The Unspoken Reason Why Wedding Photography Is So Expensive

If you’re like most engaged couples, you’ve got a wedding budget you’re trying like mad to stick to. And wedding photography is just one of those non-negotiables. You need to find photographer whose work you love at a cost that fits into your finances.

As you start researching the best wedding photographers in Minneapolis, we just wanted to remind you of a few unspoken reasons why wedding photography is so expensive.


An experienced wedding photographer really makes the difference.

It’s the unspoken tricks of the trade that make the difference between a memorable photograph that lasts a lifetime…and those snapshots taken by Aunt Gladys. Further, if you’re like most brides, you’ll want your wedding photographer to capture the real, true emotions of that day – a knack behind the camera that only comes with experience.


Photography is an art form and you deserve to be captured perfectly.

To those of us behind the camera, photography is an art form. The same way that painters use a specific brush and a medium suited to the style of work they want to create, we consider your wedding photography to be a creation of art.

When Rotella Photography gets behind the camera, we aren’t just grabbing pictures of the events of the day, we’re spinning all your magical moments into beautiful photos that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. And, just like a precious, one-of-a-kind painting, how can you put a price on that?


With wedding photography, you only get one opportunity to get it right.

You’ve heard the saying, “Failure is not an option.” At no time is an event more important than when it’s a once in a lifetime wedding – at least that’s the way we feel about perfectly capturing the art and beauty that’s the essence of your special day.

But remember that part of the unspoken cost of wedding photography is that your photographer only has one day to perfectly capture your special moments on film. That means back up cameras to the back up cameras and a lifetime supply of batteries sitting in the trunk.

To add just a touch of perspective, yours is probably the only event they’ll be shooting on a Saturday or Sunday. Could you run a business with only a few clients per week if your work wasn’t ah-mazing every time?


Professional camera equipment is more expensive than you might realize.

Wedding photographers in Minneapolis, where the weather can change on a dime, also prefer to have several camera lenses in tow. From a wide angle view of the whole family, to compatibility with long-distance shots, at $500 and up, these equipment costs add up.


There’s a lot of editing work for wedding photographers post-wedding.

Once the wedding is over, your wedding photographer is still hard at work. Despite our best efforts, that mustard stain on mom’s dress doesn’t disappear on its own.

Instead, your wedding photographer will spend hours behind the scenes processing your images. Once you decide on the ones you like best, we’ll also work our magic on the details of those photos to create a phenomenal artistic portrait you’ll cherish forever. All said and done, this work takes 40 to 60 hours.

You can see how the unspoken costs of a wedding photographer quickly add up. Our jobs are a lot more than just a few hours snapping photos at your big day. We want everything to be perfect for you – including the gorgeous photos that result from our efforts.