When it comes to the cost of wedding photography in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle wedding photographers charge anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 depending on several factors: experience, hours of coverage, number of photographers, deliverables and of course, quality.
It breaks down, roughly, to $400-$500 per photographer per hour for off-season hours, and $500-$600 per hour peak-season. This rate includes some deliverables, like the license for the digitals AND the time we’ll spend working on your images AFTER your wedding.
Post-production takes around an hour for every hour spent on photography.
What is included?
JTPA’s collections are made up of these three components:
- Coverage (the time we spend making your photos, including engagement photos)
- Digitals (high res, licensed JPGs) and
- Tangibles like prints and albums
As for coverage, most weddings typically run an average of 7-8 hours, with cultural celebrations running all day up to 12-13 hours.
Here is a general breakdown of how much time is needed for wedding photography:
- 1 hr Getting Ready photos
- 1 hr First Look with Portraits of the Happy Couple
- 30 mins Group formals
- 30 mins Ceremony coverage
- 1 hr Cocktails
- 3 hrs Reception coverage
- 1 hr for transition buffering
If you are planning a destination wedding, travel fees will apply depending on the number of hours/days needed. It is best to sit down with your photographer to determine how much coverage you actually need.
Wedding photography typically makes up 10-20% of your wedding budget. According to most wedding blogs, a budget of $30k is the typical spend for a wedding in Seattle these days, so putting aside $3-6k for your wedding photography is a good start.
Last but not least, if you reside in Washington, there’s a sales tax. The rate changes periodically. Starting April 2017, most places will be around 10% depending on where you live. If you live out of state, we are not obligated to collect.
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