LucasCK wrote in post #18219112
It's quite interesting how hotly debated this topic is. Years ago, it was common for wedding photographers to not even release the digital files at all, instead they give clients prints at an absurd price. In fact, I believe some wedding photographers today still have this business model which I think is slowly being phased out.
I completely disagree with that statement
I charge more for prints and digital files that I ever did 5 yrs ago. And I am far from being phased out. In fact, we just opened a studio and expanded and Raised prices
Wedding photography is about providing a over the top service and a great product. I love that all these hacks think they can be wedding photographers. The more families that get back screwed up wedding images, and there are a ton that do, the more value people place in pros that know what they are doing. Im over 400. Im betting guys like Jim coleman, Tim, Nickson, Pete from memories, and others that are up there on the weddings photographed counts have NO PROBLEMS selling $75.00 8x10's and $1000.00 wedding albums.
Absurd price...please..You dont know what your talking about plain and simple..You Cant stay in business for 12 yrs and buy top of the line equipment and lighting by selling 8x10's for $15.00. All Successful wedding and portrait photographers MUST have and use a similar business model or they go out of business.....Obviously shooting 20-30 weddings for 10 yrs....people will pay for quality professionals who can deliver as promised. We wont walk in the door for less that $3000.00. I am the highest sole proprietor business on wedding wire with over 70 5 star reviews from out clients. We work very hard to deliver a quality service for our clients and they pay accordingly. We have to make enough to pay ourselves and keep the business running......Absurd prices got us there and we are far from being phased out. In Fact we are probably too Low for what we do. But Im ok with where we are at.