(Closed) Need Advice on Prices

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That seems pretty expensive to me. Sounds like they built that into their prices, though, and any DVD you can buy will be pretty pricey, too. 🙁 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Cappugcino:  I would find out if you get full rights to the photographs. Those prices seem high to me, but I haven’t done much research yet. I’m just thinking that you would theoretically want to have an album with 100 4×6 photos in it and that would be 1100 dollars for you to make it yourself (I suspect your guests can order prints, which your grandparents might do and they might not like the price either for even just a few prints). How much does their album cost?

And when I was a student taking a photography couse it cost me about 50 cents for an 8×10 sheet of photopaper to make a black and white photograph. I assume color costs more, but if you’re being charged for the actual photographing separately, then it seems like you’re paying quite a bit more than the raw materials. And we were doing not digital, which means I had to adjust things the old way, but even still as an amateur I could make the photo exactly how I wanted with less than half an hour of work if it was poor quality.

With digital you can spend a million years changing a photo, but you can also improve it drastically in just a few minutes.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@asscherlover:  Photographers aren’t charging those amounts based on their raw materials.  They base it on things like time, talent, and the csots of doing business.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

These prices are on the higher end of average, and trust me I have looked hundreds of photographers price sheets.  Also, this photographer may be “back end loaded” but I don’t know the session costs they are charging.  Some photographers will offer cheaper prints, but just charge more up front, it’s really the same.

You are paying for more than just a sheet of paper and it’s hard for me to understand why that is a surprise.  Included is the photographers time and talent to prep and retouch the image (extra retouching is usually included on all ordered prints), their time to source the order, receive it, package it, guarantee it’s perfect, and send it out.  You are buying a piece of art, not a piece of photopaper.  If that has no value to you, then perhaps you selected the wrong photographer, or just don’t value photography as an artform.  The markup obviously goes towards paying for overhead and profit, which any business owner entitled to charge.

I don’t understand why everyone thinks a photographer is ripping someone off if they mark up prints more than what the client can buy them for.  They are obviously not in the business of charity, and to keep a successful business running, they need to make money off products they sell.  The same goes for everything else in life that you buy……..

The Shirt you bought cost more than the material it’s made of

The Steak you ate at the restaurant cost more than what you can buy the meat for

The Car you bought cost more than the parts it’s made of

The music CD or movie DVD you bought cost more than the disk

I can go on and on…..

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

@asscherlover:  A professionally printed 8×10 costs a lot more than $50 cents, and I am talking the wholesale cost that the photographer pays the lab.

Also, to the original poster, a professional photographer is not using consumer labs like snapfish, and mpix for photobooks.  You can expect a big difference in quality in a professional album vs a consumer album.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think those prices are much higher than average.  I would continue to shop around or ask them if they could supply you with a DVD with your images on it for x amount of money.  I don’t like the idea of having to go to someone everytime I wanna print my photos.  To me, it’s worth it to spend more so you will always have your photos.  We booked a photographer who offers proffessional prints and the photos on a dvd.  His prices were much lower than the ones you mentioned.

I had one photographer tell me it would cost 1000$ to get my photos on a dvd which irritated me to no end.  I ended up not going with her because she wasn’t working with our budget at all.  She wouldn’t come down on dvd price (or really anything) and I’m pretty sure that’s essentially pure profit on her part.  I realize they have to edit the photos and it’s a lot of work but sometimes it seems like highway robbery.

My advice — go with your gut.  If they tell you no dvd…walk away.  I found someone who is amazing and will take fabulous photos (I actually like his better than hers).  AND GET THIS!  I snagged an extra photographer.  All for way less than the other person was asking so reasonable photographers do exist.  Don’t give up!  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I didn’t mean that they weren’t inlcuding the cost of their talent in the prints. I just meant that most of what you are paying for is their time and not their materials. And I’m not sure they’re spending that much time on each image. If they are retouching each image, then it might be a decent deal, depending on how much time they spend on that. But I wouldn’t assume they are retouching the images unless they specify that. They are only offering one option (at least thats how I’m reading the OP) for each photo, so if it were me I would not retouch the images because not everyone wants retouched images. Based on this, I assumed they were making straight prints. And honestly I would assume you are paying for their time upfront, because you are paying for them taking the pictures separately from the cost of printing the photographs. But, like I said before, I haven’t done a ton of research, and I don’t even know who this photographer is so its not like I can read through their site and interpret it for myself. Sorry if I implied that they are overcharging for their talent, which I’m sure they have a lot of and they should be compensated for.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

@Cappugcino:  Glad it worked out.

 

@asscherlover:  Photographers are most certainly going to retouch pictures that you buy in print.   Why would a photographer print a 16×24 and not retouch it, knowing that it will be hung on a clients wall for years and many people will ask where they got it?

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