If you have been at it for a while or are just starting to look, you’ll probably be shocked or at least surprised by the prices of Croatia wedding photography. But before you go throwing in the towel, consider what is involved.
In all likeliness, your photographer will probably have 15-25 hours or more invested in your wedding, and they are including an album, prints and other items. Consider, national statistics that the average cost of a wedding photographer is $2500.00
Of course, every photographer is going to place their own value on their time, talent and value of goods, and that’s when you have to do some justification as to what it’s really worth to you. If you are paying just for the time of the photographer you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $500 per hour. If they are including photos and an album, it’s going to be closer to $500 per hour. So if we take an average, you’re looking at $350.00 per hour or about $2100.00 for 6 hours. Of course, many variables will affect this price such as the type of album, number of photographs and the overall talent of the photographer.
It is possible to find someone cheaper than stated, but you have to seriously consider what you are going to end up with. If everyone else is charging an average price of? and this guy is underpriced by hundreds of dollars, shouldn’t that say something? It better, or you’re in for major disappointment, GUARANTEED! Do you really want to trust all of this on a person who’s looking to make some extra cash on the weekends? Well, maybe you are, but good luck!
Let’s say you are considering two photographers… One is $300.00 cheaper than the other. They are offering almost the same thing with the photos and style you like, except one is offering a leather album and the other is offering a vinyl one. If vinyl is OK, you know which to pick. But, leather is going to look better and last longer, so? If you get totally hung up on price you are in for heartache and disappointment.
Granted there are those that charge MUCH higher than the national average. Are they worth it? Only you can decide. If they’re more than everyone else, they’ve got to be worth it, Right? Can you really tell the difference? Why would I charge $15.00 for an 8X10 photo and someone else charge $40.00? Is the photo different? Is the paper different? Will one outlast the other? NO! It’s all about perceived value. Why can you buy a designer sweater in a major retail store and find the same thing in an outlet store for half? The sweater is by the same designer, has the same quality of wool, but you aren’t paying for the fancy bag it’s put in, or the “NAME” of the store you bought it in.
Here’s a quick and dirty way to determine what you are really paying for… Find two photographers that you like and ask them what kind on car they drive? They may think you’re nuts but, who’s going to charge more? Of course, you can’t compare a studio to an independent because of overhead issues.
The point I’m trying to get across is; when making your decision, you have to compare apples to apples and not apples to watermelons.
To wrap it up, follow your heart and be realistic! Nothing is free no matter how it’s coated and if it’s sounds too good to be true, you know in your heart it is.
If they want more than you wanted to pay but you really want them, you’ll figure out a way to get it!
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