為何婚禮攝影師的收費這麼大分別?
Top reasons for price variations in wedding photography packages

2019/07/24

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早前在電郵裡為新人解答問題,發現新人最常問的其中一個問題是婚禮攝影師的收費為何會這麼大分別?由幾千元到幾萬元,為何會有這麼大的差距?

雖然是老生常談的問題但我覺得可以在這與大家分享一下,攝影師收費多少其實沒有一定的準則的而價錢因人而異,而市面上也有一條龍的婚禮攝影公司一般幾千元至萬多元不等,質素各有不同。而大多數人都可能會覺得婚禮攝影師拍攝一日就可以收取萬多元甚至一日幾萬元是收入非常可觀。
究竟一個婚禮攝影師應該怎樣定收費?

我覺得除了是攝影師對自己的市場定位、使用的器材、個人技術與知名度、拍攝的經驗、獲獎多少、考核過的專業資格、等等因素來決定外。
有一點很重要不可以忽略的就是婚禮攝影師工作不單只是拍攝當天的十多小時,在拍攝之前還需要漫長的時間學習,在拍攝之後還有日以繼夜的後期工作,而後期相片處理需要專業知識、個人藝術觸覺還有創意,每一張交到客人手上的作品,都包含了攝影師在拍攝前期學習的專業技術和對美術的表達之外,還有後期處理時攝影師付出的時間和心血在裡面。

拍攝一張相可能只需用1秒鐘,但背後是付出了無數的去時間學習和鍛鍊,還有對美術精神發揮到極致的想法。同時也是需要花費一個或數個鐘才處理好一張好作品,而這一點就要看攝影師對自我的要求有多高,所以這會是攝影師收費有不同的主要原因。

我作為婚禮攝影師,不妨為大家介紹一下我在婚禮攝影師的工作。

在香港任職婚禮攝影師,一般來說每天約要十一至十五個小時的工作時間,而我一般會早一個月時間會去與已預約的客人溝通確實當日拍攝流程,同一時間確保拍攝當日可以每一個環節都有足夠的時間為新人留下重要回憶。到拍攝當日因為每個出門地點不同而令拍攝工作有需要走遍港九新界。而每一次拖著大篋準時到達時,可能已經氣喘吁吁。當我去到拍攝現場,首先會留意現場最佳的拍攝地點,然後分秒必爭跟隨一早定下的流程去作拍攝安排。

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在香港這一個中西合壁的都市,婚禮會比其他地區煩瑣和緊湊,要舉行一個可以滿足所有要求的婚禮實在不容易,而且要拍攝好一場美滿的婚禮更需要一個有經驗同對攝影有無窮熱誠的婚禮攝影師。

之後會不定期更新,分享一下攝影趣事。



I have been replying some questions from couples emails, and found one of the most frequently asked question is why there is such a big difference in wedding photographer’s fees. Ranging from a few thousand to tens of thousand of Hong Kong Dollars, why is there such a big gap?

It may sound cliché but it’s true, there is no guiding principle on how wedding photographers charge. The price varies from person to person, and there are a lot of one-stop wedding photography production houses that may charge the same price range but with different qualities.
Most people may feel that wedding photographers can earn a very large income by working only one day. How exactly should a wedding photographer set the price?

In my opinion, it would depend on how the wedding photographer positions oneself in the market. Equipment used, personal skills, popularity, photography experience, awards earned, professional qualifications would also matter.

It is important to note that the wedding photographer does not only work for around 10 hours on the day of the photoshoot. Before the photoshoot even happens, it takes a long time for the photographer to learn and practice. After the photoshoot, there is endless late-night post-processing work. Post-processing for photos would require professional knowledge, photographer’s aesthetics and creativity. Each photo that is handed to the customer, is actually a combination of years of professional skills learned, artistic expression, and time and effort contributed by the photographer.

It may only take one second to snap a photo, but behind it, there is a lot of time for learning and practice, as well as the ultimate expression in the spirit of art.
That is also the reason why it may take a few hours to do post-processing for a good piece of work, and this also depends on how high of oneself’s standard the photographer would like to achieve. That, is the main reason why different photographers will charge differently.

I, as a wedding photographer, might as well take the opportunity to introduce to you about my work here in this blog.

Working as a wedding photographer in Hong Kong, normally it takes about 11 to 15 hours of work everyday. For me, I usually will schedule appointments to meet my clients at least 1 month ahead to confirm the details of the photoshoot, to ensure there can be enough time for each session on the day of the photoshoot for me to capture important moments for the couple.

On the day of the photoshoot, I would also have to travel through different districts in Hong Kong for all the locations for the wedding. Every time when I arrive at the venue, because of the heavy bags of equipment that I am carrying, I would already be quite out of breath. When I arrive at the venue, first thing I would do is to pay attention to the best photo spot, and then I would follow the predefined process to make photo-taking arrangements.

Bride makeup and change of clothes > Photoshoot for Groom and Groomsmen > Play pick up Bridge games > Tea ceremony > Photoshoot with wedding cars > Moves to Groom’s place and tea ceremony > Lunch > Outdoor photoshoot > Photo-taking with banquet guests > Couple march-in > Wedding banquet > Wine Toasting > Photo-taking with the remaining guests > Farewell to the guests

In this east-meet-west city of Hong Kong, wedding ceremonies can be more cumbersome and compact then other cities. It is not easy to hold a wedding that can satisfy all requirements.
To capture all the moments of a wonderful wedding, you would definitely need a wedding photographer that is experienced and very passionate for photography.

From now on, I will be updating this blog from time to time, to share some interesting things about photography.
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