Guide to Wedding Photographers

The planning process has begun and on top of choosing your venue, finding a florist, and picking out your wedding dress, you also realize that you need to hire a wedding photographer. Here is the ultimate guide to wedding photographers.

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Sticking to your budget is very important through your wedding planning process and it is even more important when it comes to choosing a photographer. A wedding photographer can range anywhere from $300 or less to $4,500 or more. On average, couples tend to spend $2,000 for their photographer. The overall cost of your photographer depends on the package you chose and the hours they spend covering your wedding.

This may seem like a lot of money for photos, but these photographers are capturing a very special moment in your life and you will look back on the pictures they took whenever you reminisce about your special day.

Keep in mind how much you are willing to spend, it’s up to you to decide how much you want to pay a photographer. Remember you are not only paying for the pictures but also the photographers’ travel expenses, digital files, editing and professional retouching of photos, and any additional shooting you wanted. And you are also paying for their quality and professionalism as well.


Every wedding photographer has a different style. The style of a photographer should be a deciding factor in whether or not you’d like them to photograph your wedding.

You should research styles that you like before taking a deep dive into photographers. Look at many different portfolios and photos from online and magazines and choose which ones you like best. You may want to go for a vintage-styled photo session, complete with black and white photos and an old-school feel. Or you might find that the editorial-style catches your eye and you would like for you and your soulmate to look as if you were on the cover of Vogue. Some other photography styles are; photojournalism, traditional, and fine art.

Once you have a style in mind, you should look at photographers that create a similar look. There should be more than one photographer on your list and from there you can narrow down who can create the style you envision and is in your budget.


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The vision you have for your wedding should be shared among your vendors and, more importantly, your photographer.

Are you a family-oriented couple that would like many photos of your aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered for your momentous occasion? Would you like to capture the exact moment your best friend from childhood that you have not seen in over 5 years sees you in your wedding dress? Are you not too big on photos of the decor and would like more of you and your spouse? What you envision for your wedding day should be produced by your photographer.

You and your photographer should mesh when it comes to your vision. A vetting process should be done and conversations should be held among your potential picks for photographers to make sure they can develop your ideas in a tasteful way.

Contact us today and check out our Photo and Video services to picture how we can capture your special day ! Be sure to check out our Instagram page @njweddingpros to see photos of our past events!

Elise Monsanto
NJ Wedding Pros
740 River Rd. Suite 240
Fair Haven, NJ 07704