October 12, 2022

How Much to Invest in your Colorado Wedding Photographer?

Bride and Groom in Mountain Village during winter, weddings, Telluride, Colorado

How much do Colorado wedding photographers typically charge? This is a common question especially because many of the prime wedding locations in Colorado like Telluride, Vail, and Aspen are sought-after destination wedding locations, which does affect the overall pricing for the wedding business. With that being said, it’s important to have an idea of what to expect when booking a wedding photographer in Colorado. 

Prices for wedding photography in Colorado are higher than the national average due to the unique locations and high demand for quality. With this in mind, I put together a Colorado Wedding Photographer Pricing Guide for every budget, so you can go into the outreach and planning phase with confidence and peace of mind:


If you’re looking for a luxury Colorado wedding photographer, the prices may seem steep at first glance with a range of $8000-$20,000+, but the value will well outweigh the investment. I recommend this tier to brides who are looking for a world-class service with time, detail, and intentionality from their wedding photographer to provide a wide range of services and coverage. Whether you’re hosting a wedding with 300-500 guests or a mountain elopement, a luxury Colorado wedding photographer may be for you.


Professional wedding photographers in comparison have prices ranging from $6000-$12,000. This tier is for the bride and groom who want a proficient and robust selection of images but aren’t looking for a photographer with a more recognizable name. With this tier of photographers, you will still get extremely good value, but without the highest level of service that the more expensive photographers offer. One thing that’s important to note between the luxury and professional tiers is that a cheaper photographer doesn’t necessarily mean a lesser image quality. Oftentimes, luxury photographers have received more acclaim and have more demand for bookings which increases their prices.


Lastly, we have the budget wedding photographer category in the $2,000-$6,000 range. This category is for couples who aren’t looking at the photos as the first priority but still want their wedding captured beautifully. This tier of photographers is typically newer to the scene and haven’t booked as many weddings; however, this again doesn’t always translate to image quality.

High quality wedding image, black and white, luxury wedding, Telluride Colorado

When choosing a photographer for you, it’s important to compare services and your ideal budget and pick someone who not only takes good photos but also delivers great service and someone you feel comfortable working with. Your photographer will be with you for the most intimate and memorable moments on the wedding day, so choosing a photographer that you work well with is the most important. I hope this Colorado Wedding Photographer Pricing Guide is helpful as you’re making decisions about who to work with for your Colorado mountain wedding.

Hi, I am Alicia of Alicia Pfaff Photography. I am a Telluride-based award-winning wedding photographer who passionately cherishes photographing couples and their families on their wedding day. I bring a high level of professionalism, a long-lasting friendship, and unique natural and colorful images that stand the test of time. I will showcase your story and your precious moments. I will be there to help you every step of the way, direct you and take the lead to help create those timeless images, but also move back to capture and document your love story throughout the day. With me, you get a genuine, personal, and detailed experience every step of the way. 

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