The Secret Life Of Wedding Photographers

Posted by ISPWP Admin on December 7th 2009 .Comment(11)

What do Wedding Photographers Really Do?

It comes up a lot. Usually when I’m standing in the buffet line for dinner, or when there’s a slow time during the day when I’m not taking pictures.

“So you’re the photographer?”

“Yessir, I am, and I absolutely love it.”

“Well I don’t doubt it. You’re doing a great job out there. It must be great to work only one day a week!”

I hear similar stories from other wedding photographers. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions regarding what wedding photographers actually do all week. It’s perfectly understandable, after all, the only time most people see us working is at the wedding. So I thought it would be interesting to survey wedding photographers and discover what they really do besides take pictures every weekend. Hopefully it will help clear up some misconceptions and give some insight into what goes on behind the scenes after we leave the reception.

About 50 wedding photographers responded so it’s a fairly good sample size, and I’d be surprised if a larger response would yield a much different result.

The Perception

How some people think wedding photographers spend their time (and how some photographers WISHED they could spend their time):

Partying like rock stars: 5%
Traveling to exotic locations: 15%
Taking pictures: 80%

The Reality

How wedding photographers REALLY spend their time:

Editing photos and other computer tasks: 28.4%
Bookkeeping, taxes, insurance, banking: 8.9%
Meeting and communicating with clients: 9.7%
Album design and production: 10.7%
Social media and blogging: 8.7%
Networking: 5.5%
Camera and computer upkeep: 3.8%
Advertising and marketing: 5.9%
Print orders and lab work: 6.2%
Taking pictures: 12.2%

We clearly spend more time in front of our computers than behind our cameras, which is a sign of these digital times.

Photographers, does that sound about right? If you think we’re way off or if we missed anything, let us know in the comments.

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apkdelta May 9th 2019 at 03:06 PM

Teaching photography skills is very important.

Shourjo April 1st 2019 at 08:44 PM

I see, these days photographers can balance photography and partying at the same time. Time changed. What do you think in 2019?

prabhu April 17th 2018 at 01:44 PM

amazing wedding photography

monk March 21st 2017 at 11:41 PM

Taking pictures is just a small part of photography. There is a lot more to do before presenting the amazing pictures that people get to see at the end. If it were such an easy task there would be no need of photographers.

photo March 17th 2017 at 06:57 AM

Nice wedding photography info! Thanks for sharing

Reena Esquieres April 1st 2015 at 07:32 PM

Professional wedding photographers are truly very important in every wedding all over the world. We may sometimes see them as people who are all over the place taking shots of the bride and the groom during their big day. What they do is very daunting; taking the best shot to capture amazing photos around all the people is not easy. Some south Asian wedding photographer Toronto are using all their skills and talent to give couples the best memories of the day they said their “I DOs”. February 27th 2015 at 12:30 AM

I have deep passion on Photography. I like wedding photo specially. This article is really good. Please send me related article link if you have. Thanks in advance.

Pink Genius January 7th 2015 at 09:15 AM

Nice wedding photography info! Thanks a lot!

Patrick August 16th 2014 at 08:59 PM

I truly feel that professional wedding photographers are a must for every wedding. The kind of services a wedding photographer delivers depends on his/her photography skills and experience.

Decordova Photography June 29th 2014 at 09:04 PM

True indeed!!!! There is a lot that we wedding photographers do that the most clients don’t know gets done to deliver amazing photos. Great share..

Photographer Przemyslaw Szklarski February 15th 2014 at 02:46 PM

True. True.!

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