"Are you reasonable?"

Determining how much to spend on a wedding photographer depends on several factors, including your budget, the level of expertise you desire, and the quality of the final product you expect. While it's essential to stay within your budget, it's also crucial to recognize the value of hiring a skilled professional to capture your special day! Here are a few considerations to help you determine a reasonable budget for your wedding photographer.

1. Market Rates

Rates can vary significantly depending on location, the photographer's experience, and the services offered. Keep in mind that established photographers may charge higher rates, but they often deliver exceptional service. The average hourly rate is $350-$800 for wedding photographers in the US. State sales tax is also a factor.

I work more hours than most do at weddings. I also work about 10 hrs for every 1 hr of shooting. When you add up all those hours, you can see why my wedding packages are affordable.

2. Quality vs. Budget

While it may be tempting to opt for the cheapest photographer available, remember that you often get what you pay for. Investing in a skilled and pleasant photographer can make a significant difference in the outcome of your photos and memories!

I recommend putting 15-20% of your wedding budget towards photography. You'll want good pictures long after you've had the cake...

3. Services Included

When comparing photographers' prices, consider what services are included in their packages. Some photographers may offer additional services, whereas others only offer shooting. Evaluate these offerings and determine their value to you when making your decision.

I offer more than the average photographer usually includes. Engagement session? Yes. Gorgeous photo album? Yes. Even more? Yes!

4. Negotiation

Don't be afraid to negotiate. Some photographers may be willing to customize their packages or offer discounts for off-peak wedding dates or shorter coverage hours. One way you can save money with me, is by choosing to pay in full - I offer a huge discount for doing so!

Ultimately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how much you should spend on a wedding photographer. But if you invest with me, I'll make sure your DAY ONE is captured in a way you'll cherish forever.

And that's priceless.

Invest in the best!