If they really are making $3000 per portrait multiple times a week then thats pretty good
Hears my opinion
I think they do much better than the majority of photographers especially if they are established people like john Hartmann, Beth forester, Sandy Puc,,big names like that do in fact get a great price for their portrait work. Guys like Sal Cionotta that are just coming onto the teaching circuits are Blowing a lot of hot air. Guys like David ziser totally piss me off.
When people boast that they get 10K for a wedding,, ive got to laugh. Unfortunately, ive talked to many big names that also get a chuckle out of these claims as well because they get no where near some of the figures some of the clowns claim they get,,If they got a celebrity and someone with a ton of cash they probably get a few, But to imply that this is the norm rather than the exceptions borders on BS to me and Many others,,,,,,,,,setting $$$$$ aside,,,,,,,most of what they teach is basic 101 photography and 101 marketing for photographers. If you dont know any of this stuff, its valuable. If you do, its boring and fairly useless and definately redundant.
All of these big names, and some are much more Blatant than others, come in and tell you to do it like them, buy their actions and marketing plans and you too can make a ton of $$$ just like me.......never mind the fact that some of these established photographers have established retail studios that have been in business for several years. But there is reasons they are on the teaching circuts. Theres big $$$ in it.
When You get 300 in the audience at 79.00 a seat and sell 150 action sets and marketing plans at $250.00 a pop.......the figures quickly add up. get a few more to sign up for that 3 day workshop at $1000.000 a seat and the $$ is even better. These big names also feel the slow down of big sales at their studios. Were in a recession still so they are doing everything they can to keep their income levels up......just like everyone else thats in business.
They are there to play on the entry level photographer. What my problem is,, Is they sell this stuff implying that it is fool proof and that your going to succeed if you do it just like they do and buy and use the programs they market.......nothing could be further from the truth. And as a result, the markets, especially the HS senior market, is saturated with entry level photographers using similar approaches to marketing, flooding the markets and ruining the price points. Everyone has spokes models now, photographers are selling discs with 20 images for $150.00.....its basic supply and demand economics...more photographers than the demand for their services results in a lower price point for everyone........these professional teaching instructors on these teaching circuts wont tell you that.......but they keep on putting out the basic information for everyone to use.....then i see blogs from some of these clowns complaining that the price points are down and people are selling so cheap-------totally ridiculous...I wont give names but i have called a few of them on it and they look at you like...screw you im getting mine.. go away........yeah..Im pretty fed up with whats going on with our national teaching circuts. These instructors are as guilty for the condition of the photography market and its current state as the entry level photographers coming in and blowing out the price points to ridiculous low levels.......Until the economy improves and people can get back to work,, its going to stay the same for a while.