Suby In The House
I am currently accepting bookings for photo shoots for the month of February/March. Home visits with a mobile studio available on request.
...."Some people say photographers are way too expensive with their charges, before I got married last year, I thought so, "extortionists, daylight robbery, WHAT!!!!" all sprang to mind when I was told prices for their services. Well now I am on the other side of the fence, I do understand why certain photographers charge so. Will talk more about this tomorrow, I think I have bored you guys enough today......."
Now where was I? Yes now I am on the other side of the fence, so why do I or anyone have to pay (for example) almost £1500 + on our wedding images for a chap with a poxy digital camera to come and take images that my niece could take on her digital camera??????
Yes these thought has gone through each of our minds when we have either been presented with photography bills, or told how much it would cost. I guess we pay cause PHOTOGRAPHY actually is a PROFESSION in it's own right. If not, why not just have your niece who happens to be rather nifty with a screwdriver come repair your leaking pipes or those roof tiles that are missing, or that £3000 flat screen that just seems to be playing up in your living room?
Most of you in here know just how expensive photography equipment can be, yes the price of the prosumer cameras have now come down to such ridiculous amounts (under £500), but a £500 camera and a 18 - 55mm lens doth not maketh you a Photographer overnight, (neither does the fact I went out and bought 2 computers and networked them make me a IT Network specialist).
I once had a plumber come out to fix a broken toilet, a quick flush, and a sticking something that looked like a clothes hanger down the bowl later. he steps up to me and say with a huge smile " Fixed it guv, that will be £200 thank you" I wonder why he was smiling :)
Well as I sit on the other side of the fence, I see the amount of time I have to put into this easy photography thing, I realise just how expensive this easy photography thing can be (multiple 5 figures and still counting), I now see the effort it takes to come up with imaginative and lovely images, shoot after shoot, I now see the effort it takes to please the client, I now see the amount of effort it takes, to RETAIN CLIENTS, I now see the effort it takes to get clients. I now understand 90% of professional photographers do not work everyday (I hear anything between 6 -10months is the norm then it's fall back on the savings time).
Does this justify the sometimes perceived high rates some photographers charge for their services? HELL YES, don't get me wrong, this does not mean I can go out, buy a camera, slap "Pro Photographer" on my back then that automatically licenses me to charge such high fees, if the quality of such a photographers work means he is justified/warranted to charge a good days wage for his work, then why shouldn't he?
Words and photography by Suby
Anyone looking for the services of Suby & Sinem as Photographers, you know what to do.....
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