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I hear this write up is extremely good. I haven't had a chance to read it, but I hear it is very helpful.

www.stacyreeves.com/greatestpricingguideever.pdf
NorthernMinnesotaPhoto 10 years ago
It's a complicated answer, but back in 2002, my old boss Professional Photographer / Lawyer (he couldn't decide what to be when he grew up) said " If your not charging $425/Hr, your not making it". The customer only sees the time you spend with them, not the years of making mistakes (and learning from them) that came before their photo shoot. Recently, I have seen postings that say "Hire a Student" for your wedding, after all "Anybody can take a picture" If that was mind set was true, I guess that you can take your car to the local High School shop class for all your required transmission work?

Personally, I work from the belief that your only as good as your last picture. And just because you can take a mean sunset shot, doesn't mean your ready for High Key Portraits.

In ending, Yes their IS good money to be made from Professional Wedding Photography. But screwing up someone's wedding photography because you didn't have the gut's, training, experience, equipment and ability to put it all together to create a product that your Peers could be proud of, is a poor excuse for a photographer to make.
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Not sure if you are directing that toward me, I certainly hope not. I have no intentions of moving into Wedding photography now and probably not in the future. I posted this as information to those that may be looking to go that direction.
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
This idea of pricing is all fine and good, but experience level DOES count, mainly because if you provide a product that does not meet the expectation of your clients, you won't be in business very long without a boat-load of luck. If you charge a big bucket of $$ for any kind of photography, you better be able to deliver!

So, for starting out, one should price their packages (in full or ala carte) reasonably and make gradual increases with experience and feedback from clients until you can get $425/hr.

Yes, don't understate your talent in your pricing, but also don't think that you can start off your first gig at $3000, either.

I don"t know if this is accurate, but, yes, I did read NMP's comments to be a bit pointed toward Shawn, too. Let's just try to be careful how we say things in this very inefficient system of communication.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
"Recently, I have seen postings that say "Hire a Student" for your wedding, after all "Anybody can take a picture" If that was mind set was true, I guess that you can take your car to the local High School shop class for all your required transmission work?"

Jim,

When I read this, all I see is, "Get off my lawn!" That is, an appeal to seniority.

I know that this can't possibly be what you mean, unless you believe that young, creative photographers need to keep their darn mouths shut until they have 20 years of professional experience. In which case, we're really not gong to see eye-to-eye.

So, what DO you mean, here?

Jason
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Drew C 10 years ago
good thing i dont shoot landscapes or i woulda felt the comment was commin' my way!
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N. Lindstrom Photo Posted 10 years ago. Edited by N. Lindstrom Photo (admin) 10 years ago
Edit** Neither. : )
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Akatzmarkphotography 10 years ago
From someone who isnt actively seeking work right now, I am just going to keep my mouth shut except for this..

Offen I see " The Big Wigs" with huge color cast, muddy b/w, oof and more.. Sometimes I think "the big guys" dont give "the little guys" the credit they deserve.
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maxcaven 10 years ago
You gotta start somewhere. I don't think anyone can start off doing weddings at 1k+, not solo anyway.
NorthernMinnesotaPhoto 10 years ago
Sorry Shawn, my rant was in no way pointed towards you! I value you as fellow photographer with excellent photography skills.
I don't who is or isn't a student photographer here, I'm sorry if I came out too strong!
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