Post # 47
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Look into how long it takes to prepare for the day, take the photos, and the process them after, how much editing software and website hosting costs, and how much camera equipment costs. Then, remember that this person draws down money probably only once a week, maybe three times in season, maybe less out of season. This is his or her livelihood.
Post # 48
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
I work for a photography company that offers a wide array of photography services. Our wedding prices are extemely competitive (I have only found 2 companies cheaper and they weren’t good) and are slightly more expensive than our family portrait prices.
1) We have 8 photographers more than capable of doing family portraits but 3 wedding photographers.
2) We go where ever, whenever you need us, for as long as you need us.
3) We include albums and photos.
4) There is SO much stress to wedding photography. You miss the shot of the family standing in front of the Christmas tree? That’s fine, take another. Or take 20. You miss the shot of the first kiss? You’re screwed.
5) Most photographers shoot weddings for 8-10 hours. Have you ever lugged around a 40 pound bag with a 10 pound barbell attached to your wrist? I have. It hurts.
6) 10 hours of shooting=20 hours of editing. At least. If you have blemishes that needs touch ups add another 10 hours.
Post # 49
I strongly dislike the “you get what you pay for” comments.Your post was so beyond well said!
Post # 50
@MrsKady: out of curiosity can I ask why? Pretty much in every aspect of life that is true. Sometimes you may get lucky and find someone on their way up that is under charging for a reason or someone who is charging too much ( which the market will correct) but for the most part in wedding photography or any purchase you pretty much do get what you pay for. That’s just how the free market system works. Similar quality almost always gets a similar price.
Post # 51
One thing to remember is that until relatively recently, most couples had professional photos of only the ceremony and formals afterward. When you start expecting the photographer to spend the whole day with you, shooting hundreds of photos that then have to be edited later, the cost is going to skyrocket.
Photographers spend a lot of time developing their skill. They need many hours to take and then edit all those photos. They have huge expenses for equipment, insurance, etc. So their fees aren’t unreasonable for what they offer. You just have to think about how much of what they offer is important to you.
Post # 52
People just don’t understand what goes behind all the work for those beautiful wedding photos. You get what you pay for.
Post # 53
@theEguarantee: I think a good photographer has every right to price her/him self accordingly. Often it includes a second shooter, hours of editing, and of course making sure we get every pricture we ask for. It requires being professional. Pretty much not eating/drinking the entire day. It also requires talent! You do not simply buy a pricey camera and become a photographer.
I’m paying $4000 for my photographer, and $4900 for my videographer.
Out of everything we are paying for, these are the few things we will have left, to pass down to my kids, to show my grandparents and anyone else who won’t be able to make it, and to be able to relive my wedding whenever I want. Will I watch the video every day? No. Will it last forever.. uh yeah. Thats the point of capturing moments.
My wedding will probably be aroung $25,000 for 120 people. Hopefully we’ll have less! We’ll see.
Post # 54
@NauticalDisaster: ‘Price has NOTHING to do with quality’
On what planet does price have nothing to do with quality?
Litteraly anything you will ever pay for will be less or more expensive depending on the quality or value of said product or service.
There’s a reason I don’t go to Great Cuts to get my hair done. There’s a reason I hate the quality of the fruits and vegetable at walmart, but love it at Planet Organic.. There’s a reason a shitty photographer is cheap and a good photographer is expensive.
Post # 56
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@theEguarantee: Because Photography is a hard job. You have to spend 8 hours or so on set shooting non stop, then you have to spend countless hours afterwards editing thousands of pictures, rearranging, working with the files, organizing, setting them up… if you’re not into photography you don’t understand how hard it is. It’s a lot of work that people don’t realize. Not to mention, it’s what they do for a living, and they have expensive equipment to pay for.
Post # 57
@Jbbee: on a post where someone canNOT afford something, saying ‘you get what you pay for’ is beyond rude, in my opinion. I agree that this is someone’s profession but don’t tell people to expect disaster if they are paying less than what you consider the norm. No one is down playing the hard work, just venting that they can’t understand the price and cannot afford it. I know photogs that do 1 hours shoots for $100 but call it an engagement session, that hour just became a $300 ‘investment’ I’m not saying that is widely practiced, just giving an example. I know a photographer that tried to tell me his price is X because he tells a story and chooses photos and blah blah blah. I took offense because he was down playing the photographer that I have as if her work isn’t just as good and even better than his. My photog is more experienced and does wonderful work. Her editing style is different from his and i like that. I want soft and romantic but I do love editorial style photos as well and she has that range. Furthermore all the shit talking in the world wouldn’t make me hire him because he is NOT IN MY BUDGET. I don’t need you bad mouthing my photog because she is in my budget. It’s frustrating enough that most don’t even post their fee but add to that the attitude of you get what you pay for… I’m keeping it moving regardless. Overall I don’t like the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ that would mean my wedding will suck because it’s under $10,000, my gown is horrid because it was $225, my ceremony site is gross because it’s $150, my reception venue, my DJ, my rentals….everything. My wedding can’t be great at all because I get what I pay for.
Post # 58
@Brittanyg20: I completely disagree with you. Sometimes you pay for branding ($$) while you can have exactly the same quality with something else. It is a choice I make in my life not to get influenced by brands, or name, and base my purchases ONLY on that. I shop, I look around, I compare price, and I strongly believe unknown brands or unknown vendors can be as good if not more than the big brand that’s full of itself and think its the best.
By the way I’m not talking about photographers I’m talking about pretty much everything that is sold huge amount of money while more affordable choices (and similar quality) exist. I see myself as a savvy saver. That does not mean I find photographers greedy or whatnot. I understand they have a life and things to pay on their own. But I hate being told I deserve to have shitty pics because I do not invest 5K into a wedding photographer.
Post # 59
There are lots of great article links in this thread about why wedding photography costs what it costs. I will never understand why this job we do gets scrutinized so much by brides to be. Do you question the DJ’s pricing? The caterer’s? The florist’s?
Be self employed in any field – it’s not easy, there are so many hidden costs involved it will boggle your mind. I know so many awesome photographers in the industry, and even the really really successful ones are not making “sick” amounts of money, and their profits come more from selling services to other photographers than they do actually shooting events.
Post # 60
@NauticalDisaster: yes I’m sure there are products and services, including photographers that under value themselves. But don’t expect it to get the most talented photographer for half the cost of others. That’s ridiculous.
Post # 61
@NauticalDisaster: I honesty agree to an extent. Look at Jasmine Star. Nice lady, don’t care about the controversy etc. She charges $10,000 per wedding. Not a great photographic talent. A great marketer and a great personality but an average good photographer. Her actual “worth” minus the experience is about half what she charges. What people are paying for is her “brand” and bragging rights that they hired her.