What does a wedding photographer cost?

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Costs wedding photographer

Costs wedding photographer

The wedding photographer plays an important role at your wedding. Photos are shot that you will look back on with pleasure for years to come. In this article, we discuss the question: what does a wedding photographer cost?

Price factors

The average price of a suitable wedding photographer is about 15% of the full wedding cost. This works out to 15% of €15000 this is €2250 on average. This falls higher or lower based on several factors. We will discuss the most important ones.

The photographer

A well-known, experienced wedding photographer charges more for his services than an inexperienced hobby photographer. In this case, you pay more for experience and expertise and this is reflected in the wedding photos.


The season in which you get married also (often) affects the price. During the high season (May to September), wedding photographers are busy.

Costs wedding photographer


It is an obvious, yet important price factor: Time. The more hours you hire the wedding photographer, the more you pay.

Travel costs

Travel costs can also affect the price. Some wedding photographers pay for travel costs themselves, while others ask for a fee. In the latter case, the price can be quite high if you hire a photographer on the other side of the country. Therefore, check if you have to take care of the travel expenses yourself.


Each photographer determines his rates in a different way. We often see photographers using the systems below.

A la carte

With an A la Carte system, a photographer works with a fixed hourly rate to which you can buy most products and services separately. As a result, the hourly rate is relatively low, but the price can still rise considerably when ordering different services. Think of post-processing and creating an album.

Package prices

Many wedding photographers work with package prices. This is often an A, B, C package. In this, for A you get the least and for C you get the most. Think photography hours and any photo albums.

All inclusive

A less popular way of pricing is the system we use ourselves. This is the so-called All inclusive package. With this package, all services are included in the hourly rate. Think of all hours of post-processing, processing the photos, creating a wedding album and a travel allowance. At first, the hourly rate seems high, but because all services are included, the costs are the same, or even cheaper, than with other price systems.

Why invest in a wedding photographer?

Hiring a wedding photographer is a good investment. You only get married once and before you know it, your beautiful day will be over! With beautiful, high-quality wedding pictures you can reminisce and enjoy this beautiful day for years to come. It is important that you are happy with the photos and do not stare at a small, mediocre photo selection with a 'what-if' feeling.

Costs wedding photographer

Budgetproof wedding photography

You can also save on the cost of a wedding photographer. You can choose to hire a cheap hobby photographer. For the hobby photographer, this is a cool exercise from which he or she will learn a lot and for you, this is a cheaper option. Unfortunately, hiring a hobby photographer does involve some risks. Of course, you can assume that the photographer is fully committed to creating a beautiful reportage. Still, there is a chance that the photos may not meet your requirements. Perhaps they were shot at the wrong time or poorly exposed. This, of course, is a shame; the wedding day don't do you over.

Why invest in professional wedding photography?

Engaging a professional wedding photographer brings many benefits. It is an investment, but you get a lot in return! Below, we discuss the biggest benefits of professional wedding photographers.


A wedding photographer deals with weddings on a daily basis. He or she knows exactly what works and what doesn't in photographs. Think about lighting, timing, compositions, but also communication. A professional knows exactly how to put people at ease and, in posed photos, knows how and where to stand. Much attention is paid to capturing the atmosphere and the couple's requests and ideas are professionally addressed. Because of the skill, you will receive the assurance of wedding pictures that meet your expectations and ideas.

Professional finishing

A professional wedding photographer has a lot of experience in post-processing wedding photos. Most hobby photographers do not. Of course, there are always hobby photographers who know a lot about this, but there are also photographers who deliver unedited photos. This is a shame. To guarantee professionally edited photos, it is best to rely on a professional photographer.

Back-up network

Many professional wedding photographers have a back-up network. Unlike with a hobby photographer, you don't have to be at a loss when the photographer breaks down.

Spotting the best moments

A wedding is beautiful, but hectic. All sorts of things happen at once. Some family members see each other for the first time in years, the venue is admired and lots of hugs are exchanged. A professional wedding photographer is experienced multitasker. He or she knows how to spot and capture all the beautiful moments. As a result, no beautiful moments are lost and all beautiful moments are captured. The emotions are guaranteed to splash off the photos!

Technical knowledge

A professional wedding photographer, through experience and methodology, has gained a lot of technical knowledge of light and equipment. Even if a hobby photographer has the latest equipment at his disposal, this unfortunately does not guarantee good photos. It is the knowledge and experience that makes a photo shine.

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About the Author: Justin Manders

Thanks for reading this article! Above all, let me know what you want to see. You can see my entire portfolio view. In my opinion, I have the most fun profession in the world. Together with Nathalie, I have been photographing for just over seven years now and I have learned the most by getting to know many people. I think the camera is just a tool and it is the people who make the photo.
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  1. bob 13 August 2022 at 01:58 - Reply

    cool photos though

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