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Shooting my first wedding???

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Jun 07, 2017 00:54 |  #16

TooManyShots wrote in post #18372727 (external link)
Oh well, no deal. The groom booked someone else. I quoted them $800 for a 6 hours wedding. Not including 7+ hours driving time from me. Hate to know why they would choose another photographers.....:)

If the opportunity comes up again, definitely do some research on pricing. This was a giveaway. What about post-processing time? What about prints? What about the cost of your travel? Do you have backup equipment? Liability insurance? It's important to know your cost of doing business and pricing the job so that you can be profitable.

Discuss with the client what the 'must have' shots are for them. And don't proceed without a contract in place. Find someone that you can work with as a second shooter so that you can develop an understanding of the day's events. There are just so many things that you need to be prepared for in photographing a wedding. It's a one time event, and there's very little room, if any, for mistakes. Many years ago I photographed a wedding, and then a QuinceaƱera. I sometimes cringe when I think how I approached the events. Look up the four stages of learning. It was definitely a case of "Unconscious Incompetence." Great experience, yes. But I know now that I didn't know what I was doing. I was fortunate that my clients were happy with the results. And as for pricing? They were both giveaways. Good Luck!

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Jun 08, 2017 13:48 |  #17

Once ya learn the dance and flow of a wedding and are confident charging then you'll feel comfortable doing so.

the price you quoted? well.. you gave em a deal. but based on your lack of experience with weddings it might no have been enough. perhaps if you'd expressed uncertainty in shooting a wedding it led them to look elsewhere? next time if you wanna do it just jump in.

Personally, I photographed 3 weddings for free to get started so that in case I totally blew it they wouldnt be coming back at me or upset. no pressure shooting is the best way to learn anyhow IMO, the day is stressfull enough as it is so when you are just getting going anything you can do to alleviate it is good. now 8 years in i can say Ive come a long way and those people got what they paid for when I first started. I hope they like their pics still.. but like anything artistic, time has helped tremendously

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