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Old 26th of June 2006 (Mon)   #1
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Default Another "what should I charge" thread...

... one of my ex co-worker's wants me to take a family-type picture of her, her boyfriend, and her 10-year old. Being that it's nice out this time of year, I suggested an outdoor setting and she agreed. It would probably only last about an hour, maybe slightly longer. She doesn't want much... one outfit per person. All she's going to want is an 8x10 and a few 5x7's.

I shoot witha Digital Rebel XT, so obviously there will be no film/darkroom costs. I will probably edit some in PSP9 though.

I'm lost at what to charge. I'm thinking a flat $75 for my time should do the trick, considering it would only be about an hour of work shooting, and MAYBE another hour editing some of the shots digitally.

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Default Re: Another "what should I charge" thread...

$50.00 an hour is usually what i charge and most times with a two hour minimum. if all she wants is a 8x10 and two 5 x 7's i would throw them in at no extra charge! you have to consider more than just your actual time behind the camera. is there gasoliine involved what if it takes you more than one hour to edit, wear and tear on equipment. there is a lot more to consider once you decide to charge for your work. just kinda how i try to think things thru.
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Old 26th of June 2006 (Mon)   #3
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Default Re: Another "what should I charge" thread...

A big questions is are you going to be doing this more in the future? If so, she will refer you to people and the price is something people usually talk about.

If you charge to little you will be stuck with that price point for a while so make sure you are covering all of your costs as well as making an acceptable profit.

If this is a one time deal $75 sounds good to me.
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Old 27th of June 2006 (Tue)   #4
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Default Re: Another "what should I charge" thread...

I will probably be doing this more and more for people. Not necessarily for just her.

For this instance, I'm leaning towards $100 total, and I'll throw in the 8x10 and 5x7's, and a photo CD of all of 'em.
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Default Re: Another "what should I charge" thread...

"and a photo CD of all of 'em" careful throwing in all you shoot some of it may not be your best work but might get seen as so!if you shoot 100 frames just give her the best 50. i did this gave a client everything i shot and lost some work because they showed it to other perspectave client's. just be careful
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Default Re: Another "what should I charge" thread...

I think this thread might help you http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=177972. I would think twice about giving a CD of all the photos to a client. Hope this helps.

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Default Re: Another "what should I charge" thread...

Thanks for the advice on giving a disc of all shots to the 'client'. I appreciate it.
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