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bedojo
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Jul 12, 2011 21:31 |  #1

Hi, I am wanting to break into portrait photography, so far i have been going through friends and model mayhem getting pictures, with many no shows >.<
i have 3 guys lined up in the next 2 weeks hopefully none of them flake, so i can add to my male portraits, and 1 or 2 females lined up.
here are some of my images.
recent portraits

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i am planning on pricing around $200-600 for quick 1 image print to 2 hr 6-10 image print

let me know what you think! thanks :D
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Jul 12, 2011 21:32 |  #2

and some glamor

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i am planning on pricing around $200-600 for quick 45 min 1 image print to 3 hr 6-10 image print


let me know what you think! thanks
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Jul 12, 2011 22:10 |  #3

Only way to tell is to have a crack at it and see what happens - as the old saying goes: The proof is in the eating.

Do bear in mind though that shooting members of Joe public will be very different to photographing models.

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Jul 13, 2011 13:16 |  #4

Your photos are really really good, but I think that $200 for one photo is pretty steep. It depends on your market though. If you only want to photograph models, that price could be fine (I really don't know), but if you're going for senior portraits or weddings, $200 for one print would not fly. Just look at who your aiming for and it should answer your question. It's good to not under price yourself, but over pricing is bad too.




  
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Jul 13, 2011 13:22 |  #5

i meant 1 pose, multiple prints
i havent finished prices yet,
for $200 that would be a 45 min shoot session, with 12 or 24 wallets, 2 or 3 5x7, and 1 or 2 8x10 or 8x12, of 1 pose.


the more expensive ones i would like to do multiple poses, with more prints, and a cofee table album book.
i would like to have a cheap package, for the not as wealthy people with short sessions that i can stack multiples in one day. plus a more complete pacakge for the people who have the money for a framed wall collection and coffe album book of their senior / child / couples. maybe get into wedding photography down the road a bit


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Jul 13, 2011 13:40 |  #6

Yes, you are. And your pricing range sounds quite reasonable.


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Jul 13, 2011 13:41 |  #7

IMO it's not about if you think you're good enough...it's all about what others think. If they buy your work then the answer is yes.


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Jul 13, 2011 14:31 |  #8

yeah, that is my problem, i see these photogs that do not great work, but they have everyone raving about them, (maybe price point).

gregg thanks to your website i found a few things in oregon i didn't know about, the meet up group, and the Northwest center for photography!
some crummy weather we've been having >.<

i guess my trouble is going be breaking into the market and getting ravers.


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Jul 13, 2011 16:18 |  #9

bedojo wrote in post #12752525 (external link)
yeah, that is my problem, i see these photogs that do not great work, but they have everyone raving about them, (maybe price point).

gregg thanks to your website i found a few things in oregon i didn't know about, the meet up group, and the Northwest center for photography!
some crummy weather we've been having >.<

i guess my trouble is going be breaking into the market and getting ravers.

That's great. I'm one of the organizers in the Meetup group and an instructor at NPC.


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Jul 13, 2011 21:35 |  #10

just got back from 12 hour work session @.@, with a box from adoramapix sitting at my door :)
i ordered all there paper types (luster, matte, and glossy), color corrected, and non color corrected, of the second image.

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and all i have to say is WOW, i loved the matte and glossy, thought the luster was meh not that good.
then i compared it to my senior portrait from 4 years ago... that we paid 150 bucks for. haha
this print blew my sr port~ out of the water :O

the image looks, and feels so much better on prints, i am going to get some albums made, and more prints, so i can bring with to client meets.
idk something about the print in my hand just doesnt compare to on the net...

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Jul 14, 2011 06:08 |  #11

I like the last shots in both sets a LOT. The bench shot in particular.


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Jul 14, 2011 13:56 |  #12

I wouldn't pop the clutch with your pricing. Most people that want quality aren't afraid to pay for it but you better show up and give your A game. If your charging A game prices, and what may seem like a trivial flaw to you may seem like a complete disaster to your customer. In other words the higher the price the more they expect and rich people can expect a lot. When it comes to who I market too I follow what a very wise business man told me. Don't try to make your millions in one job. Market yourself to the people who spend money, namely the middle class. Henry Ford, Bill Gates, John Deere etc. all made expensive luxuries into middle class necessities and made their billions this way. If you don't have time to do a job correctly your taking too much on and something needs to go. Your integrity is worth more than any dollar amount and once it's sold you can never buy or earn it back and it makes for very poor advertising unless your goal is to be a bum. You will work harder for yourself than you have for any other employer or you will starve. That's just some of the ins and outs of owning your own business.




  
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Jul 14, 2011 17:03 |  #13

I have the same problem with a twist- my age. I don't know if people would take me seriously or not and if they would pay far lower than I would like for that reason. I guess I'll just wait a little bit and do work for friends first but any advice?


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Jul 14, 2011 18:08 |  #14

SvetlanaD wrote in post #12759109 (external link)
I have the same problem with a twist- my age. I don't know if people would take me seriously or not and if they would pay far lower than I would like for that reason. I guess I'll just wait a little bit and do work for friends first but any advice?

You have a ways to go yet, take your time and learn as much as you can. Slow and easy is better, rushing into something you are not equipped to deal with will not help you.;)


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Jul 14, 2011 18:49 |  #15

Flo wrote in post #12759411 (external link)
You have a ways to go yet, take your time and learn as much as you can. Slow and easy is better, rushing into something you are not equipped to deal with will not help you.;)

Yeah, sure I can always learn more, but I know I can do better than some of the work in my local area already so why not start now?


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