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Why Wedding Photography is Expensive

Guest Post By: Naomi Shaw


The average cost for a wedding in 2014 was over $30,000. Your wedding is indeed a special day, but spending money anywhere near that amount may cause you to look for corners to cut. Wedding photography may be one area on the chopping block. Before you scrimp on photos, consider a few reasons why pinching pennies in this area may cost you more in the long run.

Pay for a Professional

Wedding photography runs the gamut of prices, experience, and ability. Anyone with a camera and business card can pass themselves off as a wedding photographer. You may get lucky and some have, but do you want to leave the vital job of documenting such a momentous occasion to luck? There are no do-overs for this wedding day and as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”

Hiring a professional with a proven track record may cost you more in dollars, but you can save on stress and frustration of dealing with someone who isn’t up to par. If a wedding photographer is late, arrives ill-equipped, or lacks the training and experience to capture your memories in a manner that you’ll love for years to come, you’ll have wasted good money.

A professional photographer has a portfolio or accomplished work and slew of positive referrals. That is important. Professional photographers own the right equipment, lenses and accessories to shoot your wedding regardless of atmospheric challenges. They are able to combine the technical skills with the creative aspect to tell the story of you day. Professional photographers aren’t hired to just take pictures. Anyone with an iPhone these days can do that and share it on social media. No. You’re hiring someone with the talents to bring your wedding back to life in pictures for decades to come.

Additionally, you’ll want to work with someone who is an engaged part of the ceremony without taking away from the event. A professional photographer knows how to capture the magic of the wedding without becoming a focal point and distraction.


Pay for the Process

Wedding photographers charge $3700 on average. Their time extends far beyond the wedding day if they are to create a worthy product – which you’ll absolutely want. Wedding photographers must meet with you before to understand what you want and do not want. A photographer worth his or her fee will want to learn your personality and develop a plan so that they can start the day on track.

You might want to have pre-wedding festivities documented as well.  

After the ceremony, photographers must curate and edit the shots from the thousands that were Photography can be largely subjective. Hefty price tag doesn’t automatically equate to customer satisfaction.

taken over the course of your events. Editing can take up to 30 hours beyond the wedding day. Finally, the album must be assembled so that the presentation is complete.

Pay for the right person

If you plan to invest in a quality photographer, increase your chances of success by:

  • Reviewing their past work thoroughly. There’s no need to move forward with a  photographer if their past work doesn’t capture your attention and appeal to your taste.

  • Interviewing previous customers. Referrals are the best way to scout out a positive potential in photography. The mechanics of taking  well-formed pictures should not overshadow a photographer who is ill-suited to work with you. You need photographers who are prompt, professional, and generally pleasant to work with.

  • Ensuring they accommodate your vision. Make sure the photographer is open to incorporate your wishes. Be explicit and let them know if you prefer candid shots, want your album to tell a story, or prefer posed photographs instead. The right photographer will incorporate your desires and personality into their work and not try to create cookie cutter productions.

The wedding photographer’s price might seem steep. Before you slash the budget for photos, keep in mind you’re paying for more than eight hours of snapping photos on the day of your wedding. This person has one shot to get it right. Long after the dress no longer fits and the ring has been traded in, your wedding photos will serve as the lasting visual reminder of one of the best days of your life. Entrust the job of documenting this occasion to someone who’s proven they can deliver.

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