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How Much Does a Wedding Photographer Cost Per Hour

If you’re reading this you’re probably either a photographer trying to price themselves or you’re a bride or groom looking into prices for a wedding photographer! Either way I’m going to do my best to tell you how much does a wedding photographer cost per hour! 

Wedding Photographer

Wedding packages can differ depending on a lot of things. Things like do they offer prints or a USB, how much value do they provide during the planning process, and obviously the quality of their work. This is one reason it’s so hard to price your work as a photographer but also it’s hard to see which photographer is best for you! 

Every Photographer will provide value in different ways

How much does a wedding photographer cost per hour

How much does a Wedding Photographer Cost per Hour

I’ll try to break this down so it’s nice and simple for you! So in Canada the full day packages can very but I would say the average is $2000-$5000. Which by this info means a photographer costs $200-$500 an hour for a 10 hour day. Why so expensive? I’m glad you asked!

Why so expensive?

Ya to some people photography may just be pointing the camera and pushing buttons. I would disagree with that view. With the whole knowledge side of photography aside, just talking about the equipment and subscriptions it can get pricy.

x2 Cameras: $500-$4000

x5 Sd Cards: $50-$200

x3 Lenses: $300-$4000

Laptop/computer: $2000

Subscriptions: $300/month

Harddrives: $300

And that’s only the start of it! I know pretty crazy right? Photographers are the people to rob… haha Please don’t. And all this equipment needs to be replaced either every year or every couple years. 

Another reason photographers can be so expensive is because they only have a limited amount of weekends they can shoot. If they have more inquires than they can shoot they may as well raise their prices.

Don’t Book Based on Price!

I don’t know the place you’re in and the budget you have to work with but it’s important to book a photographer based on style over price. The photographer you want to book won’t change their style so the photos go well on your wall. With that said try to find a photographer that fits the style of photos you want as well as the person you fit with. This of course doesn’t mean go out of your budget just because you want the top of the line photographer.

I hope this helped you on your search for a photographer! If you have more questions I’m always willing to answer them! 


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