Wedding

How Much Do Engagement Photos Cost?

Last Updated: Aug 21, 2018

When it comes to engagement photos, paying the right price for your engagement session is just as important as what you wear. You don’t want to overpay but you also want quality photos. We’ve provided helpful factors and tips below to answer the first of many questions leading up to your big day: how much do engagement photos cost?

elegant engagement party invitation with engagement photo

What’s the Average Price for Engagement Photos?

The average cost for engagement photos depends on where you live, project details, and your photographer’s popularity. Photographers may charge more or less for engagement photos based on the city and average price charged in the area. Popular photographers tend to charge more as well since they’re more in-demand. The price of engagement photos will also depend on how many locations you want to shoot at and if you’ll be changing into more than one outfit.

Most engagement shoots consist of one outfit and 1-2 locations, costing anywhere from $200-$500 on average.

When to Take Engagement Photos?

Once you get engaged, you’ll want to take engagement photos within 2-3 months of your engagement. Since these photos can be used for everything from save the dates to photo wedding invitations, you should take your photos soon after getting engaged. If you’re also sending out engagement party invitations, you can use this opportunity to show off your beautiful engagement shots.

You can reference our article on when to take engagement photos for more information.

Engagement Photo Tips

You can get the most out of your engagement photos by looking for a photographer that you’ve worked with in the past or asking loved ones for recommendations. When planning out your engagement shoot and looking for photographers, keep these engagement photo tips in mind:

  • Get quotes from 2-3 photographers. You’ll want to get more than one quote so you can choose the best price for your engagement photos. Asking 2-3 photographers what they’ll charge for the same photo requirements can help you get an accurate estimate.
  • Ask friends for recommendations. You can ask friends and family who have taken engagement photos before if they recommend their photographer.
  • Explore wedding photography packages that include engagement photos. If you want to choose one photographer to take care of your entire wedding journey, it’s worth looking at wedding photography packages early that include engagement photos.
  • Keep things simple. Your engagement photos should be beautiful and well-shot but you don’t have to pull out all the stops. Engagement photos aren’t as extravagant as your wedding photos so don’t worry about arranging a pricey photoshoot if you don’t have the means.

What’s Next?

Your wedding journey is just getting started. We’ve provided some helpful bridal and wedding guides on what’s next below.