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Why is Wedding Photography So Expensive?

Are your wedding photos priceless?

If you're like most brides, you might feel a bit of sticker shock over the prices of wedding photography.

Why does it have to cost so much?

It's said that once you mention the word “wedding” ... the prices quadruple. Wedding photography in particular can seem outrageously priced at times. You’ll discover the website of a photograper whose images you love; and then, you'll see the rate and your heart will sink. Why on earth do you have to spend so much money "just for some photographs?" When my friend will do it for free, or I can get a $500 dollar wedding photographer off of Craig's list.

Well, a photographer's job isn’t as simple as showing up and taking a bunch of snapshots. An independent photographer is running a business. Businesses have expenses and they take hard work to build and maintain.

A Photographer's Expenses
•Equipment. High quality camera bodies can cost $5,000. Lenses – which the photographer will need several of to capture different parts of the ceremony and reception – can cost $1,000 to 3,000 each. And at 2,000 to 3,000 frames per wedding, even a good camera will need to be replaced about once a year, and the professional wedding photographer must have several of these expensive pro camera bodies. Then there are flashes, batteries, memory cards, light meters, tripods, camera bags, portable studio flash units and other miscellaneous gear. Your wedding photographer will have up to $25,000 invested in computers, software and high end image editing programs.
•Taxes. Your photographer is (or should be) paying taxes on every dollar she makes, just like everyone else. So if her fee is $3,000, almost $1,000 of that will go to Uncle Sam.
•Insurance. Many wedding venues require photographers and other vendors to carry liability insurance. Photographers must also insure their own camera equipment. Each of these types of insurance costs several hundred dollars per year.
•Advertising. Word of mouth is great, but a photographer needs to keep his name out there. Advertising on The Knot's website, one of the most prominent wedding planning resources around, costs at least $2,400 per year.

Other Factors That Determine A Photographer's Pricing

Hidden Work. A photographer doesn’t work for you only on the day of your wedding. Every meeting with potential clients is an investment of his time, whether he gets the job or not. Your photographer will spend time with you before the wedding to go over your plan for the day, your required shot list, and the design of any albums you may wish to purchase.

Once the wedding is shot, your photographer will spend countless hours, for up to a week following the wedding; editing, retouching, and color-correcting hundreds of images one by one meticulously; and then, even more additional hours for yet another week, creating your customized unique album and online gallery of your wedding photos.

Intangible Artistry and Skill. Photography is a technical skill and but moreso it is an art. A professional doesn’t simply memorize what all the camera buttons do; he or she is able to capture the beauty and emotion of your day in a unique way. Good photos are more than just technically correct, they are special.

Like professionals in any other field, wedding photographers have worked out their pricing system for a reason, and it's not just to part you from your money! Professional photographs are a wonderful way to capture your memories. They are not essential, but they are priceless.

You should never feel pressured into paying more than you want to pay for wedding pictures, but neither should you assume that higher prices are simply a scam or a ripoff. Once the cake is eaten and the flowers wilted, your photos are the only thing you have left to remember for a lifetime. It can never be repeated.

A good photographer will provide you with photos that are worthy of becoming the first part of your new family's history to be cherished for a life time and possibly for generations to come.

What Is A Wedding Photographer Worth?

Prices for wedding photographers run the gamut from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands, as can be noted by comparing and contrasting the information provided at numerous wedding photographers' web sites.

Common ranges on wedding photography elements:

•Fee for photographer: $1500-20,000
•Custom-designed albums: $900-$15,000
•DVDs with high-resolution image files: $700-1,500
•Prints from 4x6 (inches) to 16x20: $10-1,200
•Additional/assistant photographers: $300-3,500

A wedding is the most important event in a couple’s life. It’s an investment that deserves careful consideration.

Decide which photographer provides the desired visionary style, skills, personality, customer service and quality end products. Then figure out, plan and budget how to afford that unique professional as if it were the most important decision of your life and a testimony of your love. Your wedding album will become more treasured over time, a treasure trove of beautiful images you will value more and more as the years of your marriage pass by.

How much value do you place on your wedding images? insight for photographers and brides

Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. But isn’t it also worth more than just the time it takes to make one? It only takes 1/125th of a second or so to snap a photo, and anyone with a camera can click the shutter. Nevertheless, some photographers make big bucks while others, perhaps just as talented, merely scrape by. So why are some photos priced higher than others? Why does the work of some photographers seem to be inherently more valuable than others? What factors allow such disparities to exist? The following anecdote may give you some insight. The story goes that a wealthy couple was honeymooning in the south of France in the early sixties. The groom was a connoisseur and collector of fine art. In fact he owned several paintings by Pablo Picasso. By coincidence, they met an art dealer at their hotel who knew Picasso personally and offered an introduction. Arrangements were made for a rendezvous at Picasso’s villa in Vallauris, just outside Cannes, the following day. The party arrived at noon and was treated to a tour of Picasso’s studio by the master himself. In the course of small talk, the groom gathered all of his nerve to ask Picasso if he would consider painting a portrait of his bride. To his surprise, Picasso agreed. In their excitement the couple began chattering about how long to extend their hotel reservation and about buying a special gown for the sitting–until Picasso brusquely interrupted to ask if a photograph of the young woman was available. Her husband took a snapshot from his wallet and handed it over.”Well,” Picasso said, “just leave this with me and go find some lunch in the village. Come back in one hour. I will have a painting for you.”� Astonished, the couple left with the art dealer for a bite to eat. They returned in one hour, just as Picasso was putting the finishing touches on a splendid if rather theoretical likeness of the beautiful bride. (Incidentally, you may assume that Picasso infringed no one’s copyright by creating a derivative work from the snapshot; the groom took the photo!) Everyone was pleased. The groom inquired casually about Picasso’s fee, as he reached into his pocket for a checkbook. Picasso asked for $25,000 (in French francs). While price was no obstacle, the man joked about what a nice job it was to make $25,000 an hour painting pictures. Picasso’s sober retort was, “You don’t pay me by the hour. You pay for the years of hard work that made it possible for me to paint such a beautiful picture of you in only one hour!”
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"For His Eyes Only" boudoir | Spice It Up!

One of the latest sensations in traditional wedding photography is not so traditional, it's women offering their husbands, boyfriends, fiancees and future husbands a rather very special intimate sexy gift that may include an album as well as a musical (song of their choice) DVD of boudoir photography. The guys go ga-ga and love it as you'll see in the video, and the women just love doing it!

I'm Michael Grubb and I am uniquely qualified to offer this as a wonderful option because of my years of experience in model and glamour photography. The photoshoot itself is held on-location at an upscale bed and breakfast inn, using professional studio lighting. Images are extensively enhanced in Photoshop using an array of specialized techniques and presented in collage form in an elegant album.

After the photoshoot, you and your "special person" can spend a warm cozy romantic night at the historic and very charming Victorian bed and breakfast inn that includes free breakfast.

So how kewl is that? Or what! The best of all worlds!

Here is an amazing video showing a future groom's priceless reaction to his "boudoir gift" from his fiancee.

Watch the videos. Make your man the luckiest guy on the planet! Spice it up!

I have been a long time huge fan of the Boudoir Divas of San Diego, a group of female boudoir photographers catering to women of ALL sizes and ages, and so here are two more videos of theirs.

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