Hey folks! This just goes to show that I’m still learning all the ins and outs of this culture too. When talking to some photography sources last night for input on my next article, they pointed out that the following ‘Red Flag’ was actually standard practice for professional photographers.
I’ve edited the original post, but wanted to share my clarifications here too, to make sure the maximum amount of people see it.
They ask for the full cost up front – EDITED As in, you have to pay a non-refundable, non-transferrable FULL AMOUNT before you even start shooting. Non refundable deposits are fine, that’s part of business to ensure that your client will, in fact, not cancel at the last minute and leave you without any money. But. When someone asks for the full amount, there’s no incentive for them to actually… do… anything. For you. Ever.
Edit! After speaking with one of my sources (HAHAHA I HAVE THOSE AGAIN! Eat it, failed life as a journalist!) I found out that full payment upfront is actually an industry standard for professional photographers. Hehe… whoops. Sorry Photographers. Addenum below:
What I was initially trying to say was that if you don’t feel comfortable with a pricing scheme, look for someone who better fits your needs. Always keep in mind what you are looking for, because… well, you’re the client.
It is important to weigh the cost of a shoot vs. what you’ll be getting out of it. Some photographers price in the 100-200$ range, but spend 5+ hours post processing and beauty-passing each image, and will coach you on posing. Others, will only charge 15$ but do only a brief post process adjustment of levels before sending you the images.
So, make a list of what you’re looking for, and what you’re willing to pay for that. Then go looking for someone that fits you and your needs. (Photoshoot needs. THOSE other needs are only met by Dorian’s sexy Moustache in DA:I)
Thank you photographer friends for putting up with my questions and being kind enough to point out this error. Hopefully this is more accurate and clear.
The next article should be going up tomorrow:
Photography Etiquette pt 2 – PHOTOGRAPHERS