How Many Photos Should I Expect From My Wedding Photographer?

Your big day is getting closer and you’re looking at booking your favorite wedding photographer.

I bet you have many questions to ask him or her, and it’s understandable because, for most of us, this is a first-time experience and you’re not exactly sure what your wedding photographer will do for you.

A question that many ask is how many photos a wedding photographer will give you after your wedding.

Let’s have a look.

How Many Photos Should I Expect From My Wedding Photographer?

The amount of photos you can expect from your wedding photographer depends on the number of hours he or she is required to take photos. If your wedding photographer has been booked for an 8-hour wedding, you will get between 400 and 800 photos. If you made a booking for 4 hours of wedding coverage then you can expect between 200 and 400 photos.

How Many Photos Does The Average Wedding Photographer Take?

The number o photos taken during a wedding will differ from each wedding photographer, but generally speaking, the average wedding photographer will take between 2000 and 4000 photos during 8 hours of wedding coverage.

Do Wedding Photographers Give All Photos?

No, wedding photographers don’t give all photos taken during a wedding. You can only expect to get the best photos taken on the day as your wedding photographer will only pick the most special photos from the batch.

As an example, your wedding photographer might take 50 photos of you walking down the aisle just to be sure that any special moments are missed. He or she will then pick one or a couple of photos from these 50 photos and make sure that they are edited before presenting them to you.

Some wedding photographers will even invite the wedding couple to their studios and sit with them to pick the best photos from the bunch.

Do Wedding Photographers Touch Up Photos?

Yes, wedding photographers touch up photos in an attempt to alter the appearance of the photos so that they appear more pleasing than the originals. Wedding photographers shoot photos in a file format called RAW and the appearance of these photos are normally a bit dull when they come straight out of the camera.

So, your wedding photographer will touch up the photos by adding a bit of contrast, vibrance, and in some cases, better lighting. In some cases, certain elements in a photo will be removed if it takes any focus away from the main object in the photo.

Why Do Wedding Photographers Not Give Raw Files?

Wedding photographers don’t give wedding couples raw files because these files are unedited and normally dull in appearance. Editing these files to look better and more pleasing is part of a wedding photographer’s job, and giving RAW files to a wedding couple means giving them an unfinished product.

It is also worth noting that RAW files won’t have the style that you and your wedding photographer agreed upon, and this is also a big reason why wedding photographers don’t hand out the RAW files.

It’s all about giving the wedding couple perfectly captured candid moments that they can cherish forever.

How Will I Get My Photos From My Wedding Photographer?

These days, wedding photographers will upload photos to an online storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Pixieset. In certain cases, they will also load the photos onto a USB stick and send them to the wedding couple.

The online storage services option is much preferred by many wedding photographers and wedding couples alike because the photos are easily accessible and stored securely which means they won’t get lost.

How Long Should It Take To Get My Wedding Photos Back?

One thing that many wedding couples are not aware of is the fact a lot of time is spent editing the photos taken during a wedding. This takes a lot of hard work, and a lot of skill as well.

On average, you can expect to get your photos back between 4 to 6 weeks, and this depends on how busy your wedding photographer is. If your wedding photographer is not very busy, then you can expect to get your photos back within 2 weeks after the wedding.


Hopefully, now you have a better idea of how many photos you can expect to get from your wedding photographer. A good number is anywhere between 400 and 800 photos from an 8-hour wedding.

It is important to note that your wedding photographer will not give you every single photo taken during the wedding. On average, a wedding photographer takes between 2000 and 4000 photos during a wedding and will pick only the most special photos from the batch.

If you’re still unsure about what to expect, talk to your wedding photographer and I’m sure he or she will gladly tell you more.