios would show a distinct way in which they go about the job, with definitive angles and shots that would be present in each of their projects. You can be sure that they wouldn’t miss out on the details that are meant to be captured, and that each of the photos would have the right lighting and clarity. These photographers tend to be present on online platforms with their portfolios.

Highest Range

There are also photographers who charge more than 4000 dollars. They are the most experienced ones, for whom wedding photography comes extremely naturally to. They would be known for having various accolades under their belt, may have done photography in different countries, and are established as the best in their industry. Figuring out the moments to capture, the angles, lighting, and various other technical details are like second nature to them, and it doesn’t take too much time for them to understand the kind of setting that your wedding has.

They would also be more willing to experiment, more accommodative due to their understanding of the situation, and find it easy to go about photographing more aspects and details of the wedding. These photographers are well-known in the area, would be present on various sites and references, and their names would also be ones that are commonly heard of or praised in the field.

It is also important to take into account the kinds of photos and the parts of the wedding that each kind of photographer would pay attention to and would cover under their package. Some photographers charge separately for the main wedding, the reception, and other photos that might be included in the collection. Others may charge an all-inclusive cost for covering all of these aspects. Hence, it is important to look at not only their styles of photography, but also their coverage before selecting the photographer that may be most suitable for you.

Author Bio: Claire Miller is a blogger and wedding planner who focuses on wedding photography prices and the various aspects involved in making decisions about the same.