Outgrageous photo prices??

I just got a price list emailed to me by the woman who did some family pictures for us a while back...she's veeerrry slow!! We never had epics so DH and I had a ton of fun doing these last fall with our puppy and I LOVE them.


However...


$23.95 for 1 4x6 print?!!


Does that seem a little steep to anyone? Those are the little, regular picture size prints that you can get at Walmart for about 15 cents, correct? (And it does say '$10 extra if you want specialty finishes like matte, linen, etc, so that's not anything fancy)


They go up from there - 8x10 is $44.95, and a 4x4 little square 'Purse' album is $147, a regular album of 20 pictures is $552.


So, I guess I'm not getting any pictures :(  I had only 8...just 8! pictures picked out that I wanted to put in this awesome collage frame I paid $100 for the new living room we are remodeling but I can't justify that.


Any suggestions on what I should say to her, or how to maybe ask her for a deal? (This is the photo shoot I won after my dog was voted Cutest Pet and she's using him in her ads so you think that would count toward something)

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:36 am
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LauraSweet
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Wow. That does sound way over the top. I understand that there's a difference in professional quality prints and Walmart prints, but those prices are way beyond reasonable. It sounds like a bit of a scam, considering that you "won" the photo shoot, but the prices to get any prints at all are so unreasonably high.


I would ask her about how much a disk with printing rights would be, and if she doesn't have a reasonable option on that, I would put it behind me and find a reasonably priced photographer to do a new photo session with.

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:44 am
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I think you are right all the way around, because they won't even consider giving copyright release. That was the first thing we asked about and they (it was a husband and wife team) both started in on this long spiel about artistic integrity being compromised if the printing wasn't great, yadda, yadda.


Sad, these were really good pictures and this is a fairly well-known photographer in the area but this is crazy!

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:47 am
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That’s crazy high. I wonder if her prices are higher BECAUSE you won’t her shoot and didn’t pay for it. I would be curious to see an actual price list.


 


I “won” a photo shoot just after I had my first son and it was the same thing. Amazing pics and extortionate prints with no disk etc….and when I saw the actual price lists they had added on crazy amounts to there regular prices since they had lost” on a sitting fee. Which is super dodgy. If you don’t want to give away a shoot then don’t give away prices and try to extort from people.


 it broke my heart to know they would “wipe” pics of my baby but there was no way we could afford to do it. I was really upset. The worse part is, I would have used them again in the future for other things with my kids, wedding tc if they hadn’t tried to scam me. Plus word of mouth in that business is HUGE and I know for a fact that I stopped A LOT of business going there way.  

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:58 am
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Agreed Lorna, glad to know I'm not the only one! I heard about the contest through the radio, I guess they do it annually so it's no secret and if they were legit about it this would be a great way to showcase their talent and drum up some new business. Now I feel like calling the radio station and telling them all about it!


But, deep breaths - first I am reasearching average prices of prints offered by area photographers and am going to explain how much I admire her work and see if she will be willing to work with me. If not...that's what Yelp! is for :)

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 2:35 am
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Yea, that is absolutely not cool. Just like Lorna said, why even give away a free session at that point? So lame and unfortunate :( But you will most def find an awesome photog with reasonable prices!

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 3:18 am
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We have a small photo business and we charge $3 for a 4x5 print. And then $20 for 8x10's. And then $10-$20 more depending on how much bigger prints you want. when we do a wedding we include 10 8x10's and a disk of the pictures.


There are a lot of photo business that are cut throat and they don't care. My son's graduation pictures we picked a package that was suppose to cost us $195 and then when we went to order we had to pay double because they said the price list I had expired. (it had no expiration date on it mind you) They are known for this bait and switch tatic but theres not much one can do about it. And it even sucks more when you are in this business and get screwed.

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 4:55 am
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wow that´s mad. did she have those prices when you did the pictures?

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 6:14 am
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Wow Sam! That is ridiculous pricing! So sorry you won't be able to get any of the pictures! 

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 7:24 am
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wow! is she printing them digitally or darkroom????!

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 8:11 am
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I don't know how they are printed, we looked at the albums are they are on nice, thick board with guild edges but again they aren't THAT nice! I emailed her a really nice response and included links to other area photographers that charge way less and asked if she would be willing to at least come close to those, so we'll see.
Posted on July 11, 2013 at 9:20 am
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There are several PW ladies, including myself, that are now professional photographers. I think most of us charge around $40 for anything under an 8x10. 

There's a few reasons:
- our business only keeps about 1/3 of the price we charge. 1/3 goes to uncle sam, and 1/3 goes to the lab. Of that 1/3 the business keeps, that money is allocated to things like maintaining our gear, insurance, websites, education, etc.
- yes, you could go and get a print at walmart, walgreens, or costco, BUT:


*those labs aren't color calibrated (ever notice crazy green tints on your photos?)
*the piece of paper isn't expensive, but the hours of work we put in shooting, culling, and then editing + sizing to make sure its perfect for print are expensive
*it's just a piece of paper until your family is on it.

There are photographers who are cheaper out there, but this is pretty industry standard.

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm
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Why do photographers feel like they have to charge an arm and leg for prints ON TOP of a sitting fee? Don't they know we would buy MORE if the dropped the prices?! Sorry, Sam, that's a bummer :-(

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 7:51 am

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