You deserve wedding photography you'll absolutely love. I'm Dan Cassuto, Portland wedding photographer and videographer, and head storyteller at Sound Originals. We've earned 5-star reviews from 100+ thrilled couples across Oregon and Washington. Seattle Bride magazine picked us as official storyteller for the "Best of" awards. I'd love to chat about your special day.
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You deserve the best wedding photographer in Portland.
But here's the catch.
There's no such thing as the best Portland wedding photographer. That's not what couples should be searching for. Instead, look for the right photographer for your wedding.
Oregon wedding photographers bring unique styles and approaches to wedding photography. Some bring a candid and photojournalistic style. Others focus on fine art and artistic imagery.
We tell engaged couples they should explore many different Portland wedding photographers until they find the style that's a perfect match for their vision.
It's easy to make a long, long, long list of photographers in Oregon. The Knot lists more than 900 photographers in Oregon, including Portland, Bend and Eugene.
We prepared this guide to help you appreciate the value of investing in a professional, experienced and highly-rated Oregon wedding photographer.
We hope you'll consider us. There's a reason Sound Originals earned the endorsement of 100+ thrilled couples across Oregon and Washington. We also recognize we're not the right match for every couple. And that's OK! Hopefully you'll use this guide to find the perfect photographer to create the images you've always dreamed of.
Narrow down your list using these factors: Wedding Photography Style, Artistic Approach, Personality, Experience, Price, Reviews and Ratings, and Availability on Your Wedding Date!
Wedding Photos from Golf Club at Newcastle, a gorgeous luxury PNW wedding venue.
"We are so thrilled to have chosen Sound Originals for our wedding! From the beginning, we wanted to make sure our photographer captured the moments with family and friends that we would otherwise miss during the festivities of the day. Sound Originals understood that and was so easy to work with. Wedding photography really is an investment but I felt that Dan had both reasonable packages and overwhelmingly positive reviews and experience. I am so glad we booked him for our wedding! Day of, he was easy to work with and incredibly patient with our large families. He gave great directions for photos and also captured many of the natural moments between my husband and me. We had so many incredible photos after our wedding that I can't even pick my top 5 - they are so amazing! I also love his editing style since I found many photographers that had either an overly moody, dark style or were extremely bright and white. I know that my wedding pictures will look great for decades to come (and not look overly edited or styled). Also, the turn-around time was fantastic. We had a collection of initial images the next day (!) and our full album in a few weeks so I was incredibly impressed with the speed during a time when I know he had many other weddings he was working on. The one thing I wish we did differently is hire Dan for a longer time frame and also plan for specific pictures with us and our guests (we don't have enough with our favorite people). Overall we are so happy with the experience and we will treasure these photos forever!
~ Jonica + Kel
Photographers have to apply and pay to be listed by Junebug. The editors are selective. They won't even consider photographers who don't pay for memberships and substantial monthly advertising dues.
01. Maria Newman Photography
02. Jonas Seaman Photography
03. Aaron Courter Photography
04. Catalina Jean Photography
05. Lindsey Paradiso Photography
Expertise.com is sort of like the Yellow Pages. We think they use an algorithm to put together its list. Some of the photographers here are wonderful. Expertise has this exact same formula in cities across the country for a huge number of professions. It could still be a good resource for couples who want to check out dozens of websites and portfolios for great wedding photographers in Oregon.
If you haven't caught on... it's big business to put together a "top 10" or "best of" list. We don't know how Peerspace put together this ranking of the best Oregon photographers. Peerspace rents rooms, so they're not in the business of wedding photography, right?
Almost every engaged couple has heard of The Knot. Photographers pay to be listed. The real value here are the reviews from real couples.
01. Sound Originals Photo & Video (5.0 rating)
02. George Street Photo & Video (4.3 rating)
03. A Bitter Orange (5.0 rating)
04. Wedding Photographer Guy (5.0 rating)
05. Dan Rice Photography (5.0 rating)
University of Washington Arboretum. Photos by Sound Originals.
The cost to hire an Oregon wedding photographer varies A LOT.
We know how expensive it gets to throw a wedding. You probably have a set budget and need to stick with it. Besides for hiring a Portland wedding photographer, you need to pay for the venue, catering, DJ, decor, flowers and invitations.
Couples say they're surprised that wedding photography prices vary so much from photographer to photographer even within Portland and the rest of Oregon. After all, aren't photographers providing a very similar service? Yes and no.
Many Portland, Oregon wedding photographers are full-time professionals. Others consider it a side hustle or hobby, a chance to earn extra cash in addition to a regular 9 to 5 job.
Expect to pay more for a wedding photographer who is a full-time professional in Oregon.
This is a good thing.
A full-time professional takes your wedding seriously. They have to. Their reputation and livelihood are on the line. They pay taxes and insurance. They follow the law.
If wedding photography is a part time gig, the photographer may not place as much value in serving clients. They may be more willing to cancel a wedding - or, worst of all, not even show up! It happens.
Wedding photographer prices reflect local costs of living within the larger Portland, Oregon region and Willamette Valley.
You might find value by hiring a photographer who lives and works primarily in a local region that's less expensive. For instance, wedding photographers in Salem might charge less than photographers in Cannon Beach. It's a direct result of cost of living.
Couples often say that wedding photographer prices in Southern oregon are a bit lower than Oregon photographers in the Portland and Vancouver metro area.
Picking the best wedding photographer in Portland is sort of like buying a car.
Why? You can find photographers with a wide range of prices, styles, quality and reliability. Same with cars. There's a big difference between a Jaguar and a Honda, a Ford and a Ferrari. There's an even bigger gap in quality and reliability between a new Telsa and a $200 clunker you bought from Craigslist.
Even with all the differences, most cars still perform the same function. They transport you from place to place.
The same principle applies when evaluating the prices of Oregon wedding photographers.
Most photographers can take pictures. Most cars can drive on the road.
But that's where the similarity ends.
If you were leaving on the most important road trip of your life, would you buy the 29-year-old rusty used car with 119,280 miles from the stranger who posted an online classified ad? Probably not. The car might break down. It might be uncomfortable, noisy and dirty. It might be unsafe. The wheels might fall off when you're thousands of miles away from home.
Sure, you'd save a bunch of money, but you might not make it to your destination.
Portland wedding photographer prices reflect quality, reliability and experience.
Couples sometimes overlook the importance of reliability.
You can trust seasoned wedding photographers with great reviews. They'll show up. Their cameras work. They'll deliver your images in a timely fashion.
That's how we earn a living - capturing memories for couples on the most important day of their lives. At Sound Originals, wedding photography makes up the bulk of our income. It goes without saying that trust is everything. Trust is worth every penny!
Our friends at Oregon Bride Magazine wrote an article several years ago with their advice for wedding photographers, "A Moment in Time: 8 Photographers You Can Trust To Capture Your Big Day."
We used the magazine's guide to compare pricing options for the photographers with investment costs posted on their websites. (Sound Originals was honored to be Official Storyteller for Seattle Bride's Best of 2020 Awards and is an Oregon Bride storytelling partner.)
Sound Originals photography pricing begins at $3000 for 8 hours of coverage. Please click here to view our pricing and package options for photography, videography and photo + video packages.
These are all terrific, well-known Oregon photographers, certainly worth what they charge!
Acorn Studios says wedding pricing begins at $1695. It doesn't say what this includes - especially how many hours of coverage.
Aralani's wedding photography packages begin at $3,350, and include 5 hours of coverage. (In our experience, 5 hours isn't enough for most 'traditional' Oregon weddings.) An 8-hour package is $4,250.
Deyla Huss Photography lists a starting price for Portland wedding photography at $5,000.
Jessica Hill Photography says her Oregon wedding photography collections begin at $3,900.
Jos and Tree does not list pricing on its website.
Kimberly Kay Photo doesn't say how much she charges for Oregon wedding photography packages.
Are you searching for an affordable Portland wedding photographer under $2000? In our experience, if a photographer doesn't list pricing at all on his or her website, it means you can expect it to be on the higher side.
My fiance hired Dan to take photos of our proposal, and then our engagement pictures followed. I was blown away by how beautiful the pictures turned out. Dan was incredibly professional, and spent a lot of time with us to make sure we got all the pictures we wanted and had a lot to choose from. I can't express how happy I was with the final product, and our friends and family loved them, too! Plus, we've had to reschedule our wedding for next year, and Dan was so flexible in working with us to make our new date work. Dan is a great talent, and we highly recommend him for your engagement and wedding pictures.
~ Megan & Ty
Lincoln City, Oregon
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She Said Yes!
Delaney thought her boyfriend, Evan, was going to show her a tide pool. Nope. When they got to Proposal Rock at Neskowin, he got down on one knee. He proposed! Sound Originals was there to (secretly) capture the moment. There's nothing more magical than a surprise marriage proposal on an Oregon beach. Delaney was shocked, stunned and overjoyed. After saying yes, we captured gorgeous engagement photos of the couple getting ready to plan their wedding!
What is a reasonable price for a wedding photographer in Portland, Oregon?
What's reasonable to you might be extremely expensive to me. What's expensive to me might be dirt cheap to you.
"Reasonable price" means something very different to everyone. It's based on your own personal background, beliefs and cultural expectations for value and what something should cost.
Based on our experience with PNW weddings and hundreds of Oregon couples and their wedding budgets, we think the "typical" rate for a trustworthy, reliable and experienced Portland wedding photographer is in the $2000 to $4000 range. WeddingWire's guide says the U.S. average photography investment hovers near $2500.
That's just an average. You can find Oregon photographers charging much less and much more.
Is 4 hours enough for a wedding photograher?
Four hours is enough for couples planning an intimate wedding, a small, backyard gathering or an elopement. It's usually not enough for Portland couples planning a traditional wedding with a ceremony and reception. Many Portland photographers only book weddings for 6 hours or more.
What is included in most wedding photography packages?
Photographers provide many other services in addition to taking pictures on your wedding day. These are usually built into the cost of the package, collection or hourly rate.
- Planning, guidance and a consultation
- Visits to the venue and site tours
- Maintaining cameras, preparing equipment and charging batteries
- Taking pictures on your wedding day
- Backing up photos
- Reviewing and sorting images
- Applying specialized color technique and editing styles to images
- Sorting images by category, such as, "getting ready" or "first look"
- Uploading the best 500-1000+ edited images into online galleries
When you calculate all the extra hours a photographer spends for each wedding, they're working 20 to 40 hours! That's even when they were only physically present on your special day for 8 hours. So, asking what a wedding photographer charges per hour is somewhat misleading. It doesn't give the whole picture. Sound Originals offers a-la-carte photography packages. You can hire us by the hour. Rates begin at $500. (And, yes, this includes all the editing, color correction and processing of your images.)
Can you negotiate with wedding photographers?
It never hurts to ask. For example, some Seattle wedding photographers offer discounts for bookings in the fall or winter. Many photographers also have associates, or trainees, who charge less. Plus, if a wedding photographer is not booked on your date, maybe they'll give you a discount or an affordable rate.
Do wedding photographers get paid upfront?
Almost all of the time, yes. Most Portland wedding photographers charge a fixed amount, called a deposit or a retainer, in order to reserve a couple's date. Sound Originals charges 50 percent. This is because the photographer holds the date and turns away other couples who would want to book it themselves. Deposits and retainers aren't refundable. This is a good thing for Oregon couples. It means you can rely on us - because we are there for you no matter what! We've held your date. We've turned away other business. We're committed to being your storytelling partner.
Who pays for the photographer at weddings?
Even Martha Stewart agrees! times are changing and that includes who pays for wedding photographers in Portland. To be fair, we don't really know who usually foots the bill for our Oregon photography packages. Most couples pay by credit card or debit card. Some couples open a new credit card or checking account only for their wedding expenses so they can rack up airline mileage or credit card points! It's possible that the parents of the bride or groom or partner could transfer money into various accounts or write a check back to the couple, so the couple can pay for our actual services on their own credit card.
How can we save money on wedding photography?
If your wedding photography budget is especially tight, here's an idea - add some of the services to your registry! Your loved ones might enjoy paying for something as special and important as photography. It would be a gift that lasts forever. You might also consider adding photography add-ons to your gift registry, such as heirloom wedding albums, wall art, canvasses or premium options like engagement sessions or elopement videos. This way, your family still pays for the basic photography package but you give your family and friends the opportunity to gift you the extras you otherwise couldn't afford. Hey, wouldn't you rather have a deluxe wedding album designed in Italy versus a toaster?
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Here are popular services and deliverables from PNW wedding photographers. We wrote a similar guide to Seattle wedding photographers.
- Kickoff call
- Telephone consultation
- Advice to plan your perfect wedding timeline
- Guidance for best wedding portrait photography
- Engagement session at a location in Portland, Oregon
- 6, 8, 10 or 12 hours of wedding day photography coverage
- Editing and color-correction of photos
- Professional back-up of photos so they're safe and secure
- Sneak preview the day after your wedding
- Online gallery to share images with family and friends
- Online gallery to order prints, wall art and physical products
- Fully edited images
- Print release / printing rights
- Downloadable images in high resolution
- Commemorative USB hard drive in decorative wooden box
- Fine art prints
- Canvasses, wall art, metal prints, picture frames, posters, physical products
- Heirloom album
- Parents or grandparents album
- Guestbook album with engagement photos
We invite you to check out our pricing options! Sound Originals offers wedding photography and videography, available together or separately. Photography begins at $3000, which includes 8 hours of coverge, digital images, full printing rights and a private online gallery. We also offer photography by the hour for $500 per hour.
DETAILS, DECOR & SCENERY PHOTOS
Venue, scenery, nature and landscape shots
Ceremony location, chairs, arch and flowers
Bride's dress, rings, shoes, jewelry
Hand-written vows or letters
Groom's suit, shoes, cufflinks, tie, bowtie, watch, rings
Invitations, stationery, envelopes with stamps
Newspaper with the couple's wedding date
Detail shots of the rings, earrings and other special items
Bridal bouquet and flowers
Cake, desserts, buffet, place settings, menu, tables
Reception decor and design
Welcome signs, gift baskets, favors
GETTING READY & FIRST LOOK PHOTOS
Bride and bridesmaids getting ready, hair, makeup
Bridesmaids in robes
Bride putting on dress, shoes and jewelry
Groom getting ready with help from groomsmen
Groom putting on tie, bowtie, shoes, cufflinks
First look (if you're having one)
Guests arriving and taking their chairs
Wedding party's entrance and processional
Flower girl walking down the aisle
Flower girl tossing flower petals in aisle
Groom anticipating the bride's entrance
Groom's emotions watching the bride
Bride's entrance and procession down the aisle
Father walking bride down the aisle
Father giving away the bride to the groom
Vows, readings and ring exchange
Couple's grand entrance
Father and daughter dance
Mother and son dance
Open dancing and partying
Sendoff and grand exit with sparklers
Couple leaves in limo or fancy car
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"Absolutely beautiful. I can't stop admiring the images!"
rebekah & john
SARA + GABE
"Beautiful works of art. The entire process was excellent."
"Beautiful, Purposeful, Amazing!"
Cassie & jowell
jonica + kel
University of Washington
"We will treasure these photos forever. So thrilled!"
jen + brandon
"Captured the Magic!"