Only 1 Wedding Pckg?

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  1. swoop_ds

    swoop_ds TPF Noob!

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm just wondering what everyone here thinks about having only one package that I'm booked for the whole day for as long as the clients need. This would be in contrast to having multiple packages with increasing prices.

    Then I feel the clients would just look at you, and the one price, instead of debating about random crap like how many hours, what's covered, etc.

    What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks,
    -Dave
     
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    The thing with one package youll probably end up loosing money and working like a slave for 18 hours in a row.

    lets say you put your price at 700.

    some will say its too expensive for a 3 hour session so you will endup not getting the job and some will take advantage of it and make you work the whole day
    you should at least make 2 package.

    a 4-6 hours session and a full day.
     
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    Why not? That's all I ever had.

    But it wasn't really a package. In my wedding (I'm assuming that is what you are talking about) "package" there was only one thing covered. My time there. Everything else was extra and came later.

    I never booked more than one wedding a day. Never had to work the hours that some people seem to be working these days but I just didn't want to take a chance on missing wedding #2 because wedding #1 lasted too long. Not to mention that $3-5000 for a day or two of work seemed perfectly fine to me.

    Wedding photogs today have made their lives much harder than mine was and I don't believe they earn any more than I did. There are always different ways to approach a problem but the more you make this problem yours and find your own solutions, the more you are likely to enjoy your work.

    Cheers.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Don't forget the longer your at the wedding the longer you will be sat infront of a computer screen the next day
     
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    Only if you feel like you have to shoot photos that will never sell. Aunt Bee stuffing her mouth is probably not a seller...
     
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    Clients like to have choices. So that's what you provide.


    You need 3 packages:
    1. Low cost, little coverage time wise. This package is your qualifier. If they want this package, they don't qualify to be your client.
    2. This middle package is what you actually want people to buy.
    3. High price. This package is your "Now I can afford to buy a nice new fast zoom lens" package. If more people are buying this package than the middle one, move this to the middle and make a new, much more expensive "Now I can afford to buy a nice new car" package.
     
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    I'm with cloudwalker on this, most customers choose the cheapest package anyway, so just have one with added costs for different/more expensive albums, dont make a rod for your back with a twelve hour shoot, I've yet to shoot more than 300 shots at a wedding, any more is severe overkill and usually garbage that won't sell, quality not quantity is what matters, take the important stuff and bang out a few extras and get the hell outa there. H
     
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    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    So are you saying if someone wants to purchase the less expensive package than you should turn them down because the don't qualify to be your client?
     
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    I didn't state that real well, but the idea I wanted to get across about a 3 tiered pricing policy is to design it so the vast majority of your clients pick the middle package.

    Still, not everyone that approaches you about becoming one of your clients, will qualify to do so.

    A client can be disqualified for many reasons:
    • You don't shoot the 'style' they want (I don't do the PJ style, and I don't do weddings). I refer them to other local photographers that do weddings or shoot something closer to the style they desire.
    • They don't want to pay your prices or there are terms in your contract/release/t&c's (terms and conditions) you're not willing to modify to the extend they want.
    • They just rub you the wrong way, a personality clash, if you will.
     
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    swoop_ds TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I currently have a tiered system but I think that it needs to be changed a bit, I'm just not too sure how. First off I think I'm going to reduce it to three options instead of the five or so that I currently have.
     
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    Yep, if you give to many choices they just get stuck in a decision reset loop and never decide. ;)

    Happens to computers too if programmers aren't careful.
     
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    swoop_ds TPF Noob!

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    Well I changed to a three tiered setup. I lowered the cost to 550/950/1250 which I would like to think is too low but I did a google adwords campaign to test when my prices ranged from 550-1950 and I didn't get much interest so I'll see how these prices go.
     

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