Wedding photography: how much do you charge your first time?

Wedding photography: tips for charging clients your first time

Wedding photography: tips for charging clients your first time

Image copyright Brett Harkness

Plenty of people in full-time employment do a few odd jobs on the side from time to time but, when it comes to making the most of your camera skills, wedding photography offers much more than just a bit on the side. Indeed, wedding photography is a responsibility that nobody should undertake lightly. No matter how grand the big day is itself, the wedding photos are really the only memento that lasts.

Not only will the newly-weds want to show off top-quality photos to their friends and families over the weeks ahead, but they’ll also want to show them to their children and grandchildren in decades to come.

In short, as a wedding photographer, you need to get it right.

But we all know this – even when photographing your first wedding. Chances are if you are confident enough to undertake an endeavour like shooting a wedding you don’t need too many camera tips from us.

But what about business advice? If you want to break into the wedding photography business and start shooting weddings on the side, how much should you charge for your services when starting out?

We spoke to a number of jobbing wedding photographers to get their opinion (see more photography tips from jobbing pros and famous photographers). Find out below what they suggested.

And for more wedding photography tips, download our free wedding photography cheat sheet.

Wedding photography: tips for charging clients your first time

Image copyright Brett Harkness

Wedding photography fee: £375
This covers your basic attendance fee, travel and photography for
up to six hours on the day, as well as time after the event for post-processing of images and the provision of
around 150 6×4- or 7×5-inch proof prints.

Additional hours: £45
For pre-wedding shots of the bride getting ready, through to evening shots of the party, a charge of £45 per hour (or part thereof) over and above the standard six-hour booking can be made.
Agree this in advance if possible.

Wedding albums
: £75 to £750
These can range from simple photo books from a cheap online supplier to bespoke album services. Budget albums often make great thank-you gifts for the couple to give to their parents or bridesmaids.

Enlargements and reprints: £5 to £25
Unlike basic proofs, these are top quality prints made by specialist services, usually ranging from 6×4-inch to 15×12-inch in size. For card mounting, add about £2.50 per print and make additional charges for picture framing if required.

Digital images on CD-ROM: £245
It only costs about 25p to put the images on a CD-ROM. What you’re really charging for is the ‘copyright’, as clients can create their own prints  from the high-res files or distribute them to their family.

Online album & slideshow: £45
If the client is buying the copyright to the images, you can save them a chore by creating a Photobox (or similar) account and uploading the images so that friends can order reprints online.


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