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VendorChat – How Much Do Wedding Photographers Cost?

Today, we are comparing prices of Chicago Wedding Photographers to give our readers an idea of how much wedding photographers cost.

Now that you have a workable budget, it’s time to start looking at the real numbers of what cost is involved for each specific vendor. So today we are discussing specifically, how much do wedding photographers cost? I recommend for all brides that are not working with a wedding planner to get at least 3-4 quotes, but no more than five.  If you go to 10 different wedding photographers, you will find yourself overwhelmed and not having a clear direction of coming to a decision. There are some important things to keep in mind when “photographer shopping”.

How Much Do Wedding Photographers Cost

Photo Credit: Emilia Jane Photography

First look at the photographers website to get a gauge for their work, request pricing information, and schedule your 3 appointments based on your top selections.  It is vital to meet with these vendors because personality could be a deal breaker when hiring a photographer.

As a courtesy to the photographers, I recommend only meeting with 3 photographers that you are serious about signing.  There is an unspoken code of ethics in the wedding industry to treat your vendors as you want to be treated.

No one wants to be led on to feel as though you are going to book them; only for you to not return emails or phone calls.  With only 3 options it is easy to narrow the selection down to one; allowing you to follow up with the other two to let them know that you decided to go with someone else.

We asked three wedding photographers for their packages to compare what wedding photographers cost, what we found is  you can look to spend on average of $4295 on wedding photography.

 

Photographer 1:

SIX HOURS – $2,400
o 1 Photographer
o Digital Images (500-600 of days best images)
o Online Proofing/Viewing gallery for 90 days

EIGHT HOURS – $2,800
o Complimentary Engagement Session (60 minute session anywhere in Chicago area)
o Digital images from engagement session
o Online viewing gallery for engagement & wedding pictures for 90 days
o 1 Photographer for day of wedding
o Digital Negatives (600-700 of days best images)
o Album/Print Credit

TEN HOURS – $3,600 || {$3,200 for 1 Photographer}
o Complimentary Engagement Session (60 minute session anywhere in Chicago area)
o Digital images from engagement session
o Online viewing gallery for engagement & wedding pictures for 90 days
o 2 Photographers for day of wedding
o Digital Negatives (700-800 of days best images)
o Album/Print Credit

TWELVE HOURS – $4,400 || {$4,000 for 1 Photographer}
o Complimentary Engagement Session (60 minute session anywhere in Chicago area)
o Guest Sign in Book featuring your engagement pictures
o Digital images from engagement session
o Online viewing gallery for engagement & wedding pictures for 90 days
o 2 Photographers for day of wedding (1 lead and 1 assistant/secondary photographer)
o Digital Imagess (800-900 of days best images)
o Album/Print Credit
TWELVE HOURS PLUS – $5,600 || {$5,200 for 1 Photographer}
o Complimentary Engagement Session (90 minute session anywhere in Chicago area)
o Guest Sign in Book featuring your engagement pictures
o Digital images from engagement session
o Rehearsal Dinner Coverage OR Day/Week after Session (Up to 3 Hours of coverage)
o 2 Photographers for day of wedding (1 lead and 1 assistant/secondary photographer)
o Online viewing gallery for engagement & wedding & day after session images for 90 days
o Digital Images (900-1000 of wedding day/rehearsal dinner/day/week after session best
images)
o Album/Print Credit

Photographer 2:

THE BLACK LABEL  $6500
  • Unlimited coverage
  • Lead and second shooter
  • DVD of wedding images
  • Custom website with photo sharing
  • Online delivery of wedding day photos
  • Online print ordering for high quality, archival prints
  • Photo booth at reception – custom website to share photos
  • Custom wedding album
  • Two parent photo books
  • Engagement session
PLATINUM   $4500
  • 8 hours of coverage
  • Lead and second shooter
  • DVD available for additional $250 purchase
  • Custom wedding website for image sharing and details
  • Online print ordering for high quality, archival prints
  • Engagement session
GOLD   $3500
  • 6 hours of coverage
  • Lead photographer
  • Online print ordering for high quality, archival prints
Photographer 3:

Our all-inclusive wedding package includes: 10 hours of wedding day documentary, assistant photographer, online gallery, hi-res digital files on disk, and an engagement session. Clients generally spend anywhere from $3500 to $5000. We are only available for 20 commissioned weddings in order to give our couples the extra personal attention they deserve.

All-inclusive wedding coverage starts @ $3600.00

Looking at the price is a good way to gauge if the photographer you are swooning over, is the right photographer for you. It is also helpful to look at what is included in the price they are asking for.  Something that brides forget to take into consideration is their album.  While most photographers will add a credit towards an album, they don’t all purchase the same album from the same company. Make sure you know what kind of album you will be receiving from each photographer you interview.

Now that you know how much wedding photographers cost, if you are in need of finding any other vendors for your wedding, Visions can help.  We have many different planning packages that will fit with any brides needs.

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