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Photographers.. It's More Than Just Taking Pictures :)

October 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My husband is a store manager for Starbucks and so he has alot of young adults who work for him.   Two are getting married soon and asked him about photographers because they know I am doing photography and felt that they were getting over charged by who they hired. My husband, who is really great at explaining things, gave great insight that I thought I would share with the world. If you are ever wondering about photography and why it is priced the way it is here are some things to keep in mind.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1. Photography is not just taking the pictures. Photographers have many things they have to keep in mind while taking portraits or and especially at events such as weddings. They have to look at light, position themselves in the right place and stay out of sight, and for portraits work with many different personalities.                                                                                                                                                                                                               2. For every 2 hour session a photographer takes photos, there is about 4-6 hours of post production work. What this means is that they go through all the photos to weed out the ones that won't work. Then the ones that tell the story of your day or your family and they touch up each photo by hand that they want to give to you. This not just applying a filter, it means touching up exposure, color, skin tone, to make you look your best! Especially on a big day like a wedding! (and you don't want to be over edited either) I spent a total of 6 hours editing from a 2 hour newborn session. I wanted to make sure the new momma loved her photos because newborns only look like newborns for about 10 days and you don't get that time back!                                                                                                                                                                                                                         3. Photographers who really want to produce quality photos are constantly working to improve.  I have spent numerous days attending workshops and learning about the right equipment and how to use it. My husband use to think I needed to focus on being more creative, but he realized that I was working on all the technical aspects first to produce quality photos. What good is a creative shot if the whole photo is not crisp and clear and pleasing to the eye?                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Photography is an art like Tattoos. If you want a quality tattoo you are going to pay around $100-$200 an hour for a skilled artist. And you should because it going to be on you forever! The cost of removal or covering up a bad tattoo is much more than what you would spend for a qualified one in the first place. Your big day or special memory is worth the investment of a skilled photographer. You can't get a wedding day back, you will only have your 1st baby once, and your children will only be newborns for a short period of time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      5.  I am not saying you should disqualify any photographer who is still new to the field. Take the time to look at their work and do not pay attention to the price. If you have confidence in what they can produce and you like them (personality counts as well) then by all means you should give the job to them. I spent 1400.00 on my wedding day and was really dissapointed.. high- priced does not always mean high quality.                                                         


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