One of the biggest misconceptions about wedding photography is that it is an expensive fee for just one day. And this is definitely not the case. A wedding photographer doesn’t just show up on the day, shoot and take home a pretty pay packet, there is so much more involved.So here is a little overview of all the things that go into a wedding day.
Time is a big one. Time isn’t just about the 8-10 hours on the actual wedding day. It is the time emailing, organising, planning, shooting & editing the engagement session, editing and posting a sneak peek and preparing a slideshow for viewing. All in all around 40-50hours is spent per wedding. Sometimes 1-2 hours of this may be done before a booking is even made.
Another big factor that goes into a wedding fee is the customer experience with the photographer and the amount of experience the photographer has. For example an amazing photographer will create a wonderful experience on the day. They will be light ninjas, group coordinators, mother calmer, dress fluffers, flower pinners, time keepers, flyaway hair wranglers and directors of bridal parties. All this plus taking the most epic photos all day long.
Secondly the photographers experience also comes into play in their fee. How many years experience have they been photographing? How much continual learning are they doing to achieve the photos they envisage. Sometimes you might be incredibly lucky to snag a new to the industry talented photographer but generally the cheaper the fee the less experience they have.
The third factor that goes into the wedding fee isn’t just paying that photographer on the day for their services but it also goes towards running a business. Things like tax, insurance, gear, training, business expenses all those things that keep them in business. And when you really work it out, there is not much left over at the end of a wedding fee.
So you can see that when you really break it down, there is so much more involved in a wedding fee than just turning up and shooting on the day.
And it is totally ok if you don’t want to spend a huge amount on a photographer. Just find the best photographer within your budget. I understand that each couple has a different set of priorities and values around where they want to spend their wedding budget.
To give you an idea of what an average great photographer with years of experience will cost between $3,000 to $5,000. Again, there is much variation within the industry. If someone is a little cheaper than that it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a bad photographer. They might just be starting out, they might only do it on the side so they don’t have as many over heads or they only offer smaller package options. There are a many different reasons why a photographer’s wedding day price might vary.
At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. How much are you willing to spend on the only keepsake you will have to remember your wedding day by? Is it worth the investment to you?