Post # 1
This is a spinoff from a recent thread regarding photographers posting their prices on their websites. Some bees have suggested not to post them as “investments” because they don’t have potential to grow financially.
I would like to know what most bees think and what they would prefer to see on websites (note: I am not a photographer, this is simply out of curiosity).
Personally, I think wedding photography is only an emotional investment as those memories are worth something to me personally. However, I know that photography is expensive and I find it somewhat condescending that some photographers feel the need to justify the cost by calling it an investment (maybe that’s not the reason, but that’s how I see it). To me, an investment is contributing to my retirement fund. Just call it pricing as that’s what it is.
Post # 3
Investment: the action or process of investing money for profit or material result.
I think photography is an investment because you are putting money into capturing memories in a professional way.
Post # 4
Yes, I see it as an investment as we never take couple pictures, I don’t own any pictures of my family members either, I hate being photographed. So yeah, somehow I want to have the visual memory of a day where we were lucky to have our loved ones with us, where DH and I will be both extremely good-looking, haha !
But not at any price. Photography is an art, and to me it doesn’t matter if you’re a 20-year professionnal or a 2 year professional or VERY talented amateur. What I’ll be looking first is your portfolio, which (and if) emotions are carried in your pictures, and if it does appeal to me, I’ll be glad to hire you. Unfortunately, my few experiences will pros have been extremely disappointing (and some of them were quite condescending), so I will go to people less experimented, but passionnate and talented, before I turn to the pros and spend 3K over pictures. I have a budget, and I want my money well invested. Paying high price doesn’t always equal quality, I can tell you that !
Post # 5
It’s an investment if you plan on selling your photos ie to a magazine. Otherwise it’s a lovely emotional investment.
Post # 6
Photography is a really important aspect of our wedding for FI and me, but I agree that I find it a bit condescending for the tab on the website with pricing info to be called investment (it did not click for the first time for me that that was where I could find the pricing info as a wedding planning noob). Honestly it sounds pretentious and reminds me of the ‘holier than thou’ attitude that some of the art students I took classes with in college had. I’d rather they call it rates or pricing, it’s easier for the lay person to parse.
Post # 8
No, I don’t consider wedding photography to be an investment because the photos don’t appreciate in (monetary) value!
Having said that, I do think that they are a super important aspect of weddings and business owners (i.e. photographers) are free to advertise however they want, provided there are no lies/false claims. Calling wedding photography is more of an exaggeration than a lie in this case, I think.
Post # 9
I think the confusion here is what is meant as “investment”.
Thinking of it as money you put in to something that will gain in value and result as money you can take out is not the correct usage in terms of photography. It is meant more in line of how an expensive pair of shoes, handbag etc is an “investment piece” such as in the link below. The return is not “cash”, it’s years of enjoyment.
Post # 10
@sourcandy: There is a lot about the use of the English language in advertising that bothers me…. As it pertains to wedding photography, it seems a bit sef congratulatory, however I realize that photgraphy is a science as well as an art, there is a lot to learn, wedding photography is particularly difficult and I have huge regard for those who do it well. Their investment of time, learning and effort cannot be underestimated.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Weddings are money pits, not investments. Yes, they can be very pretty and very fun and worth it, but they are still not investments. Any photographer that used the term “investment” in their pricing immediately lost points with me.
Post # 12
Not really. Photography was important to me so we splurged on it, but an investment? no. Maybe an emotional investment like a PP stated, but thats it.
Post # 13
You don’t make any money back on the wedding (with the exception of monetary gifts) so I don’t see how anything related could be deemed an “investment”.
Post # 14
Nope. It’s a snapshot of memories from that day. That’s it. Their fee is just that, their fee. Call it what it is.
Post # 15
I did in a way but I know in reality its not. My DH has the same opinion….”investments” are something that will eventually give you something in return (generally financial gain or security) and photos …I guess via the technical term its not, but I do consider putting a lot of money into a photog an investment in my happiness and memories? Once the day is gone in a flash thats all you have left and putting money into a good one is well worth it!
Post # 16
@shanbp: Thank you! 100%. No one is trying to pretend you’ll be able to sell them later at a profit haha! Using the “technical” term of investment makes no sense and isn’t what is meant!