(Closed) A pro photographer wants to know- Packages or no packages?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
4835 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If it’s not too much work on your part, could you maybe add a “Build your own package” option? Perhaps where they choose the number of hours from a few choices, whether or not they want a CD or prints, and whatever else you can offer as variety.

I know a lot of packages I saw online had things I didn’t want/need, and I would’ve preferred to sub something else or cut it out to lower the price.

Post # 4
3567 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It is up to you. I do think packages are nice to give people an idea of what they can get.  I don’t get photographers who aren’t willing to work with brides to customize their packages. What people want isn’t so cookie cutter and we now live in a consumer culture where we are able to pick and choose, so we are already used to doing this. Most of the photographers I contacted I think are picking up on this trend because when I asked if I could customize my package they said yes.

There was one photographer whom we really liked at the start of our search who wasn’t willing to work us, which was fine but I wasn’t asking for crazy ridiclous things, and my max budget was 7,500. If I’m dropping that amount of money on a service I want to able to take things out that I have no purpose for and add things I want and need.

Post # 6
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@LadyBear:  Ditto this idea! 

Post # 7
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’d consider putting a note saying “custom packages available” at the bottom of your website, assuming you’re willing to do so and give custom quotes to people. 

Post # 8
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

The more options the better!

I wish everyone had an “a la carte” menu so you can not only not feel limited or then trapped into getting things you don’t care for. You can build your ideal wedding package!

Post # 9
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

It all depends on if your package has what I want. For instance, I want a CD with digit images of all my pictures but don’t really care so much about an engagement shoot or a photo album. This means that a lot of packages don’t work for me. I’ve found most photographers are willing to work around the packages, but I think it can be difficult if you’re trying to fit exactly into someone else’s pacakage. So just emphasize that you can build a package around the needs of an individual couple and I think you’ll be set.  

Post # 10
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Although there are probably some brides who skip over the fact you can create packages from scratch, I think a lot of brides will read and appreciate.  Myself, I’m thrilled to see packages listed on a photographer’s website, because I have at least some idea of what’s possible.

My biggest turnoff as a bride is when a photographer doesn’t list any prices on their website, not even a range or starting price point.  It’s a waste of both my time and a photographer if I email them for prices and their starting package is twice my photo budget or nearly the price of my entire budget. 

Post # 11
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I liked seeing packages, since it gave me a starting point. You have a great price range, but it’s still worth listing maybe twice on your web site that custom packages are available.

Post # 12
1111 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like packages but I also want room for customization.

Post # 13
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2003

I would only offer 2-3 packages, and then be flexible to customize for each bride.

PM me and I will explain the reasoning, if you are interested.


Take care

Post # 14
1274 posts
Bumble bee

I liked when photogs listed packages with prices especially when they had at least a few package options. I would add a “custom package creation available – please contact for details” BUT list a la carte still, so they know that typically e-shoots or albums or extra hours cost X amount generally. 

I also found that when looking (because I’ve never had to look for a photographer for a wedding before!) it might be helpful to add descriptions beside some items if you tend to get a lot of questions asking about it. Also, if you charge travel fees, or anything list that too. It stinks when you are in contact with someone, look at their packages and then when you email them to ask more, they come back with a couple hundred travel fee. 

Post # 15
3072 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My photographer had packages available, but also had EVERYTHING available a la carte.  Of course the services were discounted if you do the package, but it is nice to have options.

Post # 16
1576 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d put “Build Your Own Package or choose from the ones below” at the top of the page or website.

Listing packages and prices gives me an idea if I can afford you. I’d hate to see no packages. That would be too much effort to build one from scratch.

If I see ‘build your own’ at the top, I know you’ll be flexible.
But I’m the type who was gonna ask you to customize in the first place. So maybe my opinion isn’t too valuable. I guess you’d really want to ask a the brides who are intimidated by packages what they think…

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