There is a majorly saturated market for photographers today. This can be good and bad for both consumer and producer.
A market so saturated can make for several problems, a consumer is faced with so many prices, packages, options and choices that one can feel overwhelmed and even a bit put off by all the information flying at them. A business owner is faced with making ends meet or competing with the lower priced competition and sacrificing their quality or not cover their costs.
For a consumer, making a choice wading through website after website, fb pages, and personal recommendations can be daunting. Who to choose the super inexpensive option with lots of images? Or the pricier package with fewer images? Why does one cost more than the other? Why should I pay more for "less".
Here's why, a photographer who shoots 100 frames, throws them on a disk and hands it over with out doing any editing has only done half the work. You now have to attempt to edit, crop, and manipulate your images to your liking.
A photographer who offers a studio session with a custom set, and in and out doors, offers you prints or digital files that have been edited to maximize their potential, professionally sized for maximum print options, and takes the time to communicate with you before during and after your shoot to ensure your satisfaction has exceeded customer service expectations. This professionals price reflects all the hours spent planning your shoot, prepping for it, shooting it, editing it, presenting it, and communicating with you before and after your shoot.
There is a difference in value and a difference in end product and ultimately a difference in your pictures, those precious memories you have trusted some one to capture and preserve.
So next time your faced with the choice of a good deal or a good value please consider these things and choose wisely.