Why is Tulsa Photography so Expensive? Or is it…?

I’ve been told on many occasions that my prices are much lower than my peers.  Since I work out of my home I am able to keep much of my overhead down and pass the savings on to clients.  As I’ve said before, everyone deserves quality photographs at a reasonable price.  Inevitably, people ask why photography costs so much in general, and there are three simple answers for photography being expensive everywhere in the country.

  1. overhead
  2. time
  3. expertise

Like any professional, a photographer must have quality tools and equipment to get a quality result.  A professional camera easily costs $4,000 with a good lens. An established professional photographer will have multiple lenses for the right situation and backup cameras in case one breaks. This adds up to thousands and thousands of dollars in equipment.

Professional photographers carry insurance, which can be costly too. There are the expensive computers, back-up storage drives, Photoshop and editing programs, filters, and all the backdrops, light kits, props, professional Tulsa Park pass dues every year, and in many cases rental costs.

The cost of professional help during weddings isn’t cheap either. A 2nd  and 3rd shooter on staff can cost anywhere from $40 – $80 per hour, per photographer, depending on the event.

There are lab fees, batteries, folders, wedding albums, and the marketing costs which are astronomical. One ad in a recognized local magazine will cost from $500 – $1000 PER issue!  By the way, be sure to grab a copy of the June 2012 Tulsa Kid’s Magazine to check out my ad in the “Tulsa Faves” award issue.

A common misconception is that photographers just show up, take some photos, and collect their money. A photographer’s job is not over when the session or wedding is over. For every hour of shooting, there are another three hours of post processing. So, take your session length and multiply that by three and that will be the amount of time a photographer spends on you. It will take longer if the client asks for removal of hairs, braces or any extra post processing artistic ideas.

My packages and weddings are inexpensive compared to my peers and I could easily mark them up based on the time that I spend on each session and each wedding for sure! However, I choose to keep my prices lower in order to reach those clients who are on a budget. That’s what I would want if I were shopping for a photographer. 🙂

Call or email today to book your session. I only charge 170.00 – 190.00 for a family, baby, senior or studio session and that includes a CD of ALL images for you to print. My wedding packages start at 800.00 and go up from there based on your needs.

I try to live by the Golden Rule: Luke 6:31:  “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Done Unto You”


  1. eliseg May 14, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Thank you SO MUCH for offering reasonably-priced wedding photography!! There were so many photographers that I couldn’t even consider for my wedding because I just didn’t have $4000, $5000, $6000 to spend. I am so glad that I was able to get such a fabulous photographer within my budget!

  2. Gentry May 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Elise – Thank you for your post! I have all your images ready on a CD and your photos have been ordered. I’ll let you know when everything arrives so you and Chad can either pick them up, or I can mail them. Whatever is easier for you! – Hope you had a great honeymoon! 🙂 Gentry