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Reasons why Wedding Photography is Expensive

Dec 8th 2015 at 9:17 AM




The wonderful world of photography can be so expensive, but it’s worth every cent of it. Most couples are always surprised by the seemingly high price tag of wedding photography when they ask about your pricing and packages. What they don’t realize is that what they’re paying for is much, much more than just the 8 hours of their wedding days. Here are reasons why wedding photography appears to be so expensive.


1. Equipment.

They have better equipment meaning better quality photos. Quality professional photography equipment are expensive. All professional wedding photographers should have at least two cameras, several lenses for different shots and flashes and speed lights, batteries, memory cards, lens filters, umbrellas, light stands – all of these do not come cheap. Equally important for their work are high quality computers and professional editing software, such as Light room and Photoshop, not forgetting other miscellaneous costs.


2. Time.

You might think of wedding photography as a ‘few hours’ assignment but think about it: the photographer has to spend time travelling to the location of wedding, the set up time, time spent talking at venue, time spent in negotiations before the shoot, the actual shoot, transferring and backing up the data, post processing, reviewing with couples, delivering the photos or scheduling a pick up. In a nutshell, the images don’t just magically turn into the gorgeous photos; it needs time and patience to come up with photos that give you nothing but sweet memories of the day you walked down the aisle. And we all know; time equals money.


3. Education.

Anyone in the world can call themselves a wedding photographer if they have the money for the equipment, but what really makes a professional wedding photographer is having the skills and talent to take beautiful pictures in such a high-paced, dynamic environment. And this is what is paid for – the knowledge and expertise.




4. It’s a Luxury.

Weddings are affordable but what makes it expensive is what you want. Luxury is something you want but don’t actually need. Clients aren’t paying for services and time only but also for the luxury of preserving their precious, once-in-a-lifetime memories.

5. Photo extras.

Everything costs something – albums, websites, packaging, shipping said packages, client gifts, paying second shooters, professional memberships and business management systems as well as travel expenses. Albums are extraordinarily expensive and take time to design. All these are often factored into the wedding photography prices.

6. They have a trademark style.

With experienced wedding photographers there is nothing like a lucky shot. They’ve honed their skills and practiced their art in producing a collection or remarkable shots. After admiring their product that they’ve displayed on their blog or portfolio, you can rest easy in the knowledge that you aren’t just hiring a photographer but their personal photographic style as well.


7. Living costs.

A full time photographer also needs to keep up with life expenses which keep rising – groceries, rent/ mortgage, babysitters, insurance and utility bills, which we all deal with.


8. Technology.

Pro photographers keep themselves and their gears up to date with the rapidly evolving technology. They find things that perfectly match their clients’ taste. They will be using the best technology available.

9. Returns.

You get only what you pay for; if you want high quality photos, go for professional photographer. If you want something cheap and easy, any photographer with zero professional background would do for you.


10. Assistants and help.

They may have a small team working with them either on location or back in the studio. The photographer pays them for their work from his income.


What costs nothing is worth nothing. Use your eyes and mind when considering a professional Dorset wedding photographer. It’s not a job that anyone can do. Your wedding photos will be the only thing that lasts once the day is done and you’ll remember what a special day it was.


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