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

posted 9 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

    Yes but I would still inquire if I like the photo's

    No it doesn't bother me

  • Post # 47
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    No. As a hobbist photographer I know why they don’t.

    Post # 48
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @sealevels:  Yep, this is exactly my reaction. I pretty much just assume they’re out of my price range and keep on looking.

    Post # 49
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    8700 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    If I didn’t see prices, I moved on! But to be fair, if there was no price listed, it was out of my price range!

    Post # 50
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    yes!  Annoying.  And I hate the “need to have a consultation” to get a price list.  Waste of both of our time.  Then they nag to death.

    Post # 51
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    1606 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I don’t just limit this to photographers, but to all vendors!  I understand that not listing your prices helps weed out those who are just “shopping”, but the last thing I want it to fall in love with a particular venue/photographer/whatever and then find out AFTER I sit down or talk to them that they aer out of my budget.  My budget is pretty modest and while there is some wiggle room, the difference of a $2k photograher and a $5k photograher is going to DESTROY that budget.  There are some things I am willing to sacrifice and splurge for, and some I am not.  Finding out after the vendor (and I!) put time and effort into a meeting is a huge waste of time if I cannot afford it.

    So, yeah, it did bother me when prices weren’t listed.  Or at least a starting point.  Like PP have said, if there are no prices, I generally assume it’s not in my price range and tend not to contact the vendor.

    Post # 52
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Miss Country Chick:  YES. I have had almost every single vendor insist we meet and talk before going over prices. I have to put my foot down. I have 2 boys and a job and a house to maintain. I don’t have all this time to be sitting down with 20 photographers/DJs/coordinators just to talk about cost. Give me a ballpark then I will decide. I also don’t have time to have an hour long conversation with you on the phone.

    That also opened up the spam email daily from vendors wanting to know if I had made a decision yet. I started skipping past people if they didn’t at least give me an idea on their website.

    Post # 53
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ironically, most photographers who do not list prices do so in order to have you contact them. Other photographers wish to consult with a client and show them product before the client gets sticker shock. If I simply put that most clients invest $5000.00 that doesnt let the client know my albums are very high end etc. Without knowing what I offer the dollars just have no context. Not listing price really only works to your advantage if you are higher priced. It’s the theory of ” if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it”. I just list an average investment. Listing a ” starting at” wouldnt be fair because I start at 4 hours, no files and who wants that right? I’d say if budget is a deciding factor for your client in any way,do it. Otherwise a lot of people just skip to the next! The proof is here!:)

    Post # 54
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    149 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @onourway13: isnt that the worst? The follow up emails! I never do them because I figure if you want me, you’ll let me know! 

    Post # 56
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    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I understand the frustration being a bride and a photographer as Im shopping for vendors! Ive been in the wedding industry for over 10 years(started with bridal makeup) Im personally a person that moves on to the next. Frankly as a wedding vendor we are a dime a dozen and many choices so I go for who makes it easier for my lifestyle. Im also person that does not shop by price I shop by quality. I have also found those that dont list any sort of pricing slack in the getting you a “quote” department. Why should I have to chase a vendor for pricing!?

    I list all my portrait pricing and for wedding I list a starting price along with the average a couple spends. My al a carte items are priced out as well. I do more customizing over what I have for packages so I dont list them.

    I personally think the our competition seeing our prices is the lamest argument ever for not listing. Im a person that has personally experienced undercutting, coping, and client poaching over the years. I still dont worry about the other guy, I mind my own business. The people that take the good deal were never mine to begin with, they were never going to see my value they only saw a price. My clients do what it takes to afford Me out of hundreds which is exactly the way it should be. They love Me and Im honored they want Me. My competion does not matter, far to many spend too much time worring about what the other guy does.

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Yes. I never know why and don’t like it, so I just skip over them all. My photography budget was around 8k and my photographer ended up being 6k, so it wasn’t like I was searching for the cheapest photographer ever, just reasonably priced for what they offered (I saw several “packages starting at 15k” people, lol). I just HATE it when the prices aren’t disclosed. It bothers me. I can’t accurately comparison-shop if I can’t see the prices. Like it or not, price IS an element in the choice, no matter what your budget it, and I can’t make a decision about whether to even consider you without it.

    Post # 58
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    308 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Yeah, I feel like it’s just wasting my time. And I am in the same boat as pp’s who assume it is just really expensive and skip over.

    Post # 59
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    Bee Keeper

    I prefer to have a ballpark listed on your website. If I like your photos enough l’ll reach out anyway if it’s not. and even if your base price is higher than my budget that won’t stop me from inquiring further.

    Post # 60
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    6263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It was VERY irritating and not just with the photographers but with every vendor. If you won’t atleast list your prices then it would be nice to know a starting price point. I dont understand why vendors feel that every bride should spend hours researching AND e-mailing back and forth before they give prices. Some photographers want all your info and then continue to call and e-mail for months! Ugh, rant over

    Post # 61
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lashmont:  That’s how I felt on my end! I contacted a DJ/officiant via my work email and he took it upon himself to call me at work (my work email has a signature with my office number). At work. I just asked him for information since I was looking at a venue that recommended him. I’m like…dude. I’m.at.work. Luckily it has died down!

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