(Closed) Why is wedding photography soooo expensive!!??

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Newbee

@PizzutiStudios:  You mentioned that your starting price is $3600 for 8 hours.  Does this mean that if a bride only wants 5 hours of time, you’d still charge the same amount? 

 

I’m just curious – no offense meant! 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

While I completely understand why prices are so high (and this truly depends on region and market) it doesn’t mean that brides shouldn’t be able to whine a little. Spending that much money on one vendor (and photography can easily eat up the most money) is a huge deal. Weddings are expensive. I have a hard time wanting to spend $4000 on one of anything!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@PizzutiStudios:  Thanks for this. Strangely enough, I was thinking about this topic this morning. 

Photography was definitely my splurge for the wedding. Actually, I had a few – photography, my wedding band, and my cake topper. The common thread between these three is that they’re few on the tangible things I will have once my wedding is over. I can’t keep centrepieces or chair covers or late night menu items (not that they’re not important… I just didn’t want to break the bank on any of these). I’ll have my cake topper proudly displayed on my mantle, my wedding band proudly on my finger, and beautiful photography proudly displayed around my house, and given as gifts to my parents. It’s the only thing I can tangibly look back on to remember the day.

Not only that – it’s not just the time the photographer spends at your wedding – I’m sure HOURS go into editing the pictures to turn around to the couple. (Not that I would know – I’m not a photographer)

I always find these “Why are photographers SO expensive??” boards funny. A lot of brides don’t blink at spending hundreds/thousands of dollars on a dress they’ll wear for mere hours. I guess everyone’s wedding vision is different, though.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I get tired of seeing posts where photographers justify their pricing. Why bother? If someone values you and can afford you, they will pay. If they don’t value your service or can’t afford it, they won’t. No amount of explaining wthat change that. You don’t need to tell people how little you make or how you spend our money. Your price is your price. You don’t owe it to anyone to live modestly. It’s a business. Charge as much as people are willing to pay for your talents and spend the money as you wish. I own my own business and if people don’t like my price they are free to go elsewhere. Forget this justification garbage. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Sometimes a bride only has a certain amount of money. For me, I can only afford to spend $1,300 on my photography budget. In my case, the money literally doesn’t exist anywhere else. It’s not that I “don’t want” to spend the money, it’s that $1,300 is ALL I HAVE. Unless I want to start eating cup-o-noodle tomorrow for every meal and shut off my electricity, I literally cannot afford a penny higher.

 

When I contact a photographer and ask if there’s a chance he/she can work with my budget, I make it a point to be extreeeeemely polite; I never mean to offend his/her talent or question his/her worth. But when I get a snotty response from said photographer, it makes me pissed off. Especially when I went through such great lengths to be polite in my email.

 

And one could get into hours of debate about how you can achieve the same look with a $500 camera and 20 mins of a free downloaded copy of Adobe Photoshop… but that’s another topic.

 

I understand your reasoning for pricing. I have a lot of friends who have their own graphic design/web design/tshirt printing/dinner catering businesses… they all sit down and figure out their price and costs. So that’s cool. I get it. Just don’t go shaming brides who are upset because they can’t afford the best. Some of us poor chicks need a place to vent. That’s what the ‘bee is for. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@BrideNH:  I dont think most photographers will charge the same for 8 as they do for 5. Although some photographers might have a minimum # of hours they will work on Saturdays or during peak months. My photographer charged $300 per hour and then charged $500 for the DVD of images. We ended up going with a 7 hour package though and not doing the hourly thing since it wasnt too much more to jump from 6 hours to the 7 hour package.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@LadyMoriarty:  Some of us poor chicks need a place to vent. That’s what the ‘bee is for.

lololol yeah thats true sometimes!!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I appreciate you explaining this to those of us who wonder where the money goes. 

But I still cannot afford it, I wouldn’t be able to afford that unless we pushed the wedding back another two years, which just isn’t an option. 

Oh well. Thanks for this though!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Atlanticbride:  +1

There is no need to keep justifying your expenses. I also ran my own business for years and there is always going to be people that don’t like your costs, say you’re charging too much, etc. LET IT GO! It is not a direct insult to you. Most of the time it is just frustration being let out by a bride that is having problems.

Also there are a few examples where brides have been venting about service (sometimes without mentioning cost). I don’t care how much you pay…if someone is charging for a service then they better provide it or the customer has a right contact them until they do (Or take them to court).

And before anyone assumes anything. I am spending $5K on my photographer. I absolutely love his work and he is one of the best. That being said I also understand that sometimes there is just NO MORE MONEY! My first wedding was like that. We had a semiprofessional and the pics were good but the service was still excellent! There is no reason why service can’t be polite and courteous no matter what amount is paid!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@LadyMoriarty: I love this 😀 You said what I was thinking.

I’m spending exactly $510 on a photographer fresh out of school because I literally cannot afford anything else. I am not even entirely sure how we will afford this amount.

I promise not to come back whine if any of the photos are less than perfect but I think ladies should be able to vent about prices. We ALL wish we could aford a $3800 + price tag.

It’s too bad there are no Photographer Replica shops that can produce an amazing photographer for a fraction of the cost 😉

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

All I’m going to say is that if can afford $5K for pics?  Good for you!  $3K?  Good for you!  Even $1500?  Good for you.  Also, what’s $3000 in one city, it’s $2500 at another.

If there is something that kinda bothers me is the whole “if you don’t spend a certain amount of money, it’s crap” statements.  I would rather spend something that I’m happy with (for me, pics are very important but want to stay within our own means) and doesn’t break the bank than to go broke.  Same goes with everything else like the dress… you pay what you can afford.  There’s no need to bring someone down for spending more or less.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@BeeRod527:  +1 And sometimes the expensive photographers are still crap…so then what is the excuse? Also having great service…I mean responding quickly to emails, being courteous and polite, being pleasant to work with…those cost nothing. It bothers me when someone is talking about the service side and it’s still the same ‘You get what you pay for’ statements. I have been around high prices photographers that were just rude. If you questioned them they looked down on you for criticizing them as an ‘artist’. Yes, you may be an artist but if *I* am paying you thousands I better damn well be happy with the art!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@LadyMoriarty:  yesss!!!! We get it why it cost so much people explain it all the time sometimes you just want to b**** about it lol.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I honestly can’t believe that business people of all types don’t understand that politeness and respect, promptness and courtesy are free to other. In my business 50% of my clients don’t know a good job from a bad job. They just know that we are the best. 90% of that comes from how we treat them. I’m going to imagine a higher percentage of brides don’t really know good Photography from very good photography. So giving a great experience is how you keep and run a business. That being said, providing a good experience is expensive. I spend over $200/ client in just extras and conveniences. I am actually talented in customer service. But that comes with experience and education. Lots of low price photographers are going to be lacking that. Honestly, I looked long and hard to find my photographer and I’m spending a lot. Because of the talent, reputation, professionalism and experience. I understand I’m paying for all those factors because few have it! 

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