When you start your search for a wedding photographer you might have a budget in mind to work with. A wedding is an investment and staying within a budget is critical to having the perfect wedding. A big part of your wedding day budget you might not realize is your Wedding Photography. Unlike many other wedding vendors, a wedding photographers job doesn't end when your wedding day comes to an end. A professional wedding photographers work is just beginning.
Here are some things that go on behind the scenes most people don't realize. These are the steps that take place at Couture Bridal Photography, but most truly professional wedding photographers and studios follow these same practices:
Please take into consideration a professional wedding photographer won't likely do this work on an old laptop computer, but on a high-end, likely heavily modified PC or Mac computer loaded with thousands of dollars in software.
So the cost of providing you with superior service and products along with the security that none of your images are lost or damaged is expensive. Asking a Wedding photographer how they edit and store their images may be an indicator of how much of an investment they have made to become a "Professional Wedding Photographer".
The reason your paying anywhere from $2,500 to $8,000 for your Wedding Photography is based on the skill, value, equipment and quantity of Wedding Photographers at your Wedding.
Having a photographer come fully equipped to photograph your wedding day and have the ability to create incredibly sharp, well lit, and composed images is expensive. Here at Couture Bridal Photography our photographers have at least 2 of the highest performance camera bodies currently available, a collection of our favorite lenses, a myriad of lighting tools, and enough batteries to go several days. This doesn't include the years learning, practicing and attending Photography workshops, so those of us that take Wedding Photography seriously invest highly in learning and evolving as artists.
The biggest factor in operating a truly professional Wedding Photography studio is the business side, which is something many brides and grooms might not realize. We professional Wedding Photographers must file taxes, carry expensive business liability insurance, Maintain and replace worn or out of date equipment, pay for internet services, marketing, advertising, and website maintenance and updates.
Time is also factor. Like having repairs made to your car or home. Mechanics and electricians charge an hourly rate for their time. The cost of parts is sometimes a separate fee, and the mechanics or electricians time is billed as labor. The hourly rate is where the electrician or mechanic can provide his or her expertise at cost where they can pay their overhead or operational costs to provide a service and make a small profit. Professional photographers similarly apply the same logic to their hourly rates. Keep in mind a mechanic or electrician will be in higher demand regardless of supply and demand where Wedding Photography is specifically a weekend venture and not daily occurrence.
Shopping for a wedding photographer by price is equivalent to shopping for a heart surgeon to save your life by price. You may be able to find a heart surgeon willing to save your life for cheap, but what does that say about the heart surgeon?