In 2018, the average cost of hiring a photographer fell somewhere between $600 and $1,000. A package consisting of photography and videography will be priced higher. Event photographers typically charge $150 to $250 per hour they are in your event. This only includes processing time and digital images. Other services such as photo prints, videography, photo booths, and aerial photos and videos will increase the cost.
Is it really worth it to spend thousands of dollars on your photographs? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is still yes coupled with a few other reminders and factors. Here’s how you should look at the importance of professionally taken photos and videos for your event: you are coordinating an event and you want proof that you and your guests had the most amazing time ever.
A professional photographer and videographer can blend seamlessly into your soiree to capture stolen shots, group photos, decoration details, VIPs, the most important moments, and more. Hiring someone to take photos of your event means having lifelong memories that you can revisit time and time again.
There is no limit to what type of event a professional can capture. You can hire photographers and videographers for big corporate events, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, block parties, political rallies, school events, life milestones, religious functions, sporting events, high school reunions, and many more.
This means that instead of carrying heavy cameras to take photos of friends and families and other guests, you can enjoy the evening mingling with your loved ones and not worry about who’s going to take everybody’s photos. You can relax and just enjoy the moment you get to spend time with your friends and family.
The cost of hiring photographers changes when there are other services you want to add. Sure, there are other photographers that charge for the whole package but you must make sure you’re getting the most out of your money.
The hourly rate or package rate of a photographer will often reflect his experiences, skills, portfolio, geographic location, services offered, the complexity of the job, etc. Some photographers charge higher because they have provided services to large companies, to celebrities, to famous personalities, and the like.
To make sure you’re getting the most out of your money, always inquire about the inclusions of the hourly rate, particularly whether the fee is for photographic services only or if it includes post-production (editing and retouching) work.