Why Do Professional Photographers Charge so Much?

Without going in depth, which would be a lengthy read, I will try to address why you would want to pay a pro photographer so much. Why? Because you want professional looking photographs!

In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, scanners and home “photo printers”, when people upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, I hear this all the time – How in the world do Professional Photographers charge $55 for an 8×10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drug store?

So my question is this, “Why do you want a professional to take your photographs if you can do it yourself and get an 8x10 printed at Walgreens for $1.50? Why hire a pro to use all their expertise and training, use their expensive camera equipment that they were trained to use, pose you in the most pleasing light and in the most pleasing way with professional backgrounds, edit with expertise and with expensive software that they were trained to use (spending as much time or more at the computer as out on the field taking the shots), print on quality photo paper with a quality lab and distribute or deliver right to your door when you can do it yourself with your point and shoot camera?

Because you want professional looking photographs and that is what you are paying for!