When you see a post on social media asking: Know a Photographer who DOESN’T cost an “arm & leg”?
or… “Hi, I want a GREAT photographer who won’t break the bank!”
That line right there, above… is the sure fire way to anger any professional photographer… especially your friends who are photographers.
So listen up… let me help here…. because, all in all… we just want HAPPINESS in this crazy world! Right?
WHAT IS AN AFFORDABLE PHOTOGRAPHER TO YOU?
And what are you expecting of that said “affordable” photographer?
Want to really make yourself sick? Here is a break down on what your “affordable” photographer is making:
Photographer charges $75 for session… they are making anywhere from $-2.50 – $.84 CENTS per hour
(yes, that first number was a negative… they are paying YOU basically.
Photographer charges $150 for session… they are making around $7 per hour… that’s less then minimum wage.
See where I am going with this?
The session and the time shooting your images are NOT the only time spent by your photographer… that session time is only a fraction of the work put into giving our clients the unforgettable images we capture.
that goes into the photography JOB.
WHAT DOES A PHOTOGRAPHER PAY FOR? TRUE COSTS…
- travel to/from session
- shooting time
- culling session
- editing FULL gallery
- uploading gallery
- blogging & social media
- baby sitter (many have their own familes too, ya know)
- gas to drive to location (per session)
- education (workshops/online/mentoring)
- branding & marketing
- website & url upkeep
- equipment cleaning
- permit fee for location
- extra equipment (mem cards, external hard drive, etc)
- studio equipment (backdrops/stand/lights)
- banking/PayPal/credit card fees
- taxes (yearly LLC or Sole P cost)
- props (hats/outfits/stuffers/headbands/etc)
Sick to your stomach yet?
Your “professional” photographer is not just charging you for their time shooting you and your darling brood. They are also paying for their time prior (emailing & phone calls with you)… scouting for locations to shoot you at… paying their legal fees & taxes to be a LEGIT business… oh yeah… BUYING THAT CAMERA & LENS to shoot with. Plus… so much more… SO.MUCH.MORE.
Next time you or someone you know scoffs at a photographer for his/her pricing… share this article with them… and remember… these ARE JOBS too… many of whom work for supporting their family, sole or main income. Food on the table for their babes… rent or mortgage, children in school, etc.
Now go apologize to your photographer friends for underestimating them… because, all in all… we (photographers) do this photography thing because we are people pleasers. WE LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY AND GIVING THIS GIFT TO OTHERS. It makes us happy, and keeps us creatively sane, to do kind things and make artistic pieces for you to enjoy FOREVER.
We, photographers worldwide, are NOT trying to break your bank…. or take you for a ride… and we are definitely not out there trying to give “ho-hum” mediocre images for you to showcase to your friends and family.
WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING… simple as that.
We would not ask you to give a product, time or service for free… so please respect ours as well.
With all our love… PHOTOGRAPHERS WORLDWIDE!
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