I have a prospective client who is used to having his friend "run & gun" with a DSLR kit lens. After showing him the difference between an image SOOC and one having undergone my post to correct lens distortion, adjust colors, contrast, sharpening, etc. he became much more amenable to my pricing structure, very impressed with the work.
However, these guys like to flood the MLS with the maximum 40 images. What I like to do, is after shooting, put together a quick proof set of the 40-60 usable images, and let the client choose which selects will be edited, based on the package: Basic is 15 edited photos, Enhanced is 20-25, Premium 25-30, spending 1-1.5 hours, 1.5-2 hours, and 2-3 hours on site respectively.
Well, this client is now asking to get the Enhanced package, but also wants delivery of the rest of the proof set SOOC without editing. He expects that at the same pricing. Or creating another package where they 10 edited photos, and 30 SOOC. I really dislike this idea because someone looking at the listing isn't going to know which photos are edited and which are SOOC, and then think, this photographer is crap.
I was willing to give him an exception, where instead of one of my standard packages with post processing done, I was going to provide him with 40 images SOOC, at a slight discount off my Basic package price. It saves me the time in editing, and to any prospective clients I could explain, all those photos were SOOC and received no post to correct the distortions from the lens or correct color/contrast issues.
So basically, I'm curious, does anyone do this? Does anyone give a client some edited photos and some SOOC images as well? If so, what kind of markup do you add for the additional SOOC photos? Like I said, I think I'm going to shoot down the idea because it doesn't reflect well upon me as a photographer.
Honestly I dislike the idea of the complete SOOC package, but hell, it's more money per hour. And for my own portfolio website, I would edit the photos to post there.
So trying to find a way to still get this gig, but also not agree to the mixture of edited and SOOC photos. Just going to have to gently explain, that's not professional, I don't know of any real estate photographers who do such a thing. I also don't think he has read through the License Agreement I sent him, and doesn't understand he's licensing usage of the photos, not ownership. I'm going to have to explain to him that no alterations to the delivered images is allowed.
The job is a ranch style home with basement, it's a 4/3, no excessively high ceilings and will be listed in the mid-300s. After seeing my edits, he asked how much a package with 40 edited photos would be. Since this is my first time working with him, I have been giving him some "introductory discounts". The property is about 10-15 miles outside the radius where I would usually charge a small travel fee, which I said I would waive. And I normally I'd charge $40 per 5 extra photos above a standard package rate, but I added only $50 instead of $80 to my Premium package price as part of that intro discount. So I'm already giving this guy a lot. I'm not going to give someone 40 photos for $225, and then never be able to get $300 for 30 photos again in the future. Some jobs, no matter how much you want to make the money or expand your portfolio, you gotta value your time, and more importantly your artistic and professional integrity.
Any advice is appreciated.