(Closed) Is this price reasonable? Please chime in

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

How much was your session? Did you know beforehand that your pics would be $30 each?

I’m always careful to only book photographers that give me rights to the photos. This one sounds like a bad deal.

I would let her know that you’re going to write bad reviews of her. My proposal pictures (in an expensive city) were $250 and I got the entire CD and all rights. The photographer also traveled to where Darling Husband proposed. $900 is WAY off base. $30 isn’t terrible for an 8×10- but that’s what I paid for my wedding pics. I’m not sure you’d need that kind of quality for regular photos?

Post # 4
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

What price did you think the prints or digital images were going to be?  Did she advertise that or did you ask?

I think $30 per image is reasonable because I would only want 1-2 to frame or put on Christmas cards.  But it might not be reasonable to you. 

Post # 7
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I can’t tell – were no photos included in the package, just the shoot?

Groupon will refund your money if you are dissatisfied and the person doesn’t deliver. They have a very generous customer service policy.

Post # 9
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Unfortunately, a lot of people who’ve used Groupon vendors have had issues like yours. A few photographers I spoke to actually hate it when their colleagues go on Groupon as it reflects poorly on the industry as whole. It’s not necessarily a bait and switch, but it sure feels like it!

It definitely helps to ask all the questions up front before buying these types of deals, but it’s too late now for you. We have local photographers that will have a killer deal for photos via Groupon and other similar sites, but then if you read the fine print, it doesn’t actually include much.

I think if the quality of the photos are amazing, $900/CD isn’t “bad” (depending on your area).

Post # 12
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

If I had a client wanting all the pictures on cd for print Id charge about the same not including the session fee.. My digital files for print are $85 a piece. I run a deal with 5 or more, I run a better deal if you buy 5 files with your session fee.. So to me its not unreasonable. Id rather have you buy prints because everyone seems to go to a crappy print place like Walmart. I want you to have professional quality prints not junk prints so the digital file fee is high.

I charge a session fee and all the rest is al a carte. Buy prints individually, a package, or purchase the digital files to make your own.

Post # 13
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

$900 for a disc of family images with printing rights is fairly normal.  The family portraiture business model for most photographers is built on low session fees and expensive print sales.  If you’re purchasing digital files that means you won’t be buying prints from the photographer, and they need to recoup the lost revenue in another way.  As far as what’s reasonable or not, that’s going to vary on the perspective of the individual.  If you don’t feel it’s reasonable then why would you have hired this person in the first place?  Did they conceal their price structure from you?  Did you not know how much they charged for their goods?

Personally I think the session should have lasted as long as it was advertised, so if they had been late they should have stayed the full duration.  Ignoring your emails is not professional either.  But other than that, I don’t see what they did wrong.  If you don’t value their services then why hire them in the first place?

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