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How Much Do Photographers Charge In 2020?

Photographers charge between$25 and $500 per hour with with most spending$94 to $262 per hour on average. Prices largely depend on their skill level and what type of event they are shooting. Extra costs include travel time, prints, digital image files, and photo editing fees


  • Hobbyists: less than $50 per hour / $10 to $25 per image. These folks are avid photographers who do it for fun on the side without having studied professional techniques and best practices.

  • Amateur: $25 to $100 per hour / $25 to $50 per image. Amateur photographers have built up an online portfolio and have sold their images to other clients. Still, they haven't had any professional photography education, but offer much lower prices.

  • Student: $50 to $100 per hour / $25 to $100 per image. They may have an apprenticeship where they work directly with a professional photographer, or they may also take photography and related media classes in college.

  • Semi-Pro: $75 to $150 per hour / $50 to $150 per image. These are mostly part-time photographers with a strong education in the field and more than one year of experience.

  • Professional: $100 to $300 per hour / $75 to $350 per image. These full-time photographers have an extensive portfolio, strong skills, years of education, and several years of experience.

  • Top Professional: $200 to $500+ per hour / $400 to $1,000+ per image. Exclusive full-time photographers like these are in high demand for top magazine publications, advertising companies, and the film industry.

Professional Photographer Prices

A typical professional photographer costs between $75 and $300 hourly, or from $75 to $375 per photo because they put significant pre-production and post-production editing work into creating the final print.

Professional pictures prices increase up to $200 to $500 hourly or about $300 to $2,000 per image for top photographers with higher demand. This group of photographers is less than 10 percent of the majority in the industry.

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