Post # 1
Yes, wedding photos and videos are very important. Yes, you should be willing to pay a little more if you want quality. However, these things are not an “investment” under the traditional definition of the word. Sorry, but they just are not. Whenever I see a vendor using the word “investment” it reminds me of some sleazy sales tactic and I move on. I know some people will strongly disagree with this post, but really it bothers me.
Post # 3
Generally speaking, I invest in something that could essentially give me a financial return at some point.
Pictures do not do that.
I agree with you 🙂
Post # 4
haha!! I may just be slow, but when I was first doing my photographer research and looking for the prices, I could NOT find them. I finally clicked on “Investments” and low and behold, there it was…I guess I should have known that “Investments” mean pricing. duh.
Post # 5
I agree. Just say prices. Let’s call a spade a spade.
Post # 6
ITA with PPs
…but I do want to invest my money in the right photographer to make my ‘investment’ worth my wild even in 15 – 20 years.
Post # 7
Ugh one of my bigger wedding-related pet peeves. Like ryansgirl, at first I didn’t realize that investment = pricing and felt really dumb. Then I just got annoyed.
Post # 8
I’m with you. I understand the rationale, but it also sounded a little pretentious to me. If I wanted to invest in your business, I would…I just want to pay money in exchange for goods and services. In my mind, that is not an investment. My photos are not a “return”–they’re what I am paying for!
@Ryansgirl: It also took me awhile to figure out what it meant!
Post # 9
@jackndiane: THANK YOU. UGH. Generally when I see the word “investment” I move right along. And typically “investment” vendors are more pricy than the “pricing” ones. Just my personal experience.
Post # 10
OP, totally agree with you!! It’s neither clever nor cute.
Post # 11
When I saw that on a website I instantly thought ‘expensive’.
Post # 12
Our photographers pricing was listed as “Investment” on his site. To be honest, it didn’t even phase me until this thread. We still booked him and he did a great job.
Post # 13
I don’t mind the phrase “Investment.” I understand the logic behind the choice.
However, I agree that when I saw “Investment” on a website, I read “expensive.”
Post # 14
I mean, photos are kind of an investment if you think of it from the standpoint that you get what you pay for and you want to make sure you invest in a good wedding photographer. When photographers say investment they obviously don’t mean you are going to put money in and potentially make money…but your photos are really the only tangible you keep after the wedding so it makes sense to, well “invest” in them if you will.
Post # 15
@kate169: I agree! Wedding photos are a big enough deal and have enough sentimental “value” in the future, that I could consider the price an “investment.” I get it. But I also get why it bugs people. 🙂