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Why is Wedding Photography Expensive?

Why do wedding photographers cost so much?

This is one of the most common questions of those who are planning a wedding. It’s a reasonable question at a first glance. Why should I hire a wedding photographer? Can’t a friend with a camera take some pictures? The answer is yes, you need to hire a wedding photographer. That is, if you’d like your wedding planning efforts and special day captured and saved forever. Why, though, is the cost so high? Let’s dive into why wedding photography is so expensive.

Why is wedding photography expensive?

Shooting Time

Wedding days can take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. This is non-stop, continuous shooting action for the wedding photographer, which can be strenuous physically for any photographers handling their own equipment. It can add to the cost if they have an assistant to help with this, so the photographer can focus 100% on capturing your wedding day. On top of this, there is a lot of creative work that goes into getting just the right shot, while navigating the room and guests. The physical and creative demand for a wedding photographer is a long and hard day’s work.

Editing Time

The editing time that goes into a wedding can take several days, and even longer depending on the length and size of the wedding itself. The work for a wedding photographer to get through just one wedding can take days to weeks after the event is over. The photographer must spend time narrowing down the best images for you, adjusting colors and light, creating galleries, prints, albums or whatever their preferred medium of distribution is. Wedding photographers take a lot of photos to ensure that the perfect shots are achieved to capture your special day. That equals a lot of work in the editing process of those final beautiful images.

Equipment Costs

The right equipment to deliver the quality that you deserve for your wedding day does add up. This applies to both shooting equipment and editing equipment. Photographers are shooting with multiple lenses, camera bodies and lighting setups to ensure that the quality of capture is made to last. It’s important for photographers to try to keep their gear up-to-date and well-maintained so that they can better serve you, and to do that there is a lot of extra capital put into these investments.

Business Expenses

You found your wedding photographer through research. Whether that was on social media, Googling things like ‘Brooklyn wedding photographer’, at bridal show, or a referral from a vendor, it’s very likely that the photographer put some money behind that marketing. To be able to keep up the business to provide for happy couples, there are business expenses that get put into marketing so that they can continue to shoot, gain experience and deliver high quality results to their wedding clients.


To ensure that nothing gets missed on the big day, many photographers suggest enlisting a second shooter for assistance. This gives them more flexibility and ease and make sure all of your bases are covered on the wedding day. However, the second shooters and assistants are also working professionals who need to make a living as well. The cost that goes into a second shooter is worth every penny to ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible.

Making a Living

At the end of the day, photographers are going home and living life just as you are. To be able to make a living on top of the expenses into working hours, it’s fair to say that these wedding photography professionals deserve to be paid for their hard work. They have put hours and hours into perfecting their craft, including many obtaining degrees and certifications, so they can give you the best results. Experienced wedding photographers make their livelihood from making your day one to remember forever.

One Opportunity to Shoot Memories for a Lifetime

Wedding photographers have one opportunity to capture your day perfectly. It is so important to remember that the quality you pay for is the quality you receive. If you are given one opportunity to trust someone to capture your memories for a lifetime, make sure it is someone you trust and believe are worth the price tag. At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your event. It’s worth every penny to make sure that you spend your day with peace of mind knowing that your forever love can be forever documented.

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Why is Wedding Photography Expensive?

  1. My brother does wedding photography and it does take a very long time, not only shooting but editing. He also does videos and that takes a long time as well.

  2. Wedding photography is definitely something where you get what you pay for. I’ve seen couples try to skimp on it and regret it!

  3. I knew wedding photography is expensive but i had no idea why! It definitely makes a lot more sense now. Thanks for sharing.


  4. You definitely get what you pay for and weddings you (hopefully) only do once! Plus it’s definitely way more than one day’s work.

  5. One of our biggest expenses during our wedding was the photos. But the photographer saw to it that his work would be worth our money, and I will always be grateful for that. 🙂

  6. says:

    Now I know! Photographers are very important for all occasion mostly in the wedding. They capturing every moment. 

  7. I think whatever photographers charge for wedding photos is not enough. I can’t take a picture to save my life so for my most special day, I would definitely want a well paid professional for sure!

  8. Photographs stay forever and it is something you will show to your kids in years to come. I am very grateful our wedding photographer for working with us for fair price and our needed short time. She felt us so deeply and so nicely!

  9. I soo agree. We diss have a photographer, I also wish we had a videographer vs my brother videoing.

  10. I always loved watching wedding photographers at work, but until I took up photography to improve my food photos I did not realize how much work and preparation goes into taking even the minimum number of usable shots. I really admire someone who can be a wedding photographer full time.

  11. says:

    I’m sad to say that I don’t think we got what we paid for in terms of quality. Don’t get me wrong they were good pics. My husband does photography as well, and he has one of the most creative minds, not just standard wedding poses. He never charges an arm and a leg, and I fully support that decision.

  12. says:

    I understand why they are expensive. It is not easy to capture every moment at our wedding. And also how they exceed their effort, creativeness, and quality of their photo.

  13. says:

    Some things are worth the cost. Wedding photography is definitely one of them. 🙂

  14. As a social media manager I work with a lot of photographers and they always get so frustrated with people asking why everything is expensive etc. It’s definitely worth the money though – especially wedding photography and videography.

  15. This is slightly off topic but I love your website’s layout. What theme are you using?

  16. says:

    Interesting read. Wedding photography is very important in every ones life. It should capture all the beautiful and memorable moments more beautifully. It needs photographer’s continuous effort and creativity.

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