average wedding photography price in northern ireland
What are the average Wedding Photography prices in Northern Ireland?
This is the million dollar question, but on average, the average price of a wedding photographer in Northern Ireland is £1250.
Google Wedding Photographer Cost
Like everything else, google is the starting point. Some of the first questions that couples will type into google will be:
1. How much is a Wedding Photography
2. Wedding Photography cost
3. Average price/cost for wedding photography
Online Shopping for Wedding Photography
Online pricing and shopping around is completely normal!
Its like everything we buy, say a sofa. We decide on a style, colour and price range and start shopping online.
We will then perhaps go and sit on a few and make our final decision.
Sometimes people might see one online and buy it without testing – only to get it home and discover its the most uncomfortable thing they have ever sat on. But now its in their living room and they are stuck with it.
Wedding photography is just the same.
However, its important to highlight that a ‘price point’ does not always represent the skill, experience or quality of the images and services that you will receive.
Wedding photography budget
In Northern Ireland the average wedding photography budget is £1250 – £1600 (according to Hitched)
Hitched also suggest that on average, a photography budget is between 5-10% of a couples overall wedding budget. This is a huge chunk of your money.
For this reason you need to get it right. BUT its not all about cost!
Your wedding photos are yours to keep forever, so it’s vital that you pick the right photographer to ensure they are amazing.
Do you always get what you pay for?
There are some fabulous and amazing photographers who are at a higher price point than others. They have years of experience, can deal with many lighting situation’s and consistently produce amazing photos.
There are also photographers whose self confidence enables them to price themselves at a high price point, despite them being neither experienced or qualified. Unfortunately couples only find this out once their images are delivered.
There are also photographers at the higher end of the pricing scale who (for personal reasons) only want to shoot a set number of weddings per year and therefore charge more per wedding.
Essentially, you can get what you pay for, but its not always clear cut. As such, you need to research to ensure that if you do choose a photographer with a higher price point, that you do get what your pay for.
Are they worth it?
At the other end of the pricing scale, there are also very cheap photographers.
You usually get what you pay for, but some of these are new to the business and you might hit lucky with a photographer who is new and good, but is keeping their prices low whilst they establish themselves.
A quick google or look on their facebook page will give you an idea in terms of consistency and quality of the images they are delivering to clients.
Cheap photographers might deliver 1000 images, but many will be duplicates with inconsistent editing. Worse still, they may be filled with awkward and cheesy poses and so overexposed that you wont even see the detail of your beautiful dress.
Unfortunately in the age of digital cameras, its all to easy to move from iPhone to a basic ‘pro’ camera and set yourself up as a photographer on Facebook.
As a long standing professional photographer in Northern Ireland, I can 100% advise you to be wary of this set up if you want to love your images.
Cost of living impact on wedding photography prices
Another factor on wedding photography pricing is the current cost of living crisis. This has impacted on many peoples ‘cost of doing business’ – ie, how much it costs to run your business and to make a profit/make a living from your business. What is important to note is that everyones ‘cost of doing business’ is different.
I have over 10 years photographing weddings and in that time my pricing structure has changed just a hand-full of times. I would say that I fit in the ‘average spot’ in terms of pricing.
Whilst I have developed my skills, won awards and delivered fabulous images year on year to hundreds of couples, I’ve also refined my processes, streamlining how I do things and reduced my outgoings to a minimum. My efficiency means I don’t have additional costs that others simply add to their customers price.
As you can see, the price of a professional wedding photographer in Northern Ireland varies for many reasons.
As a couple, its important to keep in mind that the photographer you book is going to be the one capturing the memories and moments of what is the biggest and best day of your life.
Given this, you should take great care in picking a wedding photographer wisely, and not base all your considerations on price.
To help, I’ve written a whole post on helpful tips when choosing your wedding photographer.
My wedding photography prices
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