How to keep your wedding photography costs down

Couples are often surprised at the cost of hiring a professional wedding photographer. If you’re looking to reduce your photography costs, here are a few options to consider:

  • Pick a date during the ‘off-season’ - many photographers (and venues) will offer lower rates and/or incentives for weddings during the off-season
  • Reduce the hours of coverage - if those ‘getting ready’ or ‘dance floor’ photos aren’t important to you, consider hiring a photographer only for the most anticipated moments
  • Avoid additional travel costs by hiring a photographer in your area (or one that doesn’t charge travel fees)
  • Hiring an aspiring wedding photographer can save you some money but it does come with a bit of extra risk. If you’re considering this option, look for up & coming photographers who have at least been a ‘second shooter’ at a wedding or have event photography experience. Check out my blog post on important questions to ask your photographer
  • Skip the professionally designed album & go with the digital files only. If your photography package includes high res photos with print rights then you can look at DIY options for albums, prints, canvas, etc.
  • Skip the second shooter or photography assistant. Some photographers prefer to work in duos/teams but most of them are also open to working solo. I work solo 90% of the time. For large weddings (175+ guests) and elaborate celebrations, I recommend having a second shooter and/or assistant(s).
  • Don’t tip your photographer! See earlier blog post on this topic

Have something to add? Share your tips & advice in the comments!

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