Everyone has seen at least one person post online to wedding groups: “looking for affordable photographer,” “wanting photographer who doesn’t cost an arm and a leg,” “need wedding photographer for $500,” “on extreme budget, looking for cheap photographer.”
As a professional wedding photographer, I don’t reply to these posts. Why? I see my time and expertise valued at a certain amount. Sure, I could bring in all the nickels and dimes and eventually I’ll be making the big bucks. But there’s a lot of things to consider when taking on such an honor of capturing someone’s wedding day.
Here’s what I consider.
So the next time you’re trying to cut a deal with a photographer (wedding or not), just take a moment and consider what you’re really paying them for. Are they a hobby photographer or are they really valuing their time by the amount they charge? I have nothing against photographers who want to work with people on extreme budgets, because those people aren’t my ideal clients. My ideal client would understand the time, energy, skill, and dedication to photography and respect that by investing in preserving their memories.
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