October 13, 2016

How much does a Houston wedding photographer cost?

houston wedding photographerMemories last a lifetime and a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, the Houston wedding photographer that’s hard at work on your special day is working to ensure that every shot counts, that all of their equipment performs at optimal levels, and that they have a backup for a backup which is for another backup.

Although wedding photography prices can vary greatly, on average, a Houston wedding photographer may charge around $3,357 per wedding.  This pricing is fairly consistent with wedding photographers in other major cities around the US with the national average being around $2,814 and San Francisco leading that curve at roughly $3,931.

But you might be asking yourself another question; why does it need to cost this much?  While most may think that being a wedding photographer is super easy, it’s not just about showing up and taking some pictures.  The process is so much more involved.

To cover some of the basics, let’s consider a few things:

  • Equipment – a professional camera body alone can cost in upwards of $3,000.  And a Houston wedding photographer may have two on them at all times.  At least we do.
  • Lenses – professional lenses are made to withstand the elements, take drops, and otherwise handle beatings like a champ. On average, one lens can cost $1,500 and my wife and I come to every wedding with at least 10 lenses on hand, each serving a very specific purpose.
  • Additional Equipment – this includes on-camera flashes, lots o’ batteries, laptops, several memory cards, hard drives, tripods/bipods/monopods, and so much more. Oh, and I’m just scratching the surface here.
  • Legal – a professional Houston wedding photographer will have a lawyer (or legal team, if they’re very popular) that helps them put together contracts that outline the expectations in granular detail and protect both the photographer(s) and their clients.
  • Time – a lot of time is spent in preparation and exploring the location beforehand. In the case of my wife and I, we spent days scouting locations at our most recent destination wedding invite.
  • More Equipment and Time – after your special day has concluded, our work has not ended. We have to come back home and professionally edit all of our work using calibrated monitors and graphics tablets, backing up everything into several devices in case of data corruption or loss, and printing them and/or uploading them to our website client portal.
  • And some more stuff – equipment insurance, marketing costs, vehicle maintenance, travel costs, studio costs, health insurance, taxes, etc.

There’s a lot to take into consideration when booking your next Houston wedding photographer but please know that most professional photographers have your best interest in mind and we’re all looking forward to becoming a part of your big day.  And if we can put a smile on you and yours, it just makes our job that much more rewarding.