On your fiftieth wedding anniversary, when you are reminiscing together about your amazing wedding, the special moments captured by your photographer are what you will have to look back at. The food you ate or the fact that the band did not play your favorite song that evening will be forgotten. Your wedding photos will be there to help remind you of the emotions that you felt, the amazing details of your wedding gown, and the way your husband got teary-eyed when he saw you in your gown for the first time as you were walking down the aisle. Those are the special moments you want to remember… those moments that can only be captured by photographs.
So have you ever wondered what goes into the price range that wedding photographers charge to capture these wonderful moments? What exactly IS the average cost of wedding photography? How much should my wedding photographer cost? What all does the job description entail?
A very common misconception about wedding photography is that the average wedding photographer provides about seven hours of photography service for a wedding day and some will give you an included engagement session. So many couples calculate this way $3000 divided by 8 hours = $375 per hour, but this is where the misconception starts.
There are so many factors that go into a photographer’s pricing. There is the photographer’s time to prepare for each shoot, the editing of the photos, and order fulfillment… all which leads to an average of 39-55 hours spent on any single wedding. You also have to figure in the price range and costs of assistants and second photographers (all of which many good photographers will utilize, and you’ll be glad they did), and a 20% income tax cost per wedding. If you take that amount of time at an average cost of wedding photography at $3,000, that only comes to $640 per wedding!
You also have to remember that just like any business. Each photographer also has their own costs to run that business including overhead costs, equipment, a studio (although many work out of their own home), mileage and so much more. Be sure to read this post on what makes some photographer cheaper than others to get a bit more detail on the expenses that come with a business.
How does the average cost of wedding photography compare with earnings for a photographer? Take a look at this infographic, it explains a wedding photographer cost and the time involved in wedding photography and we think it is something that both brides and photographers can benefit from checking out!
Infographic information provided by Belinda Philleo of Shots Before Shoots.
After you take all of that information into account, it is time to do your research and find your perfect wedding photographer. So, how do you find that perfect one that will capture all the beautiful moments from your wedding day just exactly how you hope? SnapKnot is a great place to start! You can get search for FREE and we will help match you with local photographers who match your needs.
But remember, doing your research is key. Make sure you research each one, look at the different type of photos they have taken in the past, the products they offer, and also make sure you meet with each one in person before making a decision. Your photographer is going to be with you on one of the most wonderful and memorable days of your life and you want to make sure that you get along well with that person and you enjoy being around them. Be sure to read our post on how to find the perfect wedding photographer to get an even more detailed list of things to consider when choosing your photographer.
What are your thoughts about the average cost of wedding photography, and the cost breakdown from the infographic? How does this relate to the price range of your own wedding photography business? Or what do you think about this if you are currently in the process of planning your own wedding and searching for a wedding photographer?
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