Wedding Photography Prices and Packages Ireland

Wedding Photography Packages and Prices for Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Westmeath, Wicklow, Louth, Kilkenny, Carlow and Ireland.Wedding Photography Packages and Prices in Dublin and Ireland. Wedding Photography Packages and Prices for Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Westmeath, Wicklow, Louth, Kilkenny, Carlow and Ireland.

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Affordable Cost Effective Prices For Wedding Photography Packages from €849 to €1499 for Dublin, Meath, Louth, Kildare, Wicklow, Westmeath, Kilkenny and Ireland

The most common questions that pop up on facebook groups, wedding websites and google are:
How much does it cost for a wedding photographer in Ireland?
What is the average price for a wedding photographer?
What's the difference between a photographer for €500 and €3000?
How do I choose a wedding photographer?
What questions should I ask a wedding photographer?
What is included in a Wedding Photography Package?
Will I spend my whole day posing for photos?


When you hire a photographer for your wedding the most important thing to consider is does the photographer's approach match what you want on the day and is their style of photography something you like. Any photographer can take a great photo on occassion and put together a highlights gallery that looks amazing. However what you need is consistently amazing photos all day. At the bottom of this page I go into a lot more detail about this if you need some more information. Please click here.

The main reason why there is a difference in prices for wedding photographers is experience. Someone beginning being a professional photographer will be cheaper than someone with years of experience. However you will probably have a less professional experience from beginning to end and on the day will have more intrusion to get the shots the photographer wants to get.
An experienced photographer will be able to get amazing shots without you even noticing making the photography on the day run as smoothly as possible and letting you enjoy your wedding day with your partner, family and guests.

On the page below I go through my approach to wedding photography and what you can expect from different wedding packages with prices. I believe prices should be listed on a photographer's website and a couple can consider the packages without any pressure from the photographer. No hidden extras or surprises, just great wedding photos in a relaxed stress free environment with an experienced photographer with hundreds of weddings under his belt and a guarantee that your photos are backed up for a full 12 months from the date of the ceremony. Don't believe me then please have a look at the testimonials below.

  I am happy to answer any questions you may have about pricing and packages available
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Wedding Photographer Testimonials From Previous Couples

Testimonial from Hannah and Karl, Wedding in Langton's Kilkenny
(Featured in RSVP Magazine)

"We are so thrilled we booked Simon for our wedding. Absolute pleasure to deal with, such a gentleman with a laid back approach. He was friendly, polite, non-invasive and not fussy at all on the day and the final results are brilliant. We are delighted with them."

Wedding Photographer Testimonial, Hannah and Karl, Langton's KilkennyWedding Photographer TestimonialHannah and Karl, Langton's Kilkenny. "We are so thrilled we booked Simon"


Testimonial from Jacqueline and Sean, Wedding in Dublin City Hall, Iveagh Gardens
and The Castleknock Hotel, Dublin.

(Featured in RSVP Magazine)

"Wedding photos look amazing!! Such a great thing to look back on in years to come for us 😊
Thanks so much for doing that for us"

Wedding Photography Testimonial, Dublin City Hall. Relaxed Fun Creative Wedding PhotosWedding Photography Testimonial, Dublin City HallRelaxed Fun Creative Wedding Photos

Testimonial from Jacinta and Lorna, Wedding in Kippure Estate, Co. Wicklow

(Featured in RSVP Magazine)

"We love the wedding photos and they are everything we wanted so from both of us ,
thank u so much for capturing the moments :) "

Jacinta and Lorna Wedding Photographer Testimonial, Kippure Estate, WicklowJacinta and Lorna Wedding Photographer TestimonialKippure Estate, Wicklow. "We love the pictures"

My Approach to Wedding Photography 

Every couple is different and unique. I try to capture your personalities and emotions on your day. I am always looking for that simple look or unique smile we all have that define us and capture it in a natural way. That means letting you enjoy and experience the emotions of your big day and me being as unobtrusive as possible. Your wedding will be emotional, full of fun and laughter with friends and family. It’s the best day of your life. You don't want to be spending ages posing for staged and awkward photos.

I focus on capturing authentic moments in a natural and relaxing way. There will be so many memories created on your wedding day and I am there to capture them for you. And the best bit, most of the time you won't even realise I am there. Call it Relaxed, Natural, Documentary Style Wedding Photography. I often hear from other couples at weddings how they spent ages at their own wedding posing for photos and dragged off to locations they didn't want and it took up a lot of their day. To put it bluntly I don't do that. I discuss with you before the wedding what you want and on the day that's what we do and if you need advice or guidance I am happy to help.

I got a love of photography from my Dad at a very young age. He was the family photographer. I always loved photos and when I inherited his camera it opened up a whole new world for me. As I have a love for music I used it at concerts and also developed a love of street photography. In both cases I had no control over what was happening and had to work hard and quickly in the moment to get the right shot. A little bit like weddings :)

On a trip to Cuba many years ago I was able to indulge my passion for photography traveling the country and being away from my then Monday to Friday corporate life. When I came back to Dublin I decided I needed to work full time as a photographer and so many years later here I am

Actually that's Rebecca below. I don't look that good in a wedding dress :)

If you're really curious there's a selfie at the bottom of this page if you're curious. I'm the one on the left!

Wedding Photography Packages and Prices Dublin, Meath, Louth, Wicklow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Carlow, Offaly and Ireland. Packages to Suit All Budgets covering the part of the Day to the Whole Day. Bridal Prep, Ceremony, Drinks Reception, Dinner, Speeches and The First DanceWedding Photography Packages and Prices Dublin, Meath, Louth, Wicklow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Carlow, Offaly and Ireland Packages to Suit All Budgets covering the part of the Day to the Whole Day. Bridal Prep, Ceremony, Drinks Reception, Dinner, Speeches and The First Dance


Wedding Photography Packages

The Wedding Photography Packages start  with "The Essential's" Package. This covers arriving at the Ceremony through to arriving at the Reception. The "Contemporary (Half Day)" Wedding Photography Package includes the bride preparation in the morning before the ceremony at home or the wedding venue depending and the "First Dance(s) (Full Day)" Wedding Photography Package covers the whole day from the preparation in the morning until the first four or five dances in the evening when everyone is on the dance floor. These three packages tend to suit most couples but if it doesn't then please get in touch as no package is set in stone and a specific package can be tailored for your needs and a Wedding Album can be added to any package from €300.

The Essential's Wedding Photography Package

Photography Coverage from the Wedding Ceremony to Arriving at the Reception
(€849 Monday - Wednesday, €949 Thursday - Sunday)

 If you working on a budget or having a smaller more intimate wedding then why not choose the Essentials Wedding Photography Package. This package covers the most important parts of your day from arriving at the wedding ceremony until you sit down for dinner that evening.

The Essentials Wedding Photography Package from €849. Wedding Photography Package for those smaller more intimate weddings or couples working on a budget. Capturing the most important parts of the wedding day covering arriving at the ceremony until being seated for dinner.The Essentials Wedding Photography Package €849/€949Wedding photography package for those smaller more intimate weddings or couples working on a budget. Capturing the most important parts of the wedding day covering arriving at the ceremony until being seated for dinner.

The Essentials Wedding Photography Package Includes:

Pre-Wedding Day Consultation to Discuss Your Requirements
Bride Arriving at the Ceremony Venue
Wedding Ceremony Photographs
Bridal Party Photos, Group Photos and Bride and Groom photos.
The Drinks Reception
Arrival at the Wedding Reception
The Bride and Groom Cutting the Cake Before the Reception
Candid and Social Shots of you and your Guests

Arrival at the meal until you sit down for dinner

An Online Gallery of at least 150 Colour and Black and White Photographs for you to Share with your Friends and Family via Social Media.
A Slideshow Presentation is also available of your Wedding Photographs for easy viewing and sharing.

All Images in High Resolution Fully Edited & Ready to Print and Supplied to you via an Online Cloud Downloading Service. You get a link via email and when you click it your images will download to your laptop or desktop
Backup of your images for 12 months from the date of your wedding


On the day the emphasis is on you enjoying your day maximising the amount of time with your guests with the photography being captured in a friendly, discreet and relaxed manner.


A 30x30cm 10 Spreads/20 Page Wedding Album can be added  from €300


The Contemporary (Half Day) Wedding Photography Package

Photography Coverage from the Bride Preparation to Arriving at The Reception - Only €1199

This is a very popular package starting in the morning with the bride getting ready with her maid of honour, bridesmaids and family. It captures the amount of care and thought put into all the details of the bride preparation and then follows on to cover the ceremony and everything after until the couple arrive into the reception when they sit down for dinner.

Wedding Photography Package that Covers from the Bride Preparation, the Wedding Ceremony to The Newly Married Couple Sitting Down for their Meal for only €1199Contemporary Digital Wedding Photography Package from only €1199Wedding Photography Package that Covers from the Bride Preparation, the Wedding Ceremony to The Newly Married Couple Sitting Down for their Meal.

The Contemporary (Half Day) Wedding Photography Package Includes:

Pre-Wedding Day Consultation to Discuss Your Requirements
Photographs of the Bride Getting Ready with the Bridesmaids and Family approx 90 -120 mins before the ceremony.
Photographs of the Groom Getting Ready with the Best Man and Groomsmen if they are in the Same Venue as the Bride.
Bride Arriving at the Ceremony Venue
Wedding Ceremony Photographs
The Drinks Reception
Bridal Party Photos, Group Photos and Bride and Groom photos.
Arrival at the Wedding Reception
The Bride and Groom Cutting the Cake Before the Reception
Candid and Social Shots of you and your Guests
Arrival at the meal until you sit down for dinner


An Online Gallery of at least 225 Colour and Black and White Photographs for you to Share with your Friends and Family via Social Media.
A Slideshow Presentation is also available of your Wedding Photographs for easy viewing and sharing.
All Images in High Resolution Fully Edited & Ready to Print and Supplied to you via an Online Cloud Downloading Service. You get a link via email and when you click it your images will download to your laptop or desktop
Backup of your images for 12 months from the date of your wedding

A 30x30cm 10 Spreads/20 Page Wedding Album can be added  from €300

On the day the emphasis is on you enjoying your wedding day maximising the amount of time with your guests with the photography being captured in a friendly, discreet and relaxed manner.
 

Click the Photo Below for a Full Gallery Real Wedding Example of the Contemporary Digital Wedding Photography Package


Testimonal From Jennifer, Tankardstown House, Meath

From the first contact with Simon everything was so easy. We knew he would be the perfect photographer for our wedding. Simon discreetly snapped away and got some fantastic photos from the morning of my bridal party and me getting ready. We wanted some posed photos of family and wedding party which turned out perfect, just how we wanted them however Simon continued to take pics in between theses shots and got some really great pictures. We couldn't have picked a more suitable photographer for our wedding. Throughout the day he blended in to the scene perfectly. We couldn't fault him at all and are thrilled with our wedding photos.


Wedding Photography Packages and Prices Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth, Westmeath, Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny and the rest of Ireland. Contemporary Wedding Photography Package Full Gallery From Bride Preparation to Arriving at the Wedding Reception. https://www.simonpearephotography.com/wedding-photography-packages-and-pricesContemporary Wedding Photography Package Full Gallery From Bride Preparation to Arriving at the Wedding ReceptionWedding Photography Packages and Prices Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth, Westmeath, Wicklow, Carlow, Kilkenny and the rest of Ireland


The First Dance(s) (Full Day) Wedding Photography Package

Photography Coverage from the Bride Preparation to the First Dance(s) - Only €1499

This package covers it all. It is the one to get if you want to document and record the complete wedding day. From the bride getting ready in the morning all the way through to the first four or five dances that night. This package helps capture you and your guests in a more relaxed mood as the night goes on. The formal parts of the day are over and now you can relax and enjoy yourselves with your guests.

When I cover the first dance at a wedding I normally stay for the first four or five dances. This then gets not only the Bride and Groom's first dance but also their guests on the dance floor capturing the atmosphere of the night.

The First Dance Wedding Photography Package Covers the Whole Day for €1499. Prep in the Morning, Through Arriving at The Ceremony, The Drinks Reception, Family and Bridal Photos, Arriving into Dinner, The Speeches and The First Dance as a Married Couple as well as the Bridal Party and Family and Friends getting up to DanceThe First Dance Wedding Photography Package Covers the Whole Day for €1499Capturing the Whole Day from The Bridal Prep in the Morning, Through Arriving at The Ceremony, The Drinks Reception, Family and Bridal Photos, Arriving into Dinner, The Speeches and The First Dance as a Married Couple as well as the Bridal Party and Family and Friends getting up to Dance

The First Dance(s) Wedding Photography Package Includes:

Pre-Wedding Day Consultation to Discuss Your Requirements
Photographs of the Bride Getting Ready with the Bridesmaids and Family approx 90 -120 mins before the ceremony.

Photographs of the Groom Getting Ready with the Best Man and Groomsmen if they are in the Same Venue as the Bride.
Wedding Ceremony Photographs
The Drinks Reception
Bridal Party Photos, Group Photos and Bride and Groom photos.
Arrival at the Wedding Reception
The Bride and Groom Cutting the Cake Before the Reception
Candid and Social Shots of you and your Guests

The Speeches
Any other reception entertainment that may be provided such as a Magician/Hypnotist/Comedian etc

The First Dance(s) Typically the First 4 or 5 Dances Until Everyone is on the Dance Floor

An Online Gallery of at least 350 Colour and Black and White Photographs for you to Share with your Friends and Family via Social Media.
A Slideshow Presentation is also available of your Wedding Photographs for easy viewing and sharing

All Images in High Resolution Fully Edited & Ready to Print and Supplied to you via an Online Cloud Downloading Service.
Backup of your images for 12 months from the date of your wedding


If staying for the first dance I would ask if a meal could be provided from the bar menu.

Bride Getting Ready and also Feeding The PhotographerPhotographers Need to Eat TooThe Life of a Wedding Photographer

On the day the emphasis is on you enjoying your wedding day maximising the amount of time with your guests with the photography being captured in a friendly, discreet and relaxed manner.

A 30x30cm 10 Spreads/20 Page Wedding Album can be added  from €300

Click the Photo Below for a Full Gallery Real Wedding Example of the First Dance(s) Wedding Photography Package

Wedding Photography Packages and Prices Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow, Westmeath, Carlow, Kilkenny and the Rest of Ireland. The First Dance(s) Wedding Photography Package Full Gallery from Bride Preparation to the first few dances as Husband and WifeThe First Dance(s) Wedding Photography Package Full Gallery from Bride Preparation to the first few dances as Husband and WifeWedding Photography Packages and Prices Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow, Westmeath, Carlow, Kilkenny and the Rest of Ireland

 


"We had Simon do our wedding photos and he was amazing. He’s such a lovely man to deal with we knew we wanted him from the very first message he sent. He went above and beyond at our wedding"

- Testimonial From Niamh, Curracloe, Wexford


Wedding Photography Price List Summary June 2022

The Essentials Wedding Photography Package price is €849/€949
The Contemporary (Half Day) Wedding Photography Package price is €1199
The First Dance(s) Wedding Photography Package price is €1499

Wedding Albums from €300

Deposit/Booking Fee Required to secure your date is only €199

All Prices are based on venues within 120 minutes driving time of Dublin City. Generally it will cover Meath, Louth, Kildare, Laois, Galway, Offaly, Cavan, Wicklow, Waterford, Wexford, Westmeath, Carlow and Kilkenny
If your venue is a little further please get in touch for a competitive quote.
There is a Nominal Charge to Cover Travel Expenses if Your Venue is Greater Than 120 Minutes From Dublin


If you have further requests after the final images are delivered that require photoshop such as including or removing items or people in or out of images or requiring adding layers to an image these will be discussed and charged separately.

Dates are only secured on payment of a non refundable deposit/booking fee and the returning of the booking form.
All Quotes are valid for 7 days

Are There Any Hidden Extras?
No - Everything you will pay is outlined above.


So I Would Like to Book you as our Wedding Photographer. What Do I Do?

If you decide to go ahead and book me to photograph your wedding please get in touch at [email protected] or phone/text + 353 86 8137668 and we can work out which package suits you best.


After that I will send you a short online booking form to fill out (takes about 2 minutes) that details everything we have discussed. As bookings for wedding photography can be made years in advance it is better to have everything that was agreed in writing so when we talk before the wedding we can both refer back to the booking form.

After you return the booking form filled in with the relevant details and paid a small deposit your date will be secured.

Congratulations you have now booked a Photographer!

Photograph of groomsmen jumping for joy on a sunny day used as a title header for the section booking a wedding photographerSo you have booked a Photographer for your WeddingCongratulations You've Done It!


Wedding Albums

So you have picked the perfect wedding photography package for you. Would you like to to have a physical album to remember your wedding day? Would you like me to organise this for you?

Wedding Albums are very personal to each couple and should be treated as such. For couples who want to have one I work with them and their budget to create a bespoke album. There are so many options for every budget I don't believe in trying to fit everyone into the same box.


After your wedding if you decide to create an album I can help you with this. I believe it is only at this stage you can truly decide which images you want to put into your album. After you have seen your wedding images I will ask you to pick the ones you want to put into an album and outline your approximate budget. I will then give you the best options available. From here we can refine the album until we get the album you want. This gives you control of your wedding album from start to finish.


Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my Wedding Photography Packages.
If you would like to see some more general information about my wedding photography please have a look here Wedding Photographer Dublin
 


 

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How Do I Pick a Great Wedding Photographer
and Why Can it be SO Expensive
?

How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost in Ireland? Everyone at a Wedding has a Camera. Why Bother Paying a Professional Wedding Photographer. They Can Be So Expensive!!How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost in Ireland?Everyone at a Wedding has a Camera. Why Bother Paying a Professional Wedding Photographer. They Can Be So Expensive!!

 

So you have seen above options for packages and I wanted to explain why wedding photography can be one of the more expensive items on a couples list when planning a wedding and how to pick a good one and get the best value for your money. From the outset I am obviously biased but I hope to give an impartial view of what a wedding photographer does which might help explain the cost and when picking a wedding photographer some guidance on how to avoid the cowboys. 

When a couple is planning a wedding they have the choice of getting a friend to do it or for all the guests to share their images with the couple and then they can pick the best or if they choose to hire a wedding photographer they will see they need a budget anywhere between €400 and €4000. 

Option 1: Friends and Family Doing the Photos at your Wedding

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Let's start with the family and friends option. You're thinking I am going to knock this but I'm not!. It is a perfectly valid option. We are just out of a pandemic and lots of people are hurting financially so budgets can be tight. Couples also sometimes want a small intimate wedding and the memory of the day is enough.

The difference between getting a professional and having a friend (Assuming they are not a pro wedding photographer....then you've struck gold) do the photography is this. The friend may have attended a lot of weddings as a guest but wouldn't have the experience of a professional. They will turn up and capture what is happening and will likely get some nice shots. They wouldn't know the pitfalls of what can go wrong. For Example in church weddings it is very important to speak to the priest and ask where they are comfortable for the photographer to go. I have had every answer from "Do what you need to do" to "Don't step past this point" and everything between.  

After the ceremony is the time for Family Photos. I have yet to meet a family that doesn't have a good proportion of the guests roll their eyes at this point. They're having a drink and having fun and the dreaded photographer is now going to ruin their buzz. A pro will deal with this in good humor and in their stride and get all the shots needed quickly so everyone can get back to the fun. An amateur will take longer and will lack the experience of getting people into position to get the shot done quickly.

After the family photos usually the couple will get some portraits done alone. Again a professional photographer will have picked a nice spot and will get the shots done quickly and get the couple back to the party.

Later in the evening when the dancing starts most amateur equipment can't handle dark rooms with flashing lights and guests dancing. We have all seen the blurry, grainy images on social media. This is the most challenging part of the day from a photography point of view and only the best equipment will produce a satisfactory result. 

After the wedding the friend may give you the cards out of the camera or download them for you and send them to you. A professional will curate the images to select the best ones and then individually edit the ones chosen to bring out the best in them. This is the most time consuming part of photographing a wedding and producing a professional looking result.

If you understand the above and appreciate a friend is unlikely to produce the quality a professional will and are happy with that then go for it.


Option 2: Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer

Why Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer? Not Everything Might Go To Plan On Your Wedding Day but You Might Get a Great Photo From It With a Professional Photographer on Your SideWhy Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer?Not Everything Might Go To Plan On Your Wedding Day but You Might Get a Great Photo From It With a Professional Photographer on Your Side

Not everything might go to plan on your wedding day but if you decide to hire a professional wedding photographer you should be guaranteed picking someone with great experience, great testimonials and a large portfolio of previous work to give you comfort in your choice. It is hard to hide on the internet these days so if you do a little research you can weed out the cowboys.

6 Steps to Picking a Great Wedding Photographer

Step 1: Shortlist 5 photographers that you have seen and like their work

Step 2: Email them and check availability on your date (Tip: If someone takes forever to reply to an email beware as you don't want the stress that can produce close to a wedding)


Step 3: Check Independent Testimonials: All photographers will put great testimonials on their own website. Check testimonials on their Google My Business page, Facebook Page, Weddingsonline.ie etc These will give you a more complete picture of who you are dealing with

Step 4: Get a detailed package and price list. Understand exactly what you are paying for. Some photographers bundle everything into a package (Eg 2 photographers, a main album for the couple, parents albums etc) Some offer the photography as a stand alone and you can add on the extras. Don't pay for anything you don't want just because it is part of the package. Ask if it can be reduced if you don't need everything offered.

Step 5: View several full wedding galleries they have done. If you are considering a package that will produce 300 images then ask to see a gallery from a similar wedding with 300 images. Don't accept a highlights gallery of 50 or 60.

Step 6: Have a chat. The couple will spend  a lot of time with the photographer on the day. Make sure you get on. This will give you confidence and help you relax on the day which in turn helps the photographer get the best shots. If you are happy with all the above then you are probably ready to hire your photographer

 

Always Make Sure When Hiring a Wedding Photographer

1. Get everything agreed in writing. A professional will insist on it anyway
2. Understand what you are paying for. This should always be in the contract or booking form
3. Understand what happens if something goes wrong. EG is the deposit refundable or can it be transferred to a new date

4. Great Independent Testimonials. (Hint: On my own website I can write whatever i want but mine are true, honestly)
5. Good communication from the photographer. Personally I think 24 hours to answer an email is plenty and can often be a lot less. Silences can cause stress to couples which can be easily avoided

 

Things to avoid in Hiring A Wedding Photographer

1. Anyone who guarantees a turnaround within a few days. Individually editing hundreds of images can be done in a couple of days but it is not advised.
2. Anyone who does not offer post production on the images.
3. Anyone who tries to find out the size of your wedding or budget before giving you a price. If you want a photographer from prep until the 1st dance it makes little difference to the photographer if there is 25 guests or 250 guests
4. Vague testimonials. We have all seen them on websites of all kinds
5. Only being shown highlights galleries
6. When a contract/booking form with terms and conditions attached is not offered

So Why Can Hiring a Professional Wedding Photographer Be So Expensive

Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer and Get Amazing Images. An Investment for Yourself and Future GenerationsHire a Professional Wedding Photographer and Get Amazing ImagesAn Investment for Yourself and Future Generations

So bringing it back to the cost of all this. I am going to ignore all the items usually trotted out such as equipment, insurance, fuel etc and base it on the number of hours put into a wedding.

A professional wedding photographer will spend at least a couple of hours dealing with the couple before the day including emails, meetings, sending contracts and showing previous work etc. On the day there is usually an hours traveling time each way to and from the wedding. For a full day prep could start at 10:30am and the first dance can easily start at 10:00pm with the photographer leaving at 10:30pm. So this is 16 hours work in total which is what most people think the wedding photographer does for their money. I wish :) 

After the day the photographer will upload and back up all the images. Then the fun begins. Typically a full day wedding will produce between 1600 - 2000 images. The first job is to bring that number down to what amount you said you would deliver. For me that is normally around 350 - 450. This takes approximately 2-3 hours. Then each of the 350-450 images needs to be edited individually. No matter what presets a photographer uses an image will always look better going in and individually editing it. Even if each image takes 2 minutes to edit that is another almost 12 hours work. So in total for a full day wedding a photographer will put in approximately 30 hours work. So if you divide the price of your package (After you take out albums/USB Boxes etc) and divide it by 30 you will see why wedding photography can be expensive

So with all that in mind why do some photographers charge €400 and some €4000. Well let's start with the €400. It can be an option. Most photographers were there at the start of their career. I certainly was. I was a professional photographer that worked for magazines and newspapers and corporate clients but had never done weddings and at the time I advertised a package outlining I had no wedding photography experience but showed the quality of other work I had done. I got a few bookings from couples that weren't going to have a photographer but took a chance. They got a budget package and I got the start of a wedding portfolio. So don't rule it out but understand there is a risk involved.

Next you have the majority of  Wedding Photographers that charge between €1100 and €1700 for a full day from prep until the first few dances. The difference can be in the level of experience they have. How much they are in demand and is there any extras included in the package such as a luxury wooden box for the USB key or a significant amount more images delivered etc

Then there is the a the group that charge over €2000. These can vary from a photographer that has a day job and wants to limit the amount of weddings they shoot during the year as it is a supplement to a full time job. Simple law of economics, price goes up and demand goes down and they are happy to hold out for the couples that really love their work and are happy to pay a premium for it.

In this group there are also photographers that are in very high demand with decades of experience and have worked their price up to this point and know the amount of weddings they want to shoot in a year and have delivered quality work to couples for that time and new couples are happy and confident in the service and quality they will get. In this group you will also usually find it will include a second shooter, albums and prints of some sort.

I hope that gives you some background but feel free to get in touch if you want to have a chat

 

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