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Wedding photographers that charge more than doctors and lawyers!

 
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Jun 15, 2012 13:00 |  #1

Saw a craigslist ad today looking for a wedding photographer and bemoaning rates higher than doctor's/photographers​:

1) That's not true. A good lawyer will easily run $500 an hour. Some photographers do have rates that high, but they don't cater to people who post craigslist ads.

2) The big difference is a photographer gets paid just for shooting but has to often do 1.5 hours or more additional work (for each hour shooting) in terms of editing, administrative stuff and client liasoning.

I seem to have a lot of 15 minute appointments with doctors during which time they also look at scans and write prescriptions. There's usually 6-7 doctors at a practice who each have 50 hours of billable work each week whereas as full-time photographer probably only gets paid for 15-25 hours of work each week.

Lawyers charge you the same $500/hr for time in court, editing, administrative stuff, client liasoning, going to the bathroom and writing the bill.

3) Photographers have a much higher success rate than lawyers or doctors. :)

Sorry to preach to the choir, but just state your budget and move on. No need to editorialize!


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Jun 15, 2012 13:36 |  #2
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You truly are comparing a photographer's work to a doctor's work. Hmmm....




  
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Jun 15, 2012 15:04 |  #3

Doctors will also treat you for free at a government hospital.....most of their patients are the type of people that would look for a photographer on craiglist...




  
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Jun 15, 2012 15:07 |  #4

FerozeK wrote in post #14584407 (external link)
Doctors will also treat you for free at a government hospital.....most of their patients are the type of people that would look for a photographer on craiglist...

Free as in taxpayer pays for it...nothing is free...;)


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Im a doctor. The comparison is ridiculous and on the edge of been offensive. I love photography but you will not die if a photographer takes a bad pic of you and your wife.


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Jun 15, 2012 15:15 |  #6

digirebelva wrote in post #14584425 (external link)
Free as in taxpayer pays for it...nothing is free...;)

LOL, good point, the last survey indicated that every working south african indirectly supports about 50 people. However you can get a heart transplant for free in a public hospital. The point is I've paid more money to a plumber and a car mechanic than a doctor on more than one occasion, honestly which is more essential.

I've always felt that if you want a woman who likes dancing you not gonna find her in a library, if you want a paying bride, you not gonna find her on craiglist




  
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Jun 15, 2012 15:21 |  #7

FerozeK wrote in post #14584461 (external link)
I've always felt that if you want a woman who likes dancing you not gonna find her in a library, if you want a paying bride, you not gonna find her on craiglist

Oh you can, whether or not you get indegestion from the experience is another matter entirely...;)


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Jun 15, 2012 15:43 |  #8

I think they call that school fees....




  
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Jun 15, 2012 19:52 |  #9

Brain Mechanic wrote in post #14584428 (external link)
I love photography but you will not die if a photographer takes a bad pic of you and your wife.

But if my wife* had her way the photographer would :)

*She's my G/F actually.


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Jun 16, 2012 11:35 |  #10

Brain Mechanic wrote in post #14584428 (external link)
Im a doctor. The comparison is ridiculous and on the edge of been offensive. I love photography but you will not die if a photographer takes a bad pic of you and your wife.

I don't think that's what he's doing at all.

He's comparing the differences in how billing and charging function, which at casual glance might look like a photographer charges more, but he's not comparing the social importance of the work.




  
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Jun 16, 2012 11:38 |  #11

The point is I've paid more money to a plumber and a car mechanic than a doctor on more than one occasion, honestly which is more essential.

Between good plumbing and a doctor? Could be a toss-up, depending on variables.




  
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Jun 16, 2012 11:41 |  #12

digirebelva wrote in post #14584425 (external link)
Free as in taxpayer pays for it...nothing is free...;)

You'd be surprised at how often the "taxpayer", i.e. government, stiffs the doctors.:confused: Which in turn equates to a lot of people getting free treatment.:mad:


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Jun 16, 2012 11:46 |  #13

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I've always felt that if you want a woman who likes dancing you not gonna find her in a library, if you want a paying bride, you not gonna find her on craiglist

A quick survey of my local CL supports this assertion. You can however, work out a TFCD to shoot a wedding in someones backyard, assuming you're willing to hand over RAW images for them to edit.


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Jun 16, 2012 12:42 |  #14

Scatterbrained wrote in post #14587719 (external link)
A quick survey of my local CL supports this assertion. You can however, work out a TFCD to shoot a wedding in someones backyard, assuming you're willing to hand over RAW images for them to edit.


My reading of the OP's comments is he wants paying clients, not someone who whines she'd like a decent tog, but cheap.

I dont get the other comment, we the taxpayers, the government merely the distributors...




  
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Jun 16, 2012 13:49 |  #15
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judging from your photos, i can understand how a photographer like you can think in such a manner.

Once you are great at what you do and can produce phenomenal work that captivates people (rich people at that) you'll understand.

Anyone can charge anything, but who will buy it? who? rich people who admire and can afford your work.

I've had to pleasure of meeting joe buissink. He is a one of Canon's very few sponsored photographers. He is mainly a celebrity wedding photographer and charges any where around $50,000 a wedding.

why does he charge that rate and why do people go with him? i'd tell you, but its reiteration. i think you get the point now.

And you compared artist to doctors? lol.... A doctor can make a hundred an hour while an artist can make a few millions on a painting. there is no relation to that sentence what so ever. just like your comparison between doctors and artist...lol


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