This is Why Your Wedding Photographer is Worth the Investment
If you've never hired a photographer before, you might be surprised at some of the quotes you get back. We're here today with our Fine Art Curation member and film photographer Lianna Marie Photography to explain exactly where that investment goes...
You should be looking to hire someone who has the experience to handle anything your wedding day throws at them. This includes bad weather (when will you have your family portraits done if the rain is pouring outside?), timings (your bridesmaids were late or your car broke down, how will they cope with the timings being changed suddenly?) or poor lighting (your ceremony has been moved indoors because of bad weather but the interiors are dark).
"I went to school for commercial photography and earned my associates degree, learning the technical side of photography and all lighting situations - from studio to natural light, working with film and digital so I'm confident that I can handle all lighting situations! After graduating College I worked under a wedding photographer and learned the ins and outs of photographing a wedding day, what to do in a time crunch and if there is bad weather such as wind or rain (which we get a lot of in the desert during our Spring season) and how to handle working with a big group of people. From there I learned that I do love weddings more than anything else even with the difficult situations they throw at me!"
Wondering why your images can take a few weeks to get back to you? Your photographer will be editing your images for quite some time to ensure you see the best possible result. Plus you're not the only couple they have right now (especially if it is wedding season!) so be patient while they work as efficiently as possible on delivering the best images to you.
"An engagement session for me is mostly done on film, and once the session is over I send out the film the next working day to my film lab and wait to get the scans back. This usually takes about a week turnaround but could be longer depending on the time of year or other circumstances. I will tweak my scans a little if need be, but I have worked with my lab so that most of the time it’s very minimal tweaks to my film. Then I will match the rest of the digital images I am using to my film scans. The majority of the editing for engagements and weddings consists of adjusting colors, contrast, brightness and the occasional blemish removal. This could take me anywhere from about 1-4 hours, depending on the wedding/event. Implementing film photography into my workflow has majorly cut down the time I spend on editing but this could be hugely different for a digital photographer. I love the fact I can get my images back to my clients faster after an engagement session and wedding day because I shoot film."
Wondering why the cost of a film photographer is more expensive than a digital photographer?
"Film is pretty expensive… a lot of people ask me why I like to even shoot film if it costs so much and for me it’s because the quality of film is unlike anything else. It’s so timeless to me and makes every image feel like a painting. But the amount of time I have cut down editing, and learning how to get images right in camera has been worth the investment for me. To give you an idea, every time I take a photo it costs me around $2. To shoot and develop just one roll of film is about $26 and that doesn’t include the shipping costs to send it to my lab. If I shoot on average 60 rolls of film at a wedding, I'm looking at spending over $1,500 alone just on film costs."
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR
We've never recommended hiring a friend with a camera for the most important day of your life! Your photography is the only lasting piece of tangible goods you may have in 40 years’ time (along with the ring!). Prioritization should be made accordingly!
"I think photography is the most important thing you can invest in. I’m not just saying that because I am a wedding photographer…. However, these images are the last piece of tangible goods from your wedding day that you will have for years and years. Investing in someone for your wedding day is a big step, you want to make sure you can trust that person to capture every beautiful moment form that day and when you look back at these images you can relive that day over and over again."
FROM EQUIPMENT TO EXPERIENCE - HIRE SOMEONE WHO IS THE COMPLETE PACKAGE
Cameras ain't cheap. And neither are the back up cameras, the lenses, the tripods, the film stock, the reflectors, the second shooters, the associate photographers, the marketing they used to find you, the website, the collateral, the album costs etc etc. In fact, photography is a never ending game of who can spend the most money so if you see what you think is a high price for your wedding day coverage, the liklihood is they're not rolling in $50 bills at night...
"There are many factors to consider when finding the right wedding photographer for you. However, I know that the price point is a big determining factor for a lot of people. Some want to make sure they are staying within a given budget for their wedding as a whole and may consider some cuts in certain areas… Don’t cut when it comes to your wedding photographer! The reason we price ourselves the way we do mostly comes from the experience and years of hard work going into our craft and perfecting it regularly. It’s so much more than just taking a photo. It’s crafting the image in our minds beforehand, having a well thought out plan for your wedding day on where every portrait location will take place, how we are going to work with the light, our experience to work in a time crunch if we need to, our posing style, and also how to handle each situation given to us on a wedding day with no hesitations."
A HUGE thanks to Lianna Marie Photography for taking the time to break down the costs for hiring your wedding photographer and why their prices are what they are! Don't forget, if you're looking for your wedding photographer right now, head on over to our highly curated list of wedding photographers right here in our Fine Art Curation.
Photography: Lianna Marie Photography