Wedding Photography prices can vary enormously. Here at Leeds Wedding Photographer we have a range of wedding packages to suit all budgets. With all our packages, the quality of photography does not differ, you’ll still receive the same high quality images, it’s just the amount of hours involved and the presentation of the final images. We offer budget wedding photography for small registry office weddings wanting just a CD of images, mid-range wedding photography for those wanting something a bit more than just an hour or so photography and a CD, upper mid-range photography for clients who want to discuss their hopes and ideas for their wedding and receive a great record of the day with some fantastic images, a professionally designed, bespoke wedding album and movie-style DVD of their wedding. and finally high-end wedding photography for people that value the memories from the most important day or their lives and want their wedding day captured and presented in special and unique way that will last for generations.
Whether you’re looking for a budget wedding photographer, cheap wedding photographer, recommended wedding photographer or award-winning wedding photographer, before you make your choice make sure you read our article to help you understand the differences in wedding photography prices.
Unlike most photographers we publish all our prices online so you know what you’re getting and for what price – We have no hidden extras. Below is a basic guide to wedding photography prices and what you can expect to get for what money:
FREE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – £0
This is when a friend or relative offers to take the photographs for you. You may think of choosing this option if you are on a very limited budget for wedding photography, but even then more often than not you won’t receive a professional service, just a CD of un-edited images, if that! Generally the sort of photographer that will offer to photograph your wedding for free won’t have much experience with wedding photography. Even if he or she is experienced in other fields of photography, it is unlikely they have photographed many weddings (otherwise they would be in the wedding photography business!). Professional wedding photographers know how to use the light, where to position themselves to capture the best informal shots and how to pose and position you and your guests to make you look your best for the posed photographs. Good professional photographers generally spend at least a few days after the wedding backing up, selecting, editing and improving your images. Someone who offers to take your photographs for free simply won’t have the time, skill or motivation do this. Imagine asking a part-time pilot who has taken a few flying lessons to pilot a jumbo jet! Would you be comfortable flying with him? Likewise would you be happy trusting the memories of the most important day of your life to someone who just hasn’t got the experience?
BUDGET WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY- Our Bronze Package
Most people looking for a budget wedding photographer just want some nice images from their wedding without any hassle. Unfortunately a lot of budget wedding photographers simply aren’t any good! You might as well throw your money away instead. Our budget packages offer high quality photographs at budget prices. How do we do this? We work from home with no expensive studio overheads and no receptionists or assistants. Have you heard the expression cutting out the middle-man? You deal directly with us and therefore we can keep our prices competitive. Our Bronze Package is available to people that are having a smaller wedding in Leeds with not many guests in a registry office service on a week day or a Sunday or a Saturday out of wedding season. Here at Leeds Wedding Photographer we offer registry office packages from just £499. This includes 2 hour’s coverage and CD of enhanced images. If you want something a bit more special we offer two hour’s coverage along with all the extras that come with our more expensive packages from just £799. This package includes a meeting with the photographer prior to the wedding, image enhancement, your choice of 20 favourite images, preview album of all images taken to keep, DVD slideshow of images edited together in a movie-style slideshow set to music, online web gallery and a Master CD of all images taken on the day for you to print from.
MID-RANGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – Our Silver Package
Most mid-range wedding photographers are offer a variety of packages. It’s hard to make a decision as there are so many options. Our packages are simple to understand with no hidden extras. Our Silver Package suits clients that want an enhanced service from the budget package. Our CD only Silver package which includes two meetings with the photographer, image enhancement and around 3 hours coverage is just £699. For those who want more than just a disc of images our standard Silver Package is just £1099 and includes around 3 hours photography, image enhancement to all your images, your choice of 30 favourite images in a designer album, DVD slideshow of images edited together in a movie-style slideshow set to music, online web gallery and a Master CD of all images taken on the day for you to print from.
This package is a great option for weekday weddings or smaller weekend weddings. For those not wanting a full day’s photography but wanting some great images from the wedding ceremony and a few posed family photographs after the service. All images are enhanced and come in a mixture of colour and black and white.
UPPER-MID-RANGE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – Our Gold Package
If you’ve booked a fantastic venue, invited lots of friends and family and spent money on everything from the dress, flowers, cars, table decorations, wedding favours to a cake, then you’ll want all these details captured by a professional photographer that can reflect the amount of effort that’s gone into the wedding day. With this package we start photographing at the bridal preparations and finish at the start of the meal. We even stage a pretend cutting of the cake so you have that as a picture in your album even if you’re not cutting it until later. If you have speeches before the meal, we’ll stay to capture these at no extra charge! The standard CD only Gold Package includes 2 meetings with the photographer, around 5 hours coverage and a disc of enhanced images for just £799. Our enhanced Gold Package is £1199 and includes around 5 hours photography, image enhancement to all your images, your choice of 40 favourite images in a Wedding Book, DVD slideshow of images edited together in a movie-style 7 minute trailer set to music, online web gallery and Master CD of all images taken on the day.
HIGH-END WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY – Our Platinum Package
Our CD / USB Platinum package which includes two meetings with the photographer, image enhancement and all day coverage is just £999. For those who want more than just a disc or USB of images our standard Platinum Package is just £1499. What should you expect from a high-end professional wedding photographer? Here at Leeds Wedding Photographer if you book one of our high-end wedding photography packages, we will meet you 2-3 times as well as on the day of the wedding, spend the full day with you at the wedding, 4-5 days after the wedding editing the pictures and improving them, designing an album or Wedding Book if you choose one, editing together a movie-style DVD slideshow set to music, creating an online web gallery for your guests to view and make sure each one of your wedding images are finished and presented in a professional and way. You will see a preview design of your wedding album before it’s printed to check you’re happy with it. You can make as many changes as you want FREE of charge. Our bigger packages include Parent’s Copies of the album and even mini-copies for bridesmaids and ushers. With these packages we really go all out to give you exactly what you want! This is our most popular package as it includes coverage of the whole wedding day from bride getting ready right up until first dance!
Generally we suggest photography starts around an hour before the ceremony starts (we wait until you’ve had your hair and make-up done before we start photographing you of course…so you look your absolute best!). At this time we can still get those lovely pre-wedding shots of the dress hanging up, the shoes and the flowers along with the bridesmaids helping you get ready. Then we’ll leave you to finish off getting ready and head over to do some stylish pictures of the groom, best man and ushers. After that we’ll come back to your room to capture the moment as your father walks into the room and sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. We then capture every expression and smile as you walk arm in arm with your father into the ceremony and see your husband to be for the first time that day. We unobtrusively capture those intimate moments during the ceremony as you exchange rings and say your vows, looking adoringly into each other’s eyes…then the kiss! After that it’s usually outside to be congratulated by your guests as we capture the informal reaction shots and then we organise the family photos that you’ve requested. We suggest keeping the number of formal photos to a minimum but we can work quickly to get these done so you’re not hanging around for hours and have plenty of time to chat to your guests. As our style of photography is informal, documentary-style or often known as “reportage”, we let you get on with enjoying the day as we capture the natural reaction shots of you and your guests. Just before you go through into the meal we’ll do a posed shot with the cake and then some shots of the guests at each table as they sit down for the “wedding breakfast”. We’ll photograph the speeches and the lovely moments and reactions of the guests to the jokes and revelations during that time. After the meal if you have more guests arriving for the evening we’ll photograph them arriving and then be there for the all-important first dance of your married life to that song that means so much to both of you!
Wow! What a day! All in all a pretty important day for you both. So now you can see how important choosing the right wedding photography package for you is. Here at Leeds Wedding Photographer we’re happy to meet you for a no-obligation quote to discuss your wedding. We’re based just 5 minutes from Leeds city centre so give us a ring on 0845 095 7160 or email us: email@example.com to arrange your appointment
Lisa and Alan decided on an informal wedding at Wentbridge House Hotel, Wentbridge, Pontefract, West Yorkshire. When I arrived Lisa wanted some getting ready shots in her room, so we got some great natural photos with her and her daughter as they helped eachother prepare for the big day.
Next it was meet the groom, best man and usher for a couple of posed shots…
Then I headed back up to the bride’s room to catch the final preparations
Mum, bride and daughter all helping made for some great family photos…
Some really nice looks exchanged between the couple during the service…
Got a great shot when the bride struggled with the groom’s ring…
Quick signing of the register before heading outside into the fantastic grounds of Wentbridge House.
A few photos of the wedding party outside on the lawn at Wentbridge House
Great “bird’s eye view” of all the wedding guests from an upstairs room in Wentbridge House Hotel
Close-up shots of the cake and the rings always make for great background shots in the finished wedding album design
Lorna and Dave wanted a small intimate ceremony at Leeds Town Hall registry office with just close friends and family. We met on the steps of the Town Hall and did a few posed shots as the grooms and ushers waited to be called in to the ceremony room.
Dave was so relaxed and really looking forward to the ceremony
Lorna and Dave wanted a retro feel to the wedding which we felt was captured in a mixture of posed and informal shots
Lorna was waiting in a separate room before going through to the wedding ceremony in the Broderick Marriage suite
The wedding service was a very intimate affair with only around 30 people there.
Lorna and Dave were obviously so in love…which made for great photos…
Signing the registers was done then it was a few posed pictures with witnesses
Next it was time to head outside onto the Leeds Town Hall steps
Leeds Town Hall is such a great place for wedding photography. The huge pillars really make for fantastic photos
Dave wanted a reservoir dogs-style shot of him with the guys
Then it was time for a few family pictures
Final family shot and the whole group on Leeds Town Hall steps
Fish-eye shot infront of Leeds Town Hall
Then we walked from Leeds Town Hall across to the reception at Epernay Champagne Bar
When wew arrived at Epernay Champagne bar in Leeds, glasses were quickly filled and a toast to the newly weds was proposed…
It was time for the wedding speeches…
Finally Lorna and Dave posed for a last few shots with night falling outside. The lights outside gave these images a Christmas feel…
Helen and Mark’s wedding at Moortown Baptist Church, Leeds and Wood Hall Hotel and Spa, Linton, Wetherby
Helen and Mark’s wedding at Moortown Baptist Church, Leeds and Wood Hall Hotel and Spa, Linton, Wetherby was on a chilly February day with snow on the ground! First it was getting ready shots at the bride’s home…
There was some horsing around by the kids which made for some great natural shots
Just a few minutes was all it took to catch these poses
After that it was jump in the car and head over to Moortown Baptist Church in Leeds
The service was pretty emotional…
Graham the vicar turned the congregation around and we managed this group photo as it was too cold to shoot outside
Quick dash outside for confetti then straight to the wedding car and off to Wood Hall Hotel and Spa in Linton Wetherby for the wedding reception
We arrived at Wood Hall Hotel and Spa in Linton, Wetherby, West Yorkshire and managed a few shots outside before it became too cold!
Coaxed the family out for a quick formal photo
Then it was back inside Wood Hall Hotel and Spa to get some warmth
The bride and groom took 5 minutes to get these lovely shots of them around Wood Hall Hotel
Quick traditional shot with the cake before the wedding breakfast began…
We got creative with Natalie and Stuart’s wedding photos from Oulton Hall near Leeds and gave them a retro-feel. The iphone has recently sparked a trend for old Hipstamatic camera 70s-style photos and this has brought them back in Vogue. So we gave these wedding photos a retro make over so you can see what’s possible with different styles of wedding image…
Oulton Hall exterior looked great when we gave it the retro-feel…
The groom and groomsmen were just finishing getting ready and we caught this natural shot of the pageboy as he struggled with his flower.
We snapped a few informal shots then got a quick posed shot out of the front of Oulton Hall.
The bride and her father were all smiles as she spoke briefly with the registrar before going into the ceremony
Managed a few nice natural shots during the exchange of the rings…
After the ceremony Natalie and Stuart came outside into the fantastic grounds of Oulton Hall for the confetti shot…
We wandered off around Oulton Hall and made use of the amazing flowerbeds to add some interest to the portraits of the bride and groom
Natalie and Stuart had booked a limo so we had a quick shot with it and caught this natural moment between them…
After that we had some fun family shots in the grounds of Oulton Hall…
The bridesmaids ran off around Oulton Hall’s grounds so we caught a few natural shots when they weren’t looking
The bride and groom wanted a few family shots so we got these done infront of the fountain in Oulton Hall’s grounds
Got this great natural shot as the bridesmaids walked away
We simply asked the bridesmaids to jump around and have fun…what a great shot came from it!
The bride and groom wanted some informal shots with their daughter the bridesmaid
A big group shot on the steps of Oulton Hall is always a winner
The wedding breakfast room before the guests came in to eat…
The speeches enabled us to get some great reaction shots
Final shot of the cake and wedding rings…
Wedding photography is one of the most important kinds of photography because weddings are the particular times in life that we wish to capture for ever. Think how special it will be to bring out your wedding album and DVD slideshow in 10 years time when your kids ask you what your wedding was like. You’ll huddle together, pour over the pictures and remenisce about what a great day it was all those years ago. You’ll feel a few tears creep into your eyes as the images bring back memories of the most important day of your life. There will be portraits of babies who have changed into small children, small children that have grown into young adults, adults that have have gained a few wrinkles over the years and of course valuable images of older family members that sadly may no longer be with us. So when your children ask you…”mummy, what did grandma look like?” You can show them.
Weddings are important family gatherings and therefore wedding photography plays an a leading roll in documenting these events. But there is more to weddings than just this. The wedding ceremony itself is an incredibly emotional part of the day and it’s important you find the right wedding photographer to capture this emotion just at the right time. Here are at Leeds Wedding Photographer we have photographed hundreds of weddings so have the experience to capture these exquisite moments such as a knowing glance or a secret smile.
Whether you decide to use Leeds Wedding Photographer not, we’ve put together a list of things to consider when choosing the best wedding photographer for you.
Equipment is one of the most important aspects. New photographers often start out not being able to afford a great deal of camera equipment, lights, tripods etc. This doesn’t make them an incompetent photographer, but it may mean the shots are of a lower quality because of a lack of equipment. An inexperienced photographer could also miss important wedding moments when they’re reloading the camera or changing batteries. These days a wedding photographer ought to have at least two cameras at the professional grade. A good wedding photographer will have several cameras with appropriate lenses and should be able to switch memory cards in the digital camera within a few seconds.
Experience will determine the cost of the photographer. Well established wedding photographers offering a full day package with a professionally designed album will charge anything from £1500 – £2500 or more for wedding photography. It all hinges on the type of package you want and the hours of work needed after the wedding to produce your album. Some Wedding photographers offer less expensive packages with less work involved. For example CD only packages without an album. It’s important to ask what’s included in your package as a basic package may not include extras such as a DVD slideshow or online web gallery. It’s often these parts of the package that people overlook but end up loving afterwards.
A well known wedding photographer is going to cost more money, just for the name. These photographers often charge extra for their experience in addition to the tools they can use.
Price of a wedding photographer should be analysed carefully. After all, for more expensive packages it’s not just one day’s work with all the meetings, editing, image enhancement, album designing, uploading to websites and DVD creating that is included.
The most important part of choosing a wedding photographer is considering their photography skills. They should immediately know where to take the best photograph when they walk into a room because of the lighting. They will likewise be able to show you a portfolio of past weddings with consistant photography. Wedding photography is about the moments that pass between your family and yourselves. A good wedding photographer should be able to predict when these moments are about to happen and capture them as well.
You will often see wedding photography displayed in people’s houses. Portraits of the bride with her bouquet, the wedding party posing and the bride and groom together. The arrangement of the people within the photograph is as important as the photograph itself. A good wedding photographer will know how to orgaise groups the right way. Positioning people and using the light and the background to the best advantage.
Photography is an intricate profession and when you have an important day like a wedding you will want the best pictures. You also may have ideas of the pictures you want and a good wedding photographer will be glad to help bring those notions to fruition. Good Wedding Photography is about lighting, catching those unguarded moments, and creating memories that will last forever.