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I have been asked for a price on a child portrait session...not sure how much?

 
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Oct 13, 2010 11:16 |  #1

Hiya

I have done a few freebies now and since expanding my port I have today receieved a request for a price. I hadnt really thought about prices, not sure what to say ??

Also, I know that she has 2 children, how would that work in terms of price?

Suggestions appreciated

Ps I am based in UK


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Oct 24, 2010 12:17 |  #2

Who is your target client? ie: Low, middle or top end of the market.?

What are your overheads: Insurance/year including public liability, equipment replacement/year and other things like training and travelling etc..?

Are you intending on hiring premises?

How many hours do you intend/willing to work/dedicate to your photography business?

What products are you going to offer. Are you going to just sell prints, Digital albums or finished products such as framed prints and canvas's?

Are you going to charge a shooting fee?

Are you going to do all the book keeping and Tax work yourself or hire someone else to do it for you?

Technically overheads but, Have you got a website? How much does it cost a year or how much are you going to spend on one?

Things like business cards and promotion all cost money..

How much do you want to make?

How good are you? And how much do you value your work? etc..etc..etc.. the list is almost endless!

I don't believe you can truly start to think about charging/how much to charge until you understand how much it is actually costing you! ;)


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Oct 24, 2010 13:21 |  #3

One way to get a starting point is to look for photographers in your town, see what they are charging, and compare your work to theirs.


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Nov 02, 2010 08:44 as a reply to  @ lookingforaname's post |  #4

This question depends on so many factors, but ultimately, it's really up to you. Since you are just starting out, the easiest thing to do would be to estimate how much time you think you'll spend preparing for the session, creating the images, editing, and preparing for delivery. Then decide what hourly rate you'd be willing to do all of this for and multiply that by how many hours it will take you.

For example, if you think you will spend a total of 8 hours and you are willing to work for $10/hr, then charge around $80. If your time is more valuable than this, then charge more. If you are counting on print sales on the back end, then you can back off the session fee and plan to get paid from print orders.

The only way to really know is to put a price out there and see if it sells.

Once you become more established and actually have commissioned clients, then I would strongly recommend evaluating more closely your costs associated with doing business and making sure that you are being properly compensated. Many businesses go under because they try to undercut the competition with low prices, only to realize later that they aren't making enough to sustain a profit.


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Nov 02, 2010 08:55 |  #5

caught14 wrote in post #11210080 (external link)
This question depends on so many factors, but ultimately, it's really up to you. Since you are just starting out, the easiest thing to do would be to estimate how much time you think you'll spend preparing for the session, creating the images, editing, and preparing for delivery. Then decide what hourly rate you'd be willing to do all of this for and multiply that by how many hours it will take you.

For example, if you think you will spend a total of 8 hours and you are willing to work for $10/hr, then charge around $80. If your time is more valuable than this, then charge more. If you are counting on print sales on the back end, then you can back off the session fee and plan to get paid from print orders.

The only way to really know is to put a price out there and see if it sells.

Once you become more established and actually have commissioned clients, then I would strongly recommend evaluating more closely your costs associated with doing business and making sure that you are being properly compensated. Many businesses go under because they try to undercut the competition with low prices, only to realize later that they aren't making enough to sustain a profit.

Thanks - great advice, it's exactly what I was thinking of doing.

I am currently running my own online fashion business and have alot of experience in terms of running a business, costs, marketing, profit margins etc etc. I have no intention of giving up my clothing biz right now, but I need to dedicate some time to my photography and see how that goes. If the speed picks up then I really will have to look at things much more closely. Photography is a passion of mine, but it's hard to say if it could be a viable career, at this stage. Until then I am thinking that this might be the best approach to take :-)


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Nov 02, 2010 20:23 |  #6

+1 for everything caught14 said :-)

Also you should probably add the wear and tear of your equipment into the costing and then calculate the profit (as that's the actual money you'll be making).


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