Paving the way for 2015 part 3

 

With 2015 just hours away it’s time to get this show on the road!  This is the final part of the pave the way for 2015 series.  In part 1 I spoke of the need to change the structure of the system to make more sense – packages vs a la cart vs a mixture of the 2.  In part 2 I spoke of one of the exciting new features I will be using this season which are an extra cost for me.  Now it’s on to part 3, unveiling the new rates and a few of the very real world reasons for why.

Many people do look at the cost of wedding photography and assume that it’s a rip off – we’re all rich folk earning 3k every day.  While 2-5k may be what we charge for weddings, we are by no means making 3k a day!  There’s a whole lot that goes into things behind the scenes.  Here’s a link which describes a very real scenario –

http://petapixel.com/2012/01/26/why-wedding-photographers-prices-are-wack/

And here’s another describing a similar scenario –

http://retrospectimages.com/blog/why-are-wedding-photographers-so-expensive-a-breakdown-of-the-costs-to-photograph-a-wedding/

And –

http://brianpowell.info/why-does-wedding-photography-cost-so-much/

Now I’m not going to make a list for you like they did, because both of their posts are already pretty dead on (change a few factors here and there) and need no additions to it.  Also, I don’t want to bore you with numbers.  So what I’m going to say on this is this:  Behind the artist, behind the guy in the suit and tie with the big camera bag is a person with a wife and newborn child.  Behind the logo is a person that needs to eat and pay bills.  Behind the wedding album is a person that is trying his best to support his family. 

Now I can get off my soapbox and move on to the meat and potatoes – the new rates!!!!

Extremely Fancy - $4150

Full Day Wedding Coverage | Second Photographer | Engagement Shoot | Online ordering and proofing gallery |High Resolution images with print release | Custom DVD with CustomPLUS Packaging | $700 Fine Art Album Credit* | Two 4x6 parent albums*

Really Fancy - $3350

Full Day Wedding Coverage | Second Photographer | Engagement Shoot | Online ordering and proofing gallery |High Resolution images with print release | Custom DVD with Packaging*

Fancy - $2550

Full Day Wedding Coverage | Engagement Shoot | Online ordering and proofing gallery |High Resolution images with print release | Digital Delivery*

The Friday Night special - $1800 (available only for Friday weddings)

8 hours of wedding day coverage* | Online ordering and proofing gallery |High Resolution images with print release | Digital delivery*

*indicates items which may be upgraded

As you can see, not so much of a giant rate hike.  But yes there are some changes and some new restrictions.  The packages are take them as they are.  Some things may be upgraded but no longer will I allow downgrades to packages.  It's like buying a fancy dinner - you don't ask the waiter if it will be $3 less if you don't get the salad with your $35 dinner plate.  I feel that these prices are very fair.  I hope you all do as well!  

That does it for me for now  Happy new year!!!!!!