The perception of how a wedding/portrait photographer spends his/her time and how he/she actually spends it are quite different. Many people think that portrait/wedding photographers work on the weekends and make a lot of money for not much more than a day's work. Add in some time for the portraits and maybe an engagment session.
The reality is that a professional wedding/portrait photographer spends more time in the office and in front of the computer than anything else. They spends a lot of time on the following tasks:
- Editing photographs and designing albums
- Meeting and following up with clients and vendors
- Adminstrative tasks
- Meeting with potential clients
- attending trade shows
- fulfilling print orders
- Managing client relationships through phone calls, emails, and meetings
- Hours of selecting the best images and archiving
I may have missed few more tasks in the above list. Please note that this is about all type of photography and it is not limited only to wedding or portrait photography.
It takes a lot of research and time to create a brand as a professional photographer, especially in the age when the common idea is that anyone with a camera can be a wedding or portrait photographer or you may believe anyone with a camera can take a good picture.
You don't pay a wedding/portrait photographer for one day job to cover your wedding day. You pay for his skill, knowledge, creativity, insurance and all the hours/days spends on working on the images to deliver a good product.
Maggie Robbinson is a professional photographer and expertise in 'New Born Baby'. She wrote a very informative article on this subject too that you can read here.
After all, you get what you pay for.