SYS wrote in post #18140831
I usually shoot sports but when an acquaintance of mine recently asked me to shoot her son's senior photos for a fee, I thought I'd give it a go.
Yesterday, we had the session at a local park, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I'm currently "developing" the RAW photos into full resolution JPEG and will hand them all over to the client, I'd say 50-70 of the best images.
The question I have is how much is reasonable to charge for about 2 hours of on-location shooting and handing over all JPEG images with no printing involved.
Any input appreciated.
How much is your time worth? have you calculated your COB?
I understand that you don't want to be 'business-like' with this potential client, but that kind of conflicts with you posting in a 'business of photography' forum.
If you want to charge a reasonable rate, calculate your costs of doing business, and average that out to the number of hours you plan to bill in a month or year. From there, you'll have a minimum rate that you need to charge to break even. If this potential contact is someone you're willing to shoot without a profit, then charge her your cost of business hourly rate. That seems fair enough.
If you want to know the market rate, then that will be directly affected by what market you're looking at. I don't know what the prices are on "Gilligan's Island", which is the location in your profile, so I can't help you understand what is fair in that market.