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Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”

Earlier today my friend and fellow photographer posted a link to a craigslist ad from a woman in Seattle looking for a wedding photographer. The woman was upset because she thought that $3,000 for a wedding photographer was “wack” because all we do “is hang out at a wedding taking tons of photos and editing them” and that we are “making so much money its crazy.”

I first read this post earlier today while I was running errands and my head almost exploded. I immediately started drafting a horribly mean and punishing response in my head, but by the time I got home, I realized that this is probably a common misconception and that maybe I should try to explain why photographers charge what we do for our work.

Before I post my response, I want to thank all of my brides who appreciate my work and think that I am worth the price. This response is not meant to offend anyone. I understand many people are on a budget — especially in this economy — and I understand planning a wedding is both expensive and overwhelming. I always try my best to work with my couples and offer customized and discounted packaging options for those who are on a tighter budget.

I just want to state again, that being a photographer doesn’t mean that we wake up in the morning, photograph a wedding for 8 hours and then go home and our job is done. Those of us who are lucky enough to be able to support ourselves as full time photographers don’t just work as photographers. We are also small business owners, which also comes with the job of doing all of our own marketing, sales, accounting, scouting, art directing, managing our offices and studios, being our own webmasters, doing our own post production, designing, blogging, being students, being mentors, researching, etc…

Sorry for the novel. Here was my response:


Dear Bride,

I am a wedding photographer in the Erie, PA area. Wedding season only last about 4 months here, so I photograph an average of 20 weddings per year for an average of $2,500/wedding (which totals about $50,000/year).

  • That being said, I am a small business owner, so I pay all of my taxes, totaling about $15,000/year, which leaves me with a gross income of around $35,000
  • Of that $35,000 I pay $600/month in rent for my small house and garage which I converted into my studio (which is where I would be editing your wedding images). $35,000 – $7,200 = $27,800
  • Then I have my car, which I would use to get me to and from your wedding, which I pay $400/month for the lease, plus $200/month in car insurance. $27,800 – $7,200 = $20,600
  • To get to your (and my other brides) wedding consultation, second wedding pre-consultation, the wedding itself, and to and from the printers I spend $840/year in gas money. $20,600 – $840 = $19,760
  • I also have $500/year insurance in case you sue me, or if any of your drunk guests would happen to break any of my equipment. $19,760 – $500 = $19,260
  • You also probably found me through my website, which I pay $30/month for hosting, and another $30/month so that you can view your photos online and share the images with your friends and family. $19,260 – $720 = $18,540
  • Or perhaps you found me through my advertisements in the newspaper or local bridal magazines, or a bridal show that you attended that I paid to have a booth at. $18,540 – $1,000 = $17,540
  • I also pay $250/month for my own health insurance in case I were to get hurt at your wedding. $17,540 – $3,000 = $14,540
  • I pay $200/wedding for a second shooter for your wedding, so that you can have more images and different angles, as to make sure you get the best images possible at your wedding. $14,540 – $4,000 = $10,540
  • I also need to have a new pair of shoes ($100) every season because my shoes get worn out and dirty from season to season. $10,540 – $100 = $10,440
  • I need high speed internet so I can upload all of your images online, my home phone for my business and my cell phone so I can communicate with you. $10,440 – $2,500 = $7,940
  • Oh yes, and I also pay a lawyer to make sure my contracts are iron clad and an accountant to make sure that I am paying all of the taxes I need. $7,940 – $500 = $7,440
  • Sometimes I attend workshops and seminars to teach me how to better my business, and make my client happier (that would be you), as well as keep up on the trends and learn new techniques so that I can make sure you have the best quality images available.

That would technically leave me with about $7,000/year to feed myself, buy groceries, pay for my heat and electricity, clothe myself, etc. But, usually I end up reinvesting whatever I have left on upgrades and new equipment:

During your wedding, I bring my professional equipment that I use so that I can make sure you have the highest quality images.

  • I have 2 Canon 5D Mark II cameras (because you always need a backup in case of a camera malfunction, which would ruin your big day’s photographs) which cost $2,500/camera = $5,000
  • I also have quality lenses which can capture your special moments in low light situations:
    Canon 24-70 f/2.8 lens = $1,200
    Canon 70-200 f/2.8 lens = $1,300
    Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens = $500
    Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro = $600
  • …and I have speed lights to catch the fun moments at your reception:
    2 x Canon 580EX II = $1,200
  • Also multiple battery backups and memory cards, lens filters, light stands, umbrellas, light boxes, external battery packs and a bag to carry everything in = $1,500
  • Because this is equipment, sometimes I need to have it serviced or cleaned to make sure it is all working properly = $200

After spending 8-10 hours at your wedding, I then come home to my home office and spend about 20-25 hours editing your images, creating your album, blogging about your wedding, posting pictures on Facebook, ordering you prints and burning your DVDs.

  • I edit your photographs using a 27-inch iMac computer = $2,500.
  • I edit your photographs on Adobe Lightroom ($200) and Adobe CS5 ($400 for the upgrade and $900 for the new program).
  • I print your DVDs on a printer which costs $300 and which uses $200/year in ink.
  • I buy the DVDs and jewel cases you’re getting printed for $300/year
  • I archive all of your photographs on 2 x 2TB external hard drives = $500.
  • I also back up all of my photographs online so if there was ever a fire in my office, you would never lose your photographs = $400/year.
  • I also have office expenses as far as buying paper, staples, envelopes, packaging, filing cabinets and files, etc…
  • I also spend time and money ordering your prints and albums, paying for shipping, going to the post office etc.

All of that being said, I’m usually in the hole at the end of the year, and take on many family portraits, senior portraits and corporate jobs in order to make ends meet.

Photography is my passion and my livelihood, and it is also expensive. Yes, it seems like a lot of money for one day, but one day isn’t all we spend on your photographs or on our business. You will spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress or flowers or a venue or on catering which you are going to have for only one day, but your photographs will be the only thing you have to remember that one day for the rest of your lives.

I’m extremely insulted by your craigslist post and hope this sheds a little light on why we charge $3,000 for one day of your memories that are going to last you forever.

– Nikki Wagner, Photographer


About the author: Nikki Wagner is a wedding, portrait, and event photographer based in Naples, Florida. Visit her website here.


 
  • Erica

    I paid around 3,000′for my wedding photos and absolutely loved them. I think photographers are such a blessing and provide us with art to enrich our lives And/or to remember a special event. I agree that the first persons comment was rude and ignorant. However, MOST people have rent, have a car with a car payment and insurance payment, pay a rent/mortgage, buy gas and buy health insurance. Not just photographers. So to list that off is just ridiculous. They same thing happens with everyones salary. We all get taxed and have expenses that our necessary to do our jobs or get to our jobs. I see the point your were trying to prove but to me you took it too far. It cries out woe is me.

    Not attacking you. I value your profession. Just expressing my thoughts.

  • Anonymous

    It’s $199 per month here in NH, which is $2,400.00 per year, so that sounds about right to me.

  • Anonymous

    You clearly aren’t a photographer. All good photos are edited to some degree. Even if you only spend a minute adjusting the levels and doing nothing else, opening, editing and saving 100 pictures is 4 hours of work. Editing even 50 photos properly is a full 10-hour day.

  • Yeah, Im That Guy

    I debated even bothering with posting a comment, but couldnt resist. I work a FULL TIME job other than Photography. I do portraits, weddings, bridal pics, concerts, and on occasion sports. But I still have to have “regular” income. The market is now flooded with so many amateur photogs with a basic slr calling themselves photographers,I have to, to support myself and family! I went to college as many other professionals in other fields did. But I guess its ok for the plumber to make 40-60 a hour since he has to know his job and the basics of hydraulics. Its ok for the average nurses salary to be +50 a hour and understnad the basics of medicine. Dont debate that, I work full time in the medical field and I know what they do and do not do! I charge about the same for a wedding, depending on what all they want. 8 hour day at a wedding and 1-2k pics later, now on to editing. This, depending on software, attention to detail, special request by the client, ect, takes anywhere from 1-2 weeks for 1-2k pics if you spend 6-8 hours a day glued to a computer to edit. In the mean time, client calling are they done yet, and remember, I work a FULL time job on top of this. Next comes prints. Someone mentioned walmart/sams/costco, ect. By all means, save me the trouble, ill put to a disc and you can take them to them and get printed! have them done the same way on the same paper as a disposable 35mm film camera would be done. In a year, go back, look at them and then wish you had “quality” prints made . i give each client the option to print or go somewhere else, and even explain to them the difference and why I offer it. There is are reasons photographers cost, ITS BECAUSE we know how to get the picture and get it right. WE know how to process it. For those who mention they have this or that camera and blah blah blah… I started with a entry level slr, there is now a reason it is a back up to the back up, They do not handle low light, as in most churches, poor iso sensitivity-increased noise, slow shutter, blurred pics! A decent film or digital slr cost money, not a amateur or entry level, but something you can actually use inside and without a flash, if you want to follow etiquette! Next lets talk Fast Glass, or to you who dont understand, these are lens. My 70-200 2.8-2200, my 24-70 2.8-1900, my 50mm 1.4 600 used, my 85mm 1.4, another 1200. Speed lights “flashes”, light kits, batteries for flashes, back ups to the camera, ect all ADD UP TO ALOT. In one wedding, I will use $20 worth of AA batteries in flashes on 2 camera’s. Next lets talk about power for Studio lights if we use them, so now comes either a quiet generator, which are not cheap and the gas for that, all loaded in a vehicle. Now what if my camera fails? out comes a backup and the original goes off to the shop, and repairs are not cheap. Someone mentioned you could get the same using a disposable camera handed out to everyone, Do that, by all means. Numbers alone-$4 per camera,going cheap, 35 exp, given to say 30 people= $140. Now go get all of them developed-$8-10 per 35 exp(single print) x 30 sets of exp= 280 +cost of cameras= $420. Now you got  1050 4×6 prints of amateur quality photos that may or may not contain anything “decent” at all. Plus no way to know what you will get, if anything, for your money. Now make a second trip with the ones you want “blown up” from your disposables… Hope your happy with what you get, and by the way, 4-6 per print being cheap. even bigger? my average CHEAP prints at the photo shop are 15-20 for a larger than 8×10. But hey, you saved yourself some money and maybe got 1 or two actual in focus good shots out of the entire lot…keep in mind the sound of all that “clicking” and flashing throughout the ceremony!

    Now, you pay so much for a specific car because why? You pay for a specialist doctor… you pay for a specific type of lawyer, “divorce/criminal”, you pay for the dentist, ect… The brides to be have no trouble paying thousands for a dress they wear once, thousands more for flowers they never see again, A ass load for a cake half the people dont touch, catering, decorations, venues, music, ect all for the day, yet want to complain about the cost of a photographer, who’s work takes longer and requires more knowledge than the florist, DJ, ect…

    Next, doing 20 weddings a season, as the o.p. states, is a hopes for at best. That is a very busy 4 months, and If you really want to know how that would play out, then in those 4 months, there isnt much actual time off work!

    Some of you try to compare this to your job… Well when you wake up and go to work, odds are it will be regular and there tomorrow. Try photography! Just because someone supplements their annual income with extra portraits doesnt necessarilly mean that the work is there. Take a contractor or someone in construction for example. How many thousands of dollars do you pay a contractor? or electrician, plumber…now if their market is slow, there is no work. so they make the same in 4 months on average, and then have to supplement what would you say then? Same with photography. Its because of the cost to us that we charge what we do. You want it to be cheaper, supply the equipment, do your own editing, and go do your own prints!

    In closing, to everyone who bashes the photographer due to their cost, may I suggest you go put the time, energy, and hours into getting to the point to where you can actually take “Photos” at a wedding, not snapshots, and have them look remotely similar. It is called a art for a reason! Any idiot with a computer can edit a picture, but if the picture sucks to start with, they are doing nothing but making crap look better, and  in the end, its still crap.Put the time, effort and money into learning photography, which i promise you will not learn overnight, then come back and question the cost. You have no trouble going to a portrait studio at the mall, paying 2-300 for crappy pics from sears studio or even at walmart, by some kid making $8/hr, because they sell it to you in a way you think your getting a deal! But you cant understand why a photographer who spends an entire 1-2 weeks working on event photos charges what he does?

  • Anonymous

    That’s why most people have DJs. You musicians keep charging out the ass. And none of you sound as good as Kool & the Gang.

  • http://twitter.com/DazaPhotography Vitalia Daza

    I’ll hire you to work my full time wedding photography business, but i’ll only pay you for 20 days of the year. I challenge you to get everything i need done in that time. good luck.

  • Boldman699

    point and click bitch

  • JoeW

     Yeah. This post is superbly ridiculious, especially when you consider that around here (Eastern Europe) *skilled* photographers with same gear charge about 400$ and they still somehow make ends meet.

    To answer ShutUpAndPose’s idiotic counterpoint, just looking at gas use of our poor photographer and doing simple math you can realize she only has to travel on average 30 miles to her clients. That’s something like 40 minutes of driving.

    I also love how second hand photographer only gets 200$ per wedding. I wonder how he is making ends meet.

    PS. 2400$ car insurance? What, is she crashing them every week?

  • Guest

    Really photographers these days are so bitchy!?!?! 

  • Anonymous

     I work construction and shoot weddings on weekends. Both are hard as hell, but very rewarding once the job is complete. However, that all being said I make WAY more money for actual work done in construction. Great point Laura!

    Local 601 steamfitter / Wisconsin

  • hamid kootval

    To all of you who think photographers  need special and expensive  equipment to do an amazing job .. here is an advice I have for you…AND LISTEN UP…

    Next time you go to the dentist for a tooth extraction, ask him to use a pair of pliers to pull the tooth out or if you need tooth cleaning, ask him to use sand paper.. Its cheaper and gets the job done… doesn’t it??

    SO as a professional photographer, I am tired of people thinking that our equipment is not expensive and that our time should be given away..

    HAVE SOME RESPECT AND REMEMBER THAT THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY..” AWWW!! THATS A GREAT PICTURE..” It takes time , dedication and money..

  • Lorraine

    I think the whole point of the article is that wedding photographers are not charging the earth, as you put it. $3000 a wedding is the amount that one needs to charge to have a viable business model at all. also, what are we doing when we are not shooting weddings? marketing, meeting with potential clients, building relationships with other vendors, keeping up with out trade through education,  shooting etc. 
    we literally could not charge less than $2500 a wedding and pay taxes, cost of goods sold, insurance, etc. those that are charging less than that, i guarantee are not full time pro photogs or they do not pay taxes..simple as that. 

  • Lorraine

    you have overlooked one big thing….cost of living. the cost of living in the us is much much higher than eastern europe. 
    the second shooter is usually a student or has another job…they are not making ends meet on $200 a week. it is also likely they are not paying taxes on that and do no editing on the photos.
    $2400 car insurance…that’s what it costs in some states here..it is expensive.  find out what the truth is before you criticize.

  • Greatraveloffers

    Become a “pro” too.  There are bad apples in every profession but most professionals take their job very seriously. I have a graduate degree, trained very hard and did wedding photography for nearly 20 years. It really drained me. I worked very hard – was not rich. The “film days” were tougher – a lot of newbees flooded the market when digital cameras entered the equation. It still takes TALENT to capture a fleeting moment. It’s always a losing arugment when someone, a profession, has to try and justify their price. If you think the price is too high, then hire an amatuer but don’t compalin about the lack of quality or energy later.

  • Dino Petrocelli

    Tell the dumb bitch in seattle to go to Davids bridals and hire one of their photographers for 800.00

  • caleb

    You’re supposed to put your expenses against your income so you don’t pay tax on your gross earnings.

    Taxes > you

  • mohin

    I guess nobody is following this anymore, but when I was reading the bride’s letter there was a story in the back of my head. Today I found it again and I have a link. Now I can tell this woman: you are right, there are people who charge you not what the product is worth, but what they can charge you… and they are not photographers: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1982/02/have-you-ever-tried-to-sell-a-diamond/4575/

  • liz

    You don’t only work 20 days. The photographer isn’t even close to being done after the wedding. There are 100 more man hours to put into editing your photos. You really do get what you pay for, a friend used a really cheap wedding photographer and at the end there wasn’t one photo of only the bride and groom. I don’t know any rich wedding photographers, and dealing with a bride is a f***ing nightmare. I’m a photographer and I won’t touch weddings. Everyone thinks they deserve everything but they don’t want to pay for it. There is so much work that goes into learning photography, it takes years of experience to get good at it. When you pay more for photos you are getting what you pay for, an experienced photographer with quality equipment.

  • liz

    The second hand shooter is someone who is just starting out. Photography is a trade, you can’t get jobs with just your 4 year degree in it. You need a portfolio of work. When you graduate you take on odd jobs assisting established photographers where you learn the trade hands on. Everything in the US is expensive. I owe $45,000 for my degree in photography, my student loan payments alone are $600 a month.

  • http://www.alfiegoodrich.com/ Alfie Goodrich

    Interesting post but actually you could have left a much simpler response: “I am a professional. I don’t need to justify what I charge because there are plenty of people out there who think I am good value for money.”

    I know there are plenty of people out there charging less than me for what I do. I keep an eye on them but I don’t let it bend me out of shape. And I don’t feel the need to list all of my photographic expenditure and experience from Year Dot to justify my price. My work and my professionality, for those who know me, is enough. For those that don’t know me, I make sure I find more positive ways of advertising my skills than writing lists of gear and expenses. 

    Does Volkswagen give you their life story or a 3metre-long list of expenses to try and sell you a new car? No. Quality, at some point, needs to speak for itself.

  • Anon

    I guess what the bride actually meant is why only wedding u guys charge so much? whn’s it outdoor photography, family potrait its less then that? it means u do cash in on the WEDDING!

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t you try reading that comment again? I love that your comment has nothing to do with photography.

  • http://meechity.blogspot.com Meech!

    It’s all about the portfolio. A photographer’s equipment costs a fortune regardless of whether s/he is a skillful photographer or a terrible photographer.

    I support whatever an artist wants to charge based on what s/he believes s/he is worth.

    But for a client, the
    difference between a $3000 job and a $500 job isn’t a description of your collection of equipment, valuable time, or years invested in the profession — it’s a strong statement of your skill, whether you have it or not.  :)

  • BranhamPerceptionsPhotography

    Holly Shiz!!!!! Best Post Ever! AHHAhaha!

  • greenongreen

     It has been assumed that shooting 20 weddings is aprox 4 months worth of work… As a wedding photographer I can tell you that this is insanely untrue, especially in the first 4 to 5 years when creating a business. Between meetings (probably 40+ meetings to book 20 weddings) and marketing and constant portfolio updating and website maintenance and facebook maintenance and album designing and printing and email correspondences and invoicing and keeping up with technology (gear, software, delivery service options) the list that goes on and on when you want to stay competitive and keep booking 20+ weddings every year. And if you want a talented photographer who is consistent (because they shoot 20+) then you have to pay for all that time and cost. Period. 

    If people are not willing to pay $2500+ then they will be hiring a part-time wedding photographer who is not doing all of this and consequently not booking 20 wedding per year.

    My point is, there is no price gouging going. The rate is set by demand and the time and cost requirements of meeting the demand.

    j

  • Xyz

    Shut up and stop being rude! People speak out of ignorance sometimes, all it takes is a bit of explanation to set the record straight! not being downrightly rude or sarcastic! You sure need training in customer service too!

  • Guest

    Shut up and stop being rude! People speak out of ignorance sometimes, all it takes is a bit of explanation to set the record straight! not being downrightly rude or sarcastic! You sure need training in customer service too!

  • Dave

     “Shut up and stop being rude!”

    Just a tad hypocritical don’t you think?

  • Philicity

    I think this was a good reply but I can only see her rolling her eyes and not reading all of it. The part where you said…. 
    “You will spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress or flowers or a venue or on catering which you are going to have for only one day, but your photographs will be the only thing you have to remember that one day for the rest of your lives.”
     
    Was the best part of your message that would have made her think more but it was all the way down at the bottem where she probably never got to.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CIYGIRD7LHGYWRFYJIIICCRDJ4 Pedro

    If you think its hard being a wedding photographer in the US, try being a photographer in the EU…

  • guest

    Everything has costs.  I understand her sentiment.  But I can’t go to a Lamborghini shop and ask them to sell me a Gallardo for 15 grand because that’s what my budget can afford.

  • Luttle_piglet

    Dont want to pay! take your own pictures and see how many you end up in….I asked  4 family members to take pics at my wedding (plus all the other people that did just because) and I ended up with over 800 pics that are almost all great and it didnt cost anything except a hug and a Thank you….so quit being so pompous, dont want to spend that kind of money then DONT! 

  • Luttle_piglet

    Photographers are amazing and do amazing work! 
     

  • Katysmith

    me too.  it’s your choice to be a photographer.  noone is forcing you to!

  • Cassi

    they have a god complex…  it don’t give a shit how good you are, they make way too much!

  • Matt

     Do you have a second job too?

  • Nicole Heger86

    AWESOME post.

  • Guest

    I think Nikki is fighting a losing battle from the beginning. There is no need to justify why you charge what you charge. There is a market for every consumer and professional. You don’t see Mercedes trying to explain why they charge $100,000+ for some of their cars. They don’t need to. But guess what? People will keep buying their cars because those people have certain values and standards that other people differ on. And that’s ok. What I do not find ok is the bride from the craigslist ad wanting a premium product for cheap. “Exceptional, amazingly talented” comes at a premium, (just like most everything in life). Want “an exceptional, amazing wedding cake”? There’s a premium for that. Want an “exceptional, amazing wedding reception avenue”? There’s a premium for that. Want an “exceptional, amazing honeymoon”? There’s a premium for that. 

  • jeremy north

    The problem is that her photography is more Kia than Mercedes

  • jeremy north

    I agree with everything you say Jim, but she is not a seasoned photographer, and her way of divvying up her expenses is unconvincing to say the least.

  • Guest

    Thanks Jeremy. Yes, there are a lot of pretenders out there charging nowhere near what they should be charging, but that’s the free market we live in and if Nikki’s sales and marketing strategies work our for her despite her lack of potographic skills, more power to her (note that I did not check out her work. I don’t need to, that is not my argument). Nikki should not have even replied to this bride, especially in the way that she did. There is no need for that. You will likely never successfully convince a Kia consumer to buy a Mercedes. They just will not see eye-to-eye with you. And that is exactly what I’m arguing, that this bride is wanting a Mercedes at the price of a Kia, and is complaining about it publicly on craigslist, crying foul about it, and calling out $3000+ photographers as “ripping people off”. Is Mercedes “ripping people off” too then? No. An “exceptional, amazingly talented” photographer deserves at least $3000 per job. If she wants a $500 photographer, she needs to ask for an “average, somewhat skilled” wedding photographer. 

  • 9 to 5-er

    $7,000 is more than I have at the end of the year to live on. Rent, new pairs of shoes, taxes, commuting, health expenses, phone bill and all those daily living expenses included….and I work 5 days a week. So DO realize that is is pretty ridiculous that you STILL have $7,000 left over after working only 20 days a year. Don’t act like a poor artist, we don’t feel bad.

  • 9 to 5-er

    It would help my point to say that I ALSO make around $50,000 per year.

  • Oldmachead in Toronto

    Well said, Nikki. 

  • magicphotoman

    If the lady on Craigslist believes $3000.00 is wacked, then just let her believe that.  Photography is an industry.  Photographers are in the industry to make money, just like any other business. They are not here to provide discounts.

     If you don’t like someone’s prices then shop around, if you can find a high quality photographer who will do it for less, than all the power to you. 
    But telling people that prices are wacked is next to useless. 
    Would you go to a Mercedes Dealership and tell them their prices are wacked????  I doubt that.  Even though they may seem like it.   But If you really want that quality you will pay top dollar for it.  If you don’t like it you can always buy a Honda or Toyota.   Same goes with Photography Industry.  If you want High Quality Pro photographs then you have to pay the going rate.  If you don’t care then you can find amateurs who will do it for less.

      I work in the Photo Industry too, as a Photo Editor, and if you think Photography is expensive you should see how much editing costs.  High-End Retouchers typically charge $50-100.00 per hour and most images take 6-8hrs and sometimes longer to complete.  Thats just for 1 image.  So $3000 for a wedding is nothing.

    Now I know people will say, I can find someone to retouch a photo for me for like $10-20 dollars. My reply to that is, “I can do that for you as well”.  It would take me about 2-3 mins of work.  That’s how much time is spent on the image, no retoucher will waste their time working on an image longer than that for that price.  In the end you get an image with the skin all blurred out( that’s not really retouching).  But that’s what you get for that price.  If you want a beautiful work or art, it will cost you a lot more.   So just like everything else in life, you get what you pay for.  

  • Gmgcreative

    I’m gmgcreative. Photography is my career and i have several other jobs to support the habit. Doing photography as a career is proof that a person is into S&M.
    Great response post. I’ve been to too many weddings where i stood by the kitchen door at the country club for hours while they served prime rib and all the trimmings… and the mother of the bride didn’t even reserve me a seat to rest in while they played. 
    I figured that i was making less than $8 an hour by the time the preview book was in the clients hands. Big Bucks, huh?
    I made photos that displayed in art museums as classic art… you (the client) didn’t even take a second look and decided to buy candid snapshots you could have had by leaving disposables on the table.
    Interesting fact: you spent $3000 on the liquor tab and didn’t blink an eye. 
    Hmmmmmm… did that last you forever like a classic portrait?
     

  • Not pro, but not a ripper

    Theres 2 ways to do wedding photos: first is have some cam like i have canon 450 eos, and i can take lotsa good pics with it. Second is to pay lotsa to some “pro” shooter, who takes few pics and give u huge bill even if u dont like the quality.

  • Phantommxr

     It is LEASE insurance…that would be why the rate is higher..

  • Phantommxr

     maybe …”customers that low-ball and waste your time consulting”…could this be a factor in the attitude spoken of here? I know as a car salesman that when customers come to look at a new SUV for 50k they love it but they only have a STRETCHED budget of 25K, if they bought what they could afford they are left wanting…because they recognize the quality difference of the 2 SUVs …this is how I see the original post in my terms, anyone else agree?  Please put terms in your own profession and then you might see what she is speaking of 

  • spwest

    I spend about 10 hours total working on a portrait session.  I spend 50 hours working on a wedding.  My weddings cost 5 times about much as my portrait sessions.  That’s why.