On a scale of 1 to 10, how confident are you that the photographs you will receive after your wedding will be breath-taking, natural, fun, with an outstanding attention to detail, edited to a top professional standard, and contain the story of your wedding day exactly how you want to remember it?
Why is wedding photography so expensive? For starters, a portion of the high prices, especially in big cities like Toronto is to cover the cost of living and doing business. While weekend warriors or part time wedding photographers can take great pictures too, their full time work schedules will often affect the quality, the team they hire, and delivery time frames. They often run the risk of severe burn outs as well. A full time wedding studio has a lot of equipment besides just expensive cameras and lenses. There is a considerable cost associated with various software licenses, advertising, wedding shows, blog submissions, subscriptions to productivity software, cloud storage, accounting, computers, and hard drives. Hard drives and multiple back ups of your big day of life are the biggest expense an established studio incurs. Established studios are well organized and will have your data backed up at on and offsite locations. This is only to ensure protectionf for your data and peace of mind (and also of the artist’s). Apart from the aforementioned costs, there are costs for continual education, workshops and industry specific trade shows these established artists participate in to educate them of the newest and latest gear, equipment and trends. Photography and Cinematography gear can become obsolete in a couple of years, and not only that, overhauling and servicing gear can be quite expensive to stay on top of a booking any time. Established studios own all of their equipment, plenty of camera batteries, memory cards and camera bodies to ensure everything is ready to go at a moment’s notice. They never compromise on good sleep between shoots as a good sleep of 4-5 hours keeps their creative brain alive, and having multiple camera bodies, memory cards ready to go help a lot on a heavy weekend or a week of shooting weddings.
For the client, there is a broad spectrum of prices out there when shopping for wedding photographers in Toronto. While the whole wedding planning process can be overwhelming and everything has a price tag to it. It totally depends on you and your plans for your big day. While true for most products and services out there, the term “You get what you pay for” holds a lot of weight in wedding photography and film making. Wedding photography prices in Toronto can range from $1200 for a single day (10 hour coverage) to $8000 for the same coverage. Multi day, Indian and Pakistani weddings can be a lot more. Photography is a skill thats honed, and mastered over many years. An amateur or new wedding photographer may show a dozen great images, but a good wedding photographer will never shy from showing you full client galleries, albums, films to help you make the right choice. They would often showcase full galleries, full wedding films, and full coverage blogs on their website to help you cut down the time to drive in traffic and conduct plenty of meetings to further overwhelm you for whats out there. Established studios care for your time. A lot of our clients are Breathing Dreams often book us from other parts of the world purely based on referral or our content available online after just one phone or video call.
Finally, if capturing moments in their true essence is your thing, you need to hire a professional photographer in the range of $4000-$8000 for the whole photography package of 12-20 hours of coverage. This could span over a couple of days for south asian weddings. A professional has a good grasp on lighting, composition, and choice of lenses to use at any given moment and will give his level best to deliver images consistently aligned with their portfolio, and style of editing. You will not notice an extensive use of skin softening, sepia, color separation, and or a wide selection of filters. Extensive use of various color filters is a sign of masking inadequate skills under the glitter of “this looks so cool” type of color treatment to images. A professional photographer’s images stand out and are very consistent with their brand with minimal to no color treatment after the fact.
When talking about different styles of photography, posed and fashion inspired images are great to look at but a good wedding photographer will not just limit to these type of images to showcase their brand as years down the line such images only remind you of how young you once were. No issues with that, lol! However, candid, well composed images that capture sublime moments of laughter, joy, and tears on your wedding day is what makes your heart warm and fuzzy a few years down the line. Personal experience! These images will be cherished for years to come when you show them to your children and grand children one day. These moments are priceless.
Then come the details of your wedding day. An established wedding photographer often has a team that has been well trained in line with the lead photographer’s style and vision. At any given day, they will produce amazing images that capture all the intricate details of your wedding day. From florals, to center pieces, to jewellery, shoes, back drops, and the list goes on. You spent thousands of dollars on these and once the day is over, your photos and film is all you have left to reminisce your big day. How important is that for you, well, we will leave that to you.
You are welcome to book your appointment with Breathing Dreams today to discuss your wedding plans, and we will walk you through every detail of the process to make this a memorable experience for you and your families.