Post # 1
My cousin’s wife recently started her own photography company, if you can really even call it that. She has a website and basically that’s it. I am getting my E-pics done by my wedding photog in SC, but thought it might be nice to hire her to take more E-pics (one because FH and I have hardly any pictures together and I would really like some done in my hometown and 2 I know she needs the business). I sent her a FB message asking what her price would be for about 1 hour of her time and a CD of the pics. She sent me a quote back of 500.00!!!!!!! Is she CRAZY?! She is a new photographer, no actual training and her pics are really only so/so. My professional photog doesn’t even charge that much. I haven’t responded to her yet because I really don’t know what to say, I know I can hire a professional in my area that will be way better and way cheaper, but I don’t want to piss off family by not hiring her. Advice?
Post # 3
Don’t hire her. Send her a reply thanking her for the quote and stating that you won’t be using her services. If she asks why, say she’s too pricey.
Post # 4
I would respond with an honest statement.
“wow that is a beat steep for me. The other photographers that I have looked at in the area charge $X amount.”
And I would leave it open ended to see how she responds.
That is really absurd and I wonder where she got her pricing from?
Post # 5
Honesty is best. She’s too expensive. Try to do somebody a favor, huh? lol
Post # 6
She’s lost it. That’s too expensive for a photog even if they aren’t a novice. She needs to develop a reputation first, then maybe increase her prices. As a jumping off point, she shouldn’t charge much at all! Yikes. I don’t know if your family would be upset with you if you just said, “I’m so sorry, we’d really like to be able to work with you but we just can’t afford that right now”. It doesn’t seem like something unreasonable to say to me!
Post # 7
Wow. Really amazing, established photogs in big cities charge less than that for 2 hour shoots. Ours was $350 for 2 hours with 100% edited images on a DVD with release rights…in BOSTON. And she’s very sought after. She’s crazy if she thinks she can build a successful business charging people that.
Post # 8
You might be honestly helping her out to let her know she is overcharging. Load your reply up with sweetness but still get the point across that she is too expensive.
Post # 9
I agree with @FMM: you should let her know that you’ve checked prices with other Established photographers and their rates are $xx-xxx for such and such and leave it at that. Then she will have to know that her prices are WAY out of line-that way it lets you off the hook for the crazy price she asked for-and you help her “business” by letting her know that she won’t get ANY business when asking for that much $$$.
Post # 10
@Jennifer and Crayfish – I know right! Freaking Crazy!
I just sent her this FB message:
Wow! That’s a little more than I was wanting to spend. I was thinking that since you’re just starting out your prices would be a little less expensive. I think we’re going to have to go with someone else. Before I remembered that you had started your business I looked into a few other Photographers and they charge around $100 to $200.00 for the same thing.
That was the main part. She also has 5 kids so I put in a few other paragraphs asking about them etc. to try and make it sound better. We’ll see what she says. Thanks for the help ladies!
Post # 11
I wonder if it wasn’t a typo and maybe she added an extra zero? I think your FB reply was a good way to go about it though. It totally gives her the ability to let you know that it either was a typo, or to adjust her rate to something more reasonable. 500 is crazy.
Ours was 150 for 90 minutes and a DVD with rights released. She even photoshoped a couple pictures for me.
Post # 12
Wow…that is expensive. I definitely wouldn’t book with her either. I like the message that you sent back to her about her prices. Hopefully she’ll realize that she’s charging too much!
Post # 13
- Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas
Wow! Our photographer doesn’t even charge that much for e-photo sessions and she’s been in business for years!
Post # 14
Yeah, our engagement session with proofs was $280, and our photographer is amazing and quite experienced (and only does 5 weddings per year so pretty in demand)
Post # 15
Wow that is almost half of what our wedding photos will be w/a professional who is established, DVD, photoshopping select photos and owning the rights to our pictures. I think she is crazy to think as a newbie she can charge that much!
Post # 16
wow, she just doesnt “get it”… some photogs charge that, but they are like award winning, been in the business a long time, etc… new photogs charge very little until they build up a portfolio. I think you handled it well.