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The range can vary from $1-10k and up. We know, this is a big difference in values. Why are these values so different? It all has to do with factors that include who the photographer is, knowledge, expertise, coverage, style of photography and so much more. When you are choosing a wedding photographer, we highly recommend looking at other factors beside the cost. You also want to look for the following as well.
Who is your photographer? Is it someone that you get along with? Knowing who your photographer is crucial. When you click with your photographer, the price is all the while more worth it! You’re spending an entire day with your close friends and family, you’ll want your photographer to be able to get along with you and your guests. Make sure to meet with your photographer beforehand to see if you both click.
How long has the photographer been photographing and do the seem to be up on technology trends? There are quite a few photographers in the industry that are still using methods from 10, 15, and even 20 years ago.
Just as technology has changed so has photography.
The higher the costs can contribute to the business and photographers staying up to date on the latest equipment, technology software, and image processing systems.
Equipment alone can be upwards of $40,000 in cost and more.
The value of you not having to carry, learn and use the equipment all while maintaining is priceless.
Does your photographer have a team? A team of photographers versus a solo photographer can vary in cost. Most wedding photographers add on a second shooter for an additional cost within your wedding package. while some photography companies have the cost built in with their teams. These numbers can vary greatly depending on the company you choose.
What are the styles that you are drawn to when it comes to images? Not all wedding images are created equal. Some images have more dark, contrasting tones, while others can be bright and airy. What are some elements that you enjoy about images? When you’re looking at wedding photographer’s website, can you see yourself in the images you are seeing? Notice the posing and ask yourself if the poses are something you can envision you and your fiance in.
Film photographers for example cost more per image to photograph weddings. The rolls of film become quite expensive and each shot taken has be to used with more precision. With this type of photography, film offers more of a soft, muted tones, and sometimes out of focus images.
If you tend to lean more towards bright, sharp, natural images, some film photography may not be the right fit for you.
Each style of photography uses different equipment and knowledge, which all varies in cost.
Knowledge and expertise is crucial when it comes to wedding photography. A wedding takes a ton of detail, planning and people for everything to fall into place. You will want to look for an expertise level where your photographer can take on any problems as they arise on your wedding day.
A wedding photographers job is more than just showing up and taking pictures, it’s knowing what to do throughout the day to help run your wedding day smoothly. If there are delays in the wedding timeline, a photographer has to think on their feet.
The knowledge and experience level of a photographer can determine whether or not you have a good or bad experience on your big day.
We set aside a budget every year for training, workshops, and new emerging technology to give the best user experience.
The type of equipment and how often it is being maintained is also another variance in cost. We primarily photograph with Nikon cameras and lens but use multiple companies that offer lighting, reflectors, and other necessary equipment. Costs such as wedding day emergency kits, software, computers, hard drive, insurance, studio rental costs, and taxes vary from business to business and on location.
Gear must be maintained regularly on a yearly basis to avoid camera malfunctions on a wedding day. This requires us to ship our cameras to Nikon’s repair headquarters in New York and pay for each an individual equipment to be cleaned, calibrated, and updated with software. Cameras are much like cars and need regular maintenance.
Photographing 30 weddings a year with over thousands of images burning through batteries and cards is requires continually maintenance.
All these details and nuances vary the cost of wedding photography.