Trying to decide on a shirt...

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  1. DGMPhotography

    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    So you wouldn't want it on the front?

    Yeah... I thought it was strange, too. But the fact that she's been so successful has had me doubting that assumption.


     
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    birdbonkers84 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I dunno if this correlates the same to photography, but all the media companies up here in the north east of Scotland wear t-shirts/polos/jackets and have their logos on the back so clients can clearly identify who they are on shoots. I've even worn one one myself when accompanying them.
     
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    define successful.
    What kinda price range does she charge?
    how many bookings a year.
     
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    Not if I had a choice. The front is fine but hard to see when you're shooting. On the sleeve is different and always visible. How many jobs do you really think you'll get from a walking billboard (referencing the back)? A T-Shirt with signage on back says desperate and don't mind me if I talk with a mouthful of food. It is the word of mouth and your website which is the best marketing tools. I know photogs which charge $15,000 per wedding ... he and his crew do not wear T-Shirts to their jobs.
     
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    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Interesting...

    Her weddings start at $2,500, and she does about 15 or so per year. Pretty successful, I'd say.
     
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    chuasam Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    ah I see the issue here: we have different definitions of a successful wedding photographer.
    In my mind, a Successful wedding photographer charges in the $5,000 a wedding range (minimum) and and does maybe 15 to 20 a year.

    Not my words either: How Much Do Wedding Photographers Charge?
    You can generally expect wedding photography prices to range from $2,500-$10,000 depending on the photographers experience and/or offerings. Expect the top photographers (IE: the Jose Villa’s of the world) to start at around $6-7,000 and go up from there.

    So there you have it....$2,500 is starting

    According to Snapknot.com, the average cost for a wedding photographer is $2,814. However, in cities such as San Francisco and New York, wedding photography prices are closer to $4,000.

    By that token, she's charging below average.
     
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    DGMPhotography Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    My rates start at $1700, so I'd be more than happy to be making $2500! That's still about 30k a year. Perfectly livable salary. For me, at least.

    I decided to go with two polos with logo on the sleeve, and two button ups with logo on the breast.
     
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    thats $30k before taxes, insurance, business expenses....
    you could go work for BestBuy here in Orlando and make that...plus have health insurance, 401, and PTO.

    its good for someone who isnt the only one working, or as a side job. not so much if shes the primary bill payer
     
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    chuasam Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Like stated before -we have totally different ideas of what a successful wedding photographer is.

    You need to be billing at least double that to make anything close to a livable income. If not you can do something to make you more money like working at Starbucks.
     
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    I've never shot weddings but from my corporate/commercial days, I always thought it a good idea to dress as well as (or better than) the guy paying the bill. They are more likely to think of you as an equal instead of hired help.
     
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    Don't dress better than the bride...that's all
     
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    Still livable for me!

    But I currently live with my dad, so my expenses are a bit different.
     
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