Frugal wrote in post #10599888
When you do an outdoor local location shoot, say for a portrait session for a large family, when does your hourly rate start and end? When you arrive and begin setting up lighting - until you leave? Or just for the time you are posing and photographing?
I don't quote billable time for that kind of client. I certainly have, however, calculated the average amount of time I spend on such a job and my pricing structure (specifically, my the cost of my minimum product) is based on that average. I control my workflow to maintain that average. For the level of work I do, at the bottom line it works out to an average of 2.5 hours.
Part of that average includes average driving time within my area. I have a separate travel fee schedule for clients beyond a certain radius, which would be quoted separately.
I don't have a separate retouching fee, either, because all my retouching for portrait clients is one level: "Comprehensive." But as with everything else, I've calculated an average amount of time I spend for retouching and built it into my price structure. The prices of my products vary by size or material (paper vs canvas) or mounting/framing method, but not by quality.