How much should you pay for a wedding photographer?

How much should you pay for a wedding photographer? Once your big day is over, the cake is eaten, the champagne is gone, and your beautiful dress is put away, the only thing left is your memories of the most incredible day. And your photographs.

Your photographs help you piece together things you may have missed. They can jog your memory, they can help you remember one of the most important and special days of your life.

So yes, I know I’m biased – but your photographer is an important decision.

So if you’re asking yourself the question, how much should I pay for a wedding photographer? Well, it depends on a few things.

  1. YOUR PERSONAL PRIORITIES. It’s a good idea to discuss your priorities before you talk about budget and how much to allocate towards different things. Ask yourselves what you’re most excited about for your wedding, what is most important to you.
  2. LOCATION. If you are getting married in a larger city for example, you will generally pay more for wedding suppliers compared to getting married in a town with a smaller population.
  3. AMATEUR VS PROFESSIONAL. We all know someone with a nice camera these days, but being able to handle the normal pressures a wedding day can bring – I strongly believe you hire a professional and I’d even go as far to say, hire a professional who specialises in weddings.
  4. PRODUCTS. If you’d like an album(s), this will obviously take the price higher.
  5. COVERAGE. Full day coverage (around 10-12 hours) compared to less coverage will vary the price.

I’ve written another post on how to choose your photographer, but something to remember is – you will spend the same (if not more) time with your photographer on your wedding day then most of your family members, and possibly even your husband!

Which is why is it SO important that you LIKE & TRUST your chosen photographer. You’ll be around this person all day, and you want to make sure you connect with them so they can capture you at your best, and provide you with photographs that represent your day in the most natural way possible.

You don’t need to spend allll your $$$ on your photography. But I’m going to be completely honest – if you want to hire a professional wedding photographer, you’ll need to spend around 2.5-3k minimum. (I’m basing this from the market where I live in Brisbane, Australia.)

Here are some important questions to ask yourself when booking a photographer – Do I connect with this person and would I feel comfortable around them? Do they specialise in weddings? Are they a professional, or do they just have a ‘nice camera’? Are they excited about working with you? Do they ask questions about what you want? Are they genuinely interested in working with you?

My collections start from just under 3k for 7 hours coverage if you’re wondering. Please feel free to email me to request a booklet of my full collections.

Do you agree with the above? Anything I’ve missed? Comment on my latest Instagram post. I’d love to hear from you! x

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