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02/15/2006 12:32:45 PM · #1
I just got a call from someone who is interested in my photography and wants to pay me to shoot her in typical New York locations.

This is one of my first Photography projects, My question is, how much should I charge? I really have NO idea
02/15/2006 12:42:06 PM · #2
One hundred million dollars.
02/15/2006 12:54:13 PM · #3
What kind of shoot is it gonna be? For her portfolio? Wedding shoot? Or just like that? Did she specify that she wanted something special?

Anyway a friend of mine usually charges 150$ plus the cost of prints. But I think since she wants you in different locations, and New York is a pretty difficult place (Good luck!), I say you should charge around 200$.
02/15/2006 12:55:09 PM · #4
Depending on what your photographic goals are, you may want to consider doing the shoot for free and having her sign a model release so that you can sell the images as stock. If the material she wants you to shoot doesn't sound stock-worthy then you could arrange a separate shoot that will generate images that you can use.
02/15/2006 09:02:03 PM · #5
Don't ever do it free. People will perceive your work to be cheap if you do. have confidence that your work is as good as the best and charge accordingly. Charge her $425 for the session and have her pay for any photos she chooses.
02/15/2006 09:02:53 PM · #6
I might even go as high as $1500! Depending on the situation.
02/15/2006 09:07:03 PM · #7
Gawd you guys are expensive. If New York is local to you I would say get enough for your time. Usually around $100/hr. Then charge seperately for prints.
02/15/2006 09:27:49 PM · #8
I'd charge hourly plus prints, proofs are included in the initial price, but preferably web or CD ones (low res).
Then for prints, what does she want? You have PP time per print, so one head shot copied 500 times is priced differently than 100 poses printed once.
02/16/2006 11:13:29 AM · #9
Alright! Thanks for the feedback! (still confused as hell... hehe)
02/16/2006 11:52:34 AM · #10
Originally posted by Ampao64:

Alright! Thanks for the feedback! (still confused as hell... hehe)


I tried to take a look at examples of your work but you only have one photo here.

My point?

There are some photographers here that are worth the going rate for a pro..based on their quality of work or experience or both.

My daughter likes to shoot and she can get a decent exposure but she would have a hard time getting any money mainly because her talent and experience are big questions.

Always be concerned about your client. Charge fairly, don't be afraid to send someone away if you cannot fullfill their needs.

How important are these shots to your client? Are they for a modeling portfolio? If you can't do the job even doing it for free would be unfair to the client.

I charge for product photography at $95 an hour and $50 an hour for computer time but I have the experience and the portfolio and referral to know I can do the job.

Weddings I will only be willing to be the back-up at current assistant rates which is $25 an hour because I don't do a lot of weddings, I don't have an assistant, I don't like formals but I want to learn more. So I price myself attractively as a safety net. Computer time is $50 an hour.

Fashion I will do the photography for free (for now) and the rights to use the photos for my portfolio. I will charge for computer time at $50 an hour.

Corporate events I charge a flat day rate of $500 a day plus expenses plus $50 an hour for computer time.

Pet photography I charge a $45 sitting fee at animal shows (basically 30 minutes of shooting time) and buy my prints and mark them up 100%. For location pet portraiture I charge $200 an hour flat..including travel time. I have been photographing pets for 10 years and have a good name in cat portraiture, with several magazine covers to my credit so I get a good going rate for that.

So you see..there is no one right answer. It really depends on you, what is fair to the client, what the circumstances are, etc, etc....

Message edited by author 2006-02-16 11:52:58.
02/18/2006 12:17:14 PM · #11
Hmmm. I suppose you ar right, everyone is different. I wouldn't mark up the photos at all. THey know how much photo printing is. Put the value in YOUR work not the labs.
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