(Closed) What goes into wedding photography

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Good post. I think a lot of people don’t realize how long editing can take. I’m no pro (yet) but I shot a wedding last weekend as a favor and for a 4 hour total wedding it took me a week of working on editing every night to get it done!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m in agreement! The pros I know certainly aren’t living large off of their practice.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes! It frustrates me so much to see brides railing against how much photography costs. Just goes to show that we could all stand to be better educated on where the money goes when we hire vendors!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I think a lot of photography costs are warranted, but don’t you think some of your pie chart should be considered the cost of doing business and not necessarily time that a client should pay for in a pass through expense?

For example, I also own my own business (not wedding related, science related) and my marketing, meetings, invoicing, networking/blogging, etc. are all just the cost of doing business for me.  I can’t and don’t expect to recoup those fees from a client.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@ohnyc: well don’t ALL businesses pass through the cost of doing business? I mean everyone has overhead and they plan that into the cost of their product right? 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ohnyc: Since a business would not exist but for clients, yes, I do think it is fair to pass on operational costs to clients. And I say that as a photography customer.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@ohnyc: I’m also confused. If you don’t earn that income from clients, where do you get it from?

Post # 12
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Worker bee

The chart is useful and all to explain why photographers need to charge such and such.

But at the end of the day, I as a client don’t really care how much money you need to make to sustain your business. Forgive me if I sound selfish, but I only care about me.

If your images are not worth X to me, I won’t pay you that much whether you need that much to keep your business afloat or not.

I will pay what I think your work’s quality is worth to me.

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

@JennyW1:  I get income from the clients, but some of my work is the work that is done to get and complete some of the business that I do.  For example, I wouldn’t charge my clients for work that I do in invoicing them or planning a marketing campaign, etc.  I would bill them for work that is done for THEM not work that is done to run the business as a regular “cost of doing business” item.

 

 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@ITCPhoto:  I just wanted to contribute to the thread as a business owner.  I don’t have anything to message off line that would be useful.  I wanted to discuss within thread, rather than privately, to discuss aspects of running a business.  

I think that there are many costs associated with running a business that are not billable to clients overall.  Maybe it’s more common for photographers to pass everything along.  

 

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