When you’re a photographer, it’s only a matter of time before friends and acquaintances start asking you to do them favors—favors like photographing their weddings. And it’s tempting. You’re a good friend. You like taking pictures. And it’s just a few hours of work, right? Wrong.
Before you think about working for next to nothing, make sure you’ve considered the hidden costs of photographing weddings. Italian wedding photographer Francesco Spighi created this telling infographic to illustrate what it really costs to provide your services:
There’s a reason professionals charge so much for their photography services; there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Remember to factor in the cost of your gear, software, editing time, planning time, transportation, and other hidden expenses before you agree to work for pennies or good karma.
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