Being a photographer these days is grueling. I'm competing with anyone who has a camera! To be honest, I've seen some brilliant photos taken with an iphone, so why would anyone hire a photographer?
Taking the right photo is the only the first step. If you are bargain hunting for the cheapest photographer, then there are plenty of people out there who will deliver for cheap. Hopefully, you took the time to look at your photographer's portfolio and admire their work for what it is...ART.
This is an example of a decent picture made into a breathtaking piece of art with the right composition and proper editing. Remember, you are paying for the final result so your patience will be well worth the wait!