Professional Wedding Photographers
Professional Wedding Photographers
I have been doing wedding Photography, on a professional basis for almost 10 years now as a full time career. And I can tell you that there are many points to discuss when setting out on this type of path.
I will try to cover many insights on being a Wedding Photographer and the work required to becoming successful.
A few key points to make are as follows
What it takes to become a Professional Wedding Photographer…
Photographers will invest in their Equipment
A Professional Wedding Photographer wont necessarily buy the most expensive equipment, but it will be of a professional grade, and this will have a high price tag.
The cameras are not cheap, and usually any equipment bought, a secondary back up will also be purchased, in-case a fault occurs on the primary camera or lens, while on shoot
This will run into £10,000’s if not more. Be prepared to invest in your photography equipment.
Why are Photographer prices and packages expensive ?
You may think that a photographer is someone you hire, who just has a camera, comes to your event and just clicks a button to take pictures. This can be true and not true at the same time.
The expenses and investment costs a Photographer makes into his/her business is an eye opener. You have many variables to consider as you start off a photography business.
1. Buying the Equipment
(Not just a DSLR, but Flash lighting, strobes, accessories and various lenses)
2. Buying and maintaining a Domain name, Professional Email and Website server costs.
3. Marketing, from business cards, flyers, to exhibitions and associated equipment.
4. Online marketing costs of directories, face book, instagram and youtube as well as investing in SEO companies to help your online presence.
5. Online storage platforms like youtube, vimeo, pixieset or mediazilla.
6. The time it takes to learn everything about your equipment and communication/Admin of the clients.
7. The travel/Accommodation costs from scouting locations for pre wedding shoots, or travelling to and from weddings.
8. The Editing time to ensure client receive the quality images in a timely manner & the costs of investing in a high end computer/software to do these tasks.
9. Hiring additional team members whenever required and securing their services.
10. The number of years it takes to learn the craft of Photography.
11. Don’t forget, Photographers pay Corporation tax also as well as an accountant.
Factors which will affect the price of your Photography package
1. The number of hours/days you book the photographer for.
2. Number of Photographers needed.
3. The distance between the Photographer location and Client Venue.
4. Availability of the Photographer (Peak and Non Peak season).
5. Album prices.
6. Read more about this here
How much should I spend / Invest on a Professional Photographer for my wedding?
Good question. As a general ballpark figure, whatever your total spend of your wedding, leave 10% for your media coverage. This allowance will allow you to get the right photographer, respective of the amount you spend in total for your entire wedding.
Picking the Right Wedding Photographer for your Wedding
Organising your wedding will be a monumental task, and you will be dealing with all the suppliers for all the aspects of your wedding.
Once you decide which photographer to book, and contracts signed, the process doesn’t really stop there.
Keep in touch with the Photographer and update him/her as necessary as the wedding day plans can change frequently.
Let the Photographer know what you wish to have captured throughout the day and perhaps designate a family member to provide real-time updates on the day (As you will be busy enjoying the day and wont be involved in the organising at that point)
A professional wedding photographer will be prepared, even if you don’t provide the information requested. They will bring the right lenses, lighting, back ups, and most of all, the experience to deliver results.
How long does a photographer work for?
From the moment you contact and discuss your Wedding requirements with a photographer, this is the initial point when the photographer starts working. They will provide their insights and experience on what you should have, to ensure your special wedding day is covered properly.
Then all the administration that follows, and email/phone correspondences which take place throughout, leading up to the big day.
On the day/s itself, the photographer will shoot for the hours he or she is booked.
Then after the wedding, and once the photography is backed up, they will begin the process of editing. This on average takes between 30 to 50 hours.
Hiring a cheap Photographer
Ok, so you found someone who you will book to cover your wedding. And they are cheap, so you found yourself a good deal, after getting higher quotes and prices. And all I can say is good luck. Anyone can take a photo, but a professional can make one. Anyone can pick up a DSLR and press a button, but a professional photographer will use the lighting, environment, postures, body chemistry and framing to create a shot to be proud of. So hiring a cheap photographer might still be for you, and that’s fine, just try to keep your expectations realistic. Read more about this topic here.
What are the Photography Prices and Packages?
Professional Photographers will charge different amounts and provide different packages. So, once you have a budget, then take the opportunity to shop around. You will find someone after some research. The price of a professional photographer is well worth the investment, and will provide images which you can reflect back on, in the years ahead.
Not every photographer sets their price in stone, so don’t be afraid to negotiate a little discount, and don’t take out packages that you don’t think is suited for you. Just explain what you need and cost for this.
Check out Amar G Media, as we create bespoke packages and provide you with media, which you can then go onto making wedding albums, slideshows, prints etc. Give us a call on 07904857510 (Amar), and find out what savings you will make with your professional photography.
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