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Thread: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

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    Default Re: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by Belle&Sebastain View Post
    Can't buy anything at 9Frames with $200. to rent the gears would have set us back at least $400-500 per shoot.
    heh... unfortunately, most people dun give a damn. like huggable's case, i was expected to drive myself, and the bridal entourage.... for free.
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    Default Re: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

    Oh well, I felt so exploited after the morning/afternoon events. The couple busted their AD budget on studio shots by over 1k, and asked me to be "upgraded" to main photographer from the initial agreement of "help-out" photographer. Out of my helpful self, I agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75 View Post
    heh... unfortunately, most people dun give a damn. like huggable's case, i was expected to drive myself, and the bridal entourage.... for free.

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    Default Re: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

    Maybe that's why the boutique lady boss looked so unhappy. I didn't give them extra biz on additional shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75 View Post
    heh... unfortunately, most people dun give a damn. like huggable's case, i was expected to drive myself, and the bridal entourage.... for free.
    wah! tat bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winsonapm View Post
    Hi Nic,

    Think big and you'll find a way to grow big, think rich and grow rich too (buying big sweep is a way too). You'll find a way to get rich clients or prospects that can appreciate your worth. If you're asking for $888 package and market yourself as "value for money" professional, a prospect with a $5K or $10K budget would not even take a look at how creative or great your portfolio is.

    To be positioned as a premium photographer, you would need:
    1) A track record of good works
    2) A list of happy and satisfied clients that are singing praises in forums and amongst friends
    3) A good marketing network
    4) Clients that is willing to pay.

    There will be many out there that can add on to the “must have” list, but it starts with the photographer whom decides to charge right first.

    Excellent advice.

    A lot just stuck at 1 and 2 but forgot about evolving and improving... then 3 and 4 would come.
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    Default Re: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

    Quote Originally Posted by nightwolf75 View Post
    heh... wat if i tell u most of my frens expect me to shoot for free cos we are frens?

    thank god i dun have to earn my bread fm shooting... which is why i really respect people who do.
    ouch, really? they don't offer to pay at all? maybe you should be like me and keep whining about how expensive everything is..."this lens, $2k. that one, $3k. the camera i want to buy, $5k. expensive hor?" haha

    i have people asking me if i shoot weddings, and how much i charge...

    too bad i always have to tell them sorry i don't do weddings cos i don't want to spoil their big day... haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by antacid View Post
    ouch, really? they don't offer to pay at all? maybe you should be like me and keep whining about how expensive everything is..."this lens, $2k. that one, $3k. the camera i want to buy, $5k. expensive hor?" haha

    i have people asking me if i shoot weddings, and how much i charge...

    too bad i always have to tell them sorry i don't do weddings cos i don't want to spoil their big day... haha
    honestly, wedding photography is still very underated as far as most people are concern. I try to look at everything in the longer term. I would love to llok back at the great little wedding where I married my wife 20 years from now and see, wow rather than snapshots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belle&Sebastain View Post
    honestly, wedding photography is still very underated as far as most people are concern. I try to look at everything in the longer term. I would love to llok back at the great little wedding where I married my wife 20 years from now and see, wow rather than snapshots.
    The under-rated one is the actual day wedding photography. I've met couples who rather splurge on their pre-wedding pictures and don't mind spending $15k to do an overseas shoot. But when it comes to their actual day wedding that they've spent 2 years and $100k + to prepare, their budget allocation for actual day photography is $1k.

    Perceptions and mindset. Looks like we've got a lot to do to educate the clients

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    I think there is nothing much to educate couples..
    As everyone will have their own preferences and their priorities in life..

    There are some people who just simple ROM, 1 table at Tunglok with parents...
    gave birth and live happily everafter..

    I know of some people who felt that pre-wedding photos are very corny, and hence just wanna take actual day journalistic-style shots..
    There are also others who love certain pre-wedding style...and not spend on actual day as they felt...no one will see AD shots after the big night..

    Just different preferences, really dont think we can tell one what to do, and not to do..

    and of course, if all couples love to spend...
    Thats good news for everyone in here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by grainpixel View Post
    I think there is nothing much to educate couples..
    As everyone will have their own preferences and their priorities in life..

    There are some people who just simple ROM, 1 table at Tunglok with parents...
    gave birth and live happily everafter..

    I know of some people who felt that pre-wedding photos are very corny, and hence just wanna take actual day journalistic-style shots..
    There are also others who love certain pre-wedding style...and not spend on actual day as they felt...no one will see AD shots after the big night..

    Just different preferences, really dont think we can tell one what to do, and not to do..

    and of course, if all couples love to spend...
    Thats good news for everyone in here...

    That so right

    I think what Stephen means is that alot of couples still do not know that wedding photography as a whole is evolving and the current works of lots of talented photographers are still in the woods with the general public.

    If we enpower the public the works of wedding photography could be more than the mindsets of what they will preceive, maybe more will learn to enjoy and appricate our craft.
    Last edited by Belle&Sebastain; 3rd October 2007 at 11:17 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckuang View Post
    Actually I believe the rates. People like Chris Ling and Andrew Choi are quoting in excess of 10k on their websites, so it seems very plausible that hourly rates can break the 1k mark. Hoping to do so as well by end of year.
    andrew choi shot my pre-wedding pics and the rates is definately not above the 1k mark lah

    I find his rates very flexible. For me and my wife bery cheap, for my sis-in-law very expensive

    dunno why also, must be me and my wife very handsome and beautiful

    but the AD rates are really very expensive. I remember asking chris ling why the AD so expensive, he says he have to spend like more than 2x the time on AD compared to pre-wedding.
    Last edited by wind30; 3rd October 2007 at 03:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wind30 View Post
    but the AD rates are really very expensive. I remember asking chris ling why the AD so expensive, he says he have to spend like more than 2x the time on AD compared to pre-wedding.
    From the POV of photography:

    1) Uncontrolled venue, versus luxurious choice of venue for pre-weddings.
    2) Uncontrolled pacing
    3) Very little control over lighting (This is key, as photography is all about light)
    4) Split-second decision making often necessary
    5) Long hours, often very little break. (I'm still recovering from dehydration from the last wedding.)
    6) Unfavourable shooting conditions - clutter, space constraints, people blocking the lens, backlight...
    7) Very little time - yes, long hours, yet little time because events are packed back to back
    8) Need to be a lot more diplomatic and people-oriented, as subjects are a whole load more
    9) Not exactly photography, but for some weddings, wedding photographers need to double-up as advisors for BnG as they're often the one with the most experience in terms of knowing what to do in various situations. This can be distract the photographer from the main job.
    10) I can go on actually. But I'll leave it open.

    I can also go into why AD photography should be more expensive from the POV of brides and grooms, but that'll sound like a sales pitch when pushed here even if it were sincere.

    I would want to shoot a wedding where costs is not an issue. I will set up lights where I want at the various venues, have assistants and additional shooters to control the lights, equipment and manage the flow of events to reduce the loss of photography opportunities. But even at 1k/hr, it's not worth doing that. AD weddings are not 'easy' to shoot, as perceived by so many people, including some of the practitioners who place so little value in their craft. Was it Jerry Ghionis who said 'if you can shoot a wedding well, you can shoot anything'? I can't agree more. I just wish local practitioners would place more value in their craft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shinken View Post
    From the POV of photography:

    1) Uncontrolled venue, versus luxurious choice of venue for pre-weddings.
    2) Uncontrolled pacing
    3) Very little control over lighting (This is key, as photography is all about light)
    4) Split-second decision making often necessary
    5) Long hours, often very little break.
    6) Unfavourable shooting conditions - clutter, space constraints, people blocking the lens, backlight...
    7) Very little time - yes, long hours, yet little time because events are packed back to back
    8) Need to be a lot more diplomatic and people-oriented, as subjects are a whole load more
    9) Not exactly photography, but for some weddings, wedding photographers need to double-up as advisors for BnG as they're often the one with the most experience in terms of knowing what to do in various situations. This can be distract the photographer from the main job.
    10) I can go on actually. But I'll leave it open.
    To put it bluntly, who's the one who have cheapened the actual day photographer? Or should I say, in the way most relatives and friends would brand us, "CAMERAMEN"

    On record, I've got a whole list of stuffs in the contract that put things to my favour, like I don't take request on what to shoot from relatives, friends and even the bride and groom. If they want group shots, they can do it themselves or hire my 2nd photographer. As well as things like no guarantee any particular shots can be taken even (comeon, it's a 'Live' event).

    Not that I'm being unhelpful, but when it comes to the wedding advisor part, I do tell them that my role is to record the event faithfully, so even if you make a big boo-boo on your wedding day, I'll keep my mouth shut and capture the boo-boos. Afterall, everyone now wants Photojournalistic style photography right?

    I might have gone a little OT, but my point is, how you want to be treated or valued, is somehow tied to your pricing. Those who are paying low probably don't value your time anyway to begin with.

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    Default Re: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

    Ok, maybe this post would be really off topic, but I was just reading through a lot of the posts on this thread and I thought I would write a little about the increasing wedding photography rates.

    I read a lot of "If the client doesn't want to pay they probably don't value your time etc,etc" Can I say that this while true to some extent, is not always the case. Sometimes clients just have a budget they are unable to cross no matter how much they love your work. For example, I would love to have Huy or Jose Villa shoot my wedding, but the sad fact is that I just can't afford to have them shoot my wedding. It's not that I wouldn't pay them what they're asking. The money is simply not there in the bank account.

    The sad irony is that for those who can pay sometimes don't even value your work because they might have so much money that even if you charge high, it's just money to them and that they have plenty of.

    It's my belief that it's always easy to make a lot of money, just shoot for really really wealthy people all the time and give them what they want with no regards to your own style.

    It's really easy to be happy, just shoot for people who love your work with no regards to your own overheads and just shoot your style.

    I personally think the toughest thing to do is to shoot the way you want to but be paid a lot of money to do so. And that is where to me signifies success as a photographer and a business person and I am still far from achieving that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckuang View Post

    It's my belief that it's always easy to make a lot of money, just shoot for really really wealthy people all the time and give them what they want with no regards to your own style.

    It's really easy to be happy, just shoot for people who love your work with no regards to your own overheads and just shoot your style.

    I personally think the toughest thing to do is to shoot the way you want to but be paid a lot of money to do so. And that is where to me signifies success as a photographer and a business person and I am still far from achieving that.
    So true. Can't have everything, balancing passion and bread-butter, especially with a much smaller high end market here, we can't really choose our clients (though we can do everything to attract the kind of clients we would love to shoot for).

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    Default Re: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

    After taking into consideration your effort on post processing, printing, sorting, album preparation and delivery, the net hourly charge will be lower. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by juggler View Post
    After taking into consideration your effort on post processing, printing, sorting, album preparation and delivery, the net hourly charge will be lower. Right?
    Yes it would.

    There are some who charge $800 to shoot 12 hours, throwing in post-processing and album making. Then spend five working days to post process, say, average of 3 hours a day. Then some time to send it for printing, and collect it from printing. Say 2 hours. And if $500 is part of an collage album 'package', then it includes the another 5 hours or so to put the album together.

    So 12 hour on the job (usually on weekends, where per hourly rate for many industries actually double), 15 hours post-process, 2 hours transport for album making, 5 hours for album making. We're looking at... 34 hours for $800. Cost of albums and prints not inclusive. Cost of equipment not inclusive. All other costs not inclusive, so to speak. For full-timers, throw in other overheads and costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shinken View Post
    Yes it would.

    There are some who charge $800 to shoot 12 hours, throwing in post-processing and album making. Then spend five working days to post process, say, average of 3 hours a day. Then some time to send it for printing, and collect it from printing. Say 2 hours. And if $500 is part of an collage album 'package', then it includes the another 5 hours or so to put the album together.

    So 12 hour on the job (usually on weekends, where per hourly rate for many industries actually double), 15 hours post-process, 2 hours transport for album making, 5 hours for album making. We're looking at... 34 hours for $800. Cost of albums and prints not inclusive. Cost of equipment not inclusive. All other costs not inclusive, so to speak. For full-timers, throw in other overheads and costs.
    If there are photographers doing the above quoted, they are doing it for fun and not for fund.
    No full time pro can survive on these rate or work, find a job and shoot as a hobby.
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    Default Re: Wedding Photography - How much do you charge? Part II

    I guess nett income should be at least 300-500 per wedding assignment in order to sustain oneself. Because it isn't realistic to expect that you have assignments every single day of the month.

    Anyway there are already alot of threads here that discuss on how to price oneself. Taking into account all overheads, costs, equipment replacement due to wear and tear, etc etc etc...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yatlapball View Post
    I guess nett income should be at least 300-500 per wedding assignment in order to sustain oneself. Because it isn't realistic to expect that you have assignments every single day of the month.
    With a nett income of 300-500, working in fast food restaurant is more profitable, not to mention the lower stress level and free from the risk of being sued till your pants drop if you mess up.

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