(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 # 92
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    @sillygoat:  I won’t meet with anyone without seeing their prices. It was a non-starter.

    My photographer didn’t list prices right away, but she put something like “packages start at $1500” so that I could know whether we are in the same ball park or not.

    Post # 93
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @sillygoat:  

    I think you should post it. It drove me crazy when photographers didn’t. I was trying to stay around the $2500 mark. I messaged some photographers who ended up being $5000, I liked them but messaging them did not make me more emotionally invested. There was no way I was going to budge on my budget. 

    I skipped over some people who may have been options because I got tired of contacting people.  

    Post # 94
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @sillygoat:  My parents picked out and paid for my photographer (that is, told their business parther he’d be shooting my wedding), so luckily I didn’t have to deal with this.

    But in general, I think at least a range helps a lot.  “We have packages starting from $2600 covering all the basics up to $8000 covering everything you could dream of and are alwaying willing to work out a package that’s perfect for your wedding.  Contact us and we can discuss our basic packages and what your specific needs are.”  Then as long as you got back to me I’d keep you on the list. 

    Then it depends if you are willing to do custom packages and work within clients’ budgets, etc…

    Post # 95
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    No one gets my business if they won’t post their prices. Photographer or otherwise. Furthermore, I’m not too inclined to do business with a company/person that doesn’t have a website, but I can negotiate a tiny bit on that one.

    Post # 96
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    As others have said, I think offering a starting package price is important.  If the max someone can spend is $500 under your lowest price, it’s really a waste of both of your time to even meet.

    However, if you don’t want to rule those people totally out, you could always say that packages can be customized and services added / removed to keep you within a couple’s budget.  (i.e. instead of offering 8 hours coverage, maybe you could offer a couple 6 hours coverage, and then all of the sudden you are within their price range.  Or forego the engagement session you typically offer (or whatever)).

     

    Post # 97
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    Honestly, I think photographers do it (myself included) so the price isn’t the first thing people look at. I want people to look through my photos, read my about me etc instead of just clicking on my price and going ‘Too expensive. exit’. I want people to have the chance to fall in love with my photos first I guess. I understand how it’s frustrating though, when I was looking at engagement rings I immediately exited the site if they made you e-mail for a quiote so I will definitely look into changing that.

    And this is called manipulation. Same thing as the bridal consultant pulling out dresses that she knows you can’t afford, hoping you’ll fall in love with something and pay more.

    Post # 98
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Yeah we didn’t contact anyone that didn’t have prices listed.  Our photographer had all packages, a la carte options, and even a budget option listed.  It was fantastic!

    Post # 99
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Most times if I don’t see pricing I don’t bother calling. I just figure that they are going to be too expensive and probably won’t be able to afford it.

    Post # 100
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

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    @kellyk1214:  um, that’s not manipulation at all.  The photog doesn’t know your budget and then withhold the pricing from you.  A bridal consultant has full knowledge of your budget when you are shopping.  The analogy does not work. 

    Post # 101
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest

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    @sillygoat:  

    I think when you’re shopping with a strict budget you nix the photographers with no price from the get go because you figure they’re established and have a higher price.

    People that are more open minded and willing to pay at a starting rate of $2600 are likely used to websites not having the information available.

    I personally keep looking if there is no price online because my budget will be under $2000.

     

    Post # 102
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    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I think the most stressful part of wedding planning for me is trying to find out prices!  It is so frustrating when people don’t have their prices listed.  I mean I’m on a budget and I don’t even want to look at your pictures or hear about what you do if I can’t afford it.  

    What is so aggravating to me is that everyone in my area seems to not list prices, and won’t just tell you a price even after you contact them.  They make you set up a meeting, talk for 30 minutes, and then maybe, MAYBE they will give you a price.  So after all of this time spent you find out you can’t afford anything and it is so annoying.

     I have been waiting for two weeks since meeting with someone about catering to find out prices and STILL have not been given a price.  I emailed asking what was taking so long and she said she may need ANOTHER meeting with me before she can set a price?!  Like I said, really annoying and would save me so much time and frustration to just know prices up front.  

    If I came across a website that listed prices I would probably book them no matter what the quality was at this point, just to save myself the frustration of meeting after meeting to find out a stupid price!  

    Post # 103
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    Helper bee

    I would have loved to see some prices….I think there were a couple that did, but since they were out of budget, I had to nix them straight away. I contacted most of the photographers, when I liked their work. Just emailing and getting a quote didn’t make me emotionally involved. So yeah, I prefer photographers posting their prices or at least a starting point.

    ETA: We wanted to stay under 2000 Euros (2758 $).

    Post # 104
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    @sillygoat:  My prices aren’t listed on my website, I do have my starting point listed though. I have a few reasons for why I do that. I want a client who sees my work, and lets that speak to them – not my pricing.

    (FWIW, I’m not super crazy high…industry standardards, but it’s not like my starting price point is 4k…I mention this because the common misconception is that “if it’s not listed it must be too high” and that’s simply NOT the case.) I’m sure some will take this the wrong way, but I don’t want someone who is only hiring me based on price. Yes, we all know price is a huge deciding factor, but I want a client who is excited about hiring me and my work, not because my package B included 30 more minutes of coverage over another photographer’s package B.

    Another reason I do this is because no two weddings are ever the same. I can’t tell you how many brides have in their mind they need 10 hours of coverage, see my pricing, and think “oh I can’t afford that so I won’t contact her”. Not every wedding is the same, and no two weddings require the same amount of coverage. While I don’t “discount” I do work with couples to find a package that fits their needs or customize one. I’ve gone over a timeline with a bride who thought she’d need 8 hours of coverage, but after our meeting and going over her expectations/wants/timline, she would have been fine with 6-7 hours. That’s a $500-$1000 difference in price.

    The last reason is that my products change periodically. Sometimes they discontinue an album, or a certain lab will do a pre-sale on canvases (where I can pre-buy several). Those all have an effect on my package prices. If my album costs go up, so do my packages. I would NEVER want a client to see my pricing on my website, and a month later come back and it’s different and think I’m doing a “bait and switch”. 

    My point being, and something I want to stress to brides – if you love their work, contact them. The worst that happens is they are out of your price range, it happens. It happened to me when I was planning my wedding. 

    Post # 105
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    From somebody who recently emailed a few photographers and checked out more than a few websites. I would say that it depands on how flexible you are with your packages and items. If you are willing to create custom packages for brides/grooms on a budget, please make it very clear on your website or your communication with the client. 

     

    I often run into photographers who respond to my emails when their price is out of my range. I am willing to negotiate further to see if there are any wiggle room to make things work for the two of us. However, I usually do not try if that is not conveyed in the communication with the photographer. If he/she made it seem like their package prices are very fixed, I will avoid negotiation because I do not want to offend them by trying to meet in the middle.

     

    Just my point of view… 

    Post # 106
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    Bumble bee

    I voted an astounding YES for posting your prices.

    When looking for a photog, my Fiance and I have a certain budget. I work in the film & tv  industry so i do have some ideas of what photography shoot costs, and I know it’s not cheap. The equipment, the retouching and editing, the time commitment. That being said, we looked at tons of sites and did email photographers we liked based on the quality and variety of their work on their websites/Facebook pages. We also had some recommendations and ended up booking with one of those recommendations.

    It’s amazing to me how long some pros take to return an email or a pricing request. So many photogs wanted to book a meeting without even letting me know how much their packages cost or even an idea. It’s a waste of time to me and to the photographer if they don’t hint at what a typical wedding shoot costs. At least if you post your prices and it’s ‘around’ the budget amount…even a bit higher, I’m more likely to stick around and look through your images. If you are charging 6k and upwards for a basic wedding day shoot, I’m going to move onto the next photographer, because that is over my budget..you know? 

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