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Question about Wedding packages, not about pricing....

 
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Aug 21, 2010 17:48 |  #1

I know how much I want to charge for my packages, but from what I gathered from a friend, say example, a $1,000 package would include 4 hours of his time, an online gallery, and an album.

Are there separate packages you would make for prints? Or do you not even offer prints?


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Aug 21, 2010 19:12 |  #2

You can do it however you want. The idea is to make money and keep it as simple as possible for the client.


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Aug 21, 2010 19:40 |  #3

Some people are saying they do not want prints, some do. I don't want to end up with a ton of packages and confuse people, I may just do packages with an album, 4x6 preview book, some things like that, and offer a print package. Or I may just skip all of that and let them purchase individual prints.


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Aug 23, 2010 13:19 as a reply to  @ AprilArchambeau's post |  #4

Non-photographers have (seriously) told me that:


  1. I should resample the photos posted on FB to the largest size so that they can download and print them out. (They are unhappy with their print-outs of my watermarked photos which are downsampled to 500 pixels on the longest side.)
  2. The best photographers take photos using only natural light.
  3. Photographers shouldn't retouch photos because that's fake -- it's not really photography.
  4. All that a photographer needs is a camera. No, two cameras -- because it looks amazing when switching between them. Maybe [an on-camera] flash [Unit] if it's really dark.
  5. Wedding photographers can shoot a wedding just fine solo.
  6. Wedding photographers sell proof-books. ("Albums" with multiple loose, roughly wallet sized prints mounted to each side of the inside pages.)
  7. Wedding photographers provide all of the photos taken as loose 4" x 6" prints.
  8. Yes, the Wedding photographer should offer an album of 4" x 6" prints. ("Albums" with multiple loose 4" x 6" prints mounted to each side of the inside pages.)
  9. The Wedding photographer should also provide all of the photos taken on CD.


Seriously. No joking.

Some professional Wedding Photographers charge less than $300 and provide only a CD of all images as shot.

From a meeting of local professional photographers, during a conversation about Wedding Photography, they commented:
  • If a CD, only watermarked and downsampled copies of ordered prints for the purposes of placing re-orders and posting onto social media and personal sites.
  • Proofs are either available online, on display through their laptop, or on display through their projector.
  • It usually takes at least two weeks to post-process photos from a "very small" wedding and then prepare for the product ordering session.
  • Samples of suggested products are presented with sample photographs, but not the commissioned photographs.
  • Press-printed products: lay-flat albums, calendars, greeting cards, N-folds.
  • Mounted prints. (No loose prints: the client deserves better.)
  • They do not print proof books, and they never offer proof images for sale. (Proofs are unfinished images and are not the best representation of their work.)


All in all, what you offer your clients is between you and them. On top of the rest of your cost of doing business, the value of your equipment, software, education, creative ability, professionalism, time, and end products might enter your consideration of at which price points you will offer bundled services and products (packages).

Here's a nicely written eBooklet on the original post's subject:
http://www.stacyreeves​.com/photographers-pricing-guide/ (external link)

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