Wedding Photos Cost How Much?!?

Good afternoon brides and grooms! Today I wanted to write a post breaking down both of my wedding packages to show you what you are investing in when you book me as your wedding photographer. Your wedding photos, in my opinion, are one of the top three things worth investing in for your big day! Your wedding day is all about you and your groom and you want to remember every second of your wedding day not only for you but so you can also show your children and grandchildren and pass those photos down in your family! I have been married for eight months now and I still look back and treasure every single photo from my wedding day! Now me telling you this might not show why you should invest in an awesome wedding photographer or why they are so expensive so let me break down my packages for you to show you what all goes into making your wedding photos beautiful.

Koinonia Gardens in Albuquerque, Sandia Lakes in Albuquerque, Hidden Gardens in Texas.

It is never just the hour and a half to two hours of session coverage when we take your photos. A lot of things go on behind the scenes to make every wedding that I do a success. Now with that being said let's look at my packages and all that goes into your wedding!

The Divine Wedding is my basic package for $700 plus tax and includes:

  • Price is $700 plus tax.

  • Up to thirteen hours of coverage.

  • Two-hour engagement session included.

  • No less than five hundred images.

  • A shareable and private online gallery with unlimited access.

  • Five 8X10 prints.

The Heirloom wedding is my deluxe package for $900 and includes:

  • Price is $900 plus tax.

  • Up to fifteen hours of coverage.

  • Three-hour engagement session included.

  • No less than five hundred images.

  • A shareable and private online gallery with unlimited access.

  • Five 8X10 prints.

  • One twenty page album with a leather or colored linen cover.

Koinonia Gardens in Albuquerque, Sandia Lakes in Albuquerque, Sunflowers, Bridal Portraits, First dance.

Now that I have broken down what is included in my packages I want to tell you what you are paying for when you choose one of the three packages.

Session Coverage 13-20 hours:

So, of course, the coverage of which package you choose is included but what you may not know is that it takes me an hour to location scout to find the perfect place to take your engagement photos. This happens a few days before your engagement session and before I leave my office the day of your session I spend thirty minutes cleaning gear, wiping memory cards and packing my bag. On a wedding day, I arrive 30-45 minutes before you start getting ready to location scout for the portraits. So what most people don't realize is that you are booking me for an extra two to three hours than what is stated on the package information.

 

Editing 12-17 hours:

After a session, I am so excited so as soon as I get home I start culling through all of the photos to find the ones that will be delivered to you. This culling process takes me one to two hours each to complete for your engagement session and wedding day and after I have found all of the good photos I start the editing process. The editing process takes me anywhere from eight to ten hours for each session depending on how many photos I will be delivering. I take my time to make sure that every photo is edited to my light and airy style and if it was a cloudy day or skin tones don't look quite right I make sure to fix all of those problems to make sure that every photo comes out beautiful.

 

Consultation 30 Minutes - 1 hour:

I require that all of my brides and grooms sit down with me for a consultation to answer a questionnaire so I can get to know both of you better, learn more about your big day, go over the different package options, book your date, sign the contract and pay the $100 deposit (which is included in the package price). This takes anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour depending on how many questions you and your groom may have.

Here is a break down of what I make per hour using my Divine Wedding package.

This package is $700 so most people assume I am making $55 an hour and that is not the case. See the beak down below.

$700 - $20 (gas) - $20 (Engagement style guide) = $660

I added up all of the average hours from earlier and divided it by 180 to get how many hours goes into each session. 

Wedding: 15

Engagement Session: 4

Editing: 15

Consultation: 1

Hours: 35

660/35 = $18 an hour

Koinonia Gardens in Albuquerque, Sandia Lakes in Albuquerque, Sunflowers, Bridal Portraits, First dance.

I wanted to end this post with saying that yes there is A LOT of hard work that goes into an engagement session and a wedding day but I wouldn't have it any other way! I enjoy every single part of this process and I am so blessed that I get to do this for my job! I hope that this post today helped you understand not just what goes into making your wedding the best day of your life but also what you get in return. When you invest in your wedding photos you are investing in memories that will last a lifetime and that can get passed down in your family. I hope you all have an amazing week and happy wedding planning!

The party is over on Instagram so come follow along!