Ever since I’ve started running a couple of years, I thought it was super cool that that there were photographers out there snapping pictures of us ordinary Joes running in a race. However, I’ve always had sticker shock every time that I’ve gone to the photographer’s website to view the pictures. For example, check out my pictures from the last race at the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon. $34.95 for one digital image or $64.95 for all digital images. Gee whiz! Yes, I understand that it costs a lot to have the photographers all over the course and for labor to tag all of the photos. But, I really believe that there would be more photos sold if they were reasonably priced.
I would consider purchasing photos at $10 each or $30 for all available photos. If I did this and several other thousand people did than I’m sure that you’d make more money currently from the few hundred photos that you sell. OK, I’m making up my own numbers here, but you get my point.
By the way, the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon had the most photographers that I’ve seen at a race. Yes, I look for them! My running sister, Denise taught me to look for them and to SMILE! As well, they went above and beyond and had a video of the Finish Line. That was way cool to see me hightailing across that line!
I was as well impressed with how quickly the Dallas Rock n Roll got the pictures. I got an email on the next day that they were available for viewing. That’s crazy fast! Most other races they’re usually posted by Wednesday or Thursday.
Here’s some other blog posts that think race photos are too expensive:
- Jill Will Run: Race Photos are Too Expensive
- Dailymile: Why are the race photos so expensive. Do you buy it?
- Team Giles: Race Photos
Come on photographer dudes and dudettes, I’d really like to purchase race photos, but it shouldn’t cost as much as the race for a photo or two!
What are you thoughts on race photos? Why aren’t the photos cheaper? I feel like the photographers are just leaving money on the table.
OK… back to positive tweeting and blogging. :)