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Prizes:

Winners will be picked and announced on Sunday, May 23rd. Winners must contact me by May 25th to claim prizes.

1. Easy as Pie Pricing Guide

One person is going to win one of Alicia Cain’s Easy as Pie Pricing Guides.

p.s. Alicia was kind enough to let me try it out and I was blown away. It is not just a pricing guide – it’s a huge packet of info to help you get your business set-up the right way. I was surprised at how inspired it left me. I am currently in the process of re-doing all of my pricing thanks to Alicia. She is one gifted gal and the pricing guide is truly worth every penny!

2.   The Biz Buzz

One person will receive access to The Biz Buzz’s The Classroom (a small online community for teaching and discussion, loads of free templates, discussions/advice/brainstorming and more). Make sure to check it out – it looks awesome!


How to enter:

Add your entry in the comment section of this MCP Blog post (not on Facebook) by answering the question: What is you biggest pricing obstacle in your business? If you do not have a business, please write what your pricing fears are?


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  1. Tami on May 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Definitely putting packages together! It’s so hard to choose. 🙂

  2. Bobbi Kirchhoefer on May 15, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I’m afraid of pricing myself too low…and also too high. Hehe. 🙂

  3. Susie on May 15, 2010 at 9:06 am

    My biggest fear in pricing is not that I’m not worth what I charge but that people won’t think that they should have to spend more than places like Target or Sears would charge them.

  4. Debbie on May 15, 2010 at 9:06 am

    My biggest obstacle is being too low. I feel like I undervalue my work. I want my clients to value what I can create for them and still know they are getting a great deal.

  5. Megan Evans on May 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

    As a photographer who is just starting out, I am worried that people won’t want to pay for my services. Oh sure, it’s easy to get friends to help you build your portfolio by taking pictures for free. But now I need to convince people that my pictures are worth paying for. It’s scary, but exciting!

  6. Erin on May 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I am not in business yet, so everything about pricing scares me. I would LOVE to have help in this dept. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  7. Alea on May 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    My fear just starting out is how to set pricing competitively without undercutting the pros- What’s a reasonable fee for my area for someone who is new to the business?

  8. Leah on May 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    My biggest fear by far is putting a number, a value, a price on ‘me’ and the fact that it is my eye behind that viewfinder. I know in my heart (and in my head) that if I don’t value the uniqueness of me and what I bring then there is no way a prospective client will, but putting an actual price on that and showing it to people….. that terrifies me!

  9. Whitnie on May 15, 2010 at 9:11 am

    My biggest opsticle is simply knowing what I’m worth. I want buisness, but I don’t want to work and be away from my family too much.

  10. Nicole on May 15, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Afraid of pricing myself too low and then if I raise my prices detract people. What is the sweet spot for my services?

  11. Jenna on May 15, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I am afraid to set any minimum print orders. I don’t know why … maybe it’s because I don’t like telling people what they need to order … gotta get in the business mind set, though!

  12. Sherri Dale on May 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I don’t currently have an official business yet. My plan is to be in business for myself in 3 years when my kids are in school full time. My biggest pricing fear is two-fold: too high for what my perceived worth is and too low for what I am worth. I need to find a balance between the two.

  13. jaymee on May 15, 2010 at 9:14 am

    my biggest obstacle in my business is finding a happy medium between providing a quality product at a price that is both fair to the client and to me (it’s the latter that I had the biggest issue obviously – how does one decide just how “good” they really are?) : )

  14. Rhonda on May 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

    The biggest price obstacle I would say is trying to not price myself inside the other photographers in my areas box. I feel that I should compete with their prices to not loose business, but I feel I have more to offer so I can justify my prices to theirs. It’s a never ending mind game I have with myself.

  15. Ashley Beal on May 15, 2010 at 9:15 am

    My biggest fear is not under pricing myself, but people not wanting to pay my prices that I would need in order to make ends meet. Im not sure how to find the happy medium.

  16. Kim on May 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

    My pricing fear is that I am afraid I am just not “at that level” to be charging what pros charge. I am speaking for both my experience and my equipment. I feel I should have a lot better equipment to get out there and market myself and charge, but I can’t buy better equipment until I make some money. Double edged sword. I also live in a very small community and am afraid that this small town would scoff at real prices.

  17. Jenna on May 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I am also a subscriber to your awesomeness for years now … you rock!

  18. Erin B on May 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

    My business is not up and running yet, but I am definitely afraid of pricing too high (and not generating business as a result) AND pricing too low that my prices don’t match the quality of work (and I don’t end up being compensated adequately for my time). There is no easy answer, but it helps to hear from people that have been through it!

  19. Michele on May 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

    My biggest fear is pricing myself too low for all of the work that goes into but feeling like my clients think it is too high as well as print prices – I haven’t offered those yet.

  20. Jenna on May 15, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I am a fan of your fan page on Facebook as well … I just can’t seem to get enough!! LOL!

  21. Loreena on May 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Belief in my own skills and talents and believing that I’m worth paying. Also trying to find the best quality supplier and calculate my cost of goods sold….. Slowly trying to get to the point I have both these things figured out, but it feels there’s a long way to go.

  22. Jessica on May 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

    My biggest problem is selling myself short. I always under price everything because I don’t know what to charge and I don’t want to be too high.

  23. Kate Lowenstein on May 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

    At first when I started my business, it was will people pay this? Shortly after I realized I wasn’t making money and had to raise my prices. I did that. Now I’d like to be making a living being a photographer:-).

  24. Jessica on May 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Bonus Entry: I have a banner on my blog

  25. Brandy T on May 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I am just starting my business and my biggest pricing fear is that I’m going to price myself out of a job. Since I’m just starting, I feel like I need all the jobs I can get and I want to lower my prices just so I can get that one extra job. I know I shouldn’t and it’s tough.

  26. Jessica on May 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Bonus Entry: I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  27. Brenda on May 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I don’t have a business (yet!) and I am super afraid that I will undervalue my work and not earn enough to stay in business.

  28. Jessica on May 15, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Bonus Entry: I am a fan on FB!

  29. Jessica on May 15, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Bonus Entry: I am a follower on Twitter too.

  30. Jenessa Evans on May 15, 2010 at 9:26 am

    My biggest obstacle in pricing is finding the happy medium in my local market. When I try to research I feel like the pricing is too high, but then again MY products should be worth the money. So how to make my pricing decent without going over board and keep the clients coming back for more?

  31. MelissaFoscardo on May 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

    My biggest obstacle in pricing is figuring out a way to price myself to make some money! Right now, I am losing money on every session because I’m not pricing high enough, but I still have people balk at what I’m charging. My confidence in myself def. affects my pricing structure…I’m afraid I’m not good enough to go higher. Also, I can’t figure out if I should sell prints, albums, accessories because so many of my customers want to do it themselves.

  32. Brandy T on May 15, 2010 at 9:28 am
  33. Samantha on May 15, 2010 at 9:28 am

    My biggest fear in pricing is that balance. Exactly where do you allow for extra? How much do you allow yourself as an hourly rate when figuring the total cost of the package? When do you know you’re good enough to up the prices to something closer to local rates? What happens if you have become “good enough” to raise your prices and then you lose business because you’re no longer affordable?The questions will eat me alive!!!

  34. Brandy T on May 15, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Bonus entry – posted to my FB: http://www.facebook.com/brandy.texter

  35. cristina on May 15, 2010 at 9:30 am

    My biggest fear is pricing too low. You want your name out there and you want to generate business BUT you can’t sell yourself short and the time away from family might not be worth it.

  36. wendy on May 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

    charging to much (no business) charging too little (no money)

  37. MelissaFoscardo on May 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hmm, my first comment didn’t go through. My biggest obstacle in pricing is pricing myself so I can make some money! Right now, I am losing money on virtually every session, if I factor my time and business expenses in. Even at that, I have clients balking at my price…which is extremely competitive in my market. My confidence in myself and my work makes me doubt my pricing as well.

  38. wendy on May 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

    i follow you on twitter

  39. simone on May 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

    everthing about it! what to charge when firt getting started and how to raise prices at some point…

  40. wendy on May 15, 2010 at 9:32 am

    rss feed

  41. Megan on May 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I’m just starting out and I’m worried that once I start charging, people won’t actually want to pay me… It’s easy to get friends to let you take their pictures for free. We’ll see!Bonus entry: I tweeted! http://twitter.com/maevans09

  42. wendy on May 15, 2010 at 9:33 am

    fb fan

  43. Annemarie Weishaar on May 15, 2010 at 9:36 am

    My biggest obstacle is deciding what to put in collections. There are so many possible combinations it’s hard to commit to the “perfect” ones.

  44. Brooke Reynolds on May 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I’m having a really hard time pricing products and packages. I’m afraid of pricing lower than I’m worth or too high that people can’t afford it.

  45. CJ on May 15, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Like some of the others I am uncertain what to charge while getting established. I have found if you shoot for free or for a minimal charge, people do not appreciate all the work you have put in. Yet in this economy charging very much when just starting out does not seem right either. With the low-cost studios nearby in the mall like Sears and Picture Me, there is a lot of competition out there.

  46. Brooke Reynolds on May 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I’m a fan on facebook and following on twitter!

  47. Amy C on May 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I am just in the beginning phase of opening my business. I have put it off for a long time because I’m clueless about pricing!! I want clients and I need to be able to make money! All scary!!

  48. GayleV on May 15, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Pricing packages has me stumped. It is mostly a “what to include?” type dilemma.

  49. GayleV on May 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  50. Lauren Colliver on May 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I’m sure I’m priced too low. I would love help in putting packages together too!

  51. Megan Evans on May 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Ok, let’s try this again. 🙂 I am worried that people won’t want to pay me – at all. That they loved their free pics while I was building my portfolio, but now that they have to pay, it’ll be no thanks. *sigh*I also tweeted http://twitter.com/maevans09 and subscribed to the RSS feed. Thanks!

  52. Kristie Bradley on May 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I am just starting out my business and pricing is by far the hardest thing about it. I am working on building my portfolio so I have had a few sessions where I waived the session fee and lowered the prices a bit as introductory prices. The biggest thing people want are digital files and I am having a hard time with that. I want to offer what customers want but I also feel a digital file is a very precious product and should be priced that way. It turns people off though sometimes. Very difficult.

  53. Jolene Grizzle on May 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I am priced pretty low right now and plan on raising my prices next year. My biggest fear is not being affordable to my clients 🙁

  54. Susan on May 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Someone told me once that I should price my items to where I couldn’t afford them – but if I do that, will anyone else be able to afford me? I don’t want to be so pricey (if I’m not that great that I think I am sometimes) that the shopping mall photographer sounds better!

  55. Stacey Allison on May 15, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Not having enough confidence in my talent to price accurately. I don’t have a photography business yet, but another business and I know I don’t charge enough.

  56. Susan on May 15, 2010 at 9:59 am
  57. Nicole on May 15, 2010 at 10:03 am

    My biggest obstacle is figuring out where my prices fit in to my area… so many fab photogs seem to undercut themselves but I’m not willing to take a loss like that… but I also undermine myself sometimes on whether or not I’m worth my prices.

  58. Janene on May 15, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Staying competitive!! I am discovering more and more “photographers” out there pricing their services/product so low. The general public seems to be more “price oriented” than “product/service oriented”. How to get prospective customers to see the real value of what they are paying for.

  59. Misty Ballard on May 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I think finding that balance of not too high or not too low for pricing. It’s been a struggle for me as I am starting out.

  60. Janene on May 15, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Shared on fb!

  61. Misty Ballard on May 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

    facebook fan!!

  62. Misty Ballard on May 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I have a banner on my blog too!! 🙂

  63. Melissa on May 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

    All of it? Pricing is huge headache and I really have no idea where to start!

  64. Kim L on May 15, 2010 at 10:13 am

    My biggest fear would be to undervalue my work.

  65. Gina on May 15, 2010 at 10:15 am

    My biggest pricing issue is figuring what to charge and being comfortable with it, that its not too much and not too little. And that people will think I am charging too much and my photos do not meet the standards.

  66. Brenda on May 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I am just moving into portfolio building, so am just at the planning / dreaming stage. However my biggest obstacle that I’m anticipating is picking my price point – I want to get good payment for my time, but I want to make my work accessible to the average family.

  67. Karen Taggart on May 15, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I’m just starting out, so not feeling apologetic about my pricing is so hard. It’s uncomfortable asking to be paid, but I better get over it! 🙂

  68. wendy on May 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

    biggest fear is probably that i’m not good enough!

  69. Jen on May 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I live in an rural community where prices are significantly lower than the urban communities. I currently have prices compatible to a local photographer who has a studio. These prices are significantly lower than Alicia Cain’s prices. How do I get business from the locals if I charge too high?

  70. erin Benesh on May 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

    i’m afraid of both pricing too high AND too low! lol! losing clients who scoff at the price if it’s too high and not putting enough value on my talent by pricing too low!

  71. erin Benesh on May 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

    i’m a subscriber!

  72. Karen Taggart on May 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I am a FB fan too! (or I “like” you? both!) 🙂

  73. Karen Taggart on May 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I am a Twitter follower!

  74. Cheri Patton on May 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

    This is such an easy question for me. I know my flaws, and the business side of my business is definitely mine. My biggest problem? I’m too emotional about it. I’ve become friends with a lot of my clients and I want to make sure they can continue to easily afford my services. I also struggle with confidence in my work. Am I really worth more money? After reading the link in the article about business, I’m starting to realize just how grossly I’m undervaluing myself and my work. Time to make some changes…

  75. erin Benesh on May 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    i follow on twitter!

  76. erin Benesh on May 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    aaaannnddd…i’m a facebook fan too!

  77. Brooke Chambers on May 15, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Honestly? I might be priced too high. :/ After reading several articles (including the one here) about why to NOT price to low… I wasn’t sure where that left me.

  78. Kati on May 15, 2010 at 10:24 am

    My biggest obstacle in pricing is putting together the right packages for each wedding. They are all so unique and some are way more involved than others!

  79. kati on May 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I am also a fan on FB

  80. Angel on May 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Oh my gosh! Realizing I’m worth it! Or consistancy with my pricing. Very hard subject for me. This looks like exactly what I need!

  81. Andree on May 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Sound like some more great prizes! Since I do not have a business, I would have to say regarding that my pricing fears would be : WHERE DO I START?! How would I know the monetary value of an image I shot? How could I feel confident charging and explaining the cost to the customer?Cheers!

  82. Noa on May 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is to figure out how to charge for time and digital files while I’m portfolio building.

  83. Andree on May 15, 2010 at 10:29 am
  84. Andree on May 15, 2010 at 10:30 am
  85. Karin on May 15, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I just moved so I’m in a new market and not sure how pricing compares here

  86. Toni Burks on May 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I always think no one will value my work, so how can I charge more? I worry about the economy. But I know my work is good so I sit in the middle of this quandary…I think my prices are right but I’m still waiting to know for sure.

  87. Mindy on May 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

    overpricing & underpricing myself…..

  88. Lori Lee S. on May 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I don’t know how to even put a package together- and if I do my fear is that I am pricing it too low. This is something I need MAJOR help with!

  89. toni on May 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

    facebook fan, twitter and rss feed

  90. LInda on May 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    The prices I advertise on my website feel “right”, my biggest problem is sticking to them. The people who hire me are friends or acquaintances and I tend to want to give them a deal because I feel mean charging them full price. Subsequently, I haven’t charged my advertised fee…ever! It gets sticky because I usually have to ask them not to tell others what I’ve charged and then I’m asking them to be vague or even lie and it just doesn’t feel good in the end.

  91. Nance on May 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Pricing for friends and husband’s co-workers…I want to give them a discount and stay consistent but also it takes away time from my family.

  92. Donna Caster on May 15, 2010 at 10:40 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is me! I don’t know how to price for what my work is worth. I hear from people that I don’t charge enough and I hear it a lot. But I tend to feel that I overcharge…I’m trying to get over this.

  93. Shannon on May 15, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I’m just starting out and there are tons of photographers in my area. I looked at their prices and other people’s prices and used that as a guide to set my pricing but then I keep tweaking it. I want to be paid what I’m worth…but I don’t even know what that is. I worry that the prices are too high, I’m not sure I would pay myself what I charge! So far I haven’t made any money, I’ve been paying a lot to get started though. I would love some direction!

  94. Marina on May 15, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Finding a happy medium between charging too much and not charging enough.

  95. Klandmeier on May 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Seems to be the recurring problem… I’m not Walmart, but boutique luxury pricing is too high? What to do!

  96. Donna Caster on May 15, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I retweeted on Twitter!http://twitter.com/DLCPhotosRT @mcpactions Contest: The Business Stuff ~ Win a Pricing Guide & Business Forum Membership http://bit.ly/9o0nPz

  97. Jill nobLes on May 15, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Since starting 2 months ago, I have had 9 sessions & so far only one family has bought prints. They all tell me the pics are great & my website is great, & they say they’ll buy prints, but they don’t… Either my pricing is wrong, or my clients are lying… HELP!Btw.. Love the FB page & posts.. I wish I could find more pages like yours.. & more people who are generous with tips & tricks & ideas… Love it!

  98. Nils on May 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

    What do you include? What sort of packages and how to price them?? And the BIG one which many have already commented on is “How Much Am I Worth”???

  99. Shannon on May 15, 2010 at 10:53 am

    I already follow on Twitter but this is the first time I’ve ever entered a contest here so do I get to count that as an extra entry?

  100. Nils on May 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Already a facebook fan!!! 🙂

  101. shari on May 15, 2010 at 10:54 am

    my biggest obstacle in pricing is my prints!! i want my customers to buy more prints so i don’t charge enough…and then they don’t end up buying very many anyway. 🙁

  102. Lindsay on May 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

    My biggest problem is I don’t know where to set my prices. I am new, and don’t want to price myself so low that I’m still making money for the time I put into it, but not too high so that no one books me. I need to find the happy medium.

  103. Shannon on May 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Just signed up for RSS feed

  104. Lindsay on May 15, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Fan of MCP on facebook

  105. Lindsay on May 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Follow MCP on twitter

  106. Candy Avera on May 15, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I am my biggest obstacle when it comes to pricing. I have math/number issues – a learning disability perhaps, and it just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Since I know I struggle with finances, I avoid them like the plague. I’ve been in biz 4 years and I’m still all a la carte. DOH!

  107. Andrea on May 15, 2010 at 11:02 am

    My biggest struggle is how to integrate pricing with my existing services. (I am a doula working towards adding maternity, birth and newborn photography to my business.)

  108. Leisa Hape on May 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is “wanting” to charge what I feel I am worth yet not wanting to lose my loyal customers due to a price increase. I am getting swamped with business (my 1st year in the business), but my profits are minimal for the time/effort/customer service etc. that I am putting in.

  109. Jen Parker on May 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Biggest pricing obstacle? Determining pricing that is not only affordable to the client, but that’s also making me a profit.

  110. Gina (Gina Hickman Photography) on May 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is myself! I have never been a “pushy salesperson” (nor do I want to be!) but I try too much to make everyone happy – I think my biggest help would be to have someone else do the sales presentation! Any training on sales and pricing would be very much appreciated!!!

  111. Jen Parker on May 15, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I’m a subscriber to your RSS feeds!

  112. Christa on May 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Not being taken seriously as my prices increase along with my portfolio/experience

  113. Jen Parker on May 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’m a fb fan!

  114. Jen Parker on May 15, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I’m following you on Twitter, too!

  115. Shannon on May 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I tried and tried to put your banner on my blog and for some reason it’s not working. I copied and pasted the code and entered it by hand. I don’t know why it’s not working! So I just added a link to my blogroll for now. 🙁 http://www.shannonflores.com

  116. Marsha on May 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

    My fear would be pricing too high and clients being put off, especially since I WANT people to enjoy and keep as many pictures as they love. But pricing too low might cheapen the image of the business and make it “less” in the eyes of clients and the public.

  117. jill t on May 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

    i havent found the right combination of pricing yet; too high, too low, i worry about it all!

  118. Beth on May 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I worry I am selling myself short! But then I also worry if I raise my rates I will be too expensive for my clients. Such a conundrum!

  119. Lauren on May 15, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Pricing for me goes way deeper than fear. I have the biggest heart in the world that often gets in the way. I am a young photographer, but very mature and smart for my age, and want to get my pricing in order now while my business is still growing. My biggest issue is saying no and putting my foot down for my prices. I know I’m worth it, but I just need help. That being said I also definitely need help with how to do it, and what to charge to really get what I’m worth! 🙂 Sorry for the rambling!

  120. Jenessa evans on May 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

    Were friends on fb and liked

  121. Stephanie on May 15, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I had so many questions on pricing. A very good photographer friend of mine suggested I really need to invest in EAP and she sent me a link for it when it was on sale. I snatched it up! I read it in a couple of hours and within about 2 days, I would say that I had a great baseline for my pricing. Now that I am actually in the area where I’ll be shooting, I’m really starting to re-think my pricing and maybe I’ll bring it down quite a bit for this areas economy. But EAP really took the fear out of the unknown for me. I had no flippin’ clue as to what I was doing and now I have an idea! I love EAP!

  122. Dana-from chaos to Grace on May 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

    OH ME ME ME!!!! I am struggling with this SO BADLY right now! Pricing is so difficult! I want to be affordable to “MY” group of people, however, I also need to make money doing this. So now, I’m trapped in this inbetween world of being too nice with cheaper prices than photographers of not nearly my caliber (I was told by my photography group) so I’m doing way too much work for hardly any money!

  123. Bob Wyatt on May 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

    MY biggest pricing obstacle is providing a price that works to both give me income and let my clients feel like they have gotten value for their money. That being said I am NOT going to price myself very low..I do belive that it is better to have fewer quality clients than many who spend very little.

  124. Marti on May 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Oh goodness, it’s all hard. It’s hard to figure out if I should session fees on an hourly rate or not. Then print pricing, it’s hard to decided how to price them fairly for both me and the client. Just thinking about it makes me a little queasy.

  125. Becky D. on May 15, 2010 at 11:31 am

    My biggest obstacle is pricing in a relatively low-population and low-income area. I want my work to be available to the families in the area, but I need to make a profit, too!

  126. Carly on May 15, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I am at the very beginning stages of a photography business. My biggest obstacle on pricing is that I don’t want to price myself out of business, but at the same time I want to make a profit with my business.

  127. Dana-from chaos to Grace on May 15, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Added a banner to my blog:http://momof3darlings.wordpress.com/

  128. Carly on May 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    http://twitter.com/carlysphotoI sent out a message on Twitter

  129. Carly on May 15, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I follow on facebook

  130. Dana-from chaos to Grace on May 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    And I’m a FOLLOWER! Or fan, or whatever they call it! HAAA

  131. Carly on May 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I follow on Twitter

  132. Jessica Hilborn on May 15, 2010 at 11:43 am

    My biggest obstacle is knowing what I’m worth and how to price myself right for our local market. I’m terrified of the reactions that I will get from higher pricing! But, if I am going to have a business, it has to pay me enough to be worth the time that it takes from my family. I would LOVE some help in this area!!

  133. Toniette on May 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I’m planning on raising my prices this summer… I’m terrified that it will kill what business I have! But, I figure the time is right for a slow down (if that’s what happens!), since my first babe is on the way in Sept 😀

  134. Jessica Hilborn on May 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Joined the MCP facebook fan page!!

  135. Rose on May 15, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I’ve been trying to figure out pricing and my biggest obstacle is working out print packages, I just don’t know what to do. Plus, what to do for friends and family that would like to hire me but can’t pay for more high-end packages. If I could just get this nailed down it would kick-start my confidence.

  136. Patricia on May 15, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Since I am just beginning, my biggest pricing obstacle is ME. I am unsure that the quality of my work is worth what I would really like to charge.

  137. Uma on May 15, 2010 at 11:50 am

    My biggest pricing fears? How much time do you have?! Mainly, that I’m going to set too low prices and won’t be able to change them, and that I’ll be “stuck” in that portion of the market.

  138. Lisa on May 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

    I live in a country where custom photography almost doesn’t exist. I’m so afraid people will be scared when they see my the pricing!!

  139. Sarah Wise on May 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is that I feel bad charging my friends and I also feel insecure about my work and that maybe my pictures aren’t worth what I think I should be charging.

  140. Sarah Wise on May 15, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I already follow MCP on Twitter!!

  141. Sarah Wise on May 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I’m a FB fan already, too 🙂

  142. Sarah Wise on May 15, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I have been a long-time follower/subscriber!!

  143. Coleen Verner on May 15, 2010 at 11:56 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is getting clients to spend more then $120 on orders! Arrrrrrrr!

  144. Jen Prescott on May 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Biggest pricing dilema – digital, the strategy to use with digital! Run with it because it has a low cog or go high…

  145. Yolanda on May 15, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Alicia’s pricing guide is definitely on my wish list. I am in the *very* early stages of planning my business and understanding how to price the different components of my services while still building my portfolio and client list is very intimidating.

  146. Yolanda on May 15, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I am an MCP Actions Facebook Fan.

  147. Yolanda on May 15, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    I subscribe to RSS feed.

  148. Barb on May 15, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    My biggest fear in pricing – even though I have EAP – is still worrying that people will pay what I feel I’m worth.I love Easy As Pie, so would love to win The Biz Buzz to go along with it. 🙂

  149. Kerry on May 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I will moving to Minnesota to officially do this full time and I am fearful that since I don’t have a studio (mine travels) that my pricing may not reflect what I am worth, versus starting out in a new area, versus what I truly wish to make!

  150. Linda Blank on May 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    My biggest fear in pricing is that I will price to high and not get any business. My geographic location doesn’t have a lot of people willing to spend that much money on photos but I would rather have high prices and less work than low prices and a ton of work. Thanks for offering a chance to win!

  151. Yu on May 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I don’t have a business yet! but I can definitely see myself biting my lips when it comes to pricing….I’m afraid of setting my price too low or too high and people can easily get confused! or hurt other photographers(if too low)

  152. Andie on May 15, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    My biggest and most frustrating obstacle is the offering and selling of digital files.

  153. Molly on May 15, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Not in business at this point, but hoping to start soon. Pricing is so overwhelming, just the thought of figuring out price points for everything has me stuck. I have an idea as to what threshold of pricing I’d like, but to have to figure out prices for 20-100 different products is scary!

  154. Marla Misclevitz on May 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    The easy as pie pricing guides seem like they would be an invaluable resource! I would love to win it!!!

  155. Alanna on May 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    What is you biggest pricing obstacle in your business? If you do not have a business, please write what your pricing fears are?I have easy as pie and finally wrote up my pricing… so I have that done… but all the wording and presentation are for sure my biggest obstacle now. I need the Biz Buzz… thanks for this opportunity!

  156. nanette on May 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    My biggest pricing fear is that I will not plan well for the time I am going to have to spend for a particular customer. I often think the photo job and follow up work is going to take less time than it actually does and then I obviously have not paid my myself enough for the job. I would love to get some professional help in pricing my time accurately! Thanks!

  157. Starr Crocker on May 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    My biggest obstacle is getting started. Lots of low end photographers in my area that are charging very little. Hard to compete.

  158. Marcela on May 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    My business is not photography per se, but doing beautiful slideshows with them. My biggest fear is pricing me too low, or too high …

  159. Lisa on May 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    How to price digital files!! Also putting together packages.

  160. Melissa on May 15, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is raising my prices without losing current clients! Need advice!

  161. JeninWA on May 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I haven’t started my business yet, but my fear of pricing is that I really have no idea where to start. This would help me a lot!

  162. Laurie Walscheid on May 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    My fear is charging too much that I will loose customers.

  163. Megan on May 15, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I have a fear of charging more. What if people don’t come to me anymore?

  164. Kortney Jarman on May 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is figuring out how to price packages.

  165. Wendy Mayo on May 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    It always seems like everyone is trying to get something for nothing. How do I help people see the value of my work?

  166. Jessica on May 15, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    My biggest obstacle is keeping it simple for the client, while still trying to offer a wide range of products and services.

  167. Becca Caniglia on May 15, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle as a new photographer is believing people will pay what I believe I’m worth. And honestly believing that I’m worth what I’m charging.

  168. Brandy on May 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I’m in the process of setting up my website right now- I am scared of pricing myself too high, and not being able to live up to people’s expectations- I am scared of pricing myself too low, and undercutting myself.

  169. Rebecka Jeffs on May 15, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I’m afraid to charge people because I’m in a tight money situtation and I tend to want to help other people that are in the same bind as I am. But I’m not really helping myself when I do this. However I’m just a photo student and I also feel that I shouldn’t charge a high price because my quailty isn’t where I want to be. :/

  170. Allana Mason on May 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    My largest obstacle is the fact that for 3 years I have priced based on the fact that I had a great “real” job and didnt necessarily need the income from photography. NOW I am working to move to a full time business doing something that I love – and will have to raise my prices a great deal. This worries me because when I look at other local photog prices they cannot be making any money! How does one raise prices when noone else is!?

  171. Jennie on May 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Trying to slim down the pricing list so it won’t overwhelm my clients… and me.

  172. Katie Campbell on May 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I have been in business for almost a year and my struggle is STRUCTURE. I am trying to put packages together and pricing my products and it is hard to do when I don’t have a structure. It takes me hours to do the math–not a strong suit of mine! 🙂 I sit and try to figure out the COGS shipping, etc. And I always think I have it down and in the end, I still never make what I was aiming for. I need help to lay a foundation so I can build upon a solid pricing structure. Thanks! 🙂

  173. Lisa on May 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Pricing itself is my biggest obstacle! I am pretty new to photography and it’s been the biggest thorn in my side unfortunately.

  174. Lisa on May 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    fan on FB 🙂

  175. Lisa on May 15, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    following on twitter @shutterspeeder

  176. Lori@VisibleSoulPhotography on May 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    My biggest fear is not knowing my true worth and potentially over/under pricing myself. I’m struggling with this as we speak!

  177. Lisa on May 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    subscribed to RSS feed 🙂

  178. Alison M on May 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    The hardest part of pricing is knowing how to price myself… I just have no clue!! I want people to be able to afford me b/c I love the artisic part of it but I want to make the kind of money that my time is worth!!

  179. Alison M on May 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I am a fan on facebook and posted to my status!!

  180. Tracey on May 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    It seems my fears in pricing once I start up a business are similar to most of these comments already. Too low and I feel undervalued as well as taking away from the industry standard; too high and maybe people won’t think it’s worth it.

  181. Tracey on May 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I’m a fan on FB – Inspire Me Photography

  182. Tracey on May 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I’m also a subscriber and get daily emails 🙂

  183. Tracey on May 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm
  184. Heather on May 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    As a new photography busniness owner I find it hard to dertermine what I am worth. I look at what others in my area ar charging and still fins it difficult to put a price to what I can produce. I guess I feel that because I am new I lack the confidence that I can produce work that is worth what others are charging.

  185. Tracey on May 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I have a button on my blog – Inspire Me Photography @ http://inspireme-photography.blogspot.com/ 🙂

  186. Jennifer Campbell on May 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Biggest fear- Don’t want to be too cheap or too expensive.

  187. Michelle on May 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I’m not a business quite yet and I think it’s because of pricing. I don’t want to price too low but I also don’t want to price too high. I’m intimidated at creating packages and a pricing structure but I want to get it right from the getgo.

  188. Cynthia on May 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Over all getting started. Pricing is a tough one.

  189. Michelle on May 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I have a banner on m site!

  190. Laura on May 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    My biggest price obstacle is pricing itself!!! I am trying to find a common ground here. I don’t want to be as pricey as some of the pro’s in the area, because a lot of people can’t afford them. But, I don’t want to sell myself short. I am a military wife trying to make my way in the business. So, I am surrounded by other military families. I know the hardship they have as far as the money situations. So, I want to be fair to them since they are mostly what I am surrounded by. My prices right now are REALLY low compared to most photogs in the area. But, I am still too expensive for most military families. I don’t know what to do about it.

  191. Stacey on May 15, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    I’m still a hobbyist. I’m wondering though how to price, especially in this economy.

  192. dawn on May 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Marketing/advertising

  193. laura on May 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    As a new business, pricing is my number one obstacle. It almost seems price is more important than the photography to some clients. Also, the struggle with selling files vs prints. Aggh! I’d LOVE this guide!

  194. Kristen on May 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    being firm….especially when it comes to friends and family wanting everything for free! they know I’m a pushover 😛

  195. Michelle Hires on May 15, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’m a Facebook fan!

  196. dawn on May 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Following on fb

  197. Thauna on May 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is mostly feeling confident that my pricing is competitive, while still offering a good deal to my customers. And feeling confident that my work is worth what I’m charging. :o)

  198. dawn on May 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Subscribe rss 🙂

  199. dawn on May 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Followin on twitter

  200. Christy on May 15, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    My pricing fear? Over pricing – under pricing. It’s all a fear right now!

  201. jessica on May 15, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    my biggest pricing obstacle is that I’m still in the portfolio-building stage, but don’t want to price myself so low that all my referrals are permanently expecting them to stay so low. Could definitely use help figuring that out!

  202. Melissa on May 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Whether to price ala carte or by packages. This year I raised my prices and decided to do it more than I ever had before because I was too low. I want customers to come to me because they like the service I provide not because I am less expensive than the next photographer. However, I second guess if I raised them too much for the economic times we are in.

  203. MegganB on May 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Finding a suitable option for all clients and one that suits me as well. Price + session that we can all live with… digital or prints?

  204. MelissaFoscardo on May 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I am a fan of MCP on facebook.

  205. MelissaFoscardo on May 15, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I follow MCP on Twitter @sweetdaisyphoto

  206. Valerie on May 15, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    As someone that is still mulling over the idea of starting a business, my fear is that I am not good enough (yet) to charge the prices that I need to make a go of it.

  207. Valerie on May 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I’m a FB fan of MCP!

  208. Valerie on May 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I also follow MCP on twitter. 🙂

  209. Miranda Glaeser on May 15, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    My biggest pricing fears…. that I will not ask for what I am worth.

  210. Breanne on May 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I’m still very much in the beginning stages of business and my biggest pricing fears/obstacles are sort of one and the same. I don’t know where to start with building collections or how much I should charge since I’m starting out. I’ve gone back and forth a million times.

  211. Miranda Glaeser on May 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I subscribe to your RSS 🙂

  212. Miranda Glaeser on May 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I follow your tweets.

  213. Miranda Glaeser on May 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I’m a fan on FB, a.k.a I like you.

  214. Melissa Thiem on May 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I have a business, but have not actually begun. I am still building a portfolio. I haven’t gotten as far as pricing, but would love the guidance!

  215. Michelle Anderson on May 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    It’s hard for me to price myself fairly…I’m so afraid I’m going to drive people away by being too high. I live in a community where Wal-Mart portrait studios is considered high-priced custom photography. Go figure. So this pricing guide would be a God-send. And not a moment too soon. My husband lost his job and things are getting tight.

  216. Michelle Anderson on May 15, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I retweeted the contest info and am following you on twitter…Thanks!

  217. Beth Winterburn on May 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    My pricing fear is that I’m giving away too much..too much of my time and too much of my talent at too low of a price. I’m afraid that I’m aiding and abetting in low expectations of what people would and should accept as artwork. I definitely don’t want to do that. I want a balance – a realistic price point that justifies this hobby turned profession that I love.

  218. Lindsay on May 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I’m getting ready to raise my prices significantly after having way more business than I can handle the last couple of months … I’m nervous about going to high and having business dry up. I need to find that middle ground!

  219. Breanne on May 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I’m a FB fan

  220. Breanne on May 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I’m a follower

  221. Breanne on May 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I’m a subscriber

  222. Kristi on May 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Right now wanting to take my photography to that next level my fears aboutpricing are that I will price to high. I have an in home studio and practice friends, we are a military community so I always have in mind how portraits for most military families can be considered a expensive investment. I apply thatthinking when I think about every person, family I might photograph.

  223. Sylwia on May 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Hi!I want open my business in this year. And I want lern absolutely everything about pricing. I live in Poland. There is no website and guide about this business. I found MPC ACTIONS on Flickr. You are very helpful for me. Thank you. ps.I dont speak englisch very well, but I hope you understand me 🙂

  224. evie on May 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Being afraid that everyone will run away screaming when they see my price list.

  225. Michelle Anderson on May 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I subscribed to the blog feed – Thanks!

  226. Heather on May 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is creating prices that are enticing to my customer’s but are not too low for my standard. I need to try to find that happy medium.

  227. Christa on May 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    My friend and I are starting our own photography studio and seems like the rest of the posters are also scared of either pricing too high or too low. Unfortunately, being a small business cost $ and our prices must reflect the costs of rent, prints etc. We are optomistic, but it is definately still scary.

  228. christine on May 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    my biggest obstacle with my pricing is charging too low for what i’m offering. in my mind i dont think i’m “good” enough to be charging what other photographers in my area are charging and i also dont think that people will book me if my prices are too high.

  229. Robin on May 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    My biggest pricing fear is I’m not worth the price. Or that I won’t have clients because I’m not competitive.

  230. Tori on May 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Packages are hard because there are other photographers out there that just give away full resolution CDs. I know you get what you pay for, but some clients just see the dollar signs, not the quality.

  231. jenney on May 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Definitely trying not too price too high {to scare potential clients away} but not too low so I don’t make any money. I’m still trying to find the “perfect middle ground.”

  232. Kai on May 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    As someone putting together the research and website and portfolio and plan for a business, pricing definitely has me the most flummoxed. I have to echo a lot of others’ concerns on over or underpricing too much, especially as someone who could not afford a professional photographer myself. I both want to reach out to those also in my current economic bracket, but also strive to be above the income I’m at so that someday I can retire. So how do I find that level and the confidence to price at that level without feeling like I’m over charging people like myself?

  233. Bart Leger on May 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    The most difficult thing I find about pricing is figuring out how to build in perceived value. For collections or “packages”, it’s how to price it that won’t leave too much money on the table, but will provide incentives to purchase that large collection and have the client walk away thinking you provided them an awesome deal. Unfortunately, I’ve been constantly changing my pricing because I’m not sure if I’ve gotten it right yet.

  234. Catherine on May 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    My biggest fear is putting together packages that are appealing and profitable. I don’t want to price gauge and I don’t want to underprice. I need to make what I’m worth and have packages that keep people happy.

  235. Laura on May 15, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I have a hard time creating packages, so I mostly do a la cart print/product pricing. My biggest fear is thinking I’m not worth what I charge…and that clients won’t want to spend that much on their images.

  236. Katherine Wall on May 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I have a really hard time charging friends!

  237. Sami B on May 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Setting my prices and having the confidence to be firm with them. And setting policies around objections to price. I think if I was happy with my pricing which I’m not at the moment these other things would be easier.

  238. chesley on May 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    to Cd or not to CD is the question??

  239. Mike Sweeney on May 15, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Biggest obstacle? Surviving if I post honest prices since much of the competition is considerably lower. I dont know how they make it but outlasting them is not an option. So I’m working on alternative markets where there is not as much competition. But for these markets, I’m having to do a crash course in some more post work to get my skills up to scratch.

  240. Kelvin Teixeira on May 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, charging what I feel my work is worth, rather than basing it on what others in my locality (charging way too little) think there’s is worth, just to ensure I get some bookings. The public cannot understand why one charges $500 and another charges $2500 for the “same thing”. I read through most of the comments and it looks like we’re all in the same boat sinking (sorry) I meant thinking the same thoughts. Comment number 59 by Janene particularly echoes my thoughts.

  241. Kelvin Teixeira on May 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Sorry, I mean … theirs … (I used to be so good at spelling and grammar too).

  242. MelissaU on May 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I find it most difficult to walk that fine line between wanting to be affordable and wanting to pay myself more than minimum wage! 😉

  243. Nicolasa on May 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I am worried about putting packages together that are decent prices for the customer but that aren’t too low for me.

  244. MelissaU on May 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Also a fan on Facebook 🙂

  245. Traci on May 15, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    My biggest obstacle in pricing is me. I’m afraid no one will want to pay that much. (I know – isn’t that ridiculous?!) 🙂

  246. Kelley Cook on May 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Once upon a time, I thought the only way to bring customers in was to be “affordable,” and at the time, “affordable” had a direct correlation to my confidence level and knowing how to acheive a great pic ON PURPOSE. Now that I KNOW how to acheive what I want on purpose, and I know how much time goes into it, how much I have invested in my education, my equipment, my hardware, software, and yes, I know I already mentioned it, but the precious time I spend away from my babies to establish this 2nd career that I’d like to soon convert into my primary career, I have the confidence to charge what I’m worth. I have the confidence to say, “If you want Sears prices, then go to Sears.” I know the clientelle that I want to market to. Clientelle that can see the difference in my work and value it, clientelle that are willing and able to pay for that difference, clientelle that want to purchase the collection, not just a couple of pics. I know I am still a work in progress (I always hope to be!), but I know that each session costs me so much more than just the cost of the prints. I would like to know how to ensure that your pricing is appropriate for the area you are in (as I am planning on moving in the near future and doing photography full time.) Do you compare yourself to other photographers in the area if your photography is completely unique and different from everything else offered in that area? I do not want to start off in one place and then lose customers by raising prices. I believe I need to start out where I want to be and let customers discover the difference in quality themselves…but do not want to scare them off in the first place by the pricing. I do want to weed out “minimal purchasing” customers though, as I put way too much time and effort into this for someone to only spend less than $150. I also need to know how to ensure that I keep everything straight for tax purposes, how to keep up with mileage, expenses, etc. I just need to know all of the “need to knows” of having your own business. I want to do it right, I want to keep myself organized and make “doing it right” as easy as possible. If I never won another contest in my life…I WANT SOOOOOOOOOOO BAD TO WIN THIS ONE!!!!!!

  247. tara s. on May 15, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    my biggest pricing fear is that no one will be willing to pay what i charge.

  248. Shana Qualey on May 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    My biggest obstacle in pricing is figuring out how to present value to the customer but still make what I need for it to be worthwhile. How to express to the potential customer in this digital world that beautiful photos are worth paying for.

  249. Shana Qualey on May 15, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  250. Victoria on May 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I want to target a market that doesn’t live in my area. Where my ideal client’s do live, there are already an abundance of photographer’s to choose from. The challenge has been pricing for my area, which is mostly a farming region or two-income families already living paycheck to paycheck. I want to do what I love but be able to call myself a business as well and that means pricing accordingly.

  251. Alesha on May 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    if i won the adorama gift certificate I would put it towards a tamron 28-75.If I won the lens rental, I would rent the nikon 24-70.

  252. Diane on May 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Pricing is a problem for me, as I have done so much “free” photography, that it is hard to change and start to charge anyone. I guess I am afraid that I am not really worth being paid.

  253. Belinda Olsen on May 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Wow this amazing set of opportunities has been a rude awakening of the things I need to work on. I am mortified about under/over pricing. I have heard amazing things about the ‘easy of pie’ pricing strategy and have wanted to invest in it.

  254. Morgan on May 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    My fear is that with my prices set “fairly” I won’t get any business. It’s something I’m struggling with right now. I get so many “I can’t afford that” and I already feel like I’m cheap.

  255. stephanie pedersen on May 15, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    My biggest fear in pricing how I want is coming across people who will fight me on it. I’m not a fighter, I’m a lover and it’s to stay strong sometimes.

  256. rachael on May 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Pricing issues…I am afraid of pricing myself too high (“am I worth it?” “will people pay what I want/need?”), and yet I am afraid of pricing myself too low and essentially doing work for free (thus bringing down the market, and selling myself short…working for pennies).

  257. stephanie pedersen on May 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    My biggest fear in pricing how I want is coming across people who will fight me on it. I’m not a fighter, I’m a lover and it’s hard to stay strong sometimes.

  258. Isa on May 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Wondering the best way to price myself in general….packages? a la carte?

  259. stephanie pedersen on May 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I subscribe and I’m a HUGE fan!

  260. Heather on May 15, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I don’t have a business yet, but my biggest fear is just having no clue what to price things at all. How much should I charge to even make it worth it?

  261. Kelli T on May 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I have a hard tell determining how much to charge my friends. I want to give them a deep discount but then again this is a way I make extra money so I should charge them a full amount. It puts me in a very difficult situation!

  262. Shelly on May 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    My biggest obstacle is talking myself into leaving corporate life and taking a big paycut to have a photography business – I would need to price pretty high to replace my salary, and then would I get any business if I started out high?

  263. Julie Velez on May 15, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Pricing seems so complicated to me! I worry that I won’t charge enough to cover my initial costs because I’ll forget some factor or another, or that if I price myself higher, clients won’t want to hire me. Right now, I find that I’m doing a ton of work for very little pay and I know that needs to change, but I feel very intimidated by pricing myself. How do I know if I’m good enough to ask for a competitive price?

  264. photomagic247 on May 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    My biggest pricing fear is having too high of a price for my area. We are a very rural small town area which has been hit HARD with unemployment. My nearest big cities are an hour away and I would travel but I don’t know how convenient I would be for my customers that way! Plus not being familiar with the areas and not knowing the best places to use for the shoots! I also don’t want to be so cheap that I work myself to death for pennies. I myself can remember years ago going for a family portrait sitting (a gift from my brother to my parents) and upon seeing the price list thinking “HOLY COW . . she charges HOW MUCH for an 8×10?!” Now I know why but then I thought it was ridiculous . . especially since she was in a bad mood and rushed us through the whole thing and the pics were awful. She even had our disabled brother kneel on the floor and the healthy brother sit in a chair??? AND we had to take out the lenses from our prescription glasses (??) and we couldn’t SEE ANYTHING during the shoot! She didn’t listen to what we wanted . . well as you can tell I guess I learned what NOT to do when I am the one shooting the pictures!

  265. Lisa G. on May 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I fear both ends of the spectrum. Pricing too high and not getting any business and pricing too low and getting the same results.

  266. photomagic247 on May 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Already get you through my Google Reader!!

  267. photomagic247 on May 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Already a fan on Facebook!!

  268. Ali on May 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    My biggest obstacle is believing in myself, closely followed by deciding on which products to focus on.

  269. Melissa on May 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I have a minimum order amount and I cant figure out whether it is better to charge the session fee and minimum print order up front or let them wait until ordering. I am afraid the high session fee will scare away clients, but they might not honor my minimum order amount if I wait.I also cant decide on mini sessions. It seems like having a once or twice a month mini session days works great for some photographers. I cant decide if I would miss out on sales because people would go for the cheaper session or if I would get more clients overall because I am tapping into another, more frugal market.I have redone my packages so many times I cant decide! How do you put together a package that works for what people want today?I hope I made sense!

  270. RebeccaY on May 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    My biggest fear is putting a value to my work. Especially since I am just starting.

  271. Chelsi on May 15, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    My biggest pricing fear is that I will attract the wrong type of clients by setting my prices too low, but I don’t want my prices to be sky high and untouchable either. Where is the happy medium for me? Great giveaway!!

  272. Erica on May 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Living in a small community I worry about doing too much for free in the portfolio building stage and having it “get out” that I’m cheap.

  273. Ashley Gillett on May 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    biggest obstacle is finding the clients who can afford what I want to charge!

  274. Ashley Gillett on May 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Facebook Fan

  275. RebeccaY on May 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    I subscribe!

  276. Regina on May 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    As a photographer making the transition from hobbyist to professional my biggest pricing obstacle is my own insecurity. I’m always afraid that my work isn’t “good enough” for professional pricing. All of my clients have been overjoyed with what I’ve given them, I’m just critical of my own work.

  277. Robin Jan on May 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Currently I’m still photographing friends to build my portfolio and gain experience. I haven’t really charged anyone but my biggest fear is that people won’t want to pay much. Not many understand all that goes into photography so I’m afraid they’ll think I’m trying to rob them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “oh you dont have to edit my pictures”. I dont think a lot of people understand there’s a huge artistic aspect to it that requires more than just shoot, upload, print, done.

  278. Jenn S. on May 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I am not in businees yet, I’m currently interning for some of my favorite local wedding photographers. I worry that when it comes to my own pricing, I will either underestimate or forget some of the costs of running a business and will have set my prices too low. On the other hand, I’m worried that people will not be interested in hiring me if my prices are too high.

  279. sherry on May 15, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    pricing collections & the right assortment in the collection

  280. Lauren Miller on May 15, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    My pricing fears are everything… Not even knowing where to begin!

  281. Rebecca on May 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    As I’m getting ready to start my business, I’m terrified of not pricing myself correctly based on my skills and long term goals. I’d love to win!

  282. BreeRoss on May 15, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Pricing all the way!

  283. Bree Ross on May 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    fb fan!

  284. Rachel Hill on May 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    The area where I live is not a wealthy area. The whole idea of custom photography is compared to studios in the mall and obviously cannot compete pricewise.

  285. Connie McClain on May 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I am just getting started on my business, and i have been putting off the pricing part of my business plan. It’s very overwhelming…it goes both ways: I don’t want to price my services too high and turn people off (especially if they know I’m a new business), and then again I don’t want to price everything too low and sell myself short. I really need help with it! Thanks for this opportunity to win!! 🙂

  286. Aurelie on May 15, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    The biggest obstacle for me is to figure out how much to charge for products and explain to people why they have to pay much more than if they were buying them in a chain store. I find that people just don’t buy much at all.

  287. Aurelie on May 15, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I also subscribe to the RSS feed.

  288. Connie McClain on May 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I subscribe to the daily updates 🙂

  289. Connie McClain on May 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I am already a fan on FB

  290. Pamela on May 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    My biggest fear/obstacle is that I am just starting out in the portrait arena and do not want to be too high or too low in my pricing. I find it hard to try to convey the message that my photography is much different than something they can find at a chain studio like JC Penney or Sears. I want to give them a boutique experience, and get paid for it!

  291. Erin Leigh on May 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I fear I will price too high for my talent. That people will think I am not good enough for the pricing..eek. I hope to start a business eventually as I improve my photography.I am already a fan on facebook, follow mcp on twitter, and subscribe to the feed. I also posted on my blog regarding this giveaway! http://www.erinleigho.weebly.com/my-thoughts-blog

  292. lisa on May 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Its hard to think that I’ll be able to get people to pay enough that I’ll actually make any money at this.

  293. lisa shifflett on May 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    how to price canvas collections and storyboards.

  294. Galina on May 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    obstacle/fear – why/how I should charge more than I, as a customer, would pay for my level of photography?

  295. Kristin on May 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    My biggest fear is actually coming up with a pricing plan that I can feel confident about – a pricing plan that doesn’t force me to work like a dog, but at the same time is not too “cocky”…hahaha…Basically, I need to feel more confident about my work so I can feel better about what I “want” to charge.

  296. Kristin on May 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I’m a follower on twitter – kristin_loves

  297. Kristin on May 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  298. Kristin on May 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I receive daily updates!

  299. Jodie on May 15, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    My biggest fear is underpricing but then I don’t want to overprice either. I feel like I have too many products to offer- could this be a bad thing?

  300. josie hamper on May 15, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Pricing is so hard, and it seems like no matter what you do someone always thinks your expensive.

  301. Gina on May 15, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    As I am just starting out professionally I am worried people will not want to pay “pro” prices for my work and will expect a steep discount. I am also worried because I am just starting out that I will price too high.

  302. C Marie on May 15, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    My biggest fear is charging more than the local chain stores. Just starting out all the marketing is towards friends of friends. So charging too much makes me feel like they think I’m being egotistical (Sp)Tweeted:http://twitter.com/catinamarie123

  303. Nicole on May 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I do not own a business, but I would be afraid of pricing myself out of jobs. I definitely would need more confidence in my work so that I would have confidence in my pricing. If I start my pricing too low how would I increase it without losing customers? Oh so much to worry about 🙂

  304. Paul on May 15, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    My biggest pricing nightmare is trying to compete with all the amateurs that are giving away complete CD’s of pictures with wedding photos and portrait sittings. I don’t know how to do it anymore. There are so many people with good cameras that think they are photographers. It makes it hard for a professional to price the job right.

  305. Cortney on May 15, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I want to price low enough so that everyone can enjoy the photos but high enough that I am making money.

  306. melissa stover on May 15, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    second guessing myself.

  307. Jordan Lyall on May 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I think that my biggest challenge is making sure that I’m pricing enough to make money while still attempting to stay competitive. There are a lot of cheaper shoot and burn photographers in my area, and while I am confident in the product I offer, it’s tough consistently attracting clients who value photography enough to pay a little extra.

  308. Jordan on May 15, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Bonus entry – added you to my RSS feed.

  309. Tiffany on May 16, 2010 at 12:20 am

    My biggest pricing snafu is confidence in my pricing and putting my packages together. Ugh. Seems like I feel a need to change every couple of months or so.

  310. Sheena on May 16, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Our biggest problem is exactly what you say, we spend tons of time taking, editing, and presenting the pictures but get low order totals. We also have some that say that they love the pictures, get emotional while viewing the slideshow, but either submit a low order or don’t order anything. It’s also an emotional thing because we want to make money (obviously) but we don’t want to feel like we’re taking our clients’ hard earned money to purchase something we really want them to have anyway.

  311. Sheena on May 16, 2010 at 12:25 am

    bonus entry: joined facebook page

  312. Nicole on May 16, 2010 at 12:28 am

    My biggest obstacle is moving from start-up pricing to real photographer pricing. It’s a challenge I deal with every day.

  313. Sheena on May 16, 2010 at 12:28 am

    bonus entry: subscribed to RSS feed

  314. Nicole Ishida on May 16, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Also became a facebook fan (or is that a “liker”?)

  315. Nicole Ishida on May 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

    And I have you in my RSS feed.

  316. Nicole on May 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

    And also following you on Twitter – maxing out my chances. 🙂

  317. Rachel on May 16, 2010 at 12:37 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is charging “family friends”. i feel that I already charge a reasonable price but because, they have some kind of tie to me, they want some kind of deal. I, of course want their business and so I suck it up and do the best job I can possibly do, in hopes that their photo shoot will spark some business with those that they know.

  318. Heidi Lawson on May 16, 2010 at 1:00 am

    My biggest obstacle is definitely that at the first sign that someone thinks I charge too much ~ especially when they are friends of mine ~ I tend to say something like “but for YOU, I will give you a discount …” Definitely need to stop doing this, but it’s hard!

  319. Kay Lee on May 16, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Biggest fear is not charging enough for my work and time.

  320. Annie Heng-Tse on May 16, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Biggest pricing fear would be pricing too low to make it worthwhile.

  321. Claire on May 16, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Finding the balance between making money and giving my clients fair, competitive prices. I pretty much give myself a migraine each and every time I try to think about pricing!!

  322. Kristin on May 16, 2010 at 3:47 am

    My biggest pricing problem is presenting my pricing in way that creates the need for more in my clients. I seem to be able to this with some clients, but not with enough of them.

  323. Rosie Bray on May 16, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I am just starting out and so far only making token money as I do my business alongside my full time job but I want to make a good living from it and I’m worried about how much I think I will want to charge – will anyone pay it?!

  324. rosie Bray on May 16, 2010 at 5:53 am

    bonus entry – joined the mcp facebook fanpage! thanks!

  325. Kristin on May 16, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Making sure that I am chargin enough.

  326. Jennifer on May 16, 2010 at 8:21 am

    My biggest obstacle is trying to stay super affordable, but make money! I want to offer quality photography everyone can afford. The recession hit people hard and I want to be able to help them out. But, I feel like I’ll never make any profit if I keep offering prints/products at the same price!

  327. Glennen on May 16, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I don’t have a business yet, but my biggest fear is that I will not “earn” what I charge. After reading a lot here though, I’m afraid I will not charge what I’m worth… where is the happy medium?

  328. calliezant on May 16, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Biggest fear-pricing too low. Second biggest fear-pricing too high!

  329. geneil on May 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Just don’t know where to start when pricing. I’m a very beginner so I don’t want to set prices too high.

  330. Sarah Reed on May 16, 2010 at 8:50 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle in your business is setting prices that are fair for both myself and my client, as I am a beginning professional. I don’t want to undervalue myself but I want clients to view my product as quality!

  331. Sarah Reed on May 16, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Re-tweeted!

  332. Laura Prichett on May 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for the great contest! My biggest problem is that I only have 1 year under my belt, so I am not sure how to balance attracting new clients and charging enough to make it worth my while – I could really use the cookbook to help me figure that out!Thanks!

  333. Tori on May 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I’m worried I’m pricing myself too low but also finding clients expect so much for near nothing :-/

  334. Jill on May 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

    The biggest pricing obstacle for my business is not just pricing on my personal buying preferences. I have been looking at the easy as pie info for a few months now and know I need to make the purchase…I would love to win it!

  335. tamsen donker on May 16, 2010 at 10:49 am

    biggest pricing obstacle: being afraid people won’t hire me anymore! i’d rather shoot often just because i love it so much…but i know i’m taking away from my family when i work a lot for little $$…so my heart and mind are constantly battling :Pi’d love to win the Biz Buzz, it sounds like an incredible product! And I’m working on making EAP part of m pricing right now 🙂

  336. kim schmidt on May 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

    The biggest obstacle has always been having faith in my prices.

  337. kim schmidt on May 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I subscribe to your feed!

  338. kim schmidt on May 16, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I “liked” your fan page!

  339. Tina Prainito on May 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I have no idea where to start with pricing and don’t want to do everything for free forever! 🙂

  340. kim schmidt on May 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I’ve been following you on twitter for awhile (kimschmidtphoto). 🙂

  341. kim schmidt on May 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I subscribe to your news feed.

  342. Tina Prainito on May 16, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I have the MCP banner on the blog!

  343. Michelle Johnson on May 16, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I don’t have a business yet, but what scares me the most is being able to charge enough to make it worthwhile, but not so much that I can’t get clients. I’m also afraid of charging more than I’m worth.

  344. Christina Lazar-Schuler on May 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I price my fine art photography one way since I sell them as limited edition prints and shoot these on my own time. BUT portrait sessions are hard since I feel I have to be competitive with the ‘point and shooters’ and the printing services offered by places like walmart, target, etc… It frustrating having your prices compared to those big-box stores. I’d love a strategy to be able to get clients beyond that thinking!

  345. Christina Lazar-Schuler on May 16, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I’m following you on Twitter [@clazarschuler]

  346. Gabriela Lingenfelder on May 16, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is packages, collages and albums. I always have a hard time pushing these and am not sure if my pricing is reasonable for the client and beneficial for myself.

  347. Krista on May 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    My biggest fear with pricing is that my clients will think that I am too expensive and I won’t be able to get new clients.

  348. Heather on May 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Having the courage to actually charge what it’s worth!

  349. Carrie on May 16, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    My biggest obstacle in my business is knowing how to price my work and even more so, believing that I am worth what I charge.

  350. Megan Rogers on May 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    When is comes to pricing.. I have so many friends and family say they wont pay that much. I dont see it at the time but does that mean I am not good enough or what. I want to make money but I love people and hate to loose the because of how much it cost. Yet I know that man I put alot of work into what I do. So pricing is not my friend !

  351. Megan Rogers on May 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Following you on Twitter:)

  352. Cayce on May 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    My biggest obstacle with pricing is gaining the clients who want to pay for quality and not go to Target or Walmart for pictures.

  353. Tiffany on May 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    My friends want to pay me because I get such great pics of their kids and are tired of paying others for so so smile. I just don’t know how to answer the question of how much do you want for these?

  354. Ana Guerrero on May 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I think my biggest obstacle is trying to figure out how to price based on the area I live in. I don’t live in the most “richiest” neighborhood. So it’s a little intimidating for me to “up” those prices. I’m scared I won’t get any clients at all! =/

  355. Ana Guerrero on May 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I twittered about it: http://twitter.com/Mamirosa/status/14111050798 and I’ve also subscribed to your daily updates! =)

  356. Uyen on May 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’m not a business owner and I’m doing photography as a hobby at the moment. If I ever do decide to start my own business, I think my biggest pricing fear is properly pricing each type of photo session appropriately.

  357. julie Freeman on May 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    The hardest thing about pricing for me is second guessing myself if I’m priced too high when I have clients go somewhere else.

  358. Sarah on May 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I not in a full blown business yet… but would LOVE to be. I still want to stay affordable nut don’t want to be working for pennies and I don’t know where that happy medium is 🙂

  359. Misti on May 16, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    My biggest challenge is finding a middle ground to meet my photography experience & the time I spend on an image. I want to be accessible for all to have gorgeous memories, but i don’t want to spend all of my time working where I burn out.

  360. Haley on May 16, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle would have to be prints. I always hear that the money you make is on your prints not the session fee. I’ve changed my print pricing too many times and I still don’t think it’s right.

  361. Althea Dotzour on May 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I’m working to put packages together, and I’m really stumped. It’s a complicated process…picking what items people are going to want at a price point that will work for clients and move my busienss forward.

  362. kate craft on May 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    my biggest fear is underpricing and burning out along with under valuing the entire market

  363. Amy Little on May 16, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Believing I’m worth it. That’s really hard. And also I have a very saturated market and people aren’t willing to pay for the quality of pictures I produce. Bummer.

  364. Kellie spicknell on May 16, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    My biggest obstacle is saying my prices out loud! I almost feel embarrassed in case people think they are too high, but I know they are ok.

  365. Susana on May 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I fear pricing too low… or even too high. Doubting myself about whether I’m worth the price or not. Also what to do in the case of friends and family. Charge? or Not? or How much in the end?

  366. JanelKG on May 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I’m not in business… yet! I guess my biggest fear is feeling like I need more experience to charge what I want to earn 🙂

  367. Jennifer on May 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    My biggest fear is figuring out the fine line between pricing fairly for a beginning pro yet remaining competitive.

  368. Molly Braun on May 16, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I’m joining the ranks of those who are trying to make sense of the business side of the photography world. I want to be absolutely sure that my knack for photography and gift for working with people should be turned into a business. There is a fear of damaging my passion by being overwhelmed and distracted with the business aspect.

  369. Jennifer Williams on May 16, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    There is such a mixed bag of information on this for a new studio. I have been in business since 10/2009 I have priced my studio based off a business plan I wrote my last quarter in photography school. It’s a solid plan, but I question weather this pricing is appropriate now.

  370. Amber L on May 16, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    For me it’s everything! I’m just finishing up putting together my portfolio and when it comes to charging I’m lost! I don’t want to charge too much and have people not use me cause they can’t afford. I also don’t want to charge too little. I feel so lost when it comes to this part of the business!

  371. Steff on May 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    my fears are the same as others. too high? too low? the free photo thing while i am building? i don’t want to undercut, but I want what I deserve, I want to be respected. I am more of an artist than business person. I don’t know how to balance the two enough to set my own limits and expectations. I’ve had a couple paying jobs and I didn’t break even. I feel like there has to be a formula to figure out my rate but so far I haven’t found it.

  372. steff on May 16, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    bonus, i am a fan on facebook as well.

  373. Erin Phillips on May 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I’m just now putting my pricing together, and my biggest fear is not getting it right!! I want to price myself fairly, but take into account the economy and other’s needs as well. It’s very hard for me!

  374. Lisa Mills on May 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    My greatest fear and worry about pricing is : what if they do not feel they received there monies worth? How in this economy can you make the prices reasonable and still make money to put back in to the business for improvements?

  375. Alison on May 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I think my biggest struggle with pricing is sticking to it! I always second guess if I’m to low or to high and with that comes the confidence issue!

  376. Alison on May 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I am a fan on FB!!!

  377. Becca on May 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I would say I dont want to charge too much – I’m afraid people will say that I’m not worth that much or I wont have any customers! 🙂

  378. Alison on May 16, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Finally got subscribed to the daily newsletter~

  379. Heather on May 16, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    My biggest fears are related to trying to set reasonable prices as I’m just starting my business (first client next month!).

  380. Joe Orlando on May 16, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t have a buisness but I’m active pursueing that goal. My pricing fears are just finding the balance between earning a fair value for my work without turning off potential customers.

  381. Sarah Andreotti on May 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    The biggest obstacle for me is that I’m just starting out and don’t want to price myself too high, but at the same time don’t want to start out too low and have potential customers view me as cheap, and therefore, not professional.

  382. Joe Orlando on May 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Posted this contest to my facebook page for an additionl entry. (But I would have done it reguardless)

  383. Sarah Andreotti on May 16, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I’m a facebook fan! 🙂

  384. Sarah Andreotti on May 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I just subscribed to the feeds!

  385. Gabrielle Smith on May 16, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Trying to decide how to price things – I don’t want to undervalue my worth, but I still want to be competitive…

  386. Gabrielle Smith on May 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I’m a fan on FB!

  387. Gabrielle Smith on May 16, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    And I follow you on twitter! I’m @SouthernILPhoto!

  388. Johanna on May 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I biggest fear is that I know that so many of my friends would not be able to afford it. And that people won’t understand the investment of custom photography and that they won’t think I’m worth it.

  389. Lisa Norris on May 16, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I’m not a business owner (yet), but have done photo shoots for some of my friends. My biggest fear and/or obstacle is pricing for friends…I am in that limbo stage where I am not confident enough to charge a lot (or think that I should charge anything) and am just thankful that anyone thinks my pictures are good enough to actually pay money for my work. So, when the topic of price comes up, I usually just charge what I think the person can afford and think myself CRAZY to even think I should charge more than $100 for everything!

  390. Barb on May 16, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Pricing for profitability and competitively to others in my neck of the woods.

  391. Kelly on May 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Photography business issues. . . it makes me wanna get a Master’s in Business to go along with my Bachelor’s in Photography! I have a ton of issues with pricing, all over the board. I have NO idea when to even begin going through the steps of getting an accountant (IE: tax crap). . . I don’t make a lot of money doing photography. When does one need to really buckle down + stop doing gigs under the table?? I don’t feel like my measly ‘salary’ is worth going in the hole making it an ‘official business’, plus we move all the time (Army family) so having regular clients + their referrals is a problem since we never stay anywhere long enough for my business to really get booming. HALP! ; p

  392. Maioha on May 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    My biggest fear is when it comes to charging friends and distant family. I’m trying to make money, so are they expecting too much of a discount? How do I feel good about the charge?

  393. Greg H on May 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Biggest problem is just knowing how much to price packages

  394. Greg H on May 16, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Subscribed to RSS

  395. Greg H on May 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Following on Twitter

  396. Greg H on May 16, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Facebook fan

  397. Michelle on May 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I do not have a business, but eventually I think the natural progression of things will lead me there. At this point pricing seems obscure to me. There are so many variables when it comes to pricing it honestly makes my head kinda spin. I would say that I am a thrifty type of spender, so it is hard to relate to some of the higher prices. Yet if price points are to low it may be hard to break-even. I am going to take pictures in July of a friend and her daughter. I don’t plan to charge, because it will be the first session I shoot that doesn’t include family. At this point I don’t mind the experience and feedback. I however do not want to get taken advantage in the long run and eventually find myself doing “favors” for a friend of a friend, etc. It would be interesting to be able to use my “first” session as a benchmark of what a potential sale would be.

  398. kim bolyard on May 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    trying to be affordable and competitive…also knowing what to charge for session time and prints…or just charging for session time and a CD of photos…and what is a good number of photos to put on the CDpeaceKim Bolyard

  399. Debbie Gibb on May 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I have fears of not charging too much. I am just starting my business and have been taking photos of friends, family, kids, etc. just to build my portfolio. I need some serious help in this area… Would be great to start out like a true professional right out of the gate. Thanks, Deb G.

  400. Tracy Brewer on May 16, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    My fear is not only being priced too low, but also being priced too high.

  401. Tracy Brewer on May 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I am a fan on facebook and also follow on Twitter.

  402. Dena on May 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    As I launch my new business, I fear that I won’t charge appropriately. Either I’ll lose my shirt or price myself so high that I’ll drive potential business away.

  403. Christina B on May 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    My biggest fear starting my business in regards to pricing is starting at the right place. I don’t want to start too high but not too low.

  404. Christina B on May 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Follow on Facebook.

  405. Christina B on May 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Follow on Twitter

  406. Bruce on May 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    My biggest obstacle is getting a steady stream of clients that are willing to pay my price. My 2nd biggest obstacle is the print vs. digital files debate. A lot of potential clients just want digital files.

  407. Tracy Bernard on May 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is not overpricing my target audience. How do you know what’s too much or too little to charge. I don’t want to be known as the “Cheap” photographer. Where’s the balance?

  408. Casey Cooper on May 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    My biggest obstacle in pricing is how to set the session fee. I never feel that I’m as good as I (should) charge.

  409. Kim Tsui on May 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Under-valuing myself 🙁

  410. Kelly D. on May 16, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    I’m afraid if I raise my pricing people won’t hire me. I don’t even want to figure out what I’m getting paid per hour! It’s probably below minimum wage!

  411. Jennifer on May 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    It seems I tweak my prices after every job! Am I as good as photographer x down the road and can I charge the same as her? But if I price too low, then I’m afraid I’ll start to resent the time I spend getting great shots for my clients…. but if I price too high, then how will people afford me? I know I couldn’t afford me at those kinds of prices!

  412. Kelly D. on May 16, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    posted on facebook

  413. Kimberly on May 16, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    i’m not a professional, but as a customer who pays top notch dollar for top notch lifestyle photographers (and i don’t mind a bit!), i do not like the fact that one 4X6 is $40 or a 5X7 is 50 bucks. that is just crazy. i understand that some photographers have to do that so they wil make “something.” i would just rather pay a big fee for the digital files.

  414. Rachel on May 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Biggest obstacle would have to be other local photographers under pricing themselves and figuring out how much of the price I will be taxed on.

  415. Jennifer on May 16, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Just posted on my vividity page on FB.

  416. Jennifer on May 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I have a link to MCP actions on my blog: http://jennytaylor.wordpress.com

  417. nikki m on May 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    i’m not in business yet, and pricing is one of the things holding me back. i honestly have no idea where to start. packages, print credits, digital files…it’s enough to make my head spin!

  418. Jennifer on May 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    I subscribe to daily updates by email.

  419. Jennifer on May 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I am a fan of MCP actions on facebook.

  420. Shar on May 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is finding that “sweet” price point where I feel comfortable asking and my clients feel comfortable paying. There are so many ways to approach pricing. I’m always asking myself, ‘How do I know which approach my clients will prefer?’. Sometimes the obstacle of what to charge actually stops me from offering something new!

  421. Nikki on May 16, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I’m not in business yet. My biggest fear about pricing is that I won’t charge enough to be adequately compensated for my time.

  422. Janice Kervin on May 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is pricing myself too low. I worry that I’m not worth more since I didn’t do schooling and I’m fairly new to the business (started as a PB business last year), and I also want people that I know to be able to afford the photos.

  423. Janice Kervin on May 17, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Tweeted about the contest –> http://twitter.com/JaniceKervin

  424. Janice Kervin on May 17, 2010 at 12:07 am

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  425. Janice Kervin on May 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I’m already a FB fan!

  426. Janice Kervin on May 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

    I already follow MCP actions on Twitter. 🙂

  427. Staci Zohlen on May 17, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I do not have a business, but I fear that I will have to charge more than what people will want to pay in order to be successful.

  428. Katherine B on May 17, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I think that my biggest fear is really not know what to charge and subsequently not charging enough or charging too much.

  429. Jo on May 17, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I have done enough free photography for friends and some family. I am a little afraid of the uncomfortable reactions when I do start asking my price for them instead of free.

  430. Katherine B on May 17, 2010 at 12:44 am

    BONUS: I’ve added your banner to my blog (click my name and it will take you there). =]

  431. Katherine B on May 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

    BONUS: I have subscribed to RSS Feed/Daily Updates. =]

  432. Kelly D. on May 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I tweeted.

  433. Katherine B on May 17, 2010 at 12:54 am

    BONUS: I have joined the MCP FB Fan Page. =]

  434. Katherine B on May 17, 2010 at 12:55 am

    BONUS: I am now following MCP on Twitter. =]

  435. Kristen on May 17, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I have just recently started shooting professionally, and find that mybiggest pricing obstacle is two-fold. I’ve been told by photographers and clients that my services are underpriced. I want to maintain a steady steam of clientele, but I also want to attract my ideal target market and I feel that my pricing might actually be steering them away. Currently, I only offer clients digital negatives, not prints or canvases, but lately I’ve wondered if I’m shorting myself by doing this.

  436. Kristen on May 17, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Subscribed! 🙂

  437. Kristen on May 17, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Joined the MCP FB fan page! 🙂

  438. Bailey on May 17, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Biggest pricing obstacle is by far people wanting more free, and me trying to make everyone happy, therefore giving away the farm!!!

  439. Bailey on May 17, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Im a fan on FB 🙂

  440. Zoe Heatherington on May 17, 2010 at 5:35 am

    My biggest obstacle financially seems to be what I charge for “friends and friends of friends” I always feel I need to give decent discount-but where do I draw the line when living in a small community where everyone knows everyone?!?

  441. Jody Williams on May 17, 2010 at 7:30 am

    What is you biggest pricing obstacle in your business? – My biggest obstacle is not pricing myself out of my market. People are always underselling you and I have to remember that quality is much more important than bargain pricing.

  442. Jen on May 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle would have to be trying to settle on prices (and packages) that not only seem fair and reasonable to a customer but are a true reflection of the amount of time, energy, education, research and talent that goes into producing the images that my clients love and proudly display on their walls!

  443. Kristin Schmucker on May 17, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I am a facebook fan.

  444. Nicole on May 17, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Like a lot of photographers, I’m most own worst enemy on pricing. I know I need to charge more, but I’m afraid that if I do, I won’t get any business. I’m also afraid that I’m not ready to charge more. Is my work worth it? As it is I can’t even afford “me”, so why should I expect other people to?

  445. Kelly on May 17, 2010 at 8:40 am

    My biggest fear is taht my work is not good enough.

  446. Nicole on May 17, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I am a fan on Facebook! 🙂

  447. Nicole on May 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I follow you on Twitter. 🙂

  448. jen on May 17, 2010 at 9:07 am

    i am not at all ready to start a business, but no matter if/when i do, pricing, to high or too low, will be the biggest obstacle. thanks for all this information!

  449. Vicky on May 17, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I want to set reasonable price that are affordable for working moms like myself but also want to make enough to help take care of my two babies.

  450. canadacole on May 17, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I toy with starting a business but there are already 2 photographers in my tiny rural village. Their prices are so low I wonder how they even cover expenses, and I want to make my prices high enough that I’m being compensated for my time and work, but it’s a poor area and not many people have money to spend on a photographer–they’d rather just head in to the city Walmart.

  451. Jennifer Patin on May 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

    My biggest pricing difficulty is that I am not worth it and I sometimes feel guilty for taking my client’s hard earned money. 🙁 Stupid, but true.

  452. Anita on May 17, 2010 at 9:25 am

    I fear not charging enough so that makes me look like I’m not a quality photographer, but not charging too much that it takes away a lot of business. Did that make any sense?!

  453. Audrey Coley on May 17, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I think the biggest obstacle is pricing yourself to attract the kind of clients who really value you as an artist. The economy has really made this tough, but I hope I can find those who really care and feel photography is important:)

  454. Molly on May 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Right now I am just charging a flat sitting fee and copyright releasing. I think I could make more money by doing some different pricing, I just don’t know where to start! I would love the help.

  455. Stefanie on May 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

    My biggest pricing fear relates back to my confidence in my work… are my clients going to be satisfied with what they get for the prices I’m asking. Working on that one! 🙂

  456. Stefanie on May 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Tweeted the contest!

  457. Stefanie on May 17, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Shared the contest on Facebook!

  458. Terry on May 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

    No business yet . . . want to start and start it the right way. Loving this series!

  459. Mike F. on May 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Pricing obstacle….getting the pricing right. I don’t want to lose business cause my prices are too high but I also don’t want to give it away.

  460. Niki on May 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Pricing to low. When I price what I think is right, the client would think it’s too high.

  461. Marla on May 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I worry that if I priced things based on the amount of time it takes me to complete it (take location pics, edit, emails, etc), then I would have no one interested in my work. . .

  462. Aimee (aka Sandeewig) on May 17, 2010 at 10:10 am

    My biggest obstacle/fear in pricing is setting them too low. I don’t want to diminish the value of the industry, but at the same time don’t want to over-price my skills/experience. For now, since I’m PB, my price list is mainly a printing price sheet for anyone who wants to order prints. I’m prepared to rework this once I make the leap.

  463. Aimee (aka Sandeewig) on May 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Shared on FB for ya! 🙂

  464. Aimee (aka Sandeewig) on May 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

    MCP blog banner on my website. <3 MCP! Thanks for the opportunities and info here. You rock!

  465. Lindsay Albrecht on May 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

    my biggest pricing obstacle is probably my family package. i’ve used the booklet ‘the single greatest guide to wedding photography pricing that ever was and ever will be’ and loved it for my wedding packages. however, i found it hard to apply those same principles to my family (or even newborn, maternity, senior, or couple) packages.

  466. janete on May 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

    i’m not currently in business yet, but i dream of it someday!! 🙂 my biggest fear with pricing is that once i set a price that i think is fair for my time and talent, that other people will find it too expensive or not worth it. then i worry that i will be forced to change my prices.

  467. ely fair on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I think that my biggest obstacle is my fear. Which is a lame answer, but I’m afraid to charge a lot and then have really high expectations and then my customer not being happy.

  468. Emily on May 17, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Oh my gosh!!! My biggest obstacle is probably evaluating how much my work is worth. I think I cut myself short too often, but I don’t want to be unaffordable for today’s common family, either. I think pricing is the hardest part of the business!

  469. Amy B on May 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

    My biggest fear is they won’t like the images well enough to buy them. I remember going to a pro and being surprised @ how expensive it was, but now that I’m in it, I actually think she doesn’t charge enough b/c she is amazing!

  470. Amy Kaczor on May 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I am currently only shooting family and friends so this comes at the perfect time. My biggest fear on pricing is not only under cutting myself, but the industry and local professionals as well. I am a business person and understand the damage that a $10 8×10 can cause all of us, not to mention the upset experienced photographers. I want to price my work with value, not to be shopped around and I have no clue where to start. Thank you for all the great info.

  471. Carin on May 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Pricing is certainly a tough one. I don’t want to be too high as to turn potential clients away, but I don’t want to be too low where my work isn’t valued as well as the time I put into it.

  472. Lee Ann on May 17, 2010 at 11:43 am

    My biggest fears are overpricing and/or under pricing my work. I don’t want to look like a snob but yet I need to insure I’m covering my cost, how do I find a happy medium?

  473. Britani on May 17, 2010 at 11:44 am

    My biggest pricing worry is that if I do one friend’s photos for free, and I charge another friend, will they be upset if they find out I did our mutual friend’s photos for free? Everything about money and friends makes me nervous!

  474. Lisa on May 17, 2010 at 11:49 am

    My biggest fear is that I am not charging what I deserve, or I am charging my customers too much! I just want to have that happy medium!

  475. Lisa on May 17, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I am now a fan of FB!

  476. Lisa on May 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I tweeted too!

  477. Lisa on May 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I shared this on my FB page too!

  478. Dawn on May 17, 2010 at 11:57 am

    My biggest pricing fear is simply putting a value on my work and the moments that I am able to capture for the people who hire me. Sometimes, I think people don’t stop to think about the true profound nature of a captured image. To me that is priceless. I know that people will look back on those captured images later on in their lives and it will have the ability to take them right back to a moment in time that is irreplaceable. How do you put a price on that?

  479. Krista Campbell on May 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

    My biggest pricing obstacle is knowing how to price myself for what I’m worth!

  480. Krista Campbell on May 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I have an MCP link on my blog! http://kristacampbell.blogspot.com

  481. Krista Campbell on May 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I’m an RSS feed subscriber 🙂

  482. Krista Campbell on May 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I’m an MCP FB Fan! 🙂

  483. Melinda B on May 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Its so overwhelming starting up a business!! I need a guide to follow and these books seem perfect! My problem is just not knowing where to start, from pricing to packaging.

  484. Ally White on May 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I’m just starting out so there is a very thin line of wanting to be paid for your time but not feeling like i’m overpricing even though i know right now my prices are low compared to others in my area. I want them to leave happy, get a lot of pics and feel that they got a good price. Not complain about all the money they spent. And pic packages are hard to put together. I’ haven’t been at it long enough yet to see a possible pattern of what people like to buy as far as pic sizes. It’s all just so new and confussing and overwhelming right now 🙂

  485. Jen on May 17, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I want to provide affordable photography (for people like me!)…my fear is that I will make too much work for myself by not charging enough.

  486. jen on May 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    awesome giveaways this week! 🙂 i think that one of the hardest things is to have pricing that is competitive, fair and profitable.

  487. jen on May 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    i have subscribed to your rss feed. 🙂

  488. Terry Lee Cafferty on May 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    My biggest pricing fear is being judged by friends and peers who think “they can do the same thing” andbeing true to the fact that I am creating something that I have trained long and hard to do so that I canoffer people something special and timeless. I need to jump into the deep end of the pool and hold my nose!!

  489. Terri (Developed Memories) on May 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    My biggest pricing fear is double edged. I want to price to be compensated for my talent and time, but I fear not having any clients because of the increase.

  490. Philicia Endelman on May 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    My biggest fear is that I’m an imposteur or don’t deserve to actually get paid for my time and talent! I’ve been doing this for years and I’m still scared!

  491. Marguerite on May 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Figuring out what to charge.

  492. Mallory Urquhart on May 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    My biggest fear is if i am worth what i think i should make. Will clients be willing to pay it?

  493. michelle on May 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I don’t have a business (yet), but I guess I am afraid of charging people what I think I am worth.

  494. Erin on May 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    My biggest challenge is whether to include a CD with images in my pricing, or charge for a sitting fee with prints as a seperate charge. Always looking for new suggestions!!

  495. Ally on May 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Pricing and confidence!!

  496. Kelly on May 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I want to make money & make it worth my while but I do not want to scare away my clients! I know full & well that at this stage in my career, my target market is people like me & not people who have a ton to spend. I find this challenging to find a happy medium.

  497. Jennifer B on May 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    My biggest concern with pricing is finding the right circles of people who will pay what the photography is worth. Which I guess is also a fear of advertising, which is also a fear of committment. 🙂 Yeah, my biggest fear is a fear of committment. With three small children, I’d love to pursue photography, but I’m not sure how slow or fast to move, and once I start advertising, that means my photography had better be good! And fast! How does someone have time to run this business when they are nursing and running kids to preschool and afternoon events?

  498. Jennifer B on May 17, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I have your link on my blog at http://www.boonstories.blogspot.com

  499. Aubrea Schupp on May 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Pricing myself so that friends and family (all of my clients at htis point) feel like they are getting a “deal,” but still getting paid for the time away from my family.

  500. aubrea Schupp on May 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I’m a FB fan!

  501. Mary on May 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I didn’t have much trouble in setting the price list, it’s deciding when I am going to stop doing stuff for free. I also set up payments plans for my clients and that helps some what, but I feel sometimes that they expect to discount my work even more. And that’s where it becomes uncomfortable for me.

  502. Beth K on May 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    My pricing challenge is how to know how much my pictures are worth, so that I don’t price myself too high or too low. I also have no idea how to price prints!

  503. Beth K on May 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I’m also a FB fan! Original comment: My pricing challenge is how to know how much my pictures are worth, so that I don’t price myself too high or too low. I also have no idea how to price prints!

  504. Beth K on May 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I put a banner on my blog!Original comment: My pricing challenge is how to know how much my pictures are worth, so that I don’t price myself too high or too low. I also have no idea how to price prints!

  505. Beth K on May 17, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    And I subscribe the the RSS feed!Original comment: My pricing challenge is how to know how much my pictures are worth, so that I don’t price myself too high or too low. I also have no idea how to price prints!

  506. Patty Reiser on May 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    My fear is knowing whether I should put together packages or allow clients to order what they want based on their needs and wants.

  507. Heidi Kreitz on May 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    My biggest challenge is pricing myself for the whole Chicagoland region, and not just the very small town I live in. Many think I’m WAY too expensive or overpriced, but I’m not a chain store!!

  508. Heidi Kreitz on May 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I’m also a FB fan 🙂

  509. Trude on May 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Pricing seems to be a constant worry for everyone in the business! I worry about charging to little once I finally launch. Also dealing with pricing for friends is a tough one too!

  510. Jessica VanDerMark on May 17, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Pricing packages that are worth my time, while being sensitive to today’s changing consumer. People value and purchase photos differently than 15 years ago.

  511. stacy on May 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    pretty much the same as others… afraid i’ll price myself too high or too low.

  512. Nancy on May 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    What I struggle with is accepting my price list as being just fine and stop worrying about it. I have researched it to death, and have made my price list, but I still often find myself analyzing it – “what will the client’s think about this?” I want to accept it and present it with confidence and if after a while I discover it should be changed, then that is the time to change it! It sounds so simple in theory – why is it so hard to actually do??

  513. Erika on May 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    How to price and what to include in packages.

  514. Chelsea on May 17, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    My biggest pricing fear is pricing too high. I want my art to be valuable to people and price it high to represent that, but I’m afraid of over doing it and no one will want to pay.

  515. Courtney on May 17, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I’m in the process of establishing myself as a business (building a client list as well as becoming legal in the state’s eyes). I’m biggest pricing obstacle is this: how to I price myself competitively as a new photographer to the industry in my area? Obviously I can’t charge the big bucks…yet…so what can/should I charge?

  516. Kristin on May 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I follow on twitter and I tweeted about this, too!

  517. amy on May 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is standing behind my prices and not backing down and offering discounts or deals to keep clients(away from the recent non-pro photographers marketing madness)…I know that good clients will pay what my work is worth.

  518. Chelsea LaVere on May 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    A big obstacle of mine is to create the most ideal collections at a fair cost (that benefits the client AND me).– Chelsea 🙂

  519. Katie Cann-McTaggart on May 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    This is my first year of business and while I hate the idea of undercutting the pros in my area, I also need to build credibility and get work. I know I charge too little for my services, but I fear that I wont get clients once my prices rise. I really need to learn to value my work and count on the fact that other people will too.

  520. Brittney on May 17, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I am not confident in my prices. I go a few months liking them and then feel like they are good enough (be it too low or sometimes I think, not high enough)… I feel like I don’t have consistent pricing and that clients all get different pricing – I hate that!

  521. Brittney on May 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Already have a MCP Actions button

  522. Brittney on May 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Already subscribe to RSS feeds

  523. Brittney on May 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Already a member on FB

  524. Brittney on May 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    already follow MCP on twitter

  525. Rachel Perry on May 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I have a photography business and I love it, but I am always worried that I am charging too much/too little. I’ve been eyeing this guide, but haven’t had money to buy it yet! I would love to wil!

  526. Rachel Perry on May 17, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I follow on Twitter.

  527. Rachel Perry on May 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    I follow your blog on RSS

  528. Rachel Perry on May 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    And I’m a fan on FB!

  529. Kim on May 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I am just beginning the process of thinking about pricing. I’m most concerned with pricing myself high enough for people to take me seriously, but not making the price too expensive based my experience and level of technique.

  530. Jessi on May 17, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I want to know the best way to get my family and friends (who all expect free or very inexpensive photos since I have done them that way in the past to build my portfolio) to value my photography so they are willing to pay reasonable prices for it…and not expect free photos forever. That and pricing to build my clientele. Would LOVE to win your pricing guide!!

  531. andrea Berry on May 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    my biggest obstacle has been myself! I don’t charge enough and always want to throw in freebies! I need to give myself more credit!

  532. Sarah S on May 18, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I get anxious setting reasonable pricing!! But I think having a pricing guide would help me feel more at ease at setting decent prices.

  533. Sarah S on May 18, 2010 at 12:37 am

    FB fan!

  534. Sarah S on May 18, 2010 at 12:37 am

    twitter follower (pinkfrogpress)

  535. Sarah S on May 18, 2010 at 12:37 am

    RSS subscriber

  536. Leah on May 18, 2010 at 12:43 am

    M biggest obstacle is setting a price that I’m comfortable and trying to “compete” with people that are much cheaper than me and don’t know what they are doing. I feel like I need to find a way to market to the right people who wants to pay MORE for MORE and they KNOW what they want.

  537. Leah on May 18, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I’m a fan on FB!

  538. Cortney Heintz on May 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

    With places like JC Penny’s Portrait Studios where you can get a sheet of photos for $4 my fear is that people don’t take into account the time, equipment, knowledge, and talent of the photographer! When everyone owns a DLSR how do you convince them you are worth your price?!

  539. Cortney Heintz on May 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

    I’m a fan on FB!

  540. Tracy Jane on May 18, 2010 at 2:09 am

    biggest obstacle? my awareness of other people’s financial problems! Hence I don’t want to charge too much.

  541. Tracy Jane on May 18, 2010 at 2:11 am

    also a FB “like” …

  542. Christine on May 18, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Raising my prices after being too low.

  543. Kelly on May 18, 2010 at 4:12 am

    I am a ‘liker’ of MCP on FB!

  544. rene on May 18, 2010 at 7:06 am

    I always see something in my photos that I think I could have improved upon. My pricing fear is that because I see the “flaw”, I will under estimate the value of the photo.

  545. Ann on May 18, 2010 at 7:10 am

    I’m afraid that when I start my business, I may under-value my photos.

  546. Sarah on May 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Oh, this is an easy one. My biggest fear is that I don’t want to over price, but at the same time I want to make sure that I’m not under pricing anything….

  547. Katherine Howard on May 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I have just decided to start a business. I think my biggest obstacle is trying to juggle all of the different hats that it takes to get this thing going! One day I work on a business plan, the next day I get sidetracked and work (Play!) with actually shooting. Then I refocus and decide I should work on my web presence. Where to start? Need more hours in the day! And perhaps a plan too. Yup, that’s what I”ll do today!

  548. Dana Tate on May 18, 2010 at 10:54 am

    My biggest pricing fear is that I will under price myself and work for pennies just to “survive” and have clients, or over price myself and have nothing. I live in a very small rural area, and just don’t know what the right fit for me is…..

  549. Melanie Pitcher on May 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    my fears are similar to most everyones. Pricing too low and getting session but not worth the time or money, or pricing where I want and never getting a session again!

  550. Melanie Pitcher on May 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I have the mcp banner on my blog!

  551. Shannon Jones on May 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    I am afraid of pricing period!!! Too high, too low. I don’t like it. I realy want teh Easy as Pie but I got to make something before I keep spending.

  552. Shannon Jones on May 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Facebook share! Another entry.

  553. Shannon Jones on May 18, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Blog link! Another entry!!!

  554. Melanie Pitcher on May 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I subscribe to the daily updates.

  555. Melanie Pitcher on May 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I’m also a fan on facebook.

  556. Heidi on May 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    My biggest obstacle in business is probably organization and just keeping good records of everything. I need to get a better handle on all of that side of things…I bought the pricing guide, but would love a chance for the biz Buzz!!

  557. Faren Garza on May 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    My biggest fear about pricing is that people will not pay a lot of money for pictures. That is in part because I live in a smaller city.

  558. Faren Garza on May 18, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    My biggest fear about pricing is that people will not pay a lot of money for pictures. That is in part because I live in a smaller city. I am already a fan on Facebook and posted this on my page. I am subscriber via My Yahoo!

  559. Kelly on May 18, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    My greatest pricing fear is that no one will pay what I know I am worth. I am just starting, but am confident in my abilities. It’s the local market that scares me.

  560. amanda o. on May 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    the biggest obstacle i have faced is putting a price on my photography…moving from taking photos for free to now wanting to be paid…and then deciding on a price that is good for both parties involved, makes it worth my while and the client also feels that they are getting a deal…

  561. Kelly on May 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I’ve read EAP and everything she says resonates with me, and I want to charge those prices. My biggest obstacle is just that I have no idea how to find the clients who will pay those prices. I showed them to my husband and he was like “I’d never pay that for pictures”. Even though he knows how different what we do is from the studio stuff. If my biggest supporter isn’t on board how can I sell it to others?

  562. Kelly on May 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Just became a FB fan! 🙂

  563. Stef on May 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    I sometimes feel I shouldn’t be charging as much as other photographers since I’m just starting out.

  564. Stef on May 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I also follow on twitter: @stefaroophoto

  565. Sarah Swade on May 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    My biggest obstacle right now with pricing is trying to figure out how much to charge since I’m just starting out. My portfolio is still fairly small, but I need to start making money.

  566. Sarah Swade on May 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Posted on FB too!

  567. Lana B on May 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    My pricing obstacle:I am worried that pricing and collections may be too scattered and non-cohesive to clients, making it hard for them to compare and decide what is best for them.

  568. brittney hale on May 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Pricing has always been a challage for me because I dont want to be priced to low and fall in the catagory of “cheap” but then again going to high scares off some clients.

  569. Erica Young on May 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    My biggest obstacle in pricing is making sure it fits my clients and making sure it’s not to high or to low.

  570. Cobie on May 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I am just starting my business and I am not sure how to price according to my area. I can talk my freinds into paying for my services but not sure how to convince others that my work is worth paying for.

  571. Jeanette Soffe on May 18, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    My biggest obstacle was going from freebies to paid sessions. Letting clients know that although I gave them a free shoot last year, I have started charging… even though I started out at $50 a session, it was still hard and awkward, but I did it and haven’t lost clients yet. Now I need to raise my prices… another awkward step for me.

  572. Jenn Tonetti-Spellman on May 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Facebook fan!

  573. Elizabeth Beattie on May 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I feel confident that I know how much per client I need to sell BUT I have NO IDEA how to price my prints and products. Now that I have the amount I need per client, how do I achieve that in the real world with each client?

  574. Elizabeth Beattie on May 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I am a fan on your FB page under Elizabeth Beattie and I am following you on Twitter as Beattie_StudiosThanks!

  575. Toni on May 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    knowing how much I CAN charge, & still getting work! Too high, no work, too low, lots of work for very little money!

  576. Gabrielle Smith on May 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Oh! I have a link up on my site to your site!

  577. amy on May 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    fears of pricing myself too low and/or high. as well as, fears of beginning to charge and knowing what to charge for what.

  578. Kristin on May 18, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I’m a facebook fan, too! A pricing problem I have is creating packages that meet my clients’ needs AND create the need in them to add more or schedule further sessions.

  579. Holly Irwin on May 18, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    My biggest problem is not saying no. If some one asks for a discount or a deal I always cave.

  580. Trina Gueck on May 18, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I want to be affordable, but I also want to value my time as well as the rest of the industry.

  581. Trina Gueck on May 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    following on twitter

  582. trina Gueck on May 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    following on google reader

  583. Kerri L on May 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    My biggest pricing obstacle is pricing fullstop. It’s stopping me from starting my business, I have no idea what to charge and afraid that I’ll charge too little or too much and will do it all wrong and have to change it all later.

  584. Jessica P on May 19, 2010 at 12:04 am

    What is you biggest pricing obstacle in your business?My biggest obstacle is living in a VERY small- low income town where I don’t really know what to charge. If I price it too high I might not get any business-if I price it too low I won’t make a profit.

  585. Belinda Olsen on May 19, 2010 at 1:07 am

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  586. Belinda Olsen on May 19, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I follow MCP on twitter!

  587. Belinda Olsen on May 19, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I’m a fan on FB!

  588. Emily Troutman on May 19, 2010 at 8:25 am

    My biggest problem with pricing is that i want to remain accessible for people but still make it worth my time. As of late, I think I have swung to far to the accessible side and not keeping it worth my time..aka undercharging 🙂

  589. Celesta Champagne on May 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Not knowing how to price consistently. Do I offer packages or offer straight prices? I’m am going with a more expensive lab so how do I increase my prices but still be what people want and need.

  590. Christine Long on May 19, 2010 at 10:00 am

    My biggest pricing obstacles are related to my own insecurities as a photographer. Am I charging too much or too little? Am I worth my current prices? Or am I undervaluing my services and products? If I increase my prices will I retain current clients and still attract new ones?

  591. Christine Long on May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed.

  592. Christine Long on May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I am an MCP fan on FB.

  593. Stefanie on May 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I believe the biggest pricing obstacle I face right now is the economical situation in my geographical area. I live in Metro Detroit, and it’s no secret that life in Detroit is not easy. My “business” (I use that term loosely) started because I was good at taking interesting pictures and my friends and family were a great support to me. As I continue to grow and learn, I find that I am in the midst of the old Catch 22… I don’t know enough to charge more, and I think I’ll lose a LOT of clients if I do charge more. However, I don’t have time for pursuing greater educational opportunities until I charge enough to leave my full-time job.

  594. Amandco on May 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I am building my portfolio at the moment and have only started out playing around with some ideas on packages – but pricing just freaks my out and downright scares me…. I want to give the best product at the right price – I want the customer to feel – “WOW, now that was an awesome, satisfying experience!”

  595. Sharon on May 19, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I don’t have a business . . . yet. I’m afraid when I do, the combination of what people can afford in this economy, and the prices I’d need to charge to make a decent living, won’t work out.

  596. Leila on May 19, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I have EAP and it made pricing as painless as possible! I love it! I’m still nervous to reveal my prices, though.

  597. Leila on May 19, 2010 at 11:20 am
  598. Amber RIcketts on May 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I’m not in business yet but I would say a future fear is either pricing too low and not getting what I deserve or pricing too high and not getting any clients.

  599. Amber Ricketts on May 19, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I have a banner on my new blog at amberrickettsphotography.com

  600. Amber Ricketts on May 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I am subscribed!

  601. Amber RIcketts on May 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I am a fan of MCP on FB!

  602. Amber Ricketts on May 19, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I follow MCP on twitter at AmberRicketts!

  603. Beckie on May 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    My biggest obstacle is myself. I want to charge enough, but am afraid I will charge too much. I need more confidence that my photos are worth what I charge.

  604. Laura on May 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    My biggest obstacle is now that I’m finish PB’ing for friends & family, how do I convince others that I’m worth paying for instead of running to Picture People, Walmart, etc.?