I know these questions are asked a lot, forgive me. I searched the business category and went through 3 or 4 pages of results and a lot were regarding wedding/commercial/real estate, etc. My question mainly deals with family portrait pricing.
I'm an amateur who occasionally gets asked by friends family to do shoots. I haven't done tons (4-5) but this is mainly due to time constraints and not putting a lot into marketing myself. But word of mouth (and posts on FB) are starting to pick up things for me and I'm finding that I'm getting requests pop up more frequently. I'm trying to figure out how to ease into monetizing my habit in a graceful & professional transition. Up to this point, because of the family/friends thing, I either haven't charged, or have charged ~$125 for everything (session & digital copies). My only local point of reference is when my family got photos done it was $250 for everything (session + all digital high res jpegs).
I wanted to get folks' thoughts on...
B) packaging...i.e. what you deliver (digital? prints? if digital, what size?)
My goals are:
1) To not dilute/destroy the professional pool around me.
2) Charge a fair price - i.e. I'm not a pro who has done this for 8 years, I shouldn't be paid as one.
3) Present it to the customer in a way that works *for them* (all digital delivery? print packaging?)
Balancing these goals, I'd still like to act semi-professional and move towards monetizing my work. While I'm not going to quit my day job, it would be nice to fuel the obsession.
So I know it's a large topic, and tons of thoughts on the topic.