If you’ve been shopping around and looking into hiring a wedding photographer, you may have noticed that their charges can vary quite a bit. Although most tend to be in the $1,000 to $3,000 price range, some may even be much more than that.
The main reason why the cost differs so much is because the pricing is for more than just photos. In fact it actually encompasses:
- Overall time spent
Wedding photographers charge based on the overall time that they need to spend for the gig. It isn’t just the length of the ceremony itself, but the total time that you expect them to be there. For example it may include a pre-wedding shoot, showing up early before the wedding, and staying on late afterwards for group shots.
- Number of employees
Some wedding photographers may offer packages that include second shooters, assistants to arrange group photos, and so on. The more employees that are required and the more experienced they need to be – the greater the cost will be.
Every photographer will include the travel (and accommodation costs) they need to incur to cover a wedding. There are several ways travel costs can be factored in, and it will definitely be significant if the distance is high.
Equipment costs money, and if the scope of your wedding shoot requires expensive equipment – you should expect to pay more. That is especially true if you want something specific, such as aerial wedding shots that require the use of a drone.
Aside from actually shooting the wedding itself, photographers will need to spend a significant amount of time in post-production to edit and improve the photos. Some photographers may charge you a fixed amount for a certain number of photos, and then provide the option to edit more photos for an additional fee.
The cost of printing photos can vary. In most cases wedding photographers will immediately factor in the cost of printing standard photos based on their number. However the charges may be much more if you want larger photos to be printed.
More experienced professional wedding photographers generally charge more – just as with any other skilled profession. It stands to reason if you want to hire the best wedding photographers in Devon, it will cost more than a rank amateur with just a year or two of experience.
On top of all the other factors there may be other miscellaneous costs for props, makeup (if provided by the photographer) and so on. That will naturally depend on the scope of the wedding photography package.
Based on the factors listed above, you should understand exactly how the cost of hiring a wedding photographer is normally calculated. That should allow you to figure out what it will cost, and what areas are contributing to the final quote.
It may even help you to reduce the cost and choose a package that is a good fit but won’t break the bank.