Texas Wedding Photographer

Dallas Texas Wedding Photographers

In Part I, we talked about the overhead costs that a photographer shells out before ever placing their finger on that shutter button. So if it’s so expensive, why bother hiring an independent, custom photographer? Three fabulous reasons.

1) A custom photographer lavishes you with their time and attention. (How often does that happen in your life?)

Mall-type studios operate on a “fast food” model of photography – with little profit on each client, they count on cramming as many people in as possible. Like McDonalds, it is their business interest to get you in and out as quickly as possible. Stores sometimes even use their photography studios as “loss leaders” to get you in the store, meaning they actually lose money on the photos, but they are counting on you buying other things while you wait for your turn under the hot lights.

When I started my business, I didn’t want to be a “hurry up and smile, ” high-volume studio. I don’t believe you can herd memories. I wanted to be more like the Pottery Barn of photography experiences. Luxurious, beautiful, long-lasting, heirloom-quality, with all sorts of perks like free design services. Thus, the actual session is only a tiny fraction of the service and attention that each client receives. The full custom experience requires much more:

Breakdown of Time Spent On Each Client:

Booking and creating contracts | 30 min
In-home design consultation with client | 1-2 hours, plus 30 mins travel to/from
Location scouting (prep, travel, walking around, taking notes – I do this even when I’ve used the location before) | 1 hour
Emails and phone calls to confirm session and answer questions | 30-60 mins
Session prep, gear checks and rechecks | 1 hour
Travel to/from session | 30 mins
Actual session | 2 hours
Image transfer and backup | 1 hour
Culling, editing, and retouching images | 4-10+ hours, depending on the images
Exporting finished images, writing and prepping blog post | 2-3 hours
Creating custom home design options for client | 2-5 hours, depending on their needs
Ordering | 2-4 hours, depending on revisions
Obsessively re-checking images and placing order | 2 hours
Prepping for delivery | 1 hour
Actual delivery | 30 mins

TOTAL: 23 – 34+ hours.

(This total assumes they’re not ordering an album – if so, add another 10-15 hours.)

The session represents only about 6% – 8% of the time I spend on any given client. And what a difference all the extra time and care makes! Rather than pushing people through, much thought is put into each facet of the experience, and no expense of time is spared in ensuring that the products you receive are perfect and truly reflective of you and the ones you love.

Some people wonder why a session can’t be reduced from 2 to 1 hours and the session fee cut in half. As you can see, in the big picture, the time spent shooting is nearly negligible – almost all of the other time commitments remain unchanged. If I charged less, I could cram in more clients to compensate, but at what cost? Individualized session prep and secure backups? Careful retouching and editing? Custom design? Being available to answer questions? Slashing even one of those categories would drastically change the experience and outcome.

When you consider that a photographer’s actual profit is usually only about a third of the check you write to them (the rest going to taxes, cost of goods sold, and cost of doing business), and keep in mind that your experience with them alone represents the majority of a work week, it becomes easier to understand why a full-time professional photographer needs to charge what they do to stay in business.

2) But what does all that time add up to? One unparalleled experience.

When you are unrushed during a 2-hour session, amazing things happen. You start relaxing. You can only give so many posed, stiff smiles, so after a time you naturally loosen up and start to become more of who you are every day. The images become about you and your family being yourselves. Snuggling. Laughing. Inside jokes. Playing. Flirting. Spontaneous loving moments can’t be forced, but over the length of a custom session, they will unfold unaided, and a custom photographer can use their lens to show who you really are. There’s nothing more beautiful than a child lighting up upon spotting a fuzzy caterpillar, a quiet embrace of a couple, a new mom rocking her tiny one to sleep in the comfort of her own home. These beautiful moments happen all the time, but they are fleeting. Bringing in a professional photographer allows you to keep them forever.

blogging to relieve stress blogging through pinterest blogging in spanish blog for beginners blogging marketing blog zoom blogging memes earning thru blogging blog but blog with google sites blogging without domain turning blogging into a business blogging during a divorce in blog or on blog blog by high school students blogging in education blogging under your own name blogging about your personal life blogging like site blogging goals blog made with react blogging during covid 19 blog of holding blog kitchen remodel blogging startup under blog blog without social media blogging of music blogging as an educational tool blogging for beginners blogging platforms like medium blogging sign up blogging host sites blog to book blog into book blogging near philadelphia blogging your passion blogging from home jobs beyond blogging can i retire now blog blogging memes blogging quora bloggingx pro free download blogging of future blogging from paradise blog via email blogging income blogging business ideas explain xkcd blogging blog at microblog blogging statistics blogging about pets opposite of blogging blogging kaise karte hain like the posts at the top of a blog typically blog out synonym what do you mean by blog blog examples for students blogging classes near me blogging meaning blog xanga before blogging blogging marketing blog questions to ask blogging ideas blogging as a hobby just outside blog bloggingpro reviews blog journalism definition blog from wordpress blog questions blogging revenue blog off grid living xkcd blogging blogging resume difference between blogging and content writing blog platforms free blog on health and fitness blogging courses for beginners blogging platforms like medium secret behind blogging blog with google sites bloggingx how to make money while blogging blogging ideas for beginners blog via blog without ads blogging courses for beginners a blog around the clock blog builder blogging vs youtube blog xamarin blog via francigena blogging niches pivigames.blog among us blogging about food cherry till blog blog from the bog blogging from your phone blogging jobs blogging examples blogging by google blog from kabul blogging behind the scenes blog pro bn blogging topics stardoll blog underneath blogging jobs thin within blog blogging passive income blogging jobs remote blogging udemy blogging of computer blogging names near blog blog layout examples blogging uses blogging keywords pro blogging tips earning thru blogging blog over pmu blogging pro jobs blog logo blogging for seo blog of the apa blog about food blogging at fl250 blogging sites like medium blog at wordpress blogging with google sites blogging up meaning blog break even blog through word bloggingx pro blog def blogging in zimbabwe write off blogging expenses blog underneath their robes blog inside paradeplatz blogging under a pen name in your blog or on your blog advantages of blogging over social media blogging success zone blogging kit best buy blog clipart vlogging camera with flip screen amanda outside blog pro blogging idea what after blogging blogging questions travel blogging during covid blogging name ideas blogging behind the scenes blog over 40 blogging qna blog photographers near me blogging classes blogging classes bloggingheads blogging about food blog contra bolsonaro blogging about art blogging niche quiz blogging about tv shows blogging websites that pay blog under armour blog free blogging niches 2021 blog computer definition blog questionnaire blog categories blogging by numbers makeup blogging blog at vlog kahulugan brainly blogging on linkedin blogging zarada blogging with wix bloggingpro wordpress theme meaning behind blogging beauty within blog blogging past participle blogging to relieve stress blogging like you mean it blogging classes blog camera blogging sites like medium blogging like website blogging with squarespace blog on health and fitness set up blogging site at the bottom of everything blog blog after breakup blogging etiquette blogging business plan blogging millionaire blogging in 2022 blog google sites blog not even wrong blogging of cars blogging as a business model blogging zones blogging lamp vlogging camera earning thru blogging blog keyword generator know before blogging blog without comments how to make money while blogging blogging sites like medium know before blogging blogging books blog contra las cuerdas difference between blogging and content writing blog z apetytem blogging at 70 blog via google blogging out meaning blog even blogging at the limit blogging dallas cowboys blog about mental health blog kit blogging business ideas blogging conferences 2022 covid-19 blog topics blog with wordpress blog out of date blogging at the limit pro blogging tips blogging wrap up blogging during weight loss blog writer jobs blogging name ideas blog keywords blogging during war blog through word blogging at college blogging without showing your face blog youversion blogging without wordpress similarities between blog and hyper poetry blog recipes blogging without a niche blog before wedding blogging basics blog into website blogging takes off traduzione blog outside blog over 60 blogging about pets wordpress not blog but website blogging your way by holly becker blog over 50 feeling 40 blogging to relieve stress blogging to relieve stress beyond blogging blog to watch blog up north blogging zelda blogging in the classroom blogging platforms like medium blogging coaching near me blog around the world blog like tumblr blogging classes blog article covid blog ideas blog jobs near me blogging jobs online blog into spanish blogging from home blogging university blog graphic blogging dallas cowboys blogging laptop blogging through facebook blogging the boys trolling the nation blogging of photography blog via shodan blogging networks blog during spanish period blogging light makeup blog blogging zelda blog in spanish blog in chinese blog juca kfouri blogging by numbers blogging at work blogging over 50 blogging in 2021 blog behind the scenes blogging from paradise blogging bishop blog mickey twitter blogging under pseudonym blogging pro blogging youtube channel name blogging from home pro blogging tips blogspot blog layout examples blog of dubious intent blogging by google blogging meaning in english blogging about your personal life blog via squarespace blog xbox is blogging out blogging wrap up blogging your passion podcast among blog blog juca kfouri blogging kya hai blog through shopify blog mockup just outside blog difference between blogging and journalism blogging with students blog of mayhem blog is made up of what two words blogging through mobile blogging of computer blogging during a divorce blog with video blogging to make money online blog around meaning retired now what blogs blog sites career after blogging difference between blogging and content writing blogging from home blog within a blog blogging is dying out blogging in 2022 blog vs youtube blogging by email blog at vlog kahulugan brainly blogging in education blogging bloggingpro reviews blog jobs remote blogging about art blogging as a job blog z apetytem in blog or on blog blogging of music blogging of future blogging on instagram blogging books blogging quotes goodreads blog niche ideas 2021 blogging wrap up blogging niches blogging through wordpress blogging platform before difference between blogging and vlogging blogging prompts blog around blog during pandemic blogging to the bank blogging without wordpress blog via ipad blogging as an educational tool moving beyond blogging explain xkcd blogging blog by sophia lee blog apa citation blog headline generator turning blogging into a business blog sign up blog ynab bloggingpro wordpress theme blogging with students emily even blog blogging goals blogging about food blogging takes off traduzione inside out vlog blog designers near me blogging for dummies blog kit career after blogging
Photography by Gema - Texas Wedding Photographer
Photography by Gema - Texas Wedding Photographer
Julienne+Patrick Highlights | A Dallas, Texas Wedding Film
Julienne+Patrick Highlights | A Dallas, Texas Wedding Film
Texas DJs Cheap Fort Worth Dallas Arlington DFW Wedding
Texas DJs Cheap Fort Worth Dallas Arlington DFW Wedding ...
Share this Post

Related posts

Texas Wedding Photographers

Texas Wedding Photographers

FEBRUARY 25, 2024

Based In: Houston, Tx USA Other Locations: New Orleans, LA l Maui, Hawaii l Denver * Breckenridge, CO l ny, NY l Riviera…

Read More
Wedding Photographers Dallas, TX

Wedding Photographers Dallas, TX

FEBRUARY 25, 2024

Check out this merchant s reviews: Stacy Reeves Photography Trying to find a Dallas wedding ceremony photographer who will…

Read More