So many people ask me - "Why are photographers so expensive?" It doesn't seem that hard, right? I mean, everyone has a camera these days. It's true- Grandma is constantly snapping photos of your head chopped off, Mom is sending you selfies of her at work, your friends are Instagramming photos of their food and your boyfriend is sending you photos of your cat while you're at the gym. Everyone DOES have a camera these days- but are those the kinds of photos your drool over in your feed? Are those the images that evoke emotion when you look back at them later? Probably not. I can't even begin to count the number of times I have heard, 'thanks, but no thanks- turns out my best friend just got a camera and I think they are just going to take the photos for us.' Only to see my inbox filling up after the fact with requests for a follow-up session to get some more professional shots.
By no means am I trying to toot my own horn here, friends. There are so many people out there with a good eye, but how many people have years of experience under their belt to deal with those difficult lighting situations? To help build out timelines that are logical and successful? To help pose you in ways that are flattering and natural? When it comes to professional photographers, you really do get what you pay for. And what is that you pay for exactly, you ask?
You are paying for the experience that person has worked hard to accrue. Photographers attend workshops, take classes online, practice and practice some more with different kinds of gear in different kinds of situations. We work hard to gain the experience we need to make you feel confident in us in ANY situation.
Yes. Gear. Every photographer has their own level of gear geek-ery and that gear is what can help give you peace of mind at your event. A good photographer has multiple lenses, multiple camera bodies, back up lenses, back up bodies, memory cards, flashes, tripods... The list goes on. This gear is not cheap, my friends. And the better gear you have, the better your images turn out and the more dependable and "safe" your files are. Plus, this gear needs love. It needs special bags to travel in, it needs to be sent in for yearly check-ups and cleanings. It needs to be taken care of and occasionally replaced. A good, clean, dependable toolbox is essential to a successful, stress-free day.
3. Consistency & Style
You hire a photographer because you love their style and because you can spot their "look" from a mile away. It takes time to establish and perfect a style and you want to feel confident that the images you will receive from your big day match that style you fell in love with.
Many people think that the bottom line is way too high for the number of hours they receive face-to-face contact with their photographer, but there is so much more that goes into creating beautiful photos for you. The initial client contact, sub-sequential meetings, organization and planning of the event, conducting the session(s) and the final delivery are only part of the whole process. We photographers spend hours upon hours behind the computer editing, smoothing, re-touching and perfecting your images. We spend time designing albums, sending images to print, blogging, creating galleries for you to share with friends and family. All of these things take time and energy. All of these things are equally as important as what is happening in our personal interactions and should be valued.
There is so much that goes into being a professional photographer and it's easy to forget when you aren't in our shoes. When you are out there sifting through the pages upon pages of Google reviews for photographer sin your area, take these things into consideration. In the long run, your peace of mind and the final images you receive are well worth it!