Wedding photographers are so expensive!
Yes, it would seem wedding photographers are expensive - at first look. All that for one day of work? But consider the facts and the cost of wedding photography is inline with all the other vendors you'll hire that day. And keep in mind that your wedding photo album is one of only two things - the other being your wedding gown - that remains after the day is over.
A good, dedicated wedding photographer will spend about 20 to 30 hours total time in service to you. There's the time he or she spends in the initial consultation and meeting with you, the time spent discussing your plans, and locations, his planning, the travel time and of course the actual day of the wedding which could be eight, ten or more hours. So it's much more than just one day of work.
After the wedding there are images for him to download, organize, color adjust and prepare to upload to an online host. She may spend time consulting with you on your choice of images from the proofs and the style of album to select. Then there's more image preparation and uploading. Finally, the finished album is ready for delivery, after the photographer has paid for it and its shipping. Top grade albums from the best, most reliable album makers are expensive! And I mean at the cost to the photographer! Album prices have increased dramatically across the board.
Remember that a good, reputable, established wedding photographer - someone you can trust to be there for you and after the wedding day, someone who will stand behind their work - is a business person and not just an artist. The cost of digital camera equipment, lighting and a computer for a wedding photographer is near that of a new car. Seriously.
Can you find inexpensive wedding photographers? Absolutely. Are they any good? Well, the saying that you get what you pay for is absolutely true when it comes to wedding photography. Do you really want to have a friend of a friend take your wedding photos? Or an art school student?
Remember; you may be paying your caterer $15,000 or more, for the day and $1,200 or more, for a limo bus. So yes, wedding photographers are expensive, but no more so than any other part of your wedding cost, but your wedding album (and/or video) is the only one of those services that lasts a lifetime.