This is a valid question. Wedding photography seems like easy money — work for one day and rake in the cash, right?
However, truth is, most full-time professional wedding photographers carry with them over $15,000 worth of wedding gear and often work 60- 80 hour weeks. With a turn around rate of 800 – 1000 images per wedding it takes several full days to edit + curate each wedding. Once you add in insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, gear repair, shipping, and studio expenses, many photographers end up making less than minimum wage for the first few years of their career.
If you want to hire seasoned professional photographers who are well recommended, have over 100 weddings under their belt, have been professionally published and take excellent care of there clients… then the price will reflect the outstanding quality of work and service you will be receiving. In the wedding photography industry you truly get what you pay for.