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Apr 25, 2016 17:39 |  #1

yesterday I had a request to shoot a wedding. The client said she wanted to pay $800 tops, so I said I can do a 6 hour shoot for that much. Then she said her fiance wanted to pay $600. And I'm poor so I said fine.

Then she said she wants all the photos in UHQ, and all the rights to the photos. And then she said I can't use any of the photos to promote myself.

I said if you can find a photographer that can do all of that for $600 and still not suck, then hire them. Good bye.

Cheap people suck...


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Apr 25, 2016 18:28 |  #2

Heya,

These kinds of clients are the ones you politely decline, unless you're absolutely desperate for work.

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Apr 25, 2016 20:49 |  #3

They will find someone to do it for that price.

They might show up for the wedding and if the couple is really lucky they might actually get photos from the wedding.


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Apr 25, 2016 22:43 |  #4

Play the "I'm just not the right fit for you right now" card in the most polite way because they may someday get a clue, or have non-cheap friends.

Yep, cheap people suck.




  
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Apr 25, 2016 22:44 |  #5

Fire them. Say No.


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Apr 25, 2016 23:05 |  #6

El cheapo never pays back, so don't sell yourself cheaply. ^^^everything above sounds right. My very first wedding was $1800 for a 4-6 h session. Now, I wouldn't even go below $2000 and I'm not even a wedding photographer :) Good luck!


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Apr 25, 2016 23:58 |  #7

Way back when, we did that a few times starting out but never again. And what is worse, those are the ones that are never happy and **** the most and demand. Thumbtack has helped create that nightmare of thinking a good wedding photographer will work for those numbers. Letting people think they can hire someone for 400 to 600 dollars and get a great result. You did the right thing.


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Apr 26, 2016 01:32 |  #8

I usually tell these kinds of potential clients to f*ck off, in a very nice way. I have a package list in PDF for any quick inquiries and when people come to me with these lowball offers I just cut out services and hours to match. For $600, i'll show up for a couple of hours and shoot it on my cell phone. Take it or leave it :P


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Apr 26, 2016 08:19 |  #9

:-P


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Apr 26, 2016 08:38 |  #10

FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #17985192 (external link)
Fire them. Say No.

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Apr 26, 2016 09:04 |  #11

:-P


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Apr 26, 2016 09:44 |  #12

IF you get any references from them as the result of doing their wedding, it will be the results of "I know a really CHEAP photographer who does a nice job! Would you like his contact information?"


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Apr 26, 2016 09:46 |  #13

Wilt wrote in post #17985644 (external link)
IF you get any references from them as the result of doing their wedding, it will be the results of "I know a really CHEAP photographer who does a nice job! Would you like his contact information?"

And the bids for the work will get lower and lower too.

Once someone finds a "cheap" source of what they want, the next logical step, is to want it even cheaper.

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Apr 26, 2016 09:49 |  #14

Hello, Verizon? Yes, I think your price is too high. I want unlimited data and I'm only going to pay half what your website says.

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Apr 26, 2016 09:57 |  #15

"You shoot digital, and digital is FREE? Why do you charge sooo much per hour?! And it doesn't cost you anything to burn a DVD with my photos and mail it!" :twisted:

At least when film was used, you could tell them...cost of film, cost of processing, cost of proofs, cost of my automobile-related expenses to get to your event and park, etc. PLUS my time and expertise.

"No, my price is minimum $800 AND I get to use your photos in my portfolio to show representative work to potential clients like yourself. IF No promotional benefits, I cannot work for less than the already discounted $800 price that I quoted, in fact the price usually goes UP because I have no promotional rights to use your photos."


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