Firstly I want to thank all of my brides (and grooms) who appreciate my work and think that I am worth the price.
This comment is not meant to offend anyone but more to inform people. I understand many couples are on a budget and I understand that planning a wedding can be both expensive and overwhelming. With this in mind I always do my best to work with my couples and offer customized options for those who are on a tighter budget.
Being new(ish) to Wedding Photography I have noticed one common thing... you will either have people who appreciate you and are prepared to pay your worth... or you have those that claim you are "ripping them off"... This is more aimed at those who feel they are being ripped off by professional wedding photographers...
Yes it seems like a LOT of money for just one day (sometimes only only half a day)... But there is a LOT more involved in capturing your memories than just the shooting part... I wont go into the ongoing cost of all the equipment needed (camera, lenses, editing software etc) or the advertising, marketing and printing costs.
As a wedding photographer it is my job to capture your day, your love for each other and all the details of things that don't last. Not only will I meet with you before hand to discus your day and what it is you need, but I also spend hours researching, practicing my skills, checking out the venue beforehand to avoid any nasty lighting shocks and then after the wedding 20-25 HOURS editing and sifting through your images making sure you receive nothing but the best I have to offer. With every package you receive a beautiful professionally printed 20 x 24 Canvas Wedding Print.
Couples will spend thousands of dollars on wedding dresses, flowers, venues and catering... all which you are going to have for only ONE DAY... but your photographs will be the only thing you will have to remember that ONE DAY for the rest of your lives.
So yes Wedding Photography is a larger part of the wedding budget but it is also an investment worth making. Professional Wedding Photographers are NOT "ripping you off"... they are doing a job and running a business.
Make sure you find yourself a photographer that you get along with, whose images and style you love... it will be their images and style that capture YOUR Wedding Day and whose images become the memories you keep once the venue is packed away, the flowers are long gone and the dress no longer fits.
And on that note... I am REALLY looking forward to a gorgeous winter wedding this weekend so keep an eye out over the next week for some sneak peeks.