"Why Wedding Photographers' Prices are 'Whack'"

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

I understand why photographers cost so much, but I wish photographers would offer more options. Like maybe I don’t want edited prints or an engagement photo package or for you to be there from before the wedding on all day. A lot of photographers have this all or nothing mentality and that’s what bothers me the most.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

a_day_at_the_fair:  I would say it probably protects them. Many people will push and push and change their minds. Example: I have a policy at my work regarding payment, and I’ve had people literally beg me to do something a different way that would be easier fo them and we go around and around. I get permission to bend the policy (not a huge impact, but annoying if they don’t follow through) and confirm the conditions “I do X and you will do Y. If you don’t follow through we will automatically charge Z” etc etc. I stopped bending though because people never followed through then made it into a problem every time.

Every. Single. Time.

I have a feeling it’s easier to handle customers for them if they have set packages. No waffling. No precious time wasted. No mind changes.

Some flexibility is great, but people can be pretty crappy and have no qualms being a pain.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Rappig:  I work in a custom business so I know how wishy washy people can sometimes be. That said, it’s something that just comes along with the territory when you’re working in a customer service type of business (which wedding photography is, and I think sometimes photographers forget that.)

My issue is playing $3k+ for a package filled with stuff that I might not want and then I just have to trust the person that what they give me I will like. It’s kind of a crap shoot, because if what they deliver is not something I like, it’s not like it can be changed. There’s only one shot at it. 

It’s not the amount of money I have an issue with, I just feel like for that amount of money I should be allowed to have more say in what happens, and often times you don’t get that with photographers

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My DH initiallly railed against the cost of photography (and he’d been married before so I thought he’d be prepared for what it costs!) and started googling budget wedding photography when the quotes started rolling in. He was pretty much dividing the cost by the number of hours the photog would be with us and coming up with some stupidly high per hour wage they were earning. I tried to explain editing, equipment cost, training, limited number of weddings a year etc. and the fact that I photos were very important to me so I wanted decent quality ones but he only begrudginly agreed to the price of the final one we booked (3k for unlimited hours coverage. A steal for where we live for the quality of photog she was). Now after having had the wedding he totally gets it and says she was worth more than we paid. Thank goodness!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

a_day_at_the_fair:  I agree. I wish more photographers were focused on the customer service part of their job than the artist part of their job. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I believe in my area there is enough variety in photographers out there to meet every couples needs. I also believe the issue is that a lot of people want Annie Leibovitz photos for Uncle Bob prices. As a PP pointed out, wedding photography is not just about the art and composition, but also having the skill and savvy to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments.

Also I think photographers do all day packages/pricing because first, I’m guess that’s what most people want, and also if they do one wedding on a Saturday for a few hours, what are the chances of them being able to book another gig? All the time and expense it takes for thembot be there for a few hours probably doesn’t cover there costs for taking these work. But again, I believe it depends on what kind of photographer you’re looking for, their skill level, experience, etc. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, they’re out to make money. It’s no big secret. My photographer had the contracts set up to nickel and dime me to death at every turn. My advice to anyone hiring one is to shop around. I’m out over 5 grand and have ZERO photographs of my husband and I on our wedding day.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

lorelai:  I was interested in reading the link but it isn’t working. 🙁

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

 

HappySky7:  What happened? Do you mean no prints or no digital files either?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

 

lorelai:  the link is not working

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think we really have to distinguish two different questions.  The first is, “Are photographers making an obscene amount for the work they are doing?”  And the answer to that is no.  They need expensive equipment, they have to spend a lot of time getting trained, they spend more time editng photos than they do taking them, they put a lot of money into getting the best quality prints and albums, etc.

But the second question is, “Is it worth it to spend this much on photography?”  Decades ago, people would have a professional photographer only for the ceremony, and perhaps a few formals afterward.  Now, couples often have two photographers, who cover getting ready, the ceremony, formals (taken all over town, not just a few at the ceremony site), and the entire reception, often 10 hours or more.  And that’s not counting engagement pictures, bridal portraits, and even a trash the dress session the day after the wedding.  Not only does this cost thousands of dollars, but it often means the couple spends more time on their wedding day getting artsy photography than they do seeing the guests who have traveled from all over the country to be there.

So for those couple who since at the cost of photography, consider how much photography is really important to you.  And for heaven’s sake, don’t shortchange your actual guests in order to create photographs that make the wedding look much better than it actually was!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

lorelai:  I think if you look you can find a great photographer at a decent price. We are paying our photog $800 for 6 hours, the rehearsal and another $125 for engagement photos and any other extra sessions we may want (ex. Bridal portraits).

As other bees said, the link is not linked to a page that has anything on it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

2dBride:  +8 million.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

2dBride:  yesss. I love photos and wanted good shots of us and we managed to get all of our bridal party/couple shots while cocktail hour (and a bit) was going on. I went to one wedding where there was a massive gap between ceremony finishing and reception starting at the same venue (and food/drink did not start to be served straight away, we had to wait an hour or so) so the couple could have five million artsy photos taken of them together. How many good photos do you really need? Ultimately you cannot fit 1000 photos into a normal size album or framed on your wall.

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