Well saidhow true. i really thank some of the pros who taught me how to price properly and when to reject customers.
a close relative of mine wanted to hire me and i told her that i charge $100/hr.
service required was 2 hours. so in total is 2 hours. just CD given at the end.
few days before shoot, she asked me if i can include an album for her, and do some shots of the event company(she got an event company to do her ROM) as portfolio. i told her that the pitures the event company needs to be used have to be charged extra.
she said she can't afford and wants everything at $200 and told me that the event will be of portfolio use to me.
i told her that i really can't do it at $200 for everything and in the end, guess what. she found someone for $200! prolly at least 4 hours of photography! an album! need to do some designs for the event company perhaps! and endless complaints to follow.
an advice i'll like to give the ppl who's starting out(not that i'm any pro or what), is that pricing urself cheaply is really not the way to go. if u price urself cheaply, ur client will really squeeze every cent out of you and, all your referrals will be of that price. don't grumble if all your clients come wanting you to shoot them at $200 for everything cos you brought it upon yourself.