Post # 1
So my husband and I run this photo business. [link removed] He is the photographer and I do the bookings and follow ups. I just wanted to get some opinions about our website and the pics we have on there.
Also we set our pricing low, start at 900 for 6 hours but we are in Vegas and we compete with all the chapels here in town. What I want to know is: Does a bride dissmiss a photographer because pricing is too low? Does a bride determine that one photographer is better than another because their price is higher than the other? Do you think my pricing is too low? Too high?
Be nice please
Post # 3
lots of brides can’t afford the high end photographers because of their outrageous fees. so i think you get a lot of customers because you fit their budget. and then if you are good as the more expensive ones, hopefully they will write good reviews!
Post # 4
No, I wouldn’t dismiss due to low pricing. For me, I determine the photographer based on quality and whether or not I can afford to hire them. If the artistry and craftsmanship is there on top of a great price, I will certainly book! I don’t know if your pricing is too low or high for your area. I’m in Northern Cali and photographer prices here seem to range from $1000-$3000 for a decent package. Good luck in your business!
Post # 5
I wouldn’t dismiss a photographer for that, but you could address it by mentioning on your page how/why you keep your prices low.
Personally, I chose my local photogrpaher based on the pictures in their web page and reviews I found on line.
Post # 6
Thank you for the feedback. We have been discussing this for a few days and we have not been able to completly agree.
Post # 7
I certainly would not dismiss a photographer for lower fees – I welcome them!
It’s all about the pictures on the website, the website itself, how they communicate and online reviews.
Advice (viewed using IE7.0 ):
- You could space out your services list a bit, there is a lot of unused space under the list
- Have a link to a full wedding portfolio – many brides are advised to view all the photos a photographer took of one wedding. That way they are seeing that the photographers can take beautiful photos all day, rather than just picking out their best ones for the website. I understand that having all of that on the website would make it huge, so perhaps have a link to a FlickR account or similar?
- Have your pricing on the website! Many brides have said that they dismiss any photographers who do not list their pricing on the website. Also, state if you are flexible. Do you make brides buy an album? Can a bride have less hours? etc
- List your service on the website. How many hours? How many photos? Full rights? etc etc This is SUPER important. I don’t want to have to email you to find this sort of stuff out. If you don’t have it on the website then I won’t email you.
- Some brides don’t like music that automatically plays when the website opens because they are looking at the site at work
- The scrolling under “About” is very slow and annoying. Can you link it to the mouse scroll wheel or at least add a bar so that you don’t just have to use the arrows?
- The site itself looks very nice – awesome stuff!
Hope that helps!
Post # 8
You should be setting your prices based on your business model. That is the most common mistake for newbies, they don’t price their services based on what they need to make to run a successful business. There are websites that can help you determine all of your overhead costs (many of which you will probably not consider at first).
There are people out there that want to pay 500 dollars 5,000 dollars, and 15,000 dollars plus for photos. Typically when someone has a budget, around the market price in the area they don’t look at budget photographers.
Prices reflect your talent, popularity and how busy you are (what people are willing to pay). If you are charging 900 bucks and are booked a yr in advance, you are selling yourself short. If no one comes calling, then you have to rethink your marketing strategy. Low prices typically mean lower quality to most people. However, their are exceptions, and some very talented people just starting out and we all have to start somewhere. In those cases, your priority should be to get out of that “budget’ sector as fast as possible and get up to the normal market pricing most of the pro’s in your area are in.
By The Way it’s against the rules to advertise your website, you may want to remove the link before your thread is deleted.