Beautiful photo professionally taken or arrangedSo hey people, Doyle here for a second post. I can hear you all now, like “What? Really? He already taught us to make a video. What could he possibly want to blabber about now?” Today we talk about photographers and the fact that they want money. More importantly though we talk about how you very well should give them some; but how much? Well the answer to that obviously is going to depend on what you want and who you’re working with, but it is important that you know the differences with photographers so you are not blindsided by the costs. But first let me preface that, as always, what I write is just my opinion. I do videography and sometimes even do some photography work. Am I biased? Yes, but are my words law? No, just opinions. At the end of the day go with who you feel like, with whatever equipment they like to use and for how much seems fair to all parties involved. Whats the big deal? I know, right? Why does every wedding have thousands of perfect pictures on Pinterest? (not that I have ever been on Pinterest. I’m not addicted, I can stop anytime) How is there so much coverage of weddings now a days? Technology brother! it has never been easier to be a photographer than right now. Professional style equipment is cheaper than ever and has created a whole prosumer market. Go to a beach or park and I can bet you are only a stones throw away from someone with a 60D, T3i, or whatever Nikon makes (if you are into over complicated menu systems… JK. I have nothing against Nikons)Point is with so many options now, who do you hire and what do you pay them? How much? Ok so to be straight,I don’t think you can just give out a number and have that work for everyone’s needs. But I know there are some people who just want that, so I’ll get that out of the way right now. The rest of the article will concentrate more about what to consider when hiring a photographer. It will help you know what to look for in a photographer. So for all you quick answer people out there here are my thoughts, most professionals charge from $1,000 upwards. After that you will pay varying amount for digital files, prints and albums all depending on the photographer’s offered packages and options. For a detailed layout of what people pay for wedding photography and actually a whole bunch of other services read this great breakdown of wedding costs. http://www.costofwedding.com/index.cfm/action/search.weddingcost/zipcode/00000 Professional difference
So you have a friend who does photography? Well thats great! They won’t charge you as much as other photographers? Well that is also great! I am not going to tell you not to hire them, just be careful with this road. The first thing to consider when you are going this route is Do you like some of their other photography? Yes? Okay well have they done weddings before? This is important. Wedding photography is a form of event photography and event photography is different than portrait sessions. Most of the pictures from a wedding are not staged shots. Instead they are fleeting moments that practiced photographers have taken the time to get good at capturing. For this reason if your friend hasn’t done many weddings or other event photography sessions you may want to consider your other options before hiring them. The other big differences between professionals and maybe a friend are the level of equipment and post processing software they have. I will cover that more in the next section though. If you do still end up choosing your friends because they are truly talented well practiced photographers and will do it at a discounted rate, then remember that they are doing you a “solid” and be sure to pay them a bit more than they will say they will do it for.