If you are looking for the average price for a wedding photographer you should ask yourself if you only want average wedding photography for your wedding! Are you planning an average wedding, or is yours going to be that special day that you want to remember forever?
If don’t want to spend the money to hire a professional wedding photographer then you should have a friend with a nice camera do your wedding photography. That way if your wedding pictures are not spectacular at least you didn’t pay some amateur a few hundred dollars to shoot them! If you want professional wedding pictures capturing all the special emotions of your wedding day, you are going to have to hire a professional wedding photographer with the knowledge, skills, equipment, and experience needed. At a wedding you only get one chance to get it right and capture the moment.
The rates for professional wedding photography are usually going to vary from one part of the country to another. What you are expecting from your photographer will also have some weight in the wedding photographer prices you get.
Some of the options you have to decide on are:
Do you want natural looking pictures?
Do you want a Photoshop expert that will change the color of your lipstick, reshape your nose, and remove every blemish?
Do you want your pictures to look like a Mannequin?
Do you think you will want to have prints made?
How many hours do you want to have pictures taken?
Once you’ve made those decisions you will be ready to start looking for wedding photographer that will fit in your budget.
If you want your wedding photographer to spend 50-200 hours editing your photos then you should expect the prices to start at $2000 and go up to several thousand dollars. If you want natural looking pictures, those require less editing and professional wedding photographers should start at about $1000. If you are in a major city and you want to hire one of the area’s most popular photographers you should expect to pay triple what the lesser known wedding photography rates are.
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