Finding a wedding photographer can be a tricky business! I know when I got married in 2017, even as a wedding professional myself, I found choosing a photographer who was priced right for us, and who’s style I loved, such a confusing process.
So I wanted to write a little about the how’s, what’s and why’s of wedding photography prices in 2019-2020 and hopefully shed some light on this mind-boggling topic.
What is the Average Cost of a UK Wedding Photographer?
According to an industry survey by YPWP, the average cost for wedding photography in the UK from 2017 - 2018 was £1480.
However, there is a HUGE range in wedding photography pricing in the UK, starting from day coverage at around £500 and going up well into the thousands of pounds.
Why are Wedding Photography prices so different?
Unfortunately, with photography, there is no set industry standard pricing. Each photographer charges what they feel they need to charge to successfully run their business. Since the popularity of digital SLR cameras and preset filters, almost anyone can get a good photo, given the right timing and lighting. There is a lot of competition and a lot of confusion about what is a fair price for photography.
When you choose a wedding photographer, essentially you get what you pay for. You can ask a friend or family member or a new wedding photographer to shoot your day on the cheap, but you run the risk of falling foul of their inexperience. Weddings are notorious for difficult lighting conditions, things happening quickly, people running late and many other unforeseeable issues. An experienced photographer can deal quickly with these potential problems, has knowledge of their equipment to get great photos despite the conditions and will be able to deliver a beautiful collection of images after the wedding.
Why is Wedding Photography so Expensive?
Wedding Photography always sounds very expensive, specially when you see that it is only for 8 or 10 hours of the actual day. However, the photography part is only the very tip of the iceberg. Before the wedding, there is a lot of time spent emailing, answering questions and even helping with timeline planning. On the day there is travel time, as well as the time spent at the wedding. After the wedding day, your photographer has to back up all the photos, select the best ones, and spend a couple of days editing. Not to mention the costs of marketing, websites, products (albums, USB sticks etc), training courses and equipment.
When you hire a wedding photographer, you are not only hiring them to take photos, you are paying for their expertise, their knowledge of weddings and the industry and their confidence that they can do a good job and provide you with long lasting memories of your special day. The images they can create will be priceless after the wedding day, and it is so worthwhile making sure you get the right person for the job.
How do you choose a Photographer?
As a wedding photographer myself, I still found this such a difficult part of the planning when I got married! There are so many wonderful photographers out there, so how do you choose someone that will suit you? Here are my top 5 tips:
First and foremost, think about the kind of day you are planning. Are you going to be having lots of vintage details and muted colours, or a more traditional event, or are you going for a bright, festival style outdoor wedding? Once you know your wedding style, you can start to look for photographers that compliment that style. Consider how they edit the photos, what kind of moments they capture and the expressions on people’s faces.
Make a shortlist of 2 or 3 photographers whose style you like and arrange a time to have a chat with them. You will have lots of interaction with your wedding photographer, especially on the wedding day, so you need to make sure that your personalities fit and that you get on well.
Ask around friends and family who have recently got married - word of mouth is a great way to find a trusted wedding photographer.
Ask to have a look at a couple of full wedding shoots from each photographer - see what kind of moments they have captured and how they shot the day as a whole. This will give you a better idea of the kind of images you can expect from your own wedding day.
Finally, the right photographer should make you feel more excited about your wedding, should be able to inspire you with ideas and should make you feel relaxed and confident in their ability to capture your vision.
I hope this has helped make choosing the right photographer for you a little easier.
A wedding shoot with me starts at £1200. If you like my images, please feel to get in touch for a chat and to see if we are a good fit.