In this blog post and video, I try to tackle the taboo topic of wedding photography pricing and why it varies wildly from wedding photographer to photographer. I attempt to identify the key differences you may experience between a $300 wedding photographer and a higher-end wedding photographer.
Good photography ain’t cheap, and cheap photography ain’t good!
Wedding Photography Costs Breakdown
- 6 hours of wedding coverage actually involves about 60 hours of work—sometimes more
- Gross margins for a wedding are much less than what the client pays
- Professional photographers are trying to run businesses and households
- High paid photographers are likely to bring more skill, expertise, care, customer service and better quality products to the table; there are exceptions
- High paid photographers can afford to run legitimate businesses (ie. insurance, backup equipment, technical training, hired help, client thank you gifts)
- High paid photographers probably shoot less weddings and therefore can probably provide a better customer experience (ie. helping with wedding day timelines, answering communications in a timely manner, streamlining wedding day preparation)
If your wedding day images are important to you, hire the most expensive photographer you can afford—after you’ve done your due diligence of course. When choosing a wedding photographer, make sure you like the photographer’s style, make sure you like their personality, and make sure you like their photographs. You can’t easily do this day over.
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I am a San Antonio-based wedding photographer and I cater to outdoor-loving couples who prefer to have all the realness captured on their wedding days. I am the wedding photographer for the outdoor adventurers, the romantics, the laid back, the snugglers, and those who wish to capture all their realness.
I am absolutely in love with capturing the kinds of weddings where there are more hugs than handshakes, the dance floor rumbles all night long, and chairs are pretty much rendered useless after dinner. Whiskey bottles are passed around, most of the wedding party has been best-best friends since kindergarten, Grams is likely to lose her shoes and your partner is much more emotional than you are. These kinds of weddings are my jam!
I started Ata-Girl Photography Co., LLC in 2010. I firmly believe that the unique set of circumstances I have faced in life has prepared me to take a personal and genuine interest in my photography clients. I enjoy documenting the important milestones and captivating moments in people’s lives. I love being a part of people’s journey and consider myself privileged to document their legacies.
I am a WPPI-C certified professional, full-time wedding photographer. I specialize in a 10-day image delivery, same-day prints, same-day slideshows, Italian handcrafted wedding albums and I have a mobile meeting space.
When I’m not behind my camera, you can find me hiking, cycling, backpacking, camping, enjoying water sports, listening to music (Elvis and Prince), hunting for arrowheads, reading audiobooks, occasionally eating a few glazed donuts (my only weakness to sweets) and then re-starting my keto diet about every 10 days. The most important things in life are for me to see my two daughters happy and to create a family history my grandparents and grandson would be proud of.
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