True cost of time in wedding photography

The photography world is saturated – every wedding fair you go to, there is an abundance of wedding photographers all wanting to show off their fantastic photos and styles for brides to choose from.

Many brides often wonder and ask why wedding photography costs so much. Certainly when I have been to wedding shows, couples that I have spoken to also realise that it’s not a cheap service when prices range from £250? to £3000 and they often ask – “Really, is it worth it?” – so I guess I’d reply by saying – “How important is photographing your special day to you?”

I thought I’d write up a blog post to explain how much work goes into photography and what better way to explain how much time and effort we spend in all of our weddings.

Here is the average time that we spend working on our weddings, this is based on all the weddings we carried out in the last 12 months. I wanted to note down all the details and time that we spent on each of our client projects so future clients may understand that if they find a £250 photographer for the best day of their lives or simply getting a mate to do it – you get for what you pay for.

SPACEBAR however put the highest quality in all our wedding photography.

Before the day: The PRESHOOT

30mins to 1 hour – Wedding planning with discussions on ideas for photos and understand individual styles

30mins to 1 hour – preparing equipment/batteries and memory cards, back up checks, vehicle checks, satellite map checks, traffic plan, email discussions to arrange time for next meet

1 hour – driving to venue for preshoot

2 hours – Wedding meet time (meeting at the venue to discuss flow of the day, scouting venue location and then pre-shoot time)

1 hour – driving from venue back home

30mins to 1 hour uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer and creating blog post, video and gallery

Before the day: The PRE-WEDDING MEETING

1 hour prep time at clients home discussing photo shoot lists, timetables and last minute actions, group shots, solo shoots, people whom we should know about both family and venue contacts

Before the day: The NIGHT BEFORE PREPARATION

1 hour – Wedding prep time including equipment checks, back up checks, batteries, memory card, vehicle checks etc.) for all equipment to be used on the day

On the day: THE WEDDING DAY

1h 30mins travel time to wedding

12 hours photographing wedding

1h 30mins travel time from wedding

After the day: POST PRODUCTION

1 hour – uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer

30 to 45 minutes time spent backing up the original images

12 to 24 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images

2 to 3 hours building bespoke DVD photo package with edited images and box set

TOTAL TIME: approx. 50 to 60 hours

plus any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues. The above does not include wedding album creation and development which usually adds another 10 to 20hrs to the time below.

So with that said, a typical wedding might just seem 12 hours of work on the day but in actual fact is around 50hours of work altogether.

Any good wedding photographer worth their weight will spend similar amounts of time on your day – it is after all the best day of your life and photos that are to be treasured to last forever. All good photographers go through the above steps but like they say in all markets – “you get for what you pay for”

Come and discuss your wedding photography requirements with SPACEBAR.

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~ by spacebar on March 19, 2013.

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