How to Choose a Toronto Wedding Photographer by Price?

We all love a good deal. The feeling you get from saving money when getting a high-quality product is almost as good as the feeling you get when the love of your life asks you to marry him. The two of these rarely go hand in hand, however. Everything that is related to the wedding industry has quite a price tag. The purpose of these things is to make your Big Day unique and unforgettable, as well as bring forth your style as a couple, and, of course, just like anything else that fits this description, it is precious and therefore has its price.

While you might be on a mission to find the best wedding deals in Toronto, let me explain to you why saving on a wedding photographer and videographer is not the best idea. When you hire a wedding photographer, you expect to receive a service and a product. While both the product and the service appear to be pretty straightforward, they are complex when it comes to what you’re paying for. So what is it that brings that price tag so high when it comes to wedding photography and videography?

Service:

Labour

That is the starting point. You are paying a team to capture your wedding day on photo and video.

Time

Time is money, especially in the high-paced Toronto. You are paying your team to do their job for a specific amount of hours.

Equipment

If you ever saw a price tag on a good camera, you understand why this is important. Also, remember that there are also lenses, tripods, sliders, stabilizers, lights, flashes, reflectors, memory cards, and so on. These cost quite a bit. There ’s always something you can get that would improve your work, so no, it’s not a one-time investment.

Skills

I assume you would choose a talented photographer, whose personal style appealed to you. But before a photographer could even develop that style, he had to learn how to use all of his equipment to its maximum potential. Just like with the equipment, there’s always room to grow.

Insurance

A wedding photographer’s life depends on his gear. However, it is often put at risk when it is shared amongst the team members, or even when it is exposed to big crowds of people, that, let ’s just put it simply, aren’t always sober.

Transportation

Tara Weddings shoots all over the GTA, and sometimes even further. That means that we spend at least an hour or two driving. That’s time, money, insurance, and other vehicle costs.

HR

Each year we get more and more bookings. That requires finding more and more professionals that suit our team standards.

Product:

Labour

One of the key components to good wedding photography and videography is excellent post production aka photo and video editing.

Time

For each hour at the wedding, a wedding photographer will spend another hour finishing the material until every last picture looks great.

Equipment/ software

In order to professionally backup, retouch, edit, colour-correct and finish both the photo and video materials, we would need storage (hard drives and clouds), a powerful computer, a drawing tablet and nearly five different kinds of software.

Insurance

All of the above needs to be insured.

Skills

Last but not least, skills in post production are just as important as the skills that are required to capture the material. It makes all the difference between pictures that look good, pictures that look amazing, and pictures that make you cry tears of joy because you can really feel your Big Day all over again.

As you can see, it’s not just about pressing a button. All these aspects are equally important. So the next time you see cheap wedding photography in Toronto, ask yourself what is the photographer compromising, and then ask yourself if that’s also something you would like to compromise. When all is said and done, remember, that your wedding day will be over quickly, and it’s the photography that will be taking you back.