Wedding photographer costs vary depending on several factors, including the location of your wedding (photographers in big cities tend to be more expensive than those in other locations), the services and packages you want, and the experience and level of expertise of your selected photographer. Wedding photographer costs in the United States typically range between $1,150 to $3,000 with the average cost lying around $2,000.
What does a wedding photographer’s fee include?
When looking for Norfolk wedding photographers make sure to read the information about their pricing and packages carefully because these can vary greatly from photographer to photographer and have a significant impact on wedding photography pricing. The following are some things and services to keep an eye out for:
Is your photographer required to travel a significant distance to attend your event? If he or she is driving to your wedding, you may have to pay a per-mile fee, or you may have to pay for airfare and accommodations if it is a destination wedding.
- Staffing/Second Shooters
Will your photographer be accompanied by a second shooter or assistants? Expect to pay more if this is the case.
Your photographer will spend a significant amount of time editing and retouching your wedding images to ensure that they look perfect.
The fee of your wedding photographer should include the photos themselves. You can get digital assets in a variety of methods, including through an online gallery and/or a USB stick.
- Release of print
A “print release” is included in many wedding photo packages, which implies you can use the photos for your purposes. But be warned that you may not have a complete “copyright release,” you are unable to own and sell the images and your photos are available to the market.
Some wedding photographers include photo prints (or a print credit—money you may use to buy prints) in their packages. While you are not required to purchase your prints from your photographer, they will likely turn out better if you do.
A wedding album may be included in your photographer’s package. You have the option of designing and purchasing your album through your photographer or a third-party business.
- Added shootings
Some photographers offer an engagement shoot as part of their service (62 percent of couples do a pre-wedding engagement shoot). Bridal photographs, trash the dress sessions, and footage of your rehearsal dinner are all going to cost extra.
Other, less evident aspects of a wedding photographer’s company, including equipment, personnel, business expenses, marketing, liability insurance, and more, maybe included in their package pricing.