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What to Charge for Senior Photo Session?

 
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Sep 30, 2016 15:44 |  #16

texkam wrote in post #18144596 (external link)
Reasonable in my market:
If you suck - $100
If you're good - $500
If you're awesome - $1000+

What I and others are wondering: are there average income high school parents that are willing to pay $500-$1,000 just for some senior photos? I've seen others throwing out such figures, and I'm really incredulous (maybe because I've always done my own photos for my family needs)....



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Sep 30, 2016 15:46 |  #17

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That's true. You are both happy. But remember, you are setting her perception of value for senior photos in the industry as a whole - and anyone she talks to.

Don't worry, I did let her know what the usual going rate is in the industry and that if she's not happy with my work, I can refer her to someone else.



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Sep 30, 2016 23:52 |  #18

are there average income high school parents that are willing to pay $500-$1,000 just for some senior photos?

Yes, there are average income people willing to pay for lots of things that are important to them. Common sense tells us those with above average incomes can more easily afford the finer things in life. I provide a premium product and try to market to a discriminating client who is willing to pay for high quality.




  
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Oct 01, 2016 01:35 |  #19

If you're not doing it to support yourself you can charge whatever you like...$100, nothing, whatever...unlike someone running a business you can choose who you're willing to take photos of, and how cheap you want to do it

Is it bad for pro's that someone is providing a service for cheap...probably, but they should be able to provide something better than your typical hobbyist anyways


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Jun 30, 2017 01:32 |  #20

kind of late to the game but heres my $0.03...

friend of my daughter was senior last school year.
they were both in the HS band.
i shoot the band's halftime performances for the band, but offer prints through zenfolio.
daughter's friend's mom asked about me taking pictures of said friend in uniform at next performance and asked price.
i said i shoot all of the kids for free.
what she WANTED was some senior portrait type shots in uniform because the friend's uncle (GWAC) couldnt make the last show.
i didnt find THAT fact out until just before i got to the stadium, so i quick called a couple of MY friends who's kids just got senior photos done and found out they paid right around $200-250 for a 1-hour photo session and print packages and extra editing were all over the place.
we shot about 15-30 images and the mom asked me to send her the bill and how to order prints.

i figured i shot for about 20 minutes or so and told her she could order whatever prints tickled her fancy from my zenfolio site and charged her $50. primarily because a Portrait Shooter, im NOT. because the senior portrait deal for them was a low-cost issue due to family situations. because it was mathematically about on par of what 2 other shooters charged. because any images she wanted would be bought through my site.


you could alway call around and ask local photography places what they charge for session fees, photo package costs and then extrapolate that into how long your sessions will be +/- whatever discount youre comfortable with giving this lady.




  
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Jun 30, 2017 10:45 as a reply to  @ post 18144458 |  #21

If you are collecting any payment for the job you are a business. You need to treat it as such. If you don't you are just hurting the everyone.


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Jul 24, 2017 10:43 |  #22

I am in Charlotte NC my most popular package is a download only package 30 images 90min all images retouched no watermark 175.00. But I researched some people in my area charge 250 for 90min 15 20 images.


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Jul 24, 2017 10:47 as a reply to  @ post 18144596 |  #23

I may need to rethink my pricing..


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Jul 24, 2017 10:51 |  #24

ALL pricing questions have answers which are very dependent upon the specific locale of the person asking!
Tupelo MS is very different from NYC or LA
Fresno CA is very different from San Francisco and Silicon Valley CA


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Jul 25, 2017 11:54 |  #25

Wilt wrote in post #18409844 (external link)
ALL pricing questions have answers which are very dependent upon the specific locale of the person asking!
Tupelo MS is very different from NYC or LA
Fresno CA is very different from San Francisco and Silicon Valley CA

Well, not just the local, but of course the factors identified in post #4 as well as the needs of the photographer.

There are only 24 hours in a day, and only a few of those that can be billed. Any photographer has to assess prices carefully, if the intention is to keep the cost of shooting less than the net income.

If one is purely a hobbyist and considers a net loss all in the fun, that's a different thing.

But if one intends photography to provide a net profit above costs--whether part-time or full-time--then those post #4 considerations come into play.

There are many cases in which the cost--including one's time--are such that a photographer may be better off taking a nap or taking the family to the zoo instead of charging what a particular prospective customer desires.




  
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Aug 02, 2017 00:44 |  #26

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I usually shoot sports but when an acquaintance of mine recently asked me to shoot her son's senior photos for a fee, I thought I'd give it a go.

Yesterday, we had the session at a local park, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I'm currently "developing" the RAW photos into full resolution JPEG and will hand them all over to the client, I'd say 50-70 of the best images.

The question I have is how much is reasonable to charge for about 2 hours of on-location shooting and handing over all JPEG images with no printing involved.

Any input appreciated.

The best photographers I know of in my state charge about 1k.
I charge only around 200 because I need more experience with posing.


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Nov 27, 2017 14:35 as a reply to  @ post 18144596 |  #27

HAHAHA. I love your response. The sad thing is, I dont think the general public understands the difference between "awesome" and "suck". lol It seems most people are willing to pay "suckY" prices and get shotty work.




  
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Nov 27, 2017 14:45 |  #28

I'd say $250-350 but you've already put your foot in it and said about $100 so you had better charge about $100.


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Nov 27, 2017 14:49 |  #29

Also you shouldn't look at it from the perspective of 'I'm not a professional'.


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Nov 27, 2017 15:12 |  #30

All the evidence suggests that even quite poor people will often find a way to pay value for stuff as long as they are confident that it will really deliver what they want. It's about priorities. People will pay for what is important to them.


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