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05/23/2006 10:10:28 PM · #1
My wife owns a printing company and one of her customers needed some images of a product that he sells. He is going to add the images to his web site as well as my wife will be adding some of the work to some advertisment that he has requested. I was given the job to take a few photos. I am not a professional, however I agreed to taking some photo's of this product. A couple of hours and several hours of processing resulted in the images. The customer liked the images and has put them on his web site. My question is what if any I should charge for the photo's.
Davis Tree Stand
The three photo's is what I have taken. My wife added the fake tree to the third image.
Should I charge?? The last photo's he had cost him $149.00 a hour. Not sure how much time he had to pay for.
05/23/2006 11:13:40 PM · #2
Seems like a problem if you want payment and haven't received it, but the pictures are already in use on a website?
05/23/2006 11:18:59 PM · #3
Probably should have agreed price up front.

At this point I'd probably explain to him that commercial photographers normally get paid for their work, but since you didn't agree up front, ask him to pay you whatever he thinks is fair and count it as a lesson learned.

Message edited by author 2006-05-23 23:20:28.
05/23/2006 11:25:25 PM · #4
Check at a couple of RM stock sites, e.g. Alamy or Corbis or Getty, and see what you'd have to pay for that kind of usage -- I'm guessing probably on the order of $150-250/image. Freelance graphic artists charge anything from $30-100/hour -- your photo editing ought to be on about that scale.

Figure out what it's worth to you -- and try to make the guy still feel like he got a good deal, especially considering the referral ...

If you think this might lead to future, similar assignments, I'd suggest invoicing for a somewhat higher amount, and then give him a significant "first-time customer discount" to get it back where you were originally.
05/23/2006 11:25:54 PM · #5
If all else fails, ask him to mention your name as the photographer somewhere on the website along with your phone number.
At least get a little advertisement for yourself....
05/23/2006 11:33:04 PM · #6
Have your wife bill him for the artwork in addition to his other services he contracted for. It's an accepted way of doing business. Bill your wife so she can pass it along to him.

As to price, local markets dictate different prices.

Good luck. Oh, and DO discuss this before the fact next time.
05/23/2006 11:33:51 PM · #7
Without setting the price up front you are at the mercy of the customer.

I agree with whoever said you should ask what the customer thinks is fair..if they throw it back on you then you should walk them through several scenarios.

1) Complete onwership of the files is the most expensive. Whatever you think the top drawer price is..you put that here.

2) Usage rights but not complete ownership. Means you also can use these photos for whatever purpose you want in addition to him using them. Not worth a lot on specific product shots like this but I do this a lot when I shoot charity work for golf tournaments or whatever and I know I will produce some nice stock images that I can use somewhere else. I usually charge a flat fee based on my time. Your mileage may vary.

3) A single use fee. This is the lowest charge and could save your butt here by offering a very low charge to the customer but it severly limits the use of the photos. If the customer really likes the photos and wants to use them for several projects...then he will need to pony up some more money or move to one of the previously mentioned levels above.

Hope this helps :-D

Message edited by author 2006-05-23 23:36:26.
05/23/2006 11:37:06 PM · #8
all i can suggest is you should charge more for ownership and whatever you think is reasonable for your skill level and time.
i show horses and at events professional photographers take photos, usually they charge by the size of the ending print. they charge a "use fee" if you wanna use the photo in an addvertizement once, or allow you to buy the rights to it and use it as often as you want...
05/23/2006 11:37:46 PM · #9
Originally posted by f-32:

Have your wife bill him for the artwork in addition to his other services he contracted for. It's an accepted way of doing business. Bill your wife so she can pass it along to him.

Yes, this is probably the most efficient to work it out.
05/24/2006 09:50:33 AM · #10
Thank you for all your input. The customer has been working with my wife for 20 years and a fair price will be accepted. It is pretty much open on what she charges. Thanks again.

Message edited by author 2006-05-24 09:50:50.
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