How much will your Photography cost?

How much do photographers charge in Nigeria?

₦3,000 - ₦15,000 (for birthday photoshoot)
It costs between ₦3,000 - ₦15,000 for birthday photoshoot, ₦20,000 - ₦100,000 for a portrait session and ₦80,000 - ₦360,000 for event photography depending on time, number of pictures, and professionalism of the photographer. It could cost more depending on the number of photos to be edited. Photographers in Nigeria also have different packages that they offer to suit their clients' demands.

What is a Photobook?

A photobook is simply a book filled with photos. The photos tell a story of a particular event with or without words. The photos are printed onto any choice of press paper you want. They are also lightweight and thinner than photo albums. They can contain as many images as you want. The type of photobook you want affects the cost of photography.

Price Range for Online Photobooks

Google photos and Pixum photos offer online photo books service that can come in print in either portrait size or landscape size. The photo books also come in either soft or hard cover.

Google photobookCost
Soft cover (20 pages)₦3,600
Hard cover (20 pages)₦7,200

Photography Prices And Packages

Photographer price lists and packages vary with each photographer. Celebrity photographers can cost from ₦2 million and above to cover an event.

  • Engagement/Pre-wedding/Wedding photos: For destination weddings, prices will be higher because transportation, distance cost, and retainer fees will be added. The average cost for this type of photo is ₦18,000 – ₦180,000.
  • Birthday photoshoot: The cost depends on the number of photos taken, and it is usually taken in the studio. You should expect to pay from ₦3,000 – ₦15,000 for a birthday photoshoot.
  • Real estate photos: Depends on the location of the property, cost of extra equipment the photographer will need to bring in, and also the number of images needed. The average price for this is ₦54,000 – ₦540,000.
  • Family photoshoot: Cost depends on shoot location, time spent, and number of looks and also if a photo album, photo book or enlargement will be requested. Family photoshoot cost ₦10,000 – ₦50,000.
  • Fashion photography:  This covers shoots for magazines, publications, fashion lines and models. Cost will also cover setup time, number of images and location, this should be from ₦90,000 – ₦360,000.
  • Product photography: Depends on the special effect needed to shoot the products, shoot idea and the number of products to also be shot. Product photography can cost from  ₦15,000 – ₦80,000.
A product photography of cupcakes
Photography prices and packages in Nigeria
Type of PhotographyPrice Range
Engagement photo cost₦18,000 – ₦180,000
Wedding photography cost₦100,000 – ₦400,000
Event photography cost₦80,000 – ₦360,000
Birthday photoshoot cost₦3,000 – ₦15,000
Portrait photo shoot cost₦20,000 – ₦100,000
Real estate photography cost₦54,000 – ₦540,000
Drone and Aerial photography cost₦40,000 – ₦200,000
Family photo shoot cost₦10,000 – ₦50,000
Product photography cost₦15,000 – ₦80,000
Fashion photography cost₦90,000 – ₦360,000

Different Level of Expertise in Photography

  • Beginner: These are basically freelancers, or people who take photos as a hobby. It might not be a full time job for them, and their photo and editing skills are not as strong as full timers or professionals. However, this does not mean they can’t capture good moments, their editing skills may not affect much if you allow them capture most of the beautiful moments in the event. They charge from ₦1,000 – ₦8,000 per hour.
  • Amateur: They have no professional photography education, but take very decent pictures and have a portfolio. These are people that have little editing skill as well, but more experience. Similarly, they won’t make a mistake because they are already used to the kind of pictures they take. It will cost ₦9,000 – ₦36,000 per hour to hire an amateur photographer.
  • Student: They are usually undergoing education or apprenticeship under a professional in photography. They have a very decent editing skill and also a good experience but time and distance is always the issue as they already have a boss. They usually charge ₦18,000 – ₦36,000 per hour.
  • Semi-pro: They are part time photographers with a very high level of skill. These are people that have very good editing skills, major experiences with big events but they are not fulltime photographers. They can charge  ₦25,000 – ₦55,000 per hour for a photography session.
  • Professional: They are the highest level. They are more experienced and hiring them costs more than others. They are pros in the business, and are also considered celebrity photographers. For example, TY Bello and Kelechi Amadiobi here in Nigeria. They are more expensive and charge ₦40,000 – ₦150,000.

Experience Level, Hourly Rates and Number of Edited Images Prices

The way photographers make a quote on their prices in Nigeria is based on the number of hours or days and number of edited image. The table below shows the average price photographers in Nigeria charge.

Level of ExpertiseHourly Rate ( range)Per Edited Image (range)
Beginner₦1,000 – ₦8,000₦600 – ₦1,000
Amateur₦9,000 – ₦36,000₦2,000 – ₦4,000
Student₦18,000 – ₦36,000₦1,500 – ₦5,000
Semi-pro₦25,000 – ₦55,000₦3,000 – ₦10,000
Professional₦40,000 – ₦150,000₦10,000 – ₦100,000
A photographer holding his camera and memory card

Benefits of Hiring a Photographer

  • Consistency: A photographer is trained to take great photos and that is exactly what you are paying for, not just clicking the camera. So you can be rest assured that when you hire a professional photographer you will get great pictures consistently.
  • Creative ideas: If you have had to take pictures and you got stuck trying to figure out a new way to pose, it is because you are not a professional photographer. Photographers can be creative with new poses, type of background, lighting and effects.
  • Professional editing: Capturing good moments can be done subsequently by anybody attempting to take pictures. But with the knowledge of editing, a professional photographer would take your look from good to perfect.
  • Storytelling: Pictures are used to capture moments that will create a memory. All this will come together when all the pictures are taken in a way that they tell the story of an event properly. This is a feat that only professional photographers can achieve, they take you back to the moment by just going through the pictures.
  • Photography studio session: People looking for a photography studio near them would get a higher chance of finding one if they contact a photographer.
  • High picture quality: Professional cameras are really expensive because they take great pictures with high quality. Photographers usually have access to this cameras and they also know how best to use it.
  • Reliability: Since photographers make their living by taking pictures. They take their storage very seriously with a very reliable back up service. So nothing happens to your picture even if the worst happens.

How to Save Money on Photography?

  • Book early: If you are hiring a busy photographer on short notice, you might have to pay a lot. You should always book very early.
  • Bargain: This is one of the best part of being a Nigerian, you can always bargain with any service provider before accepting their quotes. How well you can bargain will determine the amount you will have to pay.
  • Hire for minimum time: When a photographer charges you based on the number of hours he/she would spend working. Make sure to waste as less time as possible. This means that he/she can start working when their service is needed. So you would avoid having your photographer sitting down doing nothing when you are paying for that time.
  • Hire local talent: Don’t spend money on transportation when you can hire a good photographer near you. Hiring a distance photographer would cost you more because you have to pay for accommodation and feeding for the period of time the photographer is needed.
  • Compare prices: You can get quotes from different photographers near you then you can decide which of them suits your budget. This also allows you to avoid paying an excessive amount for an average job.
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