5 Reasons Why Wedding Photography is so Expensive (1)

If you’re experiencing sticker shock from a wedding photographer’s quote, today’s guest post by Holly of Holly Von Lanken Photography is for you! Read on to learn why photographers charge what they do:

I asked myself that same question after starting to take photography more seriously, but as soon as I started attending workshops and legitimizing my business, in addition to honing my craft, I quickly realized why the wonderful world of photography can be so expensive, but also why it’s worth it.

Before I even booked my first wedding, I was attending business and photography workshops. The speakers always gave tips and advice and the phrase “and it’s only like a hundred dollars!” became repetitive. However, when you add up all those “it’s only like a hundred dollars” it starts to get very pricey. Here is a list I’ve compiled of all the types of expenses that wedding photographers incur and why what you’re paying them is legitimate and maybe even a steal.

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Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Shannah and Marisu, the talented team that make up ZoomWorks! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Shannah Cahoe Montgomery and Marisu Wehrenberg established ZoomWorks in 2000.  In addition to photography, we are experienced in graphic design and styling (hair and makeup).  We are happiest when we’re shooting, regardless of the subject matter.  From lifestyle to weddings, architecture to product, we are hired for how we see the world.  Art is where we live.

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Today’s wedding planner interview is with Kristen Ley Green of Something New for I Do, based in Atlanta, Georgia! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’m a recently married wedding professional living in D.C. while co-owning an Atlanta-based wedding business. Something New for I Do combines our love for both the planning and business side of the industry, as we’re known as wedding PR/marketing experts to vendors and vendor brokers to brides looking to brand their wedding. When I’m not working with brides to match them with various vendors that can help them pull off their themed wedding, I’m helping vendors grow their business or sharing insight as a blogger.

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Today’s helpful guest post comes to us from Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm, and author of The Chancey Charm Practical Guide to Planning Your Wedding. Enjoy!

Venue tours filled with guest counts, pricing and preferred vendor lists can quickly take over your weekends and joy as a bride. My first piece of advice is to always figure out your budget and guest count before you start the search. Making a large list and narrowing down the venues that can actually fit in your budget and accommodate your guest count is crucial to making the venue hunt a smooth success.

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