I am a wedding and portrait photographer based out of Prince Edward Island. Aside from photographing weddings, I also teach aspiring photographers all things weddings and business, as well as, beginner photographers how to start and thrive in business.
On the blog, you will find weddings that I have photographed, photography and business education, as well as, a little glimpse into my life!
One of the most difficult decisions when starting your photography career is how to price your wedding photography. I want to guess that most photographers starting out under value themselves and basically give their service away for free.
When I was starting my photography business, I learned from a luxury wedding photographer that her first wedding she charged $500, her second $800, and her third $1200. Once she got to the $1200 mark, she then increased her prices by $300 every three weddings. She felt confident doing this because she was gaining experience at each wedding, and was also able to upgrade her equipment as she went.
I did something similar. My first wedding was $500, my second wedding was $700 and then for the entire summer I charged $1000. The next summer, I felt confident in raising my prices.
I’m at a point right now that I am at the highest price point I’ve ever been and will remain there for the foreseeable future. Why? Because I think it’s a fair price for my experience and I don’t want to get to a point where couples can’t afford me.
You must also know that my photography business is a side business for me. I work full-time in healthcare as a Radiation Therapist.
I’ve created a PDF “Pricing Your Product or Service” that will guide you through questions to help you determine what you should be charging for your product or service. I really hope that it’s helpful to you and can shine some light on the amount you are likely undercharging yourself because we all know that imposter syndrome is a real bitch.
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I've created a cheat sheet to help guide you through the decision process of choosing your camera settings for the appropriate lighting situation!
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