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4 Myths about Wedding Photographers

4 Myths about Wedding Photographers

Here are four popular myths about wedding photography, starting with the most important one first: why do photographers charge so much???

Myth #1 - Wedding photographers are too expensive and overcharge their clients

According to Statistics Canada, in October 2021, the average wage for a photographer in Quebec was $17.50 an hour. That’s barely minimum wage.

A photography business - like any other business - is costly to run. Once cameras are bought, computers are installed, and the cars we drive to weddings are paid for - there's not a whole lot left.

If I wanted to be rich, I would have quit long ago. I'm a photographer because I love photography.

Myth #2 - Natural light photographers are better

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Whenever I see photographers call themselves a “natural light photographers” I want to pull my hair out. It's so misleading.

All photographers are “natural light” photographers. None of us like to use flash. Flash is ugly. But you must learn how to tame the beast before you can call yourself a professional photographer.

It’s easy taking pictures of happy, well-dressed, gorgeous people in a park using “natural light.”

It’s hard - in fact impossible - to take good “natural light” photos in dark places, such as churches, reception halls, etc.

And you can’t just put that sucker on your camera and push the button. It took me years to learn how to use my flash properly, so that it looks just like natural light.

Look at the two photos below

The first shot, of US president Clinton and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, was shot with "natural light."

The second shot (below), was done with flash. It's not as pretty as the other shot, but there's no way you could shoot this scene with "natural light."

It was a dark room. I was walking backwards, shooting as I went, getting jostled and shoved as the crowd fought to get closer to the famous people. I HAD to get the shot. The only way to do this is with flash.

It's the same with wedding photography. When absolutely have to get the shot, you need to use a flash.

Myth #3 - Wedding Photography is Easy

Taking a good picture one time is easy. Taking good pictures every time, in all conditions, is exhausting.

At the same time, as a wedding photographer, you need to cheer on the bride and groom, chat up the old people, joke around with the bridal party, charm the kids, etc. It's a wedding. You're in the middle of the action all day. You have to be ON all day.

And the hardest thing? No reshoots.

Every wedding I do, I start dreading it about two weeks before it happens. The thought “You have a wedding coming up!” pops into my head, over and over, more and more frequently, as the day draws near.

“I hate weddings!!!” I think to myself, every single wedding, until the moment that I actually start shooting. Then the worry instantly evaporates, and I'm in the zone, doing what I love.

And it’s not because I am inexperienced, or ever had a disaster (knock on wood). I’ve been a photographer for 25 years. I know what I’m doing.

It’s … just… this is a super important day in people’s lives and there are no do-overs. No reshoots. You just can’t mess it up.

That is a lot of pressure.

Groom gazing at bride on their wedding day at Club de Golf Terrebonne

Myth #4 - You need a photographer all day

You don’t. Sure, you can get my top package, with 2 photographers, 12+ hours of coverage, zillions of photos, an engagement shoot, a wedding album, a photo booth, etc.

Or not.

Get in touch and - for many weddings - I'll explain why my 6-hour package might be all the photography you need.

Start by contacting me for a full price list. Then we'll chat on the phone so you can tell me about your wedding, and together we'll see which package suits you best.