My one hope for sharing this post is to humbly explain why wedding photography costs as much as it does without tearing anyone, photographer or client, down! There is a lot that goes into photography. And it’s my hope and goal that by sharing this post, I’m able to educate you all a little bit about why.
Budgets are real – I understand! I’m in the middle of getting married myself, and my fiance and I have a budget. We didn’t even have a huge budget for wedding photography, so I completely understand. When people budget out for weddings, photography usually isn’t high up on the list. This post isn’t written to put you down AT ALL. It’s to encourage you! If you can’t afford one wedding photographer, IT’S OKAY. Just ask them to send you a list of photographers that you can afford! As a bride myself, I reached out to a ton of photographers I couldn’t afford. But photographers who aren’t as expensive as other photographers doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. Now, I’m not saying go with a photographer who agrees to shoot your wedding for $300, because photography is a worthwhile investment! It’s the only thing that tangibly lasts beyond the wedding day. However, it’s okay to have a budget!
Yes wedding photography is a HUGE investment. But it is one worth making! As a bride myself, the only thing that I wanted to splurge on on our wedding day was the photography! My fiance and I literally reworked our entire budget to afford a good photographer, who knows exactly what they’re doing! And we can’t wait for Meghan to photograph our wedding! However, if something else is more of a priority for you for your wedding day, your dress, venue, flowers, etc. then do what is best for you and your fiance.
However, if you’re genuinely curious about why photographers cost so much, then this post is for you! There’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears that go into owning a business. When it’s broken down, being a photographer is not easy money.
There’s a lot that goes into taking photos. And most of it is the equipment! Below, I’ve listed all the equipment that I use, and other photographers use, and how much they each cost.
Extra equipment: a mac laptop and desktop computer – $1000+ each
Each photographer pays different types of taxes. Some pay taxes quarterly or yearly, and it’s based off of the state that we live it.
At the end of the day, I usually walk away with between 50%-70% profit from what I actually charge. This is why photographer’s costs change and go up each year! You have to look individually at what each photographer spends money on in their business, and what they charge. The margin is very small.
So there you have it! Hopefully this gives you a little better understanding of why wedding photography is so expensive!
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