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  • How do you compete with this one? LOL

    On Facebook, a friend of mine tagged me in a post. A friend of hers is looking for a photographer to do a session with her kid. My lovely friend recommended me - I'd done her maternity and newborn sessions.

    That being said, there are a gazillion other comments with people recommending other photographers - some good, some, well, not so much. I'm loving the recommendations that say something along the lines of "Use so-and-so, she's not bad and she's CHEAP."

    The crowning glory was when one of the "fauxtographers" that was mentioned is FB friends with the person that recommended her, and she chimed in and said she'd be happy to do it for free. Looks like I'm losing out on this one, LMAO!
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    you should recomment on her free post...reminding everybody, you get what you pay for...throw it back in her face!
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    • #3
      As Forest Gump would say, "Free is and Free does"

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      • #4
        I would love to but the OP has her FB settings so I can't post on her stuff, LOL.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by SusanH1970 View Post
          I would love to but the OP has her FB settings so I can't post on her stuff, LOL.
          Don't worry, I lost a job last night because the client had less than 24 hours to complete something they had months to do (so naturally my rates doubled)... she then found a "local" person to do it.

          Good luck finding a "local" photog that can take a photo big enough for a print 96" wide LOL

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          • #6
            I suppose in escence you can't complete on price with free only on quality.

            If the customer is price driven they will go for free every time.

            if the "fauxtog" is doing it subsidised by another job then I suppose they have less time than a full time pro to practise keep up with industry demands, run an official photog business and expectations that pros should have as given. This is your "quality" and experience selling point

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            • #7
              see if she posts pics of the photosession with her kid after the fact........bet not.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jamesev View Post
                I suppose in escence you can't complete on price with free only on quality.
                Very true, and more true every day. Scott Bourne's written some good stuff on pricing. I like this one a lot: And You Call Yourself a Professional? Photofocus
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                • #9
                  Save the link to the post, whenever anyone asks for cheap photographer you can recommend her because she'll do it for free
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                  • #10
                    She'll most certainly gets what she pays for.
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                    • #11
                      I shoot for free frequently. If it's something I haven't shot before or something I find interesting, I'm more than happy to do it for free. Doesn't necessarily mean they're a bad photographer, just a photographer looking for portfolio photos or experience.

                      For instance, I shot two paid weddings this month and one free "Friends of Asia" event. I shot the FOA event for free because there was a fashion show, advance martial arts demonstration, and even an up-and-coming singer (album to be released next year). It's something that doesn't come up very often, so I was happy to shoot it for free.

                      And as an added bonus, upper management from my day job was there, and it's nice to have a few friends like that when stuff goes bad.

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                      • #12
                        I run across this quite frequently with facebook. It's the opposite though, I try to give away free photography and I get turned down for the 'fauxtog' who charges $35 and overuses dark vignettes and saturation sliders, lol. What can ya do?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Photoboothguy View Post
                          If it's something I haven't shot before or something I find interesting, I'm more than happy to do it for free. Doesn't necessarily mean they're a bad photographer, just a photographer looking for portfolio photos or experience.
                          That I can understand. This person, however, is in business doing mediocre at best work, and she offered to shoot the session for free even though it's something she supposedly "specializes" in.

                          Honestly, if the potential client would rather choose price over quality, I don't want that client.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Biomech View Post
                            Save the link to the post, whenever anyone asks for cheap photographer you can recommend her because she'll do it for free
                            Hahahaha! I like that idea!
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                            • #15
                              Sounds like it's time to raise your rates Susan.

                              Seriously, best differentiator between your quality and the mediocre free guy is price. Make that gap bigger so the two names aren't even in the same conversation.

                              I'm on the board for a non profit club and we are significantly raising annual membership fees, not because we need the funds but to weed out the riff raff.

                              I am sure you'll debate if a price increase will limit your market but you probably had similar fears when you started to charge people the first time...and it seemed to work out - people still wanted you to shoot for them even when it wasn't free/friends and family. Same deal.
                              Last edited by zona5101; 09-29-2011, 08:44 PM.
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