After a wedding, once the shoes come off and the feeling in legs begin to resurface, friends and family will gather to look at the photos! While they will often “ooh” and “ahh” after every image, the cost of photography may be a topic much less popular.
While photography is a significant part of the wedding budget, it’s something most couples don’t think about until after their first consultation. So how much should photography cost? The answer is isn’t so straight forward.
There are several different aspects of photography that impact the price:
When researching photographers, you’ll notice that the cost of wedding photography varies by city. For example, the East Coast bride may see a different total on her contract than that of the Southern bride. It may be helpful to research photographers in your area so comparing your quotes is more “apples to apples.” However, it’s important to still note that even when staying in your area, prices will still vary based on quality, skill, and experience.
Which leads me to the next factor!
Experience and Skill
It’s also common for a photographer in your area to quote higher than another. The difference between the two is often due to more experience and a higher skill level. A photographer’s price list will likely never stay the same. As the photographer grows, his or her quality of work and artistry will increases as well. So, you shouldn’t be alarmed if your friend had a lower quote from the same photographer years ago.
Comparing wedding photographers can be difficult when there is not one standard package that every photographer offers. For instance, some photographers will charge extra for bringing along an assistant or a second photographer, while others already include this as part of their pricing structure. Some photographers may include a photo album or prints in their quote, while others will charge separately for these items.
When researching different photographers in your area, consider that it isn’t always apple to apples, and that each price may include different components. The best way to be sure you make the right decision for your budget is to consider the value of what is included in the package each photographer is offering you. Also be sure to ask your photographer any question you may have before committing to a contract – they will be happy to answer!
So how much should wedding photography cost? That part is up to you! At the end of the day, you have the ring, the guy, and the photos. My advice? Choose wisely!