The Real Cost of Wedding Photography

If only clients knew how hard this business is

The Cost of Wedding Photography

There are endless articles on the internet regarding (shout this bit out loudly) “THE REAL COST OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY”. It seems that wedding photographers around the world have collectively decided that their salvation lies in telling the world just how expensive their shiny new PRO equipment costs. And once clients realise just how tough it is to run a wedding photography business because they also have to pay tax then they’ll be falling over themselves to pay our fees. 

I thought of this as I took my car for an MOT today. Ooh, those car lifting thngymyjigs look expensive. I’d better bung the mechanic a few extra quid to help out. You see, all these articles about the costs of doing business as a photographer are irrelevant and embarrassing. A bit like Premier League footballers moaning about the rising cost of football boots. Clients don’t care, and it’s not going to make anybody pay any more for your services. It might make burglars turn up at your house.

No the real cost of wedding photography should be justified by the incredible pictures and fantastic customer service, not the shiny new lenses. Forget the idea of ‘educating clients’ - it’s patronising for a start - and guess what, they have to work and pay tax and they might also be self-employed. If you have written one of these articles please quietly take it down to save any further embarrassment.

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Comments (3)

  • David F

    David F

    01 April 2015 at 21:51 | #

    I have to say I agree with you - articles that seek to justify fee smack of desperation and are embarrassing. Can't imagine a single client reading one and then upping their budget. Can't imagine a single client reading one.


  • Sandy


    04 April 2015 at 17:57 | #

    If you think all the articles aren't bad enough then try some photography forums - full of old blokes moaning about clients needing educating


  • Jackline Owens

    Jackline Owens

    06 December 2018 at 12:42 | #

    Thank you a lot for this informative post. Soon we will celebrate the wedding of my cousin, and I'm sure that this information will be really useful for her.


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