Cheap Wedding Photography

Getting married can and frequently does cost a lot of money. Cheap wedding photography is a common option for saving money when you’re getting married. After all, anyone with a good camera can do it can’t they? Yes, although you my need to be careful who you ask…

Many suppliers view weddings as an easy market to “break into.” It takes very little effort to set themselves up, they can run it in their spare time alongside their main job and with very little overheads it’s so simple to undercut the competition.

Take wedding photography for example. How many people do you know who have a good camera and want to shoot weddings? Everybody knows someone and in the days of the digital camera it’s easy to deliver the final images as a set of JPG files. Albms are becoming a thing of the past. With electronic images, the profit margins are huge. Even for a cut-price job. Why would anyone want to hire a professional when their best mate can do it for next to nothing? That’s quite a saving and one that I find very hard to compete against if I’m totally honest.

That’s why I don’t. If you’re looking for a budget wedding photographer, I’m probably not the right person for you. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try and persuade you to up your budget.

I’d like to offer some free advice though if I may?

Look at the costs of each item you’re planning for your wedding. The dress, the venue, the wedding breakfast, the car, the flowers, everything. Now look at how long everything will last. In most cases the only thing you’ll have left will be your photos.

Please make sure that whoever you book is up to the job. Today they’re just pictures or JPG files. Tomorrow they’re memories. In time they’ll become heirlooms. You may not think so today but one day they will.

Why do Brides book me as their wedding photographer?

There is a difference when it comes to hiring a professional. Unlike the amateur or semi-pro earning a little extra on the side, the professional does this for a living. The pro lives and dies by their ability to make and sell photographs. That’s quite an incentive to deliver. The semi-pro doesn’t have anything like this kind of pressure. I should know. I used to be one a few years ago.

You also get guarantees with the pro. They’ll be covered by insurance – public liability and professional indemnity. They’ll have back-up equipment. Most importantly they’ll give you peace of mind. If they don’t, don’t hire them.

BTW, if you’re looking for questions to ask your wedding photographer, this article might be useful.

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I’d really like your opinion. What do you think about wedding photography? Is it overrated? Is it over priced? Is it worth paying for? Do people really care about their images 6 months after the event?

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