(Closed) Does it bother you when photographers don't list their prices?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Does it bother you when photographers don't list their prices on their website?
    Yes and I would skip over that photographer : (109 votes)
    43 %
    Yes but I would still inquire if I like the photo's : (123 votes)
    48 %
    No it doesn't bother me : (22 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    1848 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    When I was looking for a photographer, it did irritate me a little bit. I feel that photographers should be upfront with their prices. I get why some of them don’t list (cutthroat business, photography is!) but I usually think you’re too expensive anyway if you don’t list so I skip them unless I’m floored by their work.

    Post # 4
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    2191 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think its much nicer when vendors give.some idea so we dont spend two weeks emailing when its not even a chance in hell….. something like average packages are in the $5000 range is perfect. you still need to call/talk to get real feel for person but if your budget is $1500.you know to keep looking.

     i think the old saying of if you have to.ask yoy can’t afford it does generally hold some weight and i would be cautious to not discourage interest

     

    Post # 5
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    2515 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    it irritated me when i was looking for a photographer. i felt it was a waste of my time to inquire only to find out they were out of my budget. i also felt really stupid when i got quotes back that were more than our total wedding budget (which led me to start skipping photographers who didn’t list their prices). it would save both parties a lot of time if prices were listed on the website (or at least a starting price).

    Post # 6
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    3241 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    For the most part if the photographer didn’t having any pricing information I skipped over them. I know photographers sometimes offer smaller packages and will work with people, but I did like to see where their packages started at for price. If the photographer’s prices were close to what my budget was, then I’d contact them. If there wasn’t a price I assumed that meant I couldn’t afford them.

    Post # 7
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    4062 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    A general price range is really nice to have – like a PP said, something like “wedding packages starting at $2500 and up” is enough. Just a ballpark so you know if it’s worth looking into farther.

    Post # 8
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    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @YLPhotography:  Many photographers just list “Packages begin at _________, please contact for full details.”  IMO this is the best of both worlds.  You know if they are way out of your price range, but they don’t have to disclose everything up front.  If they did disclose everything, that would certainly be nice for the bride, but it’s not nice for other photographers to be able to easily find out what you’re charging.  This is such a competitive business that you can’t blame them for not wanting to do that.

    I should qualify that as “Most higher end photographers with fantastic work.”  Many budget friendly and cheaper photographers do list everything.  That’s because their low price is one of their selling points.  It’s like everything else you buy… you can either choose quality as your #1 most important factor, or you can choose price.  Almost never are you going to find the highest quality without that corresponding higher price tag, and lower quality photographers have to use their low price (and bigger packages) as a selling point because it’s often the only one they’ve got. 

    Brides skipping photographers who don’t list their full package prices…. please keep this in mind.

     

    Post # 9
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    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I agree with th other PPs. It was frustrating combing through so many sites without any real indication whether they were in my price range or not. I don’t need a detailed price structure but the price of the starting package or an average made it a lot easier. I hated getting my hopes up then finding out someone was just completely out of my range.

    Post # 10
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    1299 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    It irritates me when any vendor doesnt list their prices.  At least state that prices start at such and such.  But something like photography should be pretty set.  If they have a package it should be listed.  I loved my photography group because they listed all their prices and I actually ended up going with them because they also offer dj video and photobooth.  I was already getting all those but when I crunched numbers it was a better bang for my buck to go with them.  I sometimes feel when they wont state their prices that they will alter them if they think you have a lot of money or a large budget.  Some vendors do this.  I never wore my ring, or looked all that nice, when I went to meet with vendors.  Its sad to say that, but they do judge you based on appearance.  I want someone who wants me as a bride, not as a class symbol!  And trust me, im so NOT a class symbol.  We are totally on a budget, and I’m cheap lol. But I wanted them to come out with their true colors IF they were going to do that right away so they didnt waste my time!  I want people who on my wedding day are going to treat me like a friend, not just someone who is paying them to do a service.  Luckily I found that in my photog.  We talk on the phone like old friends and I can really count on her when the drama happens to help corral that!

    Post # 11
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    368 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Yes, it definitely bothered me when I was looking. I wasted time (a) searching the website when prices were not listed and (b) e-mailing just to try to figure out if they were in my price range.  I agree that the listing a general range or starting price is sufficient.

    Post # 12
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    For our main wedding photographer, it was a little annoying but I soon learned that everyone in our area (for the quality) was about the same anyway, give or take $1k. For my boudoir photographer though, I prefer that they list the prices up front because there is such a huge variety in services and pricing that I could’ve spent anywhere from $100 to $2000.

    I do agree that listing a “prices begin at $xxxx” and listing the price for the basic 8 hour, no album package is a good idea. It saves you from responding and following up and us from getting our hopes up.

     

    Post # 13
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    6222 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    It’s easier to have them listed so I don’t waste our time if I can’t afford them. However it’s not enough to prevent me from making an inquiry if I am interested

    Post # 14
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    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @sealevels:  This

    There is soooo much planning and stuff to do that I got really irritated that I would have to email 20 different photographers to ask for prices and keep all the replies straight. I would rather know what you expect me to pay, and if it’s too high, but I think your work is just amazing, THEN I will contact you.

    Post # 15
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    1920 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Huge pet peeve of mine. I just skipped over tons of photographers if they didn’t have their prices listed. I’d have to really like their photos in order to inquire.

    Post # 16
    Bee
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    None of the photogs I looked at posted their prices online. I emailed them asking for prices, and nixed the ones out of our price range – it really didn’t bother me that much. It’s not like sending one email is THAT big of an imposition, if you ask me.

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