A client emailed me, asking if I’d be interested in taking their engagement and wedding photos for $300. After a few emails back and forth, here is where it really started to go downhill.
(I’ve preserved their language for flavor).
Me: $300 is a little low, but doable depending on what you want. When and where will the engagement photos be taken? And please review the list linked in this email and send me back all of the photos that need to be taken on the wedding day. I can use that to estimate the time needed for the event. An hour of shooting can equal 50-200 photos per hour, depending on the task.
They replied with the shot list: it had 64 of the 80 standard shot list checked off, which would usually entail a full day of shooting. Our last wedding had 50 of the 80 checked off, that day we took 1100+ photos.
Me: Thank you for your consideration, but I must respectfully decline your offer. While I completely understand you are on a budget, the list of photos you provided would average out to be about 600+ photos, in turn, that would be around 18+ hours of editing, touch up, and color balancing of every photo – and that’s not even including the engagement session. With the list of photos and work required for this job, I would be unable to reduce the cost by three quarters. I am very sorry and thank you again for contacting me.
Client: So u can take 8 hrs of photos including editing and engagment for more than 18+ hrs of editing and u can take senior photos in 3 dif locations and editing for 300 which I’m sure is 18+hrs of editing as well but u can’t do 2 hrs of editing for a wedding.. doesn’t make sense to me.. sounds like u just dnt Wana do it…
What a snooty response! I bit my tongue, but basically, they’re right – I don’t “Wana do it.”