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Shooting a Wedding show - fee?

 
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Aug 31, 2013 18:22 |  #1

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So I was lucky enough back in January to photograph a wedding show. At the time I was doing a story on the show and just wanted after getting all my interviews to just stay and take photos so I shot the bridal and bridesmaid fashion shows and such. Had a LOT of fun and afterwards the person who ran it asked if I could send her the photos. Even though at the time I only had my camera and a 18-55mm kit lens, she still really liked the photos and has even said they were the best in 26 years of the show (which if you've seen one of my other photo posts showcasing my work it was just so-so, even I'll admit that).
Recently she asked me to come back to the wedding show in September for their fall wedding show and be the staff photographer. This time I'd also say I'm going in a bit better skilled, not only do I have some solid lenses (the kit lens, the 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 telephoto, 50mm 1.8 prime lens, 40mm 2.8 portrait lens and a (universal) on-camera flash (attaches to the horseshoe)). So for some of the rooms that are darker, with the flash it'll help with getting better photos. Plus shooting in RAW also has in my opinion helped my photos immensely :P.

ANYWAY main reason for this topic, what should I charge for it? I will be doing this show for two days, 5:30-9 each day. So I'd love to hear what you think, should I do per hour, a base rate, whatever. I will be contacting the owner Tuesday to discuss this and any other aspects, like certain photos she really wants and I'd like to go in prepared. And do you think I should be getting a contract drawn up or something since this is a paid gig?


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Sep 01, 2013 07:31 |  #2

Ask them what their budget is for photography. Yes get a contract too.


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Sep 02, 2013 02:29 |  #3

Sorry to say this, but neither you nor your equipment is professional, or even close. If you get anything you'll be done well. Since you haven't defined the gig, the situation, exactly what's happened well you won't get much useful input. Is it a runway show, a series of vendors in booths, or what?


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Sep 02, 2013 07:09 |  #4

My guess is that they want a monkey with a camera. They'll most likely use the images for their blog and some online promotion for next year.

Shooting this stuff is a nightmare. Attendees don't want their photo taken, booth's are busy, people are moving in your frame, client's expectations are too high, etc.

You're going to work like a dog for relatively low pay.




  
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Sep 02, 2013 20:48 |  #5

Hmmm I see. Cause some on other sites said I could get up to $2000 or more due to licensing fees. And it's a mix. There are vendors with booths yes and there's also a bridesmaid and a bridal fashion show.


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Sep 02, 2013 21:26 |  #6

Good luck. Let us know how you make out :)


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Sep 03, 2013 05:12 |  #7

Revan46 wrote in post #16262670 (external link)
Hmmm I see. Cause some on other sites said I could get up to $2000 or more due to licensing fees. And it's a mix. There are vendors with booths yes and there's also a bridesmaid and a bridal fashion show.

I'm not going to say they won't pay $2000, but it depends on what they're looking for and how large the show is.

If they want a strobed fashion show, then yes, $2000 because of the equipment you'd have to bring and the fact that you'd most likely need an assistant. If they want someone with a pop-up flash shooting at the end of the aisle, then no way.




  
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Sep 03, 2013 17:19 |  #8

Horses, brides, fashion. Sounds like quite a show! Would love to see that flash that attaches to a horseshoe. I'll bet that Tim doesn't have one!

Just kidding..... ;)


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Sep 04, 2013 02:29 |  #9

Based on your last post that I commented in regarding you trying to be a wedding photog and the equipment that you have, I'd say do it for free. OR if you're really gung-ho on charging, I'd only charge transportation and food expenses. This show (and probably future shows) is your ticket for future business. Think about it. Every wedding photog booth in there is paying to be there. You're not. This is an opportunity for you to open doors, make contacts, etc. You can maybe ask the owner if your name can be promoted as a way of payment. Be on the preferred vendor list perhaps. If you do enough of these for the same owner, maybe you can negotiate having your own booth for free in the future. Think about it.




  
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Sep 04, 2013 19:40 |  #10

People always make this too difficult, its really easy. What do you want to make - charge that. Also know what the lowest you will take. Typically, if you quote too high you just wont hear back from them. However, if they counter, be prepared to know what you will do it for.

You also need to know:
How many images they are expecting
What they are expecting (just fashion show, backstage, every vendor booth, attendees, etc).
Turn around time

I would be willing to be though, if you quoted $2000, you wont hear back again.


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Sep 04, 2013 19:46 as a reply to  @ Red Tie Photography's post |  #11

Well I figured it out. However what I found out is she's going to pay me what she paid all the previous photographers who have shot this show. It's hard to say if this will be a good thing or bad thing, but hopefully good.


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Sep 04, 2013 19:54 |  #12

I'd love to know what you get for it - you have piqued my interet


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Sep 04, 2013 19:54 |  #13

Revan46 wrote in post #16268642 (external link)
Well I figured it out. However what I found out is she's going to pay me what she paid all the previous photographers who have shot this show. It's hard to say if this will be a good thing or bad thing, but hopefully good.

Any ideas on what that amount it?

If you don't know yet, get ready to be lowballed.




  
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