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Wedding Photography Infographic: It’s Not All Just ‘In a Day’s Work’

By Hanssie on August 3rd 2014

wedding-photography-price-cost-infographic-francesco-spighi-photographer-tuscany1Being a wedding photographer is super easy. You just show up on a wedding day, take some photos and your work is done. Right?

For some brides, many of them really, that is the belief. They balk at your pricing, and liken you to their friend who also has a nice camera and maybe they should just have him take photos for them.. Some people just don’t understand the work involved in wedding photography.

Of course, in most service based organizations, the job is usually thankless and requires more work than people actually think about and understand. The following is a fun infographic created by an Italian portrait and wedding photographer Francesco Spighi, that shows just how much work is involved in wedding photography and why we charge so darn much. I’m sure you wedding photographers can relate, and any photographer really, who may be taking a brief editing break right now to read this.


So whether your specialty is weddings, portraits, landscape or whatnot, we understand your pain, even if a bride may not. Happy Sunday.

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[Via Francesco Spighi/DIY Photography]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Kurk Rouse

    I keep laughing when i see the little stick guy

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  2. Cody Edger

    We should include spellcheck in our quotes.

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks for reminding us how much there is in wedding photography that people are not aware of. This is what helps us educate non photographers on how much goes into making great images and delivering great products.

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  4. Brandon Dewey

    It’s so true!

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  5. Mike Roux

    As a professional in the wedding industry making a living, supporting my family, yes there a is price to be paid for high quality service yet I find it amusing that there is such a constant need to justify high prices with insanely over complicated infographic’s. It’s all true but when you have to constantly explain yourself to clients you might be disillusioned by your actual value, living above your means or targeting the wrong market. I love my high tech equipment but no I don’t need a D4s or 1DX to justify my skills, if you are as creative as you claim any old camera will do. Photography isn’t the only thing that will remind you of your happy memories, you’ll actually remember your wedding day with your ‘erm God given memory. Yes photography isn’t cheap but it’s also not insanely expensive as claimed, some togs simply up there prices for no valued reason, the world ins’t idiots they see those expensive holidays overseas. If you are a photographer that needs to justify your price then you aren’t as talented as you believe you are, people will pay for talent (aka art) no questions asked stop trying so hard.

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    • Matthew Saville

      My thoughts exactly. Do we really need to justify ourselves over and over again? We don’t see this message from airline pilots or fire fighters. IMO wedding photographers just do this type of thing in their spare time to amuse each other and generate an “amen” or two, not REALLY to “get the word out”.

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    • Gareth Roughley

      I agree. I don’t think there is an industry out there that doesn’t have hidden costs, yet we don’t here them harping on about it.

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  6. David Hall

    Yes, I saw the first spelling error right at the beginning. “Whath you can see”.

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  7. kaito mcd

    would probably look more professional if they spelled business correctly.

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  8. Andrea Alderman

    Yikes, this infographic is full of spelling mistakes. I like the message, but I am not sure sharing this with clients (with all the spelling issues) would make them value you anymore.

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  9. Kurk Rouse

    This deserves to be shared on every social media plat form out there

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    With this infographic clients will really value their photographers

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  11. Greg Faulkner

    Ha! It’s all been done to death before but still amusing :)

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    • Drew Valadez

      Yeah but now it is in a pretty picture for those too lazy to read whole paragraph.

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