How much does a wedding photographer cost in Sheffield? Here’s my breakdown to the average price and what to expect from your wedding day photography
May 04, 2019 at 13:55 am
Wedding Photography is one aspect of your big day that is worth investing in. You’ll want to look back on these photos for years to come so it’s important that you set aside enough money in your budget for good professional photography.
Picking the right photographer is such an important decision – but with so many different options, it can be difficult to judge how much a wedding photographer should cost. Both this guide to wedding photography prices and our list of questions to ask your photographer can help to take the confusion out the process.
From the average cost of wedding photography to what to expect for different packages, look no further than our breakdown to wedding photography prices. Plus, we spoke to real wedding photographers to get the inside scoop on what to expect on your big day.
Image: Wadkin Photography
How Much Does A Wedding Photographer Cost?
Who better to ask than the professionals! Wedding photographer Kevin Wadkin of Wadkin Photography says to expect costs starting from £1,000 for a full day.
“Anything less and I would be worried that maybe the photographer isn’t insured or doesn’t have the correct experience/training to cover your day!
“For a full day’s coverage, I would expect you to get 300-400 fully edited images, watermark-free on USB,”
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Photographer Kevin Wadkin recommends that you set aside 10% of your personal budget. “At the end of the day, it is in the only thing you have left to remember your day by!”
With the average Wedding in South Yorkshire costing £15,000, setting aside 10% for your photography budget works out at £1,500.
What Can Affect Your Wedding Photography Price?
Basically, you will pay more in Central areas than the outskirts of Sheffield. Wadkin Photography start their packages at £850, for example, and go up to £1,150. Lots of photographers will cover weddings nationally and you’ll be expected to cover their travel costs. It might help you save to look for a local photographer if your budget is tight.
Half Day coverage
If you marry in the off-season, i.e. the winter months, your photographer may be willing to do a special deal. In addition, the day of the week you marry on can also have an effect. Fridays and weekends are the most popular days to marry so your photographer may have some wiggle room if you marry mid-week. Many couples book their photographer at least a year in advance and some photographers offer a discount if you pay in full up-front so there’s no harm in asking or if you don’t want the full day covering. Some Photographers offer hourly rates, i.e £550 for 4 hours of wedding photography coverage.
What You Can Expect For Each Price
Wedding photography is an industry where you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a few hours coverage then that’s fine, But think very carefully before you scrimp on those lasting mementos of your big day and find a once-in-a lifetime moment hasn’t been captured.
£850 is the minimum you should expect to pay for a wedding photographer and you will only get digital copies of photographs for this price.
For less than £1,000, your photographer might be relatively new to the industry or capture wedding photography around a full-time job so establish why they charge so little. It could be because of their location, as we mentioned above.
A price less than £1,000 doesn’t mean they aren’t good, but it takes experience to get all those special moments in the rush of a wedding day schedule. You should ask how many weddings they’ve shot before and make sure their photos are consistently high-quality across their completed albums.
A full-time wedding photographer’s livelihood depends on the quality of their work so you can trust that they’ll be working their hardest to do the best for you.
£1,000 – £1,200
For £1,000 to £1,200, you can often get exactly the same package as the higher price point if you’re outside of Sheffield and choosing a local photographer.
Normally a photographer from your county or nearby will come in a bit cheaper and be more familiar with your venue. Always ask if they’ve shot at the venue before so you can see some examples. It can really pay to look local for the same quality but a better deal.
Always check exactly what a photographer’s package includes. They might charge £1,200 but the standard coverage is only until the end of the speeches and there’s an additional cost to cover the first dance. their coverage is only until the end of the speeches.
Image: Wadkin Photography
Ahead of the wedding, you should expect a pre-wedding consultation in person to discuss what you want as a couple and how the day will run. This is essential for the photographer to know and will help you feel more comfortable with them on the day.
This price gets you the full services of the photographer on your wedding day, which usually amounts to 9-10 hours of work. It should start from the bridal party preparations through to the couple’s first dance; you’ll expect them to capture those once-in-a-lifetime moments like your parents’ tears as you walk down the aisle and the laughter at the best man’s speech.
After the wedding, you should receive a USB of high-resolution, full-edited images, usually of 300-400 pictures from the day. A photographer should also grant you the personal use copyright license so you can print off the images of your choice.
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And please feel free to contact me at Wadkin-Photography Sheffield if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
All the Best! & Congratulations on your big day!