(Closed) To Post Prices, Or Not To Post…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Do you prefer a wedding photographer to have their prices listed on their website?

    No, I don't care.

    Meh, a starting point would be good enough!

    Yes!

  • Post # 17
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

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    @Fanciful:  +1 – that’s exactly my thoughts too! If I can’t see the price, I can’t afford it.

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    None of the photographers I found in my area had prices on their websites…and it was really annoying..I had to email all of them and ask the same question about their packages..I wish they would just post prices right away…and safe time for a lot of brides..

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    The only time I nixed a photographer who had their prices on their website was if they were totally out of my established photography budget. And it didn’t matter if I had to email them for pricing and they ended up being out of my budget – no amount of emotional investment (of which you don’t get much from just emailing someone tbh) would make me spend what I cannot afford. I got way more attachment if I knew they were priced within my budget because then my mindset was that they were attainable and I was excited to meet with them and hope that we hit it off! My photog budget was around 3.5k. So I really liked photos that had some indication of pricing on their website – even a starting price was very helpful. Hardly any did though. The one I chose didn’t but she was very quick to respond to my email and seemed so super helpful and interested in our day. 

    Post # 21
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    If there isn’t at least a starting point I am going to assume it is out of my league and move on  

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

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    @sillygoat:  exactly…if people like your pictures and your prices are within their budget they will contact you…if they can’t afford..they can’t afford…nothing can be done…why bother sending emails back and forth..

    But what I really noticed in my city..is that all photographers charge about the same prices…I mean +/- $500…So, in the end of my search I knew that all of them are in my budget…and even if I find somebody new they would probably charge about the same…

    Post # 23
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1994

    I think giving a starting price is important. You can talk with them more about the details at a later point. Make your website interesting to get their attention (like good portfolio examples) and make it easy for them to contact you.

    Post # 24
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    @SashaUSARu:  This exactly. I had a budget that I wanted to stick to so knowing if someone was out of my price range saved me and the potential photographers time. Why waste their time getting a quote if their starting prices are out of your budget.

    Post # 25
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I never became “emotionally invested” in a photographer by sending an email asking for their pricing.  I would email that I was interested in their work, share my date, give a list of what I was looking for in a photographer, and ask for their pricing guidelines.  I was not at all invested in a photographer until I narrowed it down to the few I wanted to meet with — and pricing ultimately was a big factor in that decision.

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2021 - Wyckoff, NJ

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    @sillygoat:  I really didn’t care to call anyone who didn’t list their starting price.  I think listing the price is akin to listing what salary you’re willing to pay on a job posting (I’m a Recruiter).  Research says it gets 50% more hits.

    Also, if you’re worried about your starting price being too high, it would really depend on what area you’re in.  I’m paying $4600 for my photography package which is pretty average for where I’m from.

    Post # 27
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    Bee Keeper

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    @sillygoat:  I genuinely do not see the reasoning behind any vendor not having their prices clearly on their website; unless of course it is something like flowers which obviously you can’t even give a guide price on.

    I looked at dozens of photographers and venues, and found it HUGELY frustrating if they didn’t have prices. I didn’t go so far as to discount them, but it was irritating having to compose an email and then wait for a response; particularly as every single photographer I contacted had set prices (eg different tiers of package). I did not understand why they couldn’t have saved both of us time and published that information on their website.

    As far as people being put off goes: our original budget was $1500-2250 and turned out to be unrealistic. We ended up paying $3750; and our photographer published his prices on his website. We chose him for his style, not his price. However, where couples are on a stricter budget than we were, they are not going to stretch their prices; they can spend what they can afford to spend, end of story, so trying to hide your prices is not going to get you (general you) any more customers.

    So yeah, if someone could explain why photographers don’t at least indicate a ‘starting from’ price that’d be great, because I just don’t get it.

    Post # 30
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    Bee Keeper

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    @sillygoat:  FWIW, I never started by looking at prices with any of my vendors as a) our budget was fairly flexible and b) I wanted to go in uninfluenced by cost to get a kind of ‘gut reaction’.

    However, our budget was fairly large, and flexible (total cost of the wedding without rings and honeymoon is somewhere around $35k for a relatively small wedding). So, I could afford that approach to an extent.

    Had I been working to a budget of, say $10k, and allocated say $1k for photography (which is a small budget and likely to massively restrict the photographers available to you), then I would likely have approached it differently and looked at the prices first; as, from my experience of looking and getting quotes, I’d say 20% came into that price range ie most photographers would have been out of budget. I would have hated to have spent time looking at photos only to be told their price was double or triple what we could have afford; it would have gotten disheartening and frustrating pretty quickly I think.

    People’s budgets are what they are: they may well love your work, but ultimately, if they have $1500 to spend and you are charging $3000, how much they love your work is irrelevant because they simply do not have that money to spend; and so contacting you for a price is wasting both their time and yours.

    Basically, I understand what you’re saying, and can see why you think that; but clearly the average customer/client feels very differently, and price is likely to be a big part of the decision-making process. So, I think your wise to at least try showing them for a few months 🙂

    Also to add: I don’t think it’s the same thing as a ring necessarily, depending on the ring of course. Ring prices will vary depending on factors inc the 4Cs, so I do actually understand jewellers asking you to contact them for a quote (unless of course they just have stock pieces with the exact same specs; similarly, I don’t see why they can’t publish a ‘price from’). It’s the same with cakes: they can give a guide, but the actual cost will depend on the number of servings, the flavours, etc. The same can’t be said for photography or venues; usually, it’s much easier to give set prices (incidentally, FWIW I found it even more frustrating when venues didn’t publish their prices; urgh).

    Post # 31
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    Bee Keeper

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    @sillygoat:  Also to add (sorry!), if you do decide to revert to not publishing your prices, please please please don’t word it something like ‘All our packages are bespoke and tailored to the individual clients requirements, so please contact me for more information or a quotation’. This was one of my biggest peeves TBH; I found it so condescending, and the packages were never ‘bespoke’, really. I mean, it’s not like bespoke jewellery/stationery, lets be honest; I don’t consider the option to add an album later, or to decide how many hours coverage I want, or to add a second shooter, as ‘bespoke’; I consider them to be optional extras.

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