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Advice for Brides: Why Wedding Photographers are Expensive

The following is an actual Craigslist post by an upset bride… “ATTN: Wedding Photographers: WHY is finding an amazing wedding photographer so difficult? :/ I am a Bride who is getting married this summer and have yet to find a decently priced, exceptional, amazingly talented, fun photographer. WHY because the word “WEDDING” is involved photographers…

5 comments
  • JacquieJanuary 27, 2012 - 5:03 am

    Brilliance. Bravo and thank you.

  • Garrett EwaldJanuary 27, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Time to rethink your pricing. Might have been better to put this in the context not of your rates, but for the imaginary $1,000 photographer. You need to start charging $5000 or you will go out of business!

  • Michael ChadwickJanuary 27, 2012 - 1:05 pm

    It’s not that I’m not making money or in risk of taking a loss. I just wanted the brides to be clear that I’m not making an obscene profit, but rather that I have been and will continue to work very hard for the money I do make.

    When the time comes for me to establish a physical studio location, my fees will have to be raised appropriately. The point of this post is to help brides like this one understand we’re not trying to take them to the cleaners, and I hope it will serve to show that.

  • DeonJanuary 27, 2012 - 6:03 pm

    Are you seriously kidding me that you’re complaining about $3,000? These are the only memories you will have of this special day when it’s all over. Photographers bust their asses at weddings and since you aren’t married yet, I’m offended by your comments since you haven’t even ever experienced it since you aren’t even married yet. How much did you spend on a dress that you will wear for 12 hours? How much did you spend on flowers that will be dead in 12 hours? Do your research and realize that it’s not only “taking photos.” You’re paying for creativity, knowing where to take the photos, how to set up family groups, guiding you through the day and making sure everything runs smoothly. Do you even know how much leather albums cost? No you don’t, so don’t go bashing people that work their asses off for you to capture moments to last a lifetime and go get married in an old navy dress and elope, that will save you money!

  • Rich GreenJanuary 27, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    Same with myself as a corporate photographer. If I charge $1000 for a project (just picking the number out of the air), folks think that’s all profit. There is a difference between an “employee” and “employer” mentality. Most people are employees and don’t know, or even care to learn, what it means to be an “employer” – the guy who runs the company and has overhead. My easiest analogy to them, and I have used it when they’re talking to me on the phone from their job, “you’re working and you’re on the clock while you’re talking to me. I’m not being paid to listen to you.” Then I politely say good-bye because I, too, have to earn a living.