Keep in mind that this varies on the individual, the location you're in (Seattle will be more expensive than Yakima!), how long they will be photographing the wedding for, the final images in the gallery, etc. Theres a lot to consider. I recommend using my custom calculator for how much you should spend on a wedding photographer in Washington and Northern Idaho in order to find a more custom number!
Hey Bride! Let this be your sign to kick up your feet and pour yourself a glass of wine! I know, more than most, the pressure that is on your shoulders while looking for a wedding photographer. There are hundreds of styles of photography to choose from, prices to look at, and different opinions on what to look for and what to avoid. It can be overwhelming, and I am here to help! Whether you choose me to photograph your wedding or not, my goal is for you to find a photographer that shares your vision and who will be a supportive, calming, and uplifting presence throughout your wedding. Now lets dive into how much a wedding photographer costs, and why!
Want some personalized advice on finding the right photographer for you based on your budget, timeline, location, and photography values?
There are a lot of things that go into wedding photography pricing, and unfortunately a lot of those things aren't tangible!
Keep in mind, you are paying a photographer to capture once in a lifetime memories that you will want to re-live for the rest of your life.
A few of the important things that are factored into the price of a professional photographer that you may not get with an amateur is experience. Experience is what allows professional photographers to intuitively know the angle, lighting, wedding day scenarios, etc etc etc that will help them capture your day seamlessly and beautifully. You are also paying for professional communication, which includes consultations, month-to-month updates to remind you of payments, give you tips and tricks, wedding guidance, and a relationship with your photographer that will make the day comfortable and fun! You are also paying for peace of mind. It is truly priceless to know that you wont have to stress about capturing a moment, remembering who was at your wedding, or the way your photos will look. You can enjoy your day while a professional handles the rest! There are also costs included in the professional gear they have (if you've ever bought camera gear you know its not a cheap purchase!), how much time they spend physically taking photos, how much time they spend culling and editing, the amount of photos you receive in your final gallery, editing software, business insurance, taxes, transportation, etc etc etc!
prepping for consultation & meeting with the couple
sending post-consultation info, vendor recommendations, & general communication
prepping for engagement photos
culling and editing engagement session
making and sending your welcome package
prep for wedding (including your consultation a week before!)
photographing the wedding
culling and editing the wedding images
making and sending your final photo package!
I can't speak for every other photographer, but for me
thats 41 hours total - a little over a whole work week!
Feel a connection with
Will have no regrets about
Trust to capture every detail, emotion, and moment of your day in the way that you want