A brief description of what goes into creating your perfect portrait, written by Caught on Film Photography, and why you trust professional photographers with your important photos!
Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?
In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, and home photo printers, when people upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, we hear this all the time-How in the world do Professional Photographers charge $45+ for an 8x10 when they just cost $1.50 at the drug store?
Simply put, you are not just paying for the actual photograph, you're paying for the time and expertise. First, let's look at the actual time involved.
For a 2 hour portrait session:
- One hour of travel
- Two hours of shooting
- 30 minutes of set-up, preparation, and talking to the client
- 30 minutes to upload the photos onto a computer, and in most cases, more
- MINIMUM 6-12 hours of Photoshop/editing time including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, saving, for print, receive and verify prints, package prints/products, schedule shipment, etc.
- 1-2 hour in-person ordering session
You can see how a one to two hour session easily turns into more than 12 hours of work! So when you see a Photographer charge a $450 session fee for a 2 hour shoot, you are not paying them $100/ hour.
Now for the Expertise
Shooting professional photography is a skill, acquired through years of experience. Even though a quality camera now costs under $3000, taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera. Most professional photographers take years to go from buying their first decent camera to making monet with their photography.
In addition to learning how to use the camera itself, there is a mountain of other equipment involved, as well as numerous software programs ised to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And...let's not forget, you atcually have to have people skills to be able to communicate, and make people feel comfortable in front of the camera. Think of it this way- the next time you pay $X to get your hair done, a pair of scissors at a convenient store costs only $1.50, but you'll gladly pay a lot more to hire a Professional!