(Closed) Starting to understand the costs of photography

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
74 posts
Worker bee

I totally get the costs.  I think part of it is the stress level too – most photoshoots are posed and can be recreated in a worst case scenario where the photos don’t turn out or something happens to the equipment, but if a photographer misses a moment like the first kiss at a wedding, they can’t just go back and shoot that later.  They have to be hyper-aware of everything happening at all times for the several hours they’re at a wedding and they have to keep each bride’s list of wanted photo moments in mind, which can differ from one wedding to the next.  I suspect that’s super stressful!  And of course then the sheer number of hours spent editing that many photographs and backing them all up.

Post # 4
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I totally can see why good photography is worth so much. I initially had a small amount set aside from our budget for pictures.  After seeing a lot of different photographers work I was in love with the one we ended up picking (Kate McElwee) but she was more than 3 times the amount that we thought we wanted to pay but the ones that fit that smaller budget just didn’t fit what we were looking for.

I think a lot of the money is for the talent.  It’s not only that they have so much expensive equipment but they also have to have a great eye and be able to take great pictures.  We are not regretting the choice to spend so much on ours at all. 

For me pictures are my memories (I have a horrible memory but pictures help trigger my memory) and I want really good pictures for my wedding day 🙂

Post # 5
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

All great points.  The other thing we have against us is the staggering cost of being self employed.  Even charging 2500-5000 for each wedding by no means equates to an extravagant lifestyle.  But we love what we do.

Post # 6
1587 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Obviously everyone (including myself) would like an amazing photographer for a stellar price… However for Fiance and I we decided that photos were super important and we splurged. We’ve been questioned to the end and back about why we would spend so much anhalve to sacrifice other aspects of our wedding but this was what we wanted.  Money well spent

Post # 7
739 posts
Busy bee

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

This is how it breaks down for me. 1/4 Taxes 1/4 Keeping my family alive and safe 1/2 keeping my business running. All that equipment and software has to be updated every two or so years and has to be insured. Plus, client products, studio samples, and marketing it all adds up very quickly.

Post # 8
3947 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Happy to see this!

If you just glance at any decent camera or camera lens you’ll understand even more why prices are what they are for photography – the equipment is out this world expensive. 

Post # 9
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh yeah, no question. Our photographer isn’t expensive (even for the area where she lives), but she is definitely worth it, and I am SO glad that we found her and were able to book her! A friend of mine recently had her engagement photos done, and they were…awful. This is after she told me that she’s having two weddings, no budget, etc. I did a little digging and saw how much they paid and was not at all surprised, unfortunately.

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