Why does photography cost so much?


In the old days, there were few that had access to a good camera, and the skill that it possessed to do the job, so it was understandable why a photographer commanded the pricing that they did. Today, many wedding photographers cost between $2,500-$5,000 and to only deliver their specific packages or nickel and dime you for a product you have already paid for. With the proliferation of digital cameras, it is understandable why some wonder where the value is that they are getting for their dollar. Allow me to explain where I derive value from and tell you why photography cost so much.

As a freelance photographer or a professional photographer, the primary fee is always for the skill of the photographer. This is only a portion of the costs. There is a substantial difference between a professional level DSLR or mirrorless camera and the associated lenses themselves often go for much more. The average professional photographer or freelance photographer often times has as much as $20,000 worth of equipment costs, and on top of this have marketing and overhead to compete with before they even are paying themselves.

The primary difference between myself as a freelance photographer vs most professionals is they do photography as their primary job while I make the majority of my income I live on from a regular job. So while others can offer round the clock photography sessions, I can offer the same level of quality but at a much lower price. For example: 

Other photographers cost between 2000-5000 for similar quality work:

I cost much less! and I offer hourly rates as well!

Where other photographers limit or make you pay for the rights to the photos:

With Opus X Photography, you get all of your photos. No package maximums, no additional cost for printing rights and no additional charge for All of the 4×6 photos in a full day package!

Where others take months to get you your photos:

My average turnaround is 2-3 weeks!

If you see the value in my work and my competitive photographer prices, contact me to book an appointment. I would be happy to discuss how I can give you professional photos with no markup fees, a short turnaround time, the ability to share photos freely all at a very affordable price. 

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