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Someone I know has offered to do our wedding photography for $700 and give us the digital files. Wouldn’t that be a great way to save money?

Wedding photography is similar to other services in that there are people operating at all levels of experience and expertise.  Pricing is one way that those with the most experience or expertise distinguish themselves.  So, if you commission a wedding photographer who will shoot all day and hand over the files for such a low price, you may not be getting the quality images that you’d hoped for.  Wedding photographers operating at this level are often either beginners with little experience or casual part-time shooters.  Most professional wedding photographers have invested hundreds of hours perfecting their craft, from the actual use of the camera to the skill and artistic ability required to create the perfect album design.  Keep in mind that operating any small business incurs expenses, and professional wedding photography is no exception.  This includes not only standard photographic equipment, but also more specialized items and backup equipment.  Wedding photographers who charge as low a rate as you describe may have neither the backup gear should something go wrong nor the insurance to cover themselves in the event of an accident.

 

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