What's behind the price you pay for a wedding photographer?
Labor costs
This one is pretty standard across all industries. A photographer’s work doesn’t end when your wedding does. After the 5-10 hours they’ve put in working (on a Saturday, no less) at your nuptials, the photographer spends hours and hours editing your images so you get a wide array of perfect photographs by which to remember your day. Its not uncommon to work a full week days editing a wedding. Our time is even more valuable when you factor in the limited number of weekends in a year there are for a photographer to work.
The pieces of equipment a photographer carries around is not your typical vacation point-and-shoot material. High-end lenses and bodies average around 1500 Euro each. We also need to carry back-up equipment in case their primary equipment fails, which adds to the cost of the wedding photography prices. It happens that for somme weddings we photographers can bring over 10,000 Euro worth of equipment to shoot your wedding. Add in the prices of our computers and editing programs and costs begin to go really high. Because cameras and equipment cost so much we always need to insure everything so this comes also on the top.
Albums and extras
If you knew how much albums cost you’d have a heart attack. Albums are extraordinarily expensive and are often added into the wedding photography prices. Don’t forget the time it takes to design them as well.
The result of a good wedding photography is also assured by a keep up with the newest technologies and shooting techniques. The more educated we are as photographers, the better techniques and specializations we will be use while shooting a wedding. As everything else, that education comes at a cost through instructors, extra classes and seminars, etc.