Hello this is my first time posting on here and I'm new to the site, so I hope its in the rite place?
Just a quick question on here for advice to other videographers.
I started a new wedding videography business this year in March and have spent a few grand in buying equipment. I've also come from a background in film production before going into weddings.
Anyway, I've had now around 6 weddings since March of this year; the first two were free, the third was for £450 for a full day wedding and edit, the forth for £300 for 3 hours work and the fifth for £600.
At the moment I have been busy building up my website and portfolio of work and have started to get great reviews and referrals from my clients. However I do know that building a business is slow at first and you have to gain a decent amount of recognition before charging the big bucks.
At the moment I've had to turn away some client as they were looking for a full day's wedding for £400 and I just didn't want to be seen as cheap so I kindly turned those clients away.
However I have been given some advice from some friends and family who have said that I should take any work that comes my way regardless of how much they're paying as its money. And until I'm getting clients constantly booking I can't higher my prices and should accept the lower payments.
Regardless today I had a similar customer contact me requesting my services for April next year. She wanted 2 days of filming, 6 hours on a Friday and 12 hours on a Saturday with 2 highlights reels and 2 main video's. The price she wanted that for was £500 and again I was advised to take it as its better than nothing, again I kindly declined and offered the two days for £750
Anyway to cut this down, I don't want to start been tagged as cheap or take on cheap jobs as I am now starting to get the reviews and recognition I need to get started. I've spent allot of money and time building up my career and on equipment and traveling and working for hours just does not feel rite if I'm taking on low paid work.
With the advice I am getting from other people its starting to conflict with my own initial beliefs in charging a client so I've decided to ask other professionals in the same field as myself
The question is do I take on low paid work and build my company up and then charge higher rates as business grows. Has anyone had the same with taking on cheaper clients? And if so when do you start building upon your prices?
I thank you for the help as it does help massively.