(Closed) Why is wedding photography so expensive?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 16
636 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We got quite lucky and booked a photographer who was just starting to do weddings on his own. He had done maybe 5 as a second shooter and one or two on his own. He was there for a solid 12 hours, only took a quick break to have dinner, and got all the shots we wanted. He also sent a second shooter to the hotel DH was getting ready at at no extra charge, because the guy was an amateur. I’m very happy with our photos. Wedding photography is very hard work and extraordinarily time-consuming. SIL had a family friend (I think) who must have been an amateur and the colour is completely off if ALL her photos!! Her accent colour was turquoise but there’s this extra green filter on all her photos that the colours are totally different. She and Brother-In-Law look greenish in all their portraits. Honestly, $1500 sounds pretty reasonable to me. I’d cut another area to allow for it, but photos were really important to me.

Post # 17
8600 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Because they do a highly in demand job that requires a great level of skill, talent, time, experience, and gear. Why shouldn’t they make money. Your friend is a STEAL. You can have a family member do it but they wont look pro. If that doesnt matter to you and you just want some snap shots to look back on, by all means. 

For reference: we’re paying an experienced, often published pro and its 6700 for the day. And only a 9 hour day. You get what you pay for (and that goes for free, too) when it comes to lots of things but definitely wedding photography. 

Post # 18
5879 posts
Bee Keeper

Photography is one area for me that’s important and priority. It’s the only tangible memory you have. It’s a skill set that I’m willing to pay for. 

Post # 19
43 posts

Photography isn’t really THAT important to us. First we were going with a woman who was going to charge us 2,000..but the photos from our engagement session looked terrible.  Now we are paying only 750 for a “beginner”  and the engagement photos he took came out amazing so I guess it just depends.  We don’t consider the photos to be a huge deal though because really we will probably only hang one or two and the rest will be in an album somewhere.. 🙂 

Post # 20
189 posts
Blushing bee

$2900 is actually pretty inexpensive. I start at $3500 and my pricing is pretty average for where I live. A lot of people start at 5-7k! Wedding photography isn’t cheap, but it’s a luxury! You get what you pay for when it comes to photographers…that’s for sure.

In this day and age where it seems like everyone has a camera and is a “photographer” it’s easy to forget that pro photogs have years of training, thousands and thousands of dollars of equipment, website costs, marketing costs, travel, personal property, business insurance, professional licenses, etc. And that’s not including taxes, which are 30 percent at least. We also work very hard! It’s not uncommon for me to work 60 hours a week during busy season. A lot of people think we show up on Saturday and take photos and then leave, but during the week I’m corresponding with current and potential clients, helping them with timelines, editing roughly 1200 images a wedding, marketing my business, bookkeeping, networking, etc. 

If photography isn’t important to you, by all means, dont feel like you HAVE to spend $$$ on it. Because you dont. There are tons of newbie photogs out there who’d be willing to do your wedding for not much. But if you care about photos, you won’t regret investing in someone who will do a great job!

Post # 21
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think the first question we should be asking here is, is this high school friend a professional photographer with a great portfolio? If so, $2900 is fair.

Post # 22
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

The photographer I just booked on the low end is $2000. Their highest priced package is $3000, however, this does not include an album, additional timing you may want, engagement sessions, and extensive editing. I will also have to find the videographer separately. The reason I chose them was because they were so affordable AND take wonderful wedding photos. I live in NY, I recognize that prices vary based on location too. 

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