There is no one size fits all when choosing a wedding photographer because each photographer is very different based on their background, style, years of experience, values, client experience, and business model. What’s important to keep in mind and first and foremost when choosing a photographer shouldn’t be simply the cost, but also the other factors that add value to what you’re paying for. The goal of this post is to help you get a better understanding of pricing, costs, and value that goes into wedding photography. Also, keep in mind that these are based on the trends we’ve seen for wedding photography in 2021 and specifically in our own market.
It’s not just about booking the most affordable photographer possible but rather it’s about booking the RIGHT photographer to suit your needs and vision for your wedding day. As mentioned earlier, there is a wide range in which a wedding photographer might cost you. We’ve broken it down for you to see some of the different ranges may be and what that typically means for each photographer.
Other factors that may affect the cost of your photographer can go well beyond your photographer’s experience and style. For example, what is included in their pricing and packages? Here are some things to look for when you receive your photography quote and make sure that whatever you end up booking aligns with what you’re looking for.
While each wedding a photographer is different, there is a lot that goes into shooting a wedding that people often forget. Here are few things that contribute to the cost:
Wedding photography takes a lot of time! For example, every one hour of shooting typically ends up being 2-4 hours of editing for photography. While this might vary from photographer to photographer, this has been generally true for us. So with that in mind, per wedding, a photographer will likely spend:
This all adds up to be anywhere from 30 to 70+ hours of time spent on just one wedding! (This is not counting the hours they spend communicating with clients who don’t end up booking with them).
Camera gear and expenses add up! On top of the amount of time it takes to service a wedding, photographers have a lot of expenses that add up. Here are some of the costs that go into photography businesses:
There are things missing from this list… but you can probably see my point! It’s expensive to keep a photography business running, and it’s not unrealistic for photographers to have $20,000 or more in expenses some years. Plus, don’t forget the hefty business taxes that are owed.
Over time, many photographers burn out from undervaluing their time and end up not pursuing photography further. If you appreciate someone’s portfolio and services, consider investing in their work. Understand that photographers don’t arbitrarily charge “an arm and a leg” for their services, they’re trying to offset their expenses and have put in a lot of time, investments, and hard work to add value to what they are able to offer.
Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. You want to capture every single moment and have it recorded so you can look back on and remember for years to come. That’s why investing in a high quality wedding photographer is so important – they are responsible for preserving those memories forever.
A professional wedding photographer will have the skills, experience and equipment to capture the most beautiful images that you will cherish forever. They know how to use light and composition to make sure each photo is stunningly unique. A wedding photographer also understands that time is of the essence, so they are efficient in their work without compromising on quality and making sure no special moment goes unnoticed.
By investing in a wedding photographer, they will be able to capture the emotion and atmosphere of your big day. Emotionally charged images are often the most powerful ones – and these are the kinds of photos that will leave you feeling nostalgic years down the line. Moreover, experienced wedding photographers can also provide helpful advice on how you can get the most out of your photos, such as helping you find the best location for the perfect shot.
Wedding photography is an art form, and it takes a great deal of skill to capture genuine emotion from the day. That’s why it’s important that you don’t skimp on quality when choosing a wedding photographer. Make sure you find one who has the experience, knowledge and equipment to really do justice to your big day. Investing in a high quality wedding photographer will ensure that you have beautiful photos to look back on for years to come.
If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve probably learned a thing or two about wedding photography and pricing. When it comes for choosing your photographer, it’s important that you consider all of these factors and look into what you’re able to spend and make sure you put that towards what you value. For some people, that might be just $500 and that’s okay! We wouldn’t be where we are if people didn’t take the chance to invest in us early on. Fast forward to now and we have invested so much more into this business, and the experience and value our clients get out of it is worth so much more because of it. So, please consider all the factors when making your wedding day photographer decision. You can’t re-do your wedding day, and so invest in what you value when it comes to how your day is captured 🙂
We are a husband and wife wedding photography and videography team specializing in weddings and elopements. If you’re interested in our work and would like to connect, you can fill out our contact form using the link above and we’d love to connect and see if we might be a good fit for your wedding day!
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