You’re Worth It
I read a post yesterday in a photography group I follow on Facebook that read:
“I once saw a sign in a shop that said - my prices are based on my talent, not your budget - and I feel like everyone with a craft should have this sign.”
While this statement is very direct and probably could have been worded in a more professional, non-egotistical way, it has a point. Most of the comments below were defensive in nature. People were stating things like “what if you think you’re better than you are?” or “y’all think you’re super talented though, maybe be a little more humble?” While I agree the word “talent” should be replaced, people were definitely missing the point.
When I first really started out in photography in my freshman year of high school, I just did shoots for experience. Gave away everything for free unless someone was offering to pay me for it. All I wanted was to get better, and that was the best price I could put on my work. That’s all I still want today, but I want to grow financially as well. When I first started out, I had the means to give away my time because I was still in school and living under my parents roof.
As I learned this weekend, photography is amazing, frustrating, and a LOT more work than you think it is. A lot goes on behind the scenes. And with many other crafts as well - barbers, makeup artists, tattoo artists, caterers, cleaners, etc.
Snapping photos might seem easy to the model. It might seem frustrating to the client that your prices are “high.” But hear me loud and clear when I say this: your prices are based on your value. Knowing you are worth it and not feeling bad about putting a price on your hard earned work.
It’s your time, energy, and heart that’s put into the work you’re doing. People will try to take advantage and get a deal from you because you make up your own prices. The sign mentioned above is not to be egotistical, but placed in a store for protection and is set as a reminder that those crafts are jobs too.
To those the sign is directed toward: The person you hired is worth the money because you see their value too.
People with a craft: You are a bada** business owner. You are valuable! Allow yourself to go after your dreams and build your career on something you love by putting a price tag on it.
My advice: The most important thing to have is a mentor to help you grow, to encourage you, and to never stop learning. You are valuable, you are worth it, and you need someone to remind you not to sell yourself short.