This post has been a long time coming. I actually did mean to post this session last fall, but the I ended up using one of the images from this shoot (not featured in this post) for a competition, and when you do that kind of thing, you need to be careful about posting it, because you never know if one of the judges may or may not have perused your blog at one point in time or another on accident. If they had already seen an image before it was presented for competition, they would have to recuse themselves from judging the image. That’s bad.
I actually don’t think that any of the PPA competition judges have actually looked at my website, let alone my blog, BUT better safe than sorry, right?
This was purely a shoot for fun. I did plan it with the intention of shooting something for competition (I need to work on that more), but really, it was just an excuse to find a lovely model and stick her in a dress for some photos.
On that note, let’s move on to a completely different topic. If you ever happen to peruse my site, you may notice that my information page is currently under construction. Something about adjusting my 2017-2018 prices.
It’s exactly how it sounds. I’m significantly re-working my packages and prices to better fit my financial requirements and give you (the potential client) more value in my products.
What does that mean exactly?
It simply means this: Prices are going up. Way up. Don’t be scared.
My previous packages consisted a lot of “bare bones” products. I was basically finding the cheapest way to give you the cheapest product, and cutting a lot of corners to do it. By cutting corners, I mean, not pricing things fairly for myself and the time I put in to each client’s package. The reality of the situation was that I wasn’t going to make any kind of money with the prices I had before. I was ok with that for a time. Circumstances have changed. Side Note: I don’t think most clients (especially the ones here in Utah) understand what it takes to create quality images AND quality prints, so they get sticker shock when they see just how much it costs. I get it. I really do. But I don’t begrudge the photographers out there that charge way less or way more than they should. Everyone’s circumstances are going to be different and they need to do what they know is best for them.
So! Let’s talk about how this is going to play out!
How does the increase in prices affect me, the photographer?
I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but I have a Day Job that I work most days. I’m not going to go into details as to what it is, because that doesn’t really matter. The highlights are this: It pays decently, and I get to choose the hours I work. Pretty cushy, right? 😉 I love The Day Job, and I’m not planning on giving it up any time soon. Having children will dictate how much I can work it, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. What I’m trying to get at here is if I book a session that occupies hours that I would normally work at The Day Job, then I need to be charging prices that would make it worth my time to not work at The Day Job, and joyously come and photograph a client. If I am photographing a session, retouching photos, building albums, ordering prints, that all needs to be priced accordingly so that in the long run, I’m gaining a profit, or AT LEAST breaking even for the time not spent at The Day Job. I hope that makes sense, whether you agree with me or not.
So…how does this affect you, the potential client?
I’m just going to say it, some of you are going to be disappointed. Sorry. Kristen’s gotta put bread on the table, but she also likes butter on her bread, so if she can get money for butter, she will.
The increase is going to be the biggest disappointment, because let’s face it, this is Utah: Land of the “Let’s get the cheapest thing possible”. Ok, that sounded bitter, but in all honesty (and remember, I can say this because I already have a main source of income) ya’ll are cheap. It’s ok. Do what’s best for you, just don’t gripe to me for charging prices that help feed my family and pay rent. Another Side Note: That’s really what it comes down to when other photographers are charging prices that a client may think is ridiculous. Mouths to feed, bills to pay. Otherwise know as MAKING A LIVING.
The other disappointment is that I’m not going to be nearly as available as I was before. I will be reserving certain days for certain types of shoots. You’ll find out what days for what shoots when I post the new page. If our schedules don’t match up, then that’s that.
Good news is, that’s it for the “let-downs.” I’d go in to detail on the upside of this change, but I’m going to save that for when I finally post my new packages and prices, so keep an eye out for it. 😉
In the meantime, enjoy the yummy fall colors that away you down that way. (V_V)