Post # 122
I’ll be 100% honest, in most cases when a photographer doesn’t list a price it is because it’s a ” if you have to ask, you don’t want to know” scenario. They probably are of a price that if your budget isn’t super healthy you probably won’t be booking them. It’s a conscious decision to weed out folks who have to ask the price. It’s not snobby or looking down on anyone. It’s a business and reality decision. Most folks don’t have budgets that start at $5000+. I didnt when I got married! Also, I understand that some people resent the term ” investment”. As someone who truly sees hiring a good professional photographer as an ” investment” I couldn’t disagree more. I sincerely hope that my clients see their wedding images as something that does gain value as the years go on. As you have children, grandchildren and so on the value of your wedding images, even if that “value” is sentiment grows each time you pull them out to show a new generation. I believe that all the sentimental cliches are true. Your wedding photos/album are your first family heirloom. That’s a great investment to me!
Post # 123
yes, will like to know if they are within my budget
Post # 124
Honestly, if I can’t find the prices, or at the very least a starting point, I nix that person/company from my list, dismissing them as too expensive for me. “
Post # 125
To your first point (ie being too expensive): not necessarily. Now granted, I’m from a different country, however, I found there was little correlation between whether a photographer listed their prices, and how expensive they were; some very expensive ones had their prices clearly on their website; other cheapers ones didn’t.
To your second re photos as an ‘investment’: they just aren’t, and if I see a photographer referring to them as such I inwardly roll my eyes. My photos will not gain in financial value; and to me, that is what an ‘investment’ is.
I appreciate that, along with the rings (and my shoes), they will be the only thing that ‘lasts’ after the wedding; hence why about 15% of our budget has gone on photography and an album. But caling them an ‘investment’? No, they aren’t.
Post # 126
it may totally be regional. I am in canada and a lack of pricing is pretty synonymous with a higher price. Agree to disagree on investment. My desire is that my clients see their wedding photos as an investment in their memories. I’ve had many clients say it the best investment they have made so I know there are many couples who feel that way. I think we many differ on the definition of an investment. When I work out every day I consider that an investment in my health.
an act of devoting time, effort, or energy to a particular undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.
“the time spent in attending the seminar is an investment in our professional futures”
this definition of “investment” is what I refer to. I want clients thinking of the money they spend on wedding photography to truly be an investment. Both of their money and time and effort.
Post # 127
@sillygoat: When I was searching for a wedding photographer and they didn’t have prices, or at least starting prices, listed, I didn’t even bother contacting them. It’s a pain in my butt to have to try to wriggle prices from someone. I found, even when I did email to get info, photogs usually wanted to meet with me to discuss pricing. Sorry but both of us have better things to do with our time.
Post # 128
IMO, you are wasting both the bride’s and your time by not posting your prices. When I see vendors (most wedding vendors other than catering and stuff like that) that dont list their prices I dont even look. My wedding budget is not very large so if I fell in love with your work and decided that you were the person I wanted to be my photographer than found that it will cost way over my budget (as 2600 is WAYY over my budget) I would be hurt and annoyed that I had my heart set on something and wasted my time on a photographer that I couldnt afford.
Post # 129
@sillygoat: i’d at least give a range (wedding packages range from $2000-$2800 or whatever)
Post # 130
I think its a good idea to post atleast what most of the photographers Ive contacted do….which is basically bridal packages start at XXXX some will put that they can work a package around a budget some dont, i usually assume the ones that dont put that are going to be really firm with prices….
I know alot of photographers think *and i mean thisin the nicest way*….that if I bride can talk to you and get emotionally vested in you that we will change our budget to make it work….Believe me! Ive had photographers try that….but I REFUSE to pay more for photography then I did my first car which was $5k….no matter how special my wedding day is….because i just can not afford it…
plus stating your base point can help a budget lady from falling in love with you and your work….before finding out that you are double or tripple their photography budget….which can lead to alot of heart break….
Post # 131
agreed esp. if you are down between 2 and one lists price and is in your budget and really good, but the other is your dream photog, and dosent list prices, makes you wait several talks in to give up the pricing info…but you start commiting to the one with out prices and then find out they are over budget then try and grab the first option only to find out someone else snatched them up for your date, and now your at square one….
thats happened to me twice now…i had one gal tell me she was a “budget friendly” wedding photographer….and her packages were oh ya know between 3K-6K dollars! I fell off my chair….her idea of budget and mine are SOO differnt….
Post # 132
I agree. Plus I never want to couple to over spend their budget no matter how much they like me or my work. It causes stress, resentments and often the feeling that because you overspent you need to get every pennies worth. I want people that are comfortable and happy with what they spend!
Post # 133
i absolutely would not even give a photographer the time of day with no prices listed. and quite frankly, not many brides are millionaires where money was no object. clearly this is something that bothers so many customers. i personally feel there is just too much competition out here to be snooty with prices.
Post # 134
You are certainly the exception to the norm. I’m not saying brides are stupid and can’t make decisions. Every photographer has different time requirements for how long they need for certain things. I personally can execute family formals in 15-20 minutes, tops. I know many photographers who require at least 30 minutes or longer for family formals. A bride (or other photographer) is not going to know how much time to allocate to certain things because every photographer is different.
I’ve had brides allocate way too much time for certain things, and then there goes an hour of money out the window when it could have been put to better use somewhere else.
I could easily oversell packages to brides and give them more coverage than they need just to make more money. I could insist that there is no possibly way their event could be properly covered without 10+ hours of coverage for a thousand extra dollars. I prefer to help couples find the package that best fits their needs, because I would never want to see a couple regret how much money they spent – or choose a less expereinced photographer because they needed to save money.
And yes, you’d be surprised some of the crazy reasons brides have chosen certain photographers over another. I’ve seen brides choose photographer A over B (who is better) because A charged $100 less and gives you an 8×10 print – even though they also go a disk of images that they could have printed themselves.
Post # 135
@sillygoat: If prices aren’t listed, I expect the photographer to at least be able to email me a price list quickly upon my asking. I prefer that the prices be listed online, but if they aren’t and I have to email to ask, I expect a price quote to be returned that day. Otherwise, I feel that they are playing games and will take my business elsewhere.
We will be spending about $3,000 for our photographer and that includes a DVD of all images, 5 hours of photography on the wedding day, and a trash the dress photo shoot on a separate date. Our photographer was recommended by the Rtz-Carlton, and a portion of his fees are covered by our wedding package. I believe he has a special rate with the resort.
Our Ritz-Carlton wedding planner was a huge influence in our selection of a photographer, as she sent us information on 6-7 photographers that the resort has worked with in the past that clients loved. To be honest, I didn’t even look at prices until after I chose the photographer I liked best. His work stood out immediaty as soulful, authentic, and beautiful. Had his prices been outrageous I may have considered another option, but fortunately there was no need. Pricing was the secondary point of consideration for us.
Post # 136
@sillygoat: I agree with the other ladies that if I can’t at least find a starting point, then I would move on. There are so many photographers that were WAY out of my price range and I hated wasting time emailing photographers (and wasting theirs) when they were 4x what I wanted to pay.