How much is a wedding photographer in Madison, Wisconsin?

Different photographers in Madison charge different prices.  Rates can vary from several hundred dollars to over five thousand dollars per wedding.  Photographers that charge a few hundred upfront are generally students or recent graduates using non-professional, secondhand or rented equipment, or they are professionals that retain copyright to your photos and add on fees, causing the final bill to balloon to several thousand dollars over the initial estimate.  In some cases, we’ve even had brides contacting us a few days before their wedding because the photographer they hired did a bait and switch, and demanded three times as much as they originally estimated, and then cancelled on them when they refused to pay what was originally agreed.

VIDART does not engage in shady sales practices, or hiding fees under a basic package that will force you to upgrade.  We offer a flat day rate of $1,500 that includes everything you will need for your wedding photography.  Although $1,500 may seem like quite a lot for photography, please keep in mind for every wedding, there is 4 hours of preparation work, 10 hours at the actual wedding, and 2 hours of breakdown work, on top of photo editing and album work, which can add an additional 10 to 20 hours, so for $1,500 you are receiving 30-40 hours of quality work, on top of the prints and album.  We believe that is a fair value for the work we provide, and so we charge the rates we do to ensure you receive the best possible service.

What types of photography packages and companies are there in Madison?

Most photography studios, or freelance photographers, will offer a basic package of just photography.  They will then charge additional fees for prints of the photos and albums.  Each one offers unique packages and pricing points.  When doing searches for photographers, you will often come across sites like Thumbtack, The Knot, WeddingWire or Wedding Pros.  These are not actual photographers, but rather services that sell leads to them.  They often charge hundreds of dollars per job, which those companies have to pass on to the customer, so you can often get better rates by going directly to each photographer on their sites.  We’ve included info on some of the more prominent photography companies servicing the Madison, Wisconsin area below.

Top Madison Photographers and Videographers:

VIDART – we are wedding photographers local to Madison, WI, office based out of Monona, price of $1,500 includes everything from 10 hours of photography, photo editing, stills and an album.  We also service Fitchburg, McFarland, Cottage Grove, Verona, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, Five Points, Mt Horeb, Cross Plains, Dodgeville, Platteville, Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Waterloo, Columbus, Sauk City, New Glarus, Edgerton, Richland Center and Janesville.

Peix Productions – no address listed on their web site, services Madison but may not be local.  Their equivalent rates are $1,750 for just photography, $2,950 for photography and videography.  Their published plans do not include prints or an album.

Pearl and Flint Photography – $3,200 starting wedding photography package.  No address listed, but services Madison.

A girl and her camera photography – solid reviews, no exact pricing or info listed on their site apart from starting prices.  No published data on full wedding photography costs.  We have worked with her in the past on a videography job and she is professional.  For weddings 4 hours and under on a tight budget, we’d recommend checking out her site.

Riddle Road Photography – based out of Geneva, no published prices on their site.

Morgan Madeleine – prices for Madison wedding photography start at $4,200.

UEDA Photography – prices start at $4,400.

VIDART’s prices: $1,500 day rate all-inclusive package includes up to 10 hours of photography, photo editing, 200 stills, leather album, online photo gallery, Dropbox storage for all photos (even the ones we don’t select), copyright free.  Add video with edited highlight videos for only $500.