(Closed) Do you think I'm charging too much?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 31
3679 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Why don’t you just tell them that you aren’t able to get off work at your new job?

Post # 32
3107 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman

How many hours will you be shooting on the day of? What do you normally charge for a wedding? Are you comfortable giving them a discount?

I shoot weddings as well and I generally figure out pricing for friends/family the same way I would a normal wedding except I subtract some as a gift. In your case I think you definitely need to have your travel/time off work covered plus whatever else you feel is appropriate on top of that. 

Post # 34
9384 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

the most important thing is that, whatever you decide to charge her, you let her know ASAP so she has time to decide if she’d rather go with someone else.

Post # 35
1321 posts
Bumble bee

We’re paying around $1200 for 2 photographers from 2pm-9pm with all photos on CDs in a tin case and a fully designed and printed photo album. They are both professionals who also work and will be taking time off work (it’s a Friday wedding), but we get a lot of holiday in the uk and it’s very local to them both so I don’t think there are any expenses involved. 

If it’s going to actually cost you more money (including your time) than you would gift them, don’t do it. 

Post # 36
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016 - 1950s themed bar

$1200 sounds good to me, but I agree with others and would definitely formalise this arrangement somehow. Perhaps you should even request a deposit (maybe the cost of your flight?) so you know they are serious about it. I think keeping a professional tone when dealing with photography will help them see you as a professional and therefore someone they are happy to pay. If the bride is a little too relaxed perhaps you could deal with the groom, or maybe just propose a time to meet so you can have a dedicated photography discussion and confirm details then. Don’t wait for them to set something up…If it were me and they didn’t even reply to my texts I would pretty bluntly ask them if they even wanted me to help because I don’t work well with uncertainty

Post # 38
521 posts
Busy bee

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maplebacon: i also professionallly shoot weddings and shot my brother-in-laws wedding ( my husband but then boyfriend-at-the-time, brother and his now wife) almost 3 years ago…

They asked me as well..Now weddings are extensive, its not just “shooting” its lots of editing the raw files, culling etc. lots of background hours and work besides just the shooting…My now husband even said he wants me to charge accordingly and my packages start at $3000, and I charged them $1500 ( they paid me cash) I shot for about 8 hours, had a 2nd shooter and the 2nd shooter shot after dinner as I was done after dinner as they wanted me to enjoy myself, so I set up my photobooth and he shot that. They were more than happy to be paying only $1500 and even though I knew they would become my in-laws, I still charged them as I was paying a 2nd shooter and lots of time edting, designing etc.

My husband even thought I priced it too low but I was happy with that! They were extremely happy with their images and they were were happy with the discount I gave them, and no, I wouldnt consider doing it for me unless maybe it was my sister:)

Post # 39
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

honestly, i think that’s too high – it’s family.  i think with that sort of thing, if you can’t afford to do it for free as a gift to them (and i am not saying you SHOULD be able to afford it or that you should do it even if you can’t afford it), then you should just politely refer them to someone else.

Post # 40
146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I think your pricing sounds fair considering you said most photography in your area runs about $3,000. Photography ranges in price so dramatically across the US, but I know here in NJ getting a photographer for 10 hours with rights to print would be a steal! But you said that she is a plane ride away so is it possible average photographer prices in her area are lower than the average price in your area?


The two concerns I would have about this deal are:

1) She seems kinda flaky and like she may dodge you after you shoot the wedding and refuse to pay you so if you do decide to shoot them, make sure you get a contract


2) If this is family and you’re going as a professional, are you going to be ok giving up your night on the town and chatting with Aunt Esther so you can take pictures of the dance floor? Are the people around you going to be able to distinguish the difference? You don’t want Aunt Esther holding onto you and chatting you up and stopping you from getting any work done! Is your SO ok with basically going stag since you’ll be busy the entire night?

Post # 41
7 posts
  • Wedding: September 2015

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maplebacon:  1200 $ might be too much for them. Their wedding is very casual.

you could discuss several options :

– 1200$ for a full coverage and a “professionnal work”.

– A few hundreds if  they want a coverage of a few moments (ex : cérémony, group photo, cocktail hour, cake) and only 10 of their favorite shoots edited.

Post # 42
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you give far too many photos.  1000!  no way.  cut that down by half or more.  

I am in the camp to not hire relatives/friends or do buisness with them if it is not free.  I don’t think it’s worth the potential arguments or animosity that can ruin friendships and casue rifts in people’s relationips forever.

I know you’re not really disputing with these people, but I can see that you may be very soon.  You may end up being a family with these people, don’t let some job or money somehow ruin that for you.

Post # 43
272 posts
Helper bee

Truthfully, since this your future brother in law and sister in law I wouldn’t charge them even if you were a proffessional. I image that your SO will be attending his own brother’s wedding and that you, as his partner would accompany him so even charging for travel expenses seems rude IMO. If you don’t want to do the pictures without charging I would suggest declining to take the pics. In fact if it were me I would just politely decline regardless of pay. In my experience using family and friends as vendors is a sticky situation. Imagine the tension it would cause in the family if this couple were unhappy with your price or services.

FWIW my proffessional photographer was $1500 for 8 hour and I cannot imagine paying $1200 to a non professional

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