How much does a wedding photographer cost?
Let's try to see a little more clearly...
What is the real cost of a wedding report? What is the difference between a professional wedding photographer at 250 € and another at 3000 €? Do I pay for the same benefit (and in this case I get screwed) or is there a real difference between the two? Why is it so expensive? What justifies such a price?
What are the risks, what are the issues? Indeed, given the cost that it can represent it is quite understandable to be careful in this area: if there is no real difference between a wedding photographer at 250 € and a wedding photographer at 3000 €, it would be silly to opt for the second solution, but if there is one, and it is justified it is to opt for the first option which becomes perilous... very perilous even if you want to keep real and beautiful memories of this unique day.
All these questions, you have asked yourself, or you will ask yourself if you are looking for a true professional wedding photographer, serious, attentive and attentive, who will accompany you throughout this important day. We'll try to figure it out together and take stock of the real cost of a wedding photographer.
How to evaluate the cost of a wedding report?
A good way to get a good idea of the cost of the service is to first evaluate the time actually spent by the wedding photographer for a given wedding, then to draw up a non-exhaustive list of what is added in the evaluation of the cost of a wedding report. Suppose a simple "day" of reporting, outside the evening, i.e. 8 hours. (I put here the word day in quotation marks because the report of the wedding is generally articulated on several moments in the day, moments which can be: preparations of the bride, even of the groom, ceremony town hall, religious ceremony, wine of honor, evening, ball, ...).
Before the wedding
There is indeed a "before" the wedding ceremony: we will prepare this day together and we will meet, probably several times. Get to know each other, who you are, what are your stories and those of your respective families and then especially you, you two, your couple, your love, your commitment, the reasons that made you choose each other.
What makes you unique in each other's eyes.
All these elements will allow me to make a unique and personalized report that will tell your story.
Generally speaking, if I also include the time spent communicating by email / Skype it is not far from 5 to 10 hours of meetings and exchanges that will pass before the wedding day.
As far as the wedding day is concerned, it is relatively easy to calculate, since it is the length of the report. We have chosen a typical 8-hour day as the basis for the calculation.
That's when it's over... it starts!
Yes, there is also an "after" to take into account, the wedding photographer's performance does not end when he takes the wedding night off, far from it. Given the work that remains to be produced, one could almost say that everything really begins at this moment. It remains indeed all the work of post-production, preparation of your photos. This work is usually at least double or even triple the time spent taking pictures.
It is indeed necessary to sort the photos to keep only the best versions, delete the missed photos (if, if, there are, always some: blurry photos, closed eyes, involuntary faces, framing errors, nobody in the field,...), then retouch all the photos, one by one to adjust the white balance, crop, improve brightness, colors, sharpness, give a seal and a style to the photos so that they are in harmony with the style of your wedding.
So we are already at more than 40 hours of work, for an initial service of 8 hours, which is more than a standard working week! and we have not counted the time to produce the wedding album which also takes a considerable time, if we want to be sure to obtain a result in line with your expectations.
...and that's not all! There are a number of additional elements that we are obliged to include in the calculation.
Yes, it's true, photographers are a bit geeky on the edges and they like to have very good equipment! But for the same reason as all the craftsmen in the world: even if it is not the (super) equipment that makes the (super) craftsman, the fact remains that having good equipment helps us (a lot) to do a quality job more easily, in line with your expectations and allows us to concentrate on the most important: you, your happiness, your love!
Moreover, this photo material is expensive. Especially since we often have a second box, in case of unforeseen events, for weddings, as well as a number of backup elements. It is necessary to count, in addition to the camera, the lenses, the flashes, the computer(s), the photo software, the ancillary equipment, the internet subscription, the vehicle, ...and so on...
(everything) the rest
To make beautiful photos, to make you beautiful photos, there are many things that must be added to all that has been mentioned above.
For example training: photography is a profession that can be learned. You can't improvise yourself as a photographer overnight, it's impossible, having a beautiful reflex is not enough! It is necessary to follow trainings (paying for the majority) and to practice a lot and a long time. Similarly, wedding photography is a field that also requires learning, experience, rigour and an investment in time that only a committed and rigorous professional photographer can guarantee.
It is also necessary to take into account the fiscal charges and other taxes to which we are subjected (and which can represent up to 50% of the amount of the service), but also the operating charges and the time spent on everything which is not photography but which is nevertheless essential in our profession (management, communication, relational, accounting, technical, material and computer maintenance, ...).
All these elements must be taken into account and will necessarily be included in the price of a wedding report.
Most of the wedding reports are delivered with their album, which is in my opinion the cornerstone of this performance. It is indeed with the conception of the album in mind that I realize my reports and it is the most accomplished concretization.
Above all, I am convinced, it is what has the best chance of being passed on, generation after generation.
Its quality, the nobility of its materials, the rigour of its manufacture and the beauty of its printing are all fundamental elements that will make it the perfect setting for your most beautiful wedding photos. Depending on the model, materials and customizations you have chosen, this represents an additional budget that is included in the final price of the wedding report.
Not to mention the time I'm going to spend to prepare and layout it...
So? What can we conclude from all this?
Quite simply, that making a photographic report is a lot of work, before and after the wedding day itself. Being a wedding photographer is a long-term investment and commitment.
This commitment is first and foremost a commitment to you and your family. We are a witness, involved, discreet, attentive, present today and tomorrow at your side.
In addition to our technical competence, in addition to the high-end photographic equipment that we use, in addition to our experience acquired over the years, it is this commitment at your side over the long term that represents the core of the wedding photographer's profession.
But the most important thing is you.
Yes it is you, because it is you who will finally have to make your choice by answering these questions: "What value do you give to your wedding, what value do you give to the photos of this unique day? What memories do you want to keep, and in what form? What risk are you willing to take? Are a few hundred euros of difference (which in the end is not much on a lifetime scale) worth the risk?"