Why Professional Photographers are Expensive?

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

In this digital age where everyone has a smart phone with amazing camera features giving you great quality of images to put on social media, why would you in the first place choose a professional photographer? Even, if you do, why would you pay so much?

Before we answer these questions, let me ask you another question……

Which of these do you like better?

If you’ve chosen the ones on the bottom, then go ahead and read this write up!

All images of babies look very cute, and yet there is a preference you have made. The bottom images have a touch of magic to it…the skill of a professional.

“A photographers price is going to be your first clue to their experience, education and talent level”.

Simply put, you’re not just paying for the actual photograph, you’re paying for the time and expertise in creating the image itself. Professionalism is a package of skill, acquired through years of experience. It involves much more than picking up a nice camera and pointing and shooting! 

Here are 5 reasons you need to reconsider before you generalise Professional Photographers are expensive.


You might see it as a 1-2 hour session. But what you may ignore is the amount of time spent before and after the 1-2 hour session with you. The time taken in planning a session, discussing and clarifying all your doubts, preparing you for the session, setting up the theme, time spent on post processing the images and the designing the print products.

Investment in Gears, Equipments and Props

Photographers don’t compromise with the quality of their gear, software licenses and storage solutions. They spend thousands and thousands and thousands of rupees to buy professional equipments, like cameras, lenses, lights, tripods, backdrops and even props from all around the world, just to make sure your images look perfect, unique and premium.