COST OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY IN INDIA
Finally, the dates are finalized and you are ready to plan your wedding to make it a beautiful one. You called up a few photographers whom you have been following for the last few months and noticed that the cost for hiring a good wedding photographer is way beyond your expectations… why so? And moreover.. it’s India! Things are cheaper in India.. isn’t it? Well unfortunately ‘NO’.
Most of us think that why a professional wedding photographer in India charge this much?.. Just for shooting your wedding for a few hours right? Well, let me tell you that in past few years, wedding photography has evolved by leaps and bounds. We have a more matured wedding photography industry and needless to say that a lot of time, effort and investment has been made by the Indian wedding photographers to achieve it!
You may be thinking that as a wedding photographer I would be having some pretty amazing photographs of my own wedding day, right? Sadly, that’s not the case. My wife and I got married before I really found photography and before I decided I wanted to be a wedding photographer myself.
After our wedding, we realized that we had spent a decent percentage of our wedding budget on bridal wear / groom wear, makeup, décor, catering etc. but didn’t got those timeless moments captured the way we should have. I wish I could go back and get our wedding photos done once again by a photographer of our choice.
In this post, we will help you understand that lot goes after the shoot to deliver those gorgeous images and what factors adds up to the final cost of wedding photography.
THE HIDDEN SIDE
Being a photographer doesn’t mean that they wake up in the morning, photograph a wedding for 8 hours and then go home and their job is done but you can multiply the time by 10 if you consider the post-processing! That means importing all the cards, culling the images (narrowing the images down), editing, retouching, exporting, album design and printing etc. That’s around 80 hours on average!. They are also small business owners, which also comes with the job of doing all of their sales, marketing, accounting, scouting, art directing, managing their offices and studios, being their own webmasters, doing their own post production, designing, blogging, being students, being mentors, researching, etc.
Like other jobs (Engineers, Doctors, IT etc.), wedding photography is also a fulltime job for a wedding photographer and we should not forget that after investing in their business, they have to save for their current lifestyle and for their future. Yes, wedding photographers do retire like others.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
Images are made by the person behind the camera and not by the camera.. well, yes and no!
Considering that the cost of gear is almost same across the globe, how can photography be cheaper in India?
BACKUP & UPGRADE
There are no retakes in a wedding and top wedding photographers know that it is absolutely essential to have a backup in the event that something goes wrong with the primary camera. This adds to the cost of the wedding photography package prices.
Apart from how much cameras and lenses cost, wedding photographers need to also stay invested in the best computers, state-of-the-art backup systems, backup power so on.
In the film era, photographers use to capture images on Films and use to develop the negatives in their “Darkroom” to create the final images. In this digital era, the process still remains the same but the tools differ.
Professional Album Design Software: Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign are the album design software’s used by the wedding photographers to design your stunning albums.
Like other professionals, photographers are in a continuous learning mode too. They read and study work of inspirational photographers across the globe. They keep pushing their skills and artwork to the next level through live workshops and online seminars, etc. The more educated a photographer is, the better techniques and specializations will be used while shooting a wedding. As everything else, that education comes at a cost!
I hope I was able to help you understand the importance of hiring a professional wedding photographer of your taste for your big day. All the best!
Rohan Mishra Photography- Creative Weddings and lifestyle photoshoots.