cdifoto wrote in post #12973902
A photographer who quotes custom projects doesn't want to shoot your cat anyway.
But even so, how much time does it take to type "I was wondering how much you'd charge to take a picture of my cat?"
Hmmm. That was only a couple seconds and I even did it with my phone.
lol Well, that WAS just an example. But say I wanted a very specific shot of my cat. If I'm willing to pay 400-500 dollars for said shot I know some people would be interested (I'd do it if I felt I had the experience and everything).
I may not completely understand who the photographers that quote the custom shoots are. I'm referring to people that you email and say "Hey I'd like a few pictures of me with my family in front of (city) skyline with my cat Elmer. I want Elmer to be doing....blah blah blah etc" and then they so "Ok, well travel will be $$ and the shoot itself will be $$$ and pp will be $$ so your total would be somewhere around $$$ if you're planning on using it for personal use, $$$ for commercial use and $$$ for 10 large prints".
Though I'm assuming that by custom projects you're referring to big money people? Because I'm not in the photography as a business world yet (not really even close) but I know that, regardless of what it's a shot of, if the client has $500 (relative depending on the actual request) and wants a few quick shots of their cat, I'm interested. However, I can understand that big money people ($1500+ per job) might blow off this "chump change".
And typing time isn't the only factor. Maybe I don't want to waste my time waiting for a reply back through email or a callback to find out that your prices are outrageous. I want to glance at your page, say "Well, that's too much for my budget" and move on to the next one. Now, I understand the other aspect that we've already discussed but if I'm on a budget I want a quick way to judge whether or not prospective photography/service is worth even bothering with.