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| p.8 #9 · To the higher end shooters... |
Again, I wasn't criticizing others' operations, I'm just giving my view/opinion. As Inku Yo said, it's the images that are worth they money. I don't think the sub $1k range is cheap, I think it's reasonable for what I offer. I don't claim to be an artist or the best photographer. I'm just the business man that wants to provide an overall photographic experience that is right for the consumer. I, personally would have loved if a service provider would have offered up decent images, friendly photographers, and a good price. If I wanted the top of the top, I would have specifically booked them separate from the rest of my wedding vendors. I'm not saying that a high-end business can't be successful, I just saying that the crappy photography business can be just as successful. While it's true that $5-6k for a photographer is not high-end, it's a little higher than the industry average which is currently $2186. With weddings now costing an average of $26989, that's about an 8% share of the total cost of a wedding. A lot of people will end up having lower costing weddings for about $10-15k which is the market I'm aiming for. Spending 10% of their expenses on photography is the value that I would prefer to give them. It's just the kind of person and photographer I am to give that kind of pricing. It's not bucking the trend or even pricing myself out of the market. It's just that it's the kind of value that I prefer to give to those that want cheaper alternatives. I just cover expenses, keep customers happy, and make some money off of the business to keep things going. I'm not looking to be a superstar photographer or even a superstar businessman. When I say crappy photography, I mean acceptable images that just lack that really high quality that is exhibited by the average in the business. There can be a number of things wrong such as awkward tilts, over/under exposure, fingers on the lens, unclean lenses leading to artifacts, over processing, crummy skin smoothing, crummy processing, wrong white balance, etc..... People still make a business out of these photographs and those are the kind of people I want to put out of business. That includes the 2 photogs that took pretty bad photos during my wedding. I'm not saying that all high-end photographers try to ransom your photos with crummy "extras" packages, it's just that my wedding was a specific case. I'm a FT Photog right now but only PT with weddings since I have some extra time. So I am making money but I'm not looking to strike it rich.