Inku Yo wrote:
Inku Yo wrote:
D. Diggler wrote:
There's a class war going on against people with money.
If the people with money would start paying their fair share in this world they wouldn't be warred on. The rich *******s bring it on themselves.
You seem like a great guy to talk politics with
From my own anecdotal experience, I have had to deal with less and less hagglers and "jerks" the more I raise my prices. Those poor ******s bring it on themselves.
And you book enough jobs at your higher rates to live a comfortable life on, or is it just a part time endeavor for you ? I'm always interested in hearing from photographer who charge higher rates on what they make per year. Im not being sarcastic or anything, it's just that in my region, there's so much competition and everyone is always undercutting everyone else, if you don't "deal", you dont get the work. If you stick to your high prices, you starve.
Now if it's ONLY a part time gig, you can hold out for your price and if you only shoot one wedding every couple of months, it's no big deal because you have other income to get you by. I wish I had that deal going on in my life.
this have been discussed many times, but you cannot starve if you shoot high end weddings. At worst case you have too much time in your hands in which you can do whatever you want to do and people with so many skills required to be high end wedding photographers rarely have issue to sell their excessive time to get minimum moneys they need to live appropriately.
The only way to starve is to shoot cheap weddings. You end up with lot of work, not enough moneys and no time to do any way up. Undercutting is also no problem in art market. Because you can be undercut only if you are replaceable.
Not everyone can be a high end wedding shooter. What percentage of photographers would YOU say are high end wedding photographers ? What's wrong with servicing the mid to low end wedding client ? If one is bringing in enough money to live off of, what's wrong with that ?
Yeah, nothing wrong with that... it just seemed like you were frustrated in another post. Seemed like you wanted to be "high end" but couldn't get there due to the "undercutters."
Oh no...lol....no way would I ever be high end....i dont have the skills or talent for that...im happy servicing the low to mid range bride......along with shooting family portraits, grads and some business and commercial, i can bring in enough revenue to get by on.....wish I could be high end....but im a realist and know where my ducks lie.
I think it's great that you understand who you are and where your talents are, but that shouldn't prevent you from trying to achieve higher goals. When I started shooting weddings, I didn't say, "I can't wait to be a middle-of-the-road wedding photographer." I knew when I got into this, I wanted to be among the best of the best. I still have a long way to go, but if you reach for the stars, you'll land on the moon.
I totally understand what you're saying. But i compare it to a sports figure. We train, we learn, we strive, but in the end, we can only attain a certain level of success due to our limitations. We can't all be Kobe Bryant. There are always the bench players. I'm a bench player. Of course I wanted to be a star, but after many years realized "that ain't happening". So I try to be the best that I can with what I have.