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Why I Hate Free Engagement Shoots

Would clients actually pay for a pre-wedding shoot?

Free Engagement Shoot

So who did it? Which idiot first thought it was a good idea to offer free engagement shoots as an incentive to book? I need to know who you are. Who was patient zero? Must it be someone out there? Or maybe they’ve gone bust and gone back to work in a call centre. I remember the days when photographers used to get paid to take pictures and so could make a living instead of doing it “because I love taking pictures” and because “I am so passionate about photography.” 

The reason I ask is that this year I was blackmailed by a client into agreeing to a ‘free’ engagement session - or E-shoot as they now seem to be called or is it a pre-wedding shoot, sigh. Now don’t get me wrong but there is nothing wrong with engagement shoots, apart from the fact most of them are a bit embarrassing. I am convinced though that most clients don’t want them. How do I know? Well if you try charging for them then no one ever books one. This is a fact. However, if you include them for free then, of course, clients will take you up on your offer, and that’s how wedding photographers ended up spending their Sunday afternoons wandering around parks trying to work out a way for these pre-wedding-shoots not to look awkward and laughable. Piggyback anyone? 

Wedding Albums are a Waste of Time

Too many options make them impossible to sell

wedding albums

Isn’t it about time that we all threw in the towel and stopped trying to sell wedding albums to clients. The phrase flogging a dead horse comes to mind. Printed images are a thing of the past anyway, and brides just don’t seem receptive to the idea of paying an extra £700 or so on top of the fees for photography anymore. Who can blame them? Wedding albums are finished.

The problem is the album manufacturers. They have totally ruined the business.

Back in what photographers now call ‘the good old days’ every client booked a wedding album, and all wedding photographers offered very similar products at very similar prices. Lovely leather bound matted albums were the order of the day, filled with beautiful properly printed photographs on real photographic paper. Lovely objects lovingly made and treasured by clients and their families for generations. Then came the ‘Storybooks, wedding albums with the images printed on the pages and bound together into book form.

The Real Cost of Wedding Photography

If only clients knew how hard this business is

The Cost of Wedding Photography

There are endless articles on the internet regarding (shout this bit out loudly) “THE REAL COST OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY”. It seems that wedding photographers around the world have collectively decided that their salvation lies in telling the world just how expensive their shiny new PRO equipment costs. And once clients realise just how tough it is to run a wedding photography business because they also have to pay tax then they’ll be falling over themselves to pay our fees. 

I thought of this as I took my car for an MOT today. Ooh, those car lifting thngymyjigs look expensive. I’d better bung the mechanic a few extra quid to help out. You see, all these articles about the costs of doing business as a photographer are irrelevant and embarrassing. A bit like Premier League footballers moaning about the rising cost of football boots. Clients don’t care, and it’s not going to make anybody pay any more for your services. It might make burglars turn up at your house.

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