Should you offer discounts?

"Discounts aren’t a bad thing, but as an entrepreneur, they can really affect the way you feel about your worth, your work, and how your clients value what you have to offer. Don’t price yourself emotionally..."
-Jenna Kutcher

I want to talk about something that I have been encountering a lot lately: people wanting discounts. Believe me I get it, especially for your big day, or for your product, everything adds up, and it can be overwhelming to say the least.

If you are looking for any photographer to capture a decent picture and if the ONLY thing you're concerned about is cost, then maybe photography shouldn't be that big of an investment for you & you should find a photographer who has low rates. I always tell people that you really need to hire someone based off of their work and how they edit, because it is EXACTLY what you want. If you are looking for something specific, then you should invest in the right photographer. 

Quite simply, offering discounts is something that I no longer do.

I found that when I did discount my rates, not only did I give my time and work away, but I didn't feel as proud of my work. I felt as if I couldn't provide the same level of service to them as opposed to someone paying full price that specifically wanted to work with me. Asking a photographer to lower their rates but still wanting the same amount of work or hours, just does not add up. 

However, this doesn't need to be a negative experience.

I completely understand budgets and I definitely try my best to work with my clients especially if they want to work with me. If I don't initially fit into their budget, I may suggest lowering the amount hours, or sometimes suggest another photographer that I know and trust. I found that those who really want to work with me appreciate my work, and respect my response. You can read about my photography philosophy here

If you are a photographer and you also find that you're in this predicament, KNOW that your work is good enough.