Caffrey123 wrote in post #15455206
You are a piece of work. I could say that the sky is blue and you would have something negative to say about it.
Unlike you, I am actually being real here based on a decade of experience in the photography industry. You are a child holding their hands over their ears screaming LALALALALALALA.
I want to take your advice but so often you jump on little details that don't apply to me.
You willfully ignore details that apply to all photographers. You can choose not to have insurance, but I wouldn't want to be in your shoes when something bad happens.
I never use make up artists, models or rent venues. My decision to not have a back up at the moment is the situation I am in and am happy to stay in for the moment.
Guess what. I don't use makeup artists, models or rent venues, either. But sometimes, clients really want to look good for their photos and decide to do everything they can to create a lasting heirloom for themselves and their family. And that does apply to you. You just don't know what your clients have gone through to book and make a session happen and by not having any true backup plan other than Geek Squad, you are being decidedly unprofessional.
I am not responding anymore as I feel I am wasting my time now. I have been given some really great advice but do not think being belittled is very fun. We all start somewhere and I am doing the best for my current situation.
Why ask for advice if you are already doing the best thing?
Pricing aside you have one thing correct and that is digital delivery, in the old days it was produce and sell and up-sell prints and store the negatives, but now-a-days excepting some weddings all most short attention span customers want and will migrate to is the photographer who can deliver instant gratification and that is best served by digital delivery and supplemented by a back sell of prints and other associated services.
There was a time in the not so distant past where I might tell a customer “we don’t do that” but times have changed and now the only thing I will tell a customer is “yea we can do that.”
While that may not be an immediately profitable statement to make, I will in the end turn a profit one way or the other…
While it is true that you can be profitable delivering digital images for portrait sessions, you can't be profitable with an accurate accounting of your expenses at the rates she is charging.