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

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 137
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cookecutter51:  good for you mom! And who wouldn’t want to shoot early evening/sunset! Much better than the noon time most photographers end up with. That time of day is much more flattering! 

Post # 138
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cookecutter51:  I was actually born very close to you in Fredericton. We probably researched the same photogs:)

Post # 139
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I haven’t read every post here and I am not a photographer, but a graphic designer Who is every familiar with photoshop and editing. Good photographers are not just working on your wedding the 8 or so hours of your actual event… Good photographers take the time to get to know their clients before, they follow your boards on pintrest and talk to you on the phone. They put serveral hours of pre-work into each wedding so they have a feel for their clients as a couple and their style. Then their is the actual event… Most photographers have a second shooter so they can be in two places as once capturing you getting ready with your girls while also capturing what the guys are up to. Many times they almost become a part of the wedding party / family, and take on extra duties like helping Nana with her corsage or sewiing a hole in the best mans pants! And then they have to seemly melt into the background and be out of the way while still doing thier job. And then there is the talent… Photogrphers are not just photo edititors who have learned photoshop (really learning photoshop is not just playing with a few filters its an extremely complex software), but they have a eye for composition even in un-staged candid moments! They are artists who have gift! As a designer, I truly appreciate what my photographers will bring to my wedding day, and as a bride, I am truly grateful that they will take so much care! 

Post # 140
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@CPearson1016:  Most of us do understand all of the points you mentioned.  The work and times that goes into editing and post-production wasn’t the reason why this thread got so heated in the first place

Post # 141
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think this thread is cool and could not help but comment…

I teach now but did photography 15+ years.  I didn’t do wedding photography but I knew a lot of wedding photographers.  I’m not going to justify what anyone charges.  But, one thing that does stand true for photography is that its a luxary.  Photographers like anyone else will charge based on what people (brides) are willing to pay.  

Theres a cup cake place in New York.  Everyone says they charge way to much and the damn cupcakes aren’t that good.  But, the line wraps around the building every morning anyway with people wanting to buy those cupcakes.  Are the cupcakes worth the money?  Will they ever lower the price of those cupcakes?  I think they charge what they charge because they can.  As long as people pay thats the way it is.

1.  The cost of advertising is great especally if you put an ad in a major mag or a banner on something like facebook.

2.  The cost of equiptment is extensive for wedding photographers.  Yes, it can be written off over so many years.

3.  If the wedding photographer is serious he will have ‘wedding photographer insurance.’  This is what most brides are not aware of when they pay those high prices for photographers.  Let me cover a little of what this insurance does.  If you have ever met any bride ever or are one yourself then you can guess at the anger which would happen if the pictures come out crappy.  And it happens because its part of life.  Equiptment fails and or breaks, weather affects lighting, etc.  A brides state of mind is a main reason why wedding photographers charge so much money.  I could always do a model portfolio shoot over.  Sure the model would have been slightly irritated, but no big deal.  So, the pressure is on for the wedding photographer.  Not this wedding insurance makes it so if the equiptment fails, if the photographer forgets to put film in his camera, if all the pictues are destroyed somehow that is when the insurance kicks in.  This insurance will pay for the wedding party to fly back to wherever the wedding took place, will pay for people missing work, flights, for tuxes to be rented again, make-up artists, venues, will pay for your wedding cake again, hair stylists to make your wedding happen all over again.

 

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