Help with Engagement photos

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  1. TMWallace

    TMWallace TPF Noob!

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    I've been asked to do engagement photos for a couple about to get married. They only want the prints, and a cd made. Only about 10 different shots.

    I've never done anything in which I've charged someone before. How much should I be looking to charge for this?

    Thank you all SO much!
     
  2. mwcfarms

    mwcfarms No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How much time are you planning on commiting to the shoot and editting after? That would give you a better idea as to what your time is worth.
     
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    TMWallace TPF Noob!

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    just a few hours (2-3) for the shoot...and then probably two or three days ( a couple hours each day) of editing
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    if you are only giving them 10 digital files, you are spending way too much time for editing. You should not spend more than 1 hour with only 10 photos.
     
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    TMWallace TPF Noob!

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    Sorry...I'm still half asleep. let me retry this

    I plan on getting them the finished results in 2-3 days (after the shoot)

    I will probably only work on it one day (for a couple of hours)
     
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    Then answer the question, how much is your time worth? H
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Please define - "the prints". I mean are the prints going to be matte, lustre or glossy? What size? From your home ink printer or chromogenic prints from a reputable lab? Framed and matted? Archival paper? Metallic?

    What size will the images be on the CD? Will be providing them a use license for the photos?

    Will it be in the studio or a location shoot?

    If it's a location shoot, do you need any permits, proof of business liability insurance? How many locations?

    Will you be using supplimental lighting, reflectors, any assistants when you do the shoot?

    How much do the other local photography businesses around Austin charge? Check out the following link:

    Pricing Photography
     
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    :thumbup:
     
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    As much as you think you can get away with :thumbup:
     
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    So why are you charging now? Have your skills dramatically improved? If so, how have they improved to an extent worthy of charging $$$? Do you need the money or are you portfolio building?

    You shouldn't have to come out-of-pocket for expenses, but if buidling a portfolio I would think cost + a small percentage would be tactful.

    I also use the barter system. Sometimes money just gets in the way of relationships.

    Do you have a contract explicitly defining what is expected from both you and the client?
     
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    An engagement shoot should be doable in an hour or less. I'd charge at least $100 for the shoot alone. If you go over an hour, charge more. Then give them a price per retouched image for each image that they want. Don't commit to selling a specific number of images for a set price, because that high price might scare them off. Tell them, for example, that for them to buy the full-resolution retouched digital file is $100 per image (just an example). If they then choose 10 images and want to give you $1000, great. But it's their choice. If you quote them $1000 up front for 10 images, they will think you're trying to rob them blind.
     
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    Here's a thought, tell them the engagement photos are free - as soon as they sign the wedding photo contract.
     

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