Next time, you jerk, that's what I'm going to say to you.
And that's exactly what it feels like to have someone completely degrade my talent, education, hard work & long hours.
I don't care if you think that my prices are too high. That's the beauty of consumerism. You can choose what products you buy, whose services you employ & what price you are going to pay for them by simply shopping around.
The Trade-Off: You get what you pay for.
You can't decide that you want Bloomingdale's quality for Wal-Mart's price. It doesn't work like that.
Bottom Line: If you think that my products & services are too pricy for your taste, go elsewhere. I won't be offended. Promise.
However, I will be offended if you...
1) fail to do your research on professional portrait studio pricing,
2) employ my services by scheduling a session with me, then proceed to
3) complain out loud about how overpriced I am when it comes time to buy.
In what universe do you think that this is NOT incredibly offensive? I don't know what you do for a living, but I work. Just like everybody else. And I deserve to get paid for that work. And the better I am at my job, the better I deserve to get paid.
The cost of business is far from cheap. I don't pocket everything that you are paying, you know. You're paying for my time in the studio, my time spent post-processing your session (which is usually about twice as long, or more, as the session itself was to begin with), my time spent helping you choose your portraits & other products, my education, my amazingly awesome talent, the use of my equipment, the electricity that it takes to run said equipment & facilities... you get the idea. And at the end of the day, I still deserve a reasonable salary.
So the next time that you decide it would be appropriate to tell me to my face how I don't deserve to get paid for what I do for a living, please refrain. Our families deserve to be financially supported, too, you know.