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Club Photography - How much do they make per club?

 
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Nov 03, 2009 10:30 |  #1

I am considering to do some night club photography. How much do they make per club/night? My friend told me that they probably make about $50 per club, so they have to shoot at multiple clubs to make their money. How does it work? How do they give the images?

How much would be normal charges for event photography?
If I get hired by an agency, how much would I make in 1 night of work for hourly rates?


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Nov 03, 2009 11:46 |  #2

well, it depends.
the ones my girl has done so far its been $20 per hour flat rate, minimum of 4 hours.
but that is only for events, cant really say night life in general on a regular night.

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Nov 08, 2009 22:22 as a reply to  @ nez's post |  #3

it really depends. i do club photography where i sell photos on the spot for $10. i have made anywhere from $400 to $0 a night. thats not a typo... thats ZERO dollars a night.




  
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Nov 09, 2009 14:51 |  #4

bladerelic wrote in post #8980520 (external link)
it really depends. i do club photography where i sell photos on the spot for $10. i have made anywhere from $400 to $0 a night. thats not a typo... thats ZERO dollars a night.

I wouldnt mind selling photos on the spot. i bought a 4x6 printer and was thinking of doing this. I see people do a setup with a backdrop though. How do you arrange this with the club? Do they get a percentage of profits, do you pay them, do you just ask them? What is your business approach?

I know I have 3 options for club photography. Either I setup a photo booth type thing with a backdrop and print pictures on the spot, or I walk around taking pictures for the clubs website, or I walk around taking pictures and try to see if people will buy my pictures. The last is what I have been doing, getting practice, but no one has bought any pictures as yet. I would like to be paid. I would prefer on location printing the best.


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Nov 09, 2009 17:49 |  #5

professorman wrote in post #8984570 (external link)
I wouldnt mind selling photos on the spot. i bought a 4x6 printer and was thinking of doing this. I see people do a setup with a backdrop though.

It might work better to show them a picture on your camera, give them a card with a web address to something like a smugmug site where they can order the prints online. I would think that using a backdrop would sort of take away from the fun of having shots of yourself in a club, since those with the backdrop could be taken anywhere, but maybe I'm just envisioning it differently.




  
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Nov 10, 2009 14:54 as a reply to  @ shooter mcgavin's post |  #6

i work several clubs near where i live. the best thing to do is contact the club promoter for the night you want to work. tell the promoter that you'll pay either a upfront fee, or a percentage of what you make. also offer the promoter a disc of all the photos you've taken for the night. that will help sweeten the deal.

for instance, i work a club every saturday night. since im there on saturdays, i told the promoter that i will help promote the club by advertising on facebook/myspace. i also give him 15% of my profit. some of the pics i take i post on facebook, and have people tag themselves in the photos. so not only is he getting free advertising from me, he also uses me to promote and take photos at other parties during the rest of the week.

will you make tons of money doing this? you might, but dont hold your breath. picture this as a way to make some extra lunch money while you are having fun




  
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Nov 10, 2009 14:57 as a reply to  @ bladerelic's post |  #7

it also helps to have a website where you post your photos, but dont think you'll make any money off of it because people will just right-click and save.




  
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Nov 13, 2009 13:26 |  #8

There is a local restaurant in my community which sponsors A WHOLE lot of events and artists to appear at events. I am thinking of approaching the owner and suggest that he builds a website and I take pictures for him and capture his events. They have a facebook page that they market from now though. I think he spends a decent amount because they are the main sponsors of most of the events and their names are called all night. What do you think would be a decent amount I could charge him in an offer to him to take pictures for him? I was thinking maybe $150. Would this work? What do you think?


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Nov 13, 2009 15:20 |  #9

Joonbug.com is very popular here in boston as well as home in New York. They pay $20/hour which to me isn't bad. Its not great but 80-120$ for a nights worth of work is about the same as bartending except you have more fun. Im gonna concider it as a small part time job when I get settled in my next station in Baltimore


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