Why is wedding photography so expensive?

This is a very common question that photographers receive. There are lots of factors that go into the pricing of a wedding photographer, but the most critical is that you aren't just paying the photographer for the hours you see them at your wedding. For every hour that I spend shooting a wedding, I will spend several hours editing and sorting images. On top of that, there is time spent backing up and processing images, equipment costs, travel, insurance and lets not forget 20% has to go to the tax man! Before you know it, what looks to be £50+ an hour can quickly turn into just over minimum wage.

There is a saying that 'you get what you pay for' – and this is very true when it comes to wedding photography. I am a very competitively priced photographer, but there is no doubt that there are some *very* cheap photographers out there. You have to consider that when people offer rock bottom prices, something is usually lacking. This is more often than not with the photographers gear – it's easy to pick up a £300 DSLR and suddenly think you're a pro, but the truth is the quality of these cameras just isn't up to par. I have £15,000 of equipment that I use for weddings and im still always looking for that next upgrade.

How many pictures do I get?

Its actually really hard to answer this question. Basically I will be taking pictures of what happens on the day – so the number of pictures I take depends on that. Generally though, most people receive between 200 and 700 pictures, depending on the package and the events of the day.

Do we get EVERY picture you take?

No. During the day I will take more images than you will receive – this is because with the busy nature of the day a good percentage of images will be rejected because they have people walking in front of the camera, blinking or gherning etc. I gain absolutely nothing by holding back good pictures.

Do you edit every photograph?

Yes – every single photograph you receive is carefully edited individually to make sure that it's just right. In some cases I can spend hours on a single picture, making sure that everything is perfect.

Can you Photoshop any images?

On top of the standard editing that I do for each image, I can also offer Photoshopping services for select images for advanced manipulation. This level of editing is not included with wedding packages and can be requested at an additional cost.

How long before I get the pictures?

It can take around 10 weeks to receive your pictures.

How long do you stay?

This depends on the package you choose. For ceremony packages it is up to 2 consecutive hours, for half day it is up to 4 consecutive hours and for the full day it is up to 12 consecutive hours – this may also include travel time. I start any time from 09:00am and up until 10:00pm – coverage outside of this timeframe must be agreed before hand and may be chargeable.

Are there travel costs?

Up to 50 Miles travel is included in wedding packages. For travel outside of this allowance, reasonable travel costs will be required. These will be arranged well in advance and will be included on the final price of your tailored package.

Do we have to feed you?

It is customary to feed your photographer if they are there for the full day. You will often find that your venue already has something in place for this (such as an area for the photographer to eat outside of the main room or that it's included in your package with them). As a rule of thumb, if a meal is provided for me then I will eat nearby continue to take pictures during my lunch break, if one is not provided, I will take a 45 minute lunch break and may go off site to eat – so will not be able to continue to take pictures.

What equipment do you use?

I use the very latest Sony 'full frame' cameras and state of the art mobile lighting. Don't be deceived by the small size of my cameras though – they are pretty much the best cameras you can get. I choose to use 'mirrorless' cameras because, aside from being top-of-the-range, they are much smaller and lighter than your traditional high end camera (which tend to be about the same size as a small family car...)

Are you insured?

Absolutely. I have full insurance covering every eventuality.

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