How in the heck do I pay for these wedding photos?

Yes, Yes I know. Sometimes seeing the price tag of what your wedding photography may cost can be a little daunting. I’m sure the cliche things are coming to be a bit repetitive. Sure, we know this is for a historical moment in your lives. Yes, we know this is the one thing that will be consumed over and over again after the wedding date. But, I mean, I STILL HAVE TO PAY! Well, I’m here to tell you; it’s more possible than you think.

Given the few things I mentioned earlier, it’s good that you are serious about making sure your wedding day is documented the best way possible. Ensuring a full story meshed with unique art and elegance is how you set yourself apart from all of your friends. When looking at photographers and their prices (even when doing so for my own wedding) I found myself, internally, THANKING the photographers with a higher price. Why? It saved me the guesswork. I didn’t have to search high and low. I could generally assume that photographers in a certain price range would give me the best experience. Similarly to how I know a steak from Ruth’s Chris is more than likely going to be better than a steak from Denny’s. They take the guesswork out of it with their price, because they are just that confident in what they do.

ANYWHO! There are still ways to get what you want when it comes to your wedding photographer. First things first, it’s all about your mindset. You have to think of this as an investment on your legacy. An investment so your kids’ kids will know who their people are, where they come from, what they look like, and the stories that go along with it. This is the only time this type of event will happen for you or your fiance; so cherish and protect it. Treat it like the important event that it is. Once you have that understanding, everything else will make sense.

In dealing with weddings week in and week out, I’ve really come to notice THREE different ways couples acquire their dream wedding photographer. Let’s talk about them here.


Yup, that’s right. There are some photographers out there in the world that will allow you to make payments toward your wedding, and not just two payments. Look at it like this. If you could agree to make $200-$400 payments on a car every month for 60 months straight on something that’s eventually going to die. Then you could certainly make smaller chunks of payments on something that will last forever. This takes me to my next point.

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO BOOK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER! Do yourself the favor by making your payments less aggressive than they need to be. Most couples set their wedding date out 12-18 months. There are some photographers who allow up to 10 payments. 10 payments to be made in up to 18 months? That sound like 6-7 weeks between each payment. VERY relaxed, right?

Book your photographer A.S.A.P. to make sure those payments are as aggressive as they need to be.

2. Coupons/Promotions

Sometimes you can even find different promotions or coupons available within a certain studio. Some may offer a certain percentage off, and others may offer additional services or products for you to get more bang for your buck. The possibilities are endless! This can help a great deal when you’re making your dime work it’s best for you. If nothing else just ask (don’t let that be the first question though, see if the photographer is even a good fit before anything else).

3. Gifts

Finally you have gifts from family and friends. While it’s not the most reliable, there is always a chance for you to get blessed with some aspect of your wedding by those who love you most. You never know, it may just come up in conversation.

So, yeah. Don’t run from the photographer YOU WANT purely because of the price. See how you mesh, see how the experience is, see how well the work looks. Let those aspects be the determining factor. After that workout your payment plan, find coupons or promotions, and maybe get blessed with a gift or two. It’s more possible to have the photographer of your dreams than you think! :)

Anthony Robinson

St. Louis Wedding Photographer