I had SO much fun doing this video, even I learned a lot about what the market is currently like. I was surprised so many people were offering free web albums like I do, and noticed many people are scrapping the whole down payment fee’s thing. It’s riskier if they cancel last minute, but will bring more business.
Money for value is the whole key here. There is nothing wrong with a $100 first time photographer using a crop sensor camera as long as you are ok with the quality you will receive from it, it’s a personal choice.
My goal here was to help you see the full spectrum of choices on a scale so you know what you are getting for is fair.
Many photographers fell just shy of the $2000 mark yet their retouching work varied from beginner to advanced. Watch and learn how I tell the difference.
Why don’t photographers share their prices online?
Two reasons I think:
1) They are new and not sure what to charge, they are more interesting in getting business than making money. Classic Enthusiast!
2) They are Professional and don’t want to scare away customers early on with a higher price. Seasoned salesmanship.. Pull them in, butter them up and make the pitch once you have them in the palm of your hand.
Both are fine tactics but I personally like to tailor my prices per customer since I feel my work will always outshine my price in the end.