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Jan 20, 2009 02:17 |  #31

I wonder how many arrogant wedding photographers survived through the Great Depression.


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Jan 20, 2009 08:30 |  #32

thanks, that was a nice moment :) she saw me in there taking pictures and decided to pose for me. very fun girl!

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if you can get a lot of shots like the one above when you're a complete stranger... you'll be successful.




  
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Jan 20, 2009 13:42 |  #33
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cdifoto wrote in post #7115540 (external link)
I wonder how many arrogant wedding photographers survived through the Great Depression.


How (or where) in the this thread did ones arrogance become of issue?


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Jan 20, 2009 13:53 |  #34

cdifoto wrote in post #7115540 (external link)
I wonder how many arrogant wedding photographers survived through the Great Depression.

An interesting and provoking thought.


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Jan 20, 2009 19:07 |  #35

great read...
You really need to be "Comfortable" with what you charge or get yourself a sales rep.
If you are unsure of the value and asking a particular price for your services you will have a very difficult time selling anyone. According to theweddingreport.com the predicted average cost of wedding photography in the US for 2009 is just over $2000.
Recently I was listening to a podcast from Lenswork magazine where the speaker mentioned refusing to participate in the current financial down turn. I think that has a ring of truth to it. Those who have the money to pay a higher end photographer are likely to do so. The economic times often affect middle to lower class incomes most. IMO the less you charge the more the economy will hurt you.


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Jan 20, 2009 19:32 |  #36

Too many pages to read. so forgive is I repeat. Call around and get comp. prices. Then you can make a better decision. You need to keep up with the prices for your area. Don't undercharge and don't overcharge.


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Jan 20, 2009 21:20 |  #37

JenniferLShort wrote in post #7120852 (external link)
Too many pages to read. so forgive is I repeat. Call around and get comp. prices. Then you can make a better decision. You need to keep up with the prices for your area. Don't undercharge and don't overcharge.

Darn you, Jen... that's what I was gonna say! :D

Seriously, Leo-- Know Thy Market.

I would say charge a $# for coverage only, and if you're not into printing, look into one of the self-fulfill options ( a la pictage ). Offer the cd/dvd of _finished_ JPGs for a good $ too.


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Jan 21, 2009 11:25 |  #38

amccomis wrote in post #7121706 (external link)
Darn you, Jen... that's what I was gonna say! :D

Seriously, Leo-- Know Thy Market.

I would say charge a $# for coverage only, and if you're not into printing, look into one of the self-fulfill options ( a la pictage ). Offer the cd/dvd of _finished_ JPGs for a good $ too.

Hehe, great minds! Eh?

I do offer a DVD set to their wedding music with all photos (copyrighted and protected from copying). Then I give the family the opportunity to pay extra for their own copies. I do not offer high or low res. proofs on CD. I upload low res, watermarked proofs to a link with a password that I give once they have paid all that they have signed to pay. Everything else is extra. If they grip inform them that once they are married, their job is over. But yours has just begun with editing, printing, etc.

I hope I helped some. Good luck!


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Jan 21, 2009 13:09 as a reply to  @ JenniferLShort's post |  #39

Reading the posts above, I think the wedding photo pricing scheme falls into one of two schemes:

1. "Sell the farm": Charge a large fee for the actual coverage, and perhaps charge little fees for prints/albums, and sometimes surrender the copyright altogether.

2. "Rent the farm for free, but you pay for anything you get out of it": Charge a smaller fee for the shoot, but charge them more on the prints and larger (but not original) non-watermarked digital copies. You retain all copyright and control reproduction completely.

With digital photography, I think there's a tendency to lean toward #1 from the customers, as they themselves are used to 'owning the media' (as how they are used to with their personal digital camera). Perhaps other wedding photographers can speak to this, but I really think that may be the "challenge", that customers may want the full-res files. Only time will tell which model may survive down the road, and you'll have to price your service accordingly.


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Jan 22, 2009 00:01 |  #40

JenniferLShort wrote in post #7125304 (external link)
I do offer a DVD set to their wedding music with all photos (copyrighted and protected from copying).

How so? If it plays on a standard DVD player then it is very easy to remove the copy protection. You still own the rights, but most people probably don't care or undertand.




  
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