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Aug 21, 2011 01:16 |  #1

Ive been putting together a website and have run across many other sites that have prices/fees listed and just as many others that have none shown. What is your take on listing fees and prices?

-Show prices for everything and all details?

-Just list "weddings starting at $$$ plus blah blah blah"?

something else?

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Aug 21, 2011 10:05 |  #2

Websites vary because opinions on how to approach it vary. ;)


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Aug 21, 2011 12:19 |  #3

cdifoto wrote in post #12972087 (external link)
Websites vary because opinions on how to approach it vary. ;)

Quite!:cool:


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Aug 21, 2011 12:32 |  #4

I think many people won't bother to call if they don't have some sort of clue as to your prices, they will just go on to the next site that does. On the other hand, I've seen sites that have everything listed in detail and it is too much information. As a consumer, I'd like to see a basic pricing structure that gives me some inkling as to the general cost, just enough to know if the photographer is in the ball park of my budget without overwhelming me with detail.


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Aug 21, 2011 12:35 |  #5

I've been all over the map with it. I listed excruciating details, I took everything off, I listed "starting at" and now I have three basic packages along with their prices plus general information that applies to all sessions. I don't list individual product prices or per hour rates but I do encourage inquiries for customization.


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Aug 21, 2011 16:38 |  #6

suecassidy wrote in post #12972659 (external link)
I think many people won't bother to call if they don't have some sort of clue as to your prices, they will just go on to the next site that does. On the other hand, I've seen sites that have everything listed in detail and it is too much information. As a consumer, I'd like to see a basic pricing structure that gives me some inkling as to the general cost, just enough to know if the photographer is in the ball park of my budget without overwhelming me with detail.


This! As a consumer, when I'm shopping for a service or object to purchase, if there's no price listed I will just close that website and move on to the next one. I usually just assume they're too expensive. If you are absolutely against listing a price, I would at least do a "Packages starting at $(number)" because, from a consumer point of view, I would at least say "Oh, well let me see how much mine would cost then" instead of "Oh, it's not even worth looking into. I'll just find someone with prices listed."

It's all well and good that "It should be about your photography/skill at your talent" but, especially in this day and age when so many people are struggling, a lot of people are looking for a deal not necessarily for the best of the best.


EDIT: Because I initially only read the first sentence and went "EXACTLY!" but I went back and read the whole thing and agree with Sue's entire comment.


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Aug 21, 2011 16:55 |  #7

The school of thought behind not posting prices is that most inquiries you do get are going to be based on your work and not your price. It filters out those who are looking for a bargain and what remains is those who want you.

Not every photographer is looking to cater to everyone. If you're struggling, hiring a photographer really shouldn't be an expenditure at all, IMHO. At the end of the day photography is a luxury.


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Aug 21, 2011 16:58 |  #8

cdifoto wrote in post #12973733 (external link)
The school of thought behind not posting prices is that most inquiries you do get are going to be based on your work and not your price. It filters out those who are looking for a bargain and what remains is those who want you.

Not every photographer is looking to cater to everyone. If you're struggling, hiring a photographer really shouldn't be an expenditure at all, IMHO. At the end of the day photography is a luxury.

Makes sense. I've never thought of it like that. Thanks :-)


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Aug 21, 2011 17:08 |  #9

Those no price photographers could also be tailoring every job based on the customer's needs, so there's no way to list prices even if they wanted to.


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Aug 21, 2011 17:18 |  #10

cdifoto wrote in post #12973785 (external link)
Those no price photographers could also be tailoring every job based on the customer's needs, so there's no way to list prices even if they wanted to.

In that case I'd have to say maybe list some past projects with prices to give some similar examples. I'm not trying to argue or anything but, while I can understand this angle of it, I still find myself in the "at least give me some idea of what you're going to charge me" crowd. I don't want to spend time writing an email to someone while I'm on a $400-500 budget only to find out their prices are outrageous and they're trying to charge me $1500 for a personal picture of my cat. (Mind you I'm referring to an actual outrageous price not just someone who thinks it's outrageous)


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Aug 21, 2011 17:19 |  #11

cdifoto wrote in post #12972674 (external link)
I've been all over the map with it. I listed excruciating details, I took everything off, I listed "starting at" and now I have three basic packages along with their prices plus general information that applies to all sessions. I don't list individual product prices or per hour rates but I do encourage inquiries for customization.

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Getting someone the essential information without giving too much is key. Listing every price and option on a website allows a potential client to take a look at your prices and then move on.

Giving them the basic information such as "Weddings start at $XXXX" and "prints/ collections start at$xxxx" is enough.


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In that case I'd have to say maybe list some past projects with prices to give some similar examples. I'm not trying to argue or anything but, while I can understand this angle of it, I still find myself in the "at least give me some idea of what you're going to charge me" crowd. I don't want to spend time writing an email to someone while I'm on a $400-500 budget only to find out their prices are outrageous and they're trying to charge me $1500 for a personal picture of my cat. (Mind you I'm referring to an actual outrageous price not just someone who thinks it's outrageous)

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.


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Aug 21, 2011 18:07 |  #13

cdifoto wrote in post #12973902 (external link)
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.


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Aug 21, 2011 18:35 |  #14

There's always the phone if you don't want to wait on an email.


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cdifoto wrote in post #12973902 (external link)
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.

Yes, then you have to wait a day or two for a response. If you are looking at say 6 to 10 photographers...this could be a pain.

If all else is equal, the website with the price list would get more attention from me. I don't have time in the day to continually communicate with multiple photographers over what their rates are.

Make it hard, or a bother for your clients and you'll lose some of them. In fact, you won't even know you lost them.




  
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