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07/25/2005 02:19:51 PM · #1
I have done a few portrait studio sessions to help build my portfolio. Now I have a women who wants some headshots taken of her. She is expecting to pay for these, but I'm not sure how much to charge.

I was thinking $50 for a two hour session and then $??? for prints afterwards. Help me out please! How much for prints and what are usual sizes models request?
07/25/2005 02:28:03 PM · #2
From what I've seen and heard, it's probably easier to charge up front what you need, and then just give them the files to print on their own.
07/25/2005 02:32:09 PM · #3
Here is what I am doing at the moment. For just headshots I may decrease the sitting fee 10%, like I did for a model I did recently.
The TFCD (time for CD)..not sure how well it works. I am doing sort of one for a "informal" Wedding I did in June. Charged for shoot, editing, CD's and then $200 (300 pics) on top for unlimited printing rights till Feb 06. But in the contract I stipulated that stuff I don't print may not be cropped and print ready (size wise).
Still need to talk to the model if that is what she wants or not also
I may have to go through my estimate (BlinkBId) program and do an estimate for one hour and editing.

Message edited by author 2005-07-25 14:37:14.
07/25/2005 02:34:25 PM · #4
Admittedly, I don't do a lot of studio stuff...but for similar shots I charge a flat rate like louddog mentioned. And 2 hours seems like an awfully long time. I try to keep stuff like that under an hour.
07/25/2005 02:40:01 PM · #5
Two hours does sound long just for the shoot. Probably do it in a half hour...if not doing any extravegant lighting.
07/25/2005 03:03:42 PM · #6
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

And 2 hours seems like an awfully long time. I try to keep stuff like that under an hour.

Yeah, your subject will be completely exhausted and will definitely NOT be able to smile by the end of the session, and probably long before that.
07/25/2005 03:37:42 PM · #7
I've done several headshot sessions, and just starting out, I hesitate to charge too much, but this is what has worked well for me so far:

Up to 1 hour session,
in one location (I charge more for multiple locations),
unlimited poses/changes of clothing,
they get to choose 4 poses in color or black and white,
and get those in hi-res and lo-res on a CD with reprint rights, and they get an 8x10 of each pose,
and online, password protected gallery for 30 days.
They can purchase additional poses to be added to the CD, at $25.00 each.

I've never had a session longer than 1 hour, and that has always been more than enough time.

08/02/2005 12:13:29 AM · #8
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