Why Wedding Photographers Charge What They Do 0

The journey from the proposal to the actual wedding itself isn’t all happiness and bliss. For some, it could be; but for most, it actually involves a lot of work, some compromises, a bit of arguing and disagreement, and a whole lot of loving in between. Ask anyone who got married lately and they’ll tell you that the journey was worth it. (Because if it wasn’t, then I doubt that they would ever make it to the altar at all.)

One of the most important things on the list is finding a good wedding photographer. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion (unless you somehow end up getting divorced) with memories that you can relive with your wedding photographs. After all, pictures are worth a thousand words, right?

Most wedding photographers charge somewhere in between $2,500 and up–but apparently, this woman from Seattle disagrees and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She posted an ad on Craigslist basically ranting about the insane fees that wedding photogs charge for their services:

Craigslist Wedding Ad

This ticked off a lot of professional wedding photographers, including Nikki Wagner who took some time out to explain the other side of the story. Nikki gives a breakdown of the expenses that photographers normally incur, including taxes, photography equipment, insurance, and second shooter fees which amounts to a whole lot of money in the end.

She ends her response saying:

All of that being said, I’m usually in the hole at the end of the year, and take on many family portraits, senior portraits and corporate jobs in order to make ends meet.

Photography is my passion and my livelihood, and it is also expensive. Yes, it seems like a lot of money for one day, but one day isn’t all we spend on your photographs or on our business. You will spend thousands of dollars on a wedding dress or flowers or a venue or on catering which you are going to have for only one day, but your photographs will be the only thing you have to remember that one day for the rest of your lives.

I’m extremely insulted by your craigslist post and hope this sheds a little light on why we charge $3,000 for one day of your memories that are going to last you forever.

I recommend that you can read her entire response on Peta Pixel so you can get the entire gist of what Nikki’s saying.

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