What is the average cost of wedding photography?

It's not cheap. Good photography is expensive, but it is easy to pay for more services than you need. Find out how Chris James can save you money.

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23 Mar

Affordable Wedding Photography in Rhode island and Massachusetts


The price that you will pay for a quality wedding photographer will vary depending on where in the US you live. The costs will vary by state, and it is often the case that some regions are much more expensive than others. Here in the north east, costs are on the high side. You can see in the chart that Boston, Newport, and New York City are very high on the list for average wedding photography costs. Some boutique photographers may charge double that!

Average cost of wedding photography in major US cities

San Francisco $3931
Boston $3626
Newport $3590
New York $3552
Houston $3357
Chicago $3315
Los Angeles $3230
Philadelphia $3041
Seattle $2847
Atlanta $2669
Las Vegas $2563

As you can see, spending upwards of $3000 is extremely common in New England. This is consistent with traditional estimates of how much of your wedding budget should be spent on photography. The well-known rule is that somewhere between 10% and 15% of your budget should be for photography. Given that the average wedding is now over $30,000, this sounds about right.

Do you really need almost $4000 worth of photography services? These numbers often reflect long hours of coverage, multiple photographers, assistants, prints, and albums. Shockingly, even at those prices, you'll find that you will not get a print release! In-person print sales are high-pressure. The goal is to maximize how much you spend. I promise that I won't do that to you.

The average cost of a wedding (excluding the honeymoon) has reached an all-time high of $31,213. — The Knot's Real Weddings Study

Good wedding photography will always cost a pretty penny. The hours are long. It's not just the hours of your wedding. It is also the 20-40 hours of editing afterwards. High quality cameras and lenses are not cheap. We also pay insurance on that gear and for liability. The cost can still be reasonable when you work with an understanding photographer who doesn't see you as simply another paycheck.

My wedding photography packages start at $1200 and go up from there depending on what you need. In some cases, I can photograph your wedding for less if you need less coverage than my packages offer. All of my packages include an engagement session and digital files with a print release. I won't force you to buy prints and albums directly through me, although often clients will have me handle the printing and albums due to my experience working with some of the leading print labs in the country.

You deserve high-quality photographs to preserve the memories of your wedding forever. I want to help make that a reality for you.


  • Engagement session included!
  • Digital files with printing rights included!
  • High-quality editing done personally by Chris James. Never outsourced!
  • Fully insured.
  • No studio costs, and so I can offer lower prices.

I will work with you to achieve your dream wedding within your budget goals.

Wedding Photography packages starting at $1200

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