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First off, I apologize if this is covered elsewhere... My wife is a photographer (I'm a helper). She mainly does engagements and senior photos, and has also done a lot of head shots in the past. Last May, we were begged to shoot a friends wedding, which we did. We did it for the cost of our equipment rentals (couple of lenses, flashes, and a body) so essentially, for free.
Anyway, under the current business model, she shoots photos, posts all keepers to a gallery and lets the couple/senior decide which pictures they want edited. The package determines the # of pictures chosen. Once they choose their 25, or however many, we then edit, put on CD, provide print release, and make web copies as well.
The problem, this is the only way we know how to do business. With the wedding, we did just this. Had about 400 or so photos, bride and groom chose about 75 or so, we edited and gave them a disc.
The photos that were posted on my wifes blog went bananas. We get 5-10 inquiries per week about shooting weddings, and the inquiries are growing. Largely because she gets a lot of engagements, and those customers want us to do their wedding as well.
We've come up with a pricing scheme and are going to try 5-7 weddings this year, IF we can get this one piece figured out... final, edited pictures. To be honest, I feel the model we currently use is garbage for a wedding. We post a few hundred photos in a gallery and tell the B&G that they have to choose 100? First off, 100 out of 500 seems to little, second off it will take forever for them to choose, plus all of the back and forth as they change their minds. This is not something I envision as going smoothly.
However, my wife doesn't want to post a gallery of keepers, and then we arbitrarily choose the ones we think are best, and tell the best story, only to have our choices conflict with what the couple would have chosen (this is something I feel would happen even if they did the choosing themselves). Anyway, how do you folks recommend handling this? Packages that contain a certain amount of photos that the customer chooses to have edited, or just using our own creative touch to decide for them. If the latter is the case, then do you post all of the keepers to a gallery and edit a certain # of those to be used in the album, or for prints, etc, or do you only post the ones that you are editing and not all of the keepers.
This is something that we are struggling with mightily at this point, and we feel that once we get beyond this, then we can have a good idea of what to expect on our end, as well as what expectations to give our customers.
Any help/insight/info would greatly be appreciated!