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Why are elopement photographers so expensive

May 27, 2024

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Why Top Elopement Photographers (Like Us) Are More Expensive

Hey there! Let’s talk about something important today. Have you ever wondered why some photographers, especially some elopement photographers, cost more than others?

Well let’s take a little segway into this story to understand better.

The Story of the Mechanic and the Boat

Imagine there’s a big, fancy boat that stops working.

The owner is worried because this boat is super important to him. He calls a mechanic to fix it. The mechanic takes a look, grabs his hammer, and taps a spot on the engine. Suddenly, the boat roars back to life! The owner is over the moon and asks the mechanic to send him his invoice.

When he receives the bill he is flabbergasted and calls the mechanic straight away.

“Why is it so expensive?” the owner asks. Without waiting for an answer he yells down the phone “Send me an itemised invoice” and he slams down the phone.

The next day the boat owner opens his post to see an email from the mechanic with the breakdown:

  • Hitting with a hammer – $2
  • The experience of knowing Where to Hit – $998

This story shows us that sometimes, or probably most of the time, what you’re really paying for is the experience and knowledge of the person doing the job.

Now, let’s talk about why top elopement photographers, like us, are more expensive.

1. High-End Equipment

Taking amazing photos isn’t just about having a good camera. We use top-notch, high-end equipment that can handle all kinds of weather – rain, snow, wind, you name it! Our cameras and lenses are weather-proof (some parts are literally waterproof) so that no matter what the Scottish weather throws at us, we can still capture your special moments perfectly.

2. Backup Gear

Imagine it’s your wedding day, and our camera stops working. Sounds scary, right? That’s why we always carry backup gear. We have extra cameras, lenses, batteries, and memory cards. This way, even if something goes wrong, we won’t miss a single moment of your big day.

Beyond that, despite our cameras being weatherproof, there are many weather conditions where we can’t change our lenses so we need multiple cameras each with a different lens on them. The total cost of our camera bag(s) for a standard elopement with video is approximately £22,000.

3. Experience and Skill

Remember the mechanic who knew exactly where to hit? That’s like us! We know the best angles, how to find the perfect lighting, and how to capture your love story beautifully.

We’ve spent years practising and learning to make sure each picture adds to the story of your elopement.

4. Post-Processing

After we take the photos, our job isn’t done. We spend days editing each gallery to make sure it looks perfect and is cohesive. This includes adjusting the colours, brightness, and removing any tiny flaws.

It’s like adding the final touches to a masterpiece!

5. Travel and Accommodation

Scotland is full of beautiful places, and we’re ready to go wherever your elopement takes us. This means we might have to travel long distances and stay overnight in different places. These costs are included in our pricing to ensure we can be there for your special day, no matter where it is.

6. Insurance

Just like you might have insurance for your car or home, we need insurance for our equipment and business. This protects us (and you!) if anything goes wrong. It’s an important part of making sure we can keep doing our job without any hiccups.

7. Time and Effort

From the moment you contact us, we start working hard for you. We spend time planning, scouting locations, discussing your ideas, and making sure everything is perfect. On the day of the elopement, we’re there for hours, capturing every detail. After that, we spend even more time editing and preparing your photos.

8. Professionalism and Reliability

When you hire a top elopement photographer, you’re getting someone who is professional and reliable. We have contracts, clear communication, and we show up on time. You can trust us to deliver what we promise because we take our job seriously.

9. Unique Vision

Every photographer has a unique style and vision.

Our pictures are not just snapshots; they’re pieces of art.

We see the world (well, Scotland) in a special way and bring that perspective to your elopement. This artistic touch is something you can’t find just anywhere.

10. Customer Service

We’re not just photographers; we’re part of your elopement team. We care about your experience from start to finish. We’re here to answer your questions, help you feel comfortable, and make your day as special as possible. Excellent customer service is a big part of what you’re paying for.

Wrapping It Up

So, why are top elopement photographers more expensive? It’s because we bring a lot to the table – high-end equipment, backup gear, years of experience, post-processing skills, travel readiness, insurance, time and effort, professionalism, unique vision, and great customer service.

Just like the mechanic who knew exactly where to hit, we know exactly how to capture your love story in the most beautiful way possible. When you choose a top photographer, you’re not just paying for pictures; you’re investing in memories that will last a lifetime.

Final Thoughts

Remember, anyone can take photos in good weather, but it takes a skilled photographer to create art in a storm (we’ve got a blog about that!) So, when you’re planning your elopement and considering a photographer, think about all the expertise and care that goes into capturing those perfect moments.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about our services, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help make your elopement unforgettable!

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