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First "big-time" photography offer; help me avoid getting burnt

 
PryorKnowledge
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Aug 19, 2010 10:06 |  #1

Quick back-story:
I've been learning everything I can about photography over the past year and have just recently begun accepting paying clients. Up to this point, I've only shot portraits for friends and family.

This morning I receive an email from the Director of PR from the University I graduated from (B.A. in Education, not photography), saying that she had heard I had begun a photography business. She went on to say that their normal photographer was busy next week and offered me the opportunity to shoot a couple quick portraits of two different alumni at their place of employment (30 and 45 minute drives for me). She offered $150 for each photo. To me, that's great money considering I am just getting started. I know a lot of you may say I'm getting ripped, but I just don't feel that I have the portfolio or experience to even begin to demand more.

So...

a) Is this a fair price considering my experience, or lack thereof?
b) Do I need to do anything as far as only releasing certain rights to the University to protect myself?
c) I assume there should be some sort of contract in place. Do I set this up or does the University?

Thanks in advance for your help. I'm thrilled at the opportunity, but I want to cover my bases and do this the right way.




  
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Aug 19, 2010 10:14 |  #2

I think $300 is acceptable for a quick set of portraits. How much time will you have invested in this from start to finish (drive time, shoot time, post-processing). I assume it's just digital delivery of two final images?

My session fee is $150 for two hours with disc and print prices additional, so this isn't really outside my range.


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Aug 19, 2010 10:23 |  #3

since they are looking for 2 photos (although i might give 3-5 options of each), unless there is substantial travel involved it sounds reasonable. It's not like you'll spend 5 days post processing the images or anything.

i dont even sell photos at all, so that my advice with appropriate reservation.


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Aug 19, 2010 10:23 |  #4

professoryeti wrote in post #10750071 (external link)
How much time will you have invested in this from start to finish (drive time, shoot time, post-processing). I assume it's just digital delivery of two final images?

answer these and you should have your answer


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Aug 19, 2010 10:26 |  #5

The fact that they called you is already a good thing. This could also lead to other jobs by referal. You are doing fine with the money but referals are priceless.




  
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Aug 19, 2010 19:51 |  #6

ndelacova wrote in post #10750141 (external link)
The fact that they called you is already a good thing. This could also lead to other jobs by referal. You are doing fine with the money but referals are priceless.

Actually received an email later this afternoon asking about shooting an additional photo tomorrow afternoon. Fingers crossed, I would LOVE for this to turn into something more regular




  
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Aug 19, 2010 20:09 |  #7

good stuff, id say thats pretty good money, for 2 portraits. especially if the 30-45 min drive is to the same place




  
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