Why Photographers are “expensive”?

Many people are surprised to learn the high prices photographers charge. Many people wonder “Why should I pay so much to have someone take photos?”. They can also take pictures with their phones that are just as good as a DSLR.

Professional photography is costly and takes a lot practice, skill and time. Although your phone’s camera may be superior to other cameras on the market today, it is useless if you don’t know how it works.

It takes years of practice and knowledge, just like other professions. To become a professional photographer, you need to distinguish yourself from your competition and anyone else with a DSLR. Photographing can be expensive and time-consuming.


First, it is easy to see how much equipment and software photographers use. Cameras can cost anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. This will depend on the photographer’s skill level and the photographer’s goals. However, professional commercial photographer have likely spent several thousand dollars on their camera bodies alone. Add lenses to the mix and it becomes a similar situation. Lenses can run from a few hundred dollars to a couple of grand. The smaller accessories such as flashes, batteries, reflectors and remotes, storage cards, flash drives and hard drives, flashes, tripods, and flash cards are next.

Depending on their work type, some photographers will have an extra camera body, larger lights, or even more studio space. The software used to edit and manage a photography business is next. Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop are the most popular tools used by photographers. This subscription costs around $30 per month. Some photographers also use Square Space to create their websites and advertise, costing up to $100 per year. All of this adds up quickly to close to $10,000. This does not include their basic expenses as a citizen.
Although photographers may not be the same, many options for software and cameras make it difficult to estimate the exact cost of a photographer’s equipment.

The reason you hire a photographer, second and most importantly, is their talent, aesthetic, and professionalism. Finding a photographer is like looking for a tattoo artist. You want someone who matches your style and captures it. Photographers can be expensive so make sure you research the best photographers and choose someone who has done extensive research, mastered their craft and taken the time to learn. You are hiring a photographer to capture an important moment in your life. The time spent on the photoshoot only a fraction of what is spent at home going through thousands and hundreds of photos and selecting the best. Behind the scenes, there is a lot of work.

Because of the high cost of software, hardware and time it takes to be a photographer, it is rare that they want to “exposure”. Exposure doesn’t pay their bills and doesn’t allow them the money to upgrade their equipment. Photographers are able to freeze moments and make them last forever. This is a priceless talent.