How Much?

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  1. Naicidrac

    Naicidrac TPF Noob!

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    Hello all,
    I just wanted to post a general question about how much to charge. I have been getting better with my photography and I have had a few people who want me to take their photo. How much should I charge for a general on location photo shoot. Maybe about 4 poses or so. I am not counting the price for the photos, but maybe an hour or two on photo shop and about 4 poses or so. I just wanted to get an idea. Now I am just starting to do this so I don't want to charge too much, but if they like my work and they want me to take their picture they have to pay for my art.

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    Naicidrac
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It depends on a lot of things...like how much you will charge for the prints or files. You could change nothing for 'sitting fee' and then charge a lot for the prints...or else you could change the whole cost up front and then give the prints/files etc.

    Also, the average price for photography is probably a lot higher in New York than Minnesota...so you need to take that into consideration. Also, you need to consider your market...who are you selling this service to?

    I suggest looking up other photographers in your area and see what they are charging for something similar. Base your charge using that as a guide. You may want to start low but don't undervalue yourself. If you are good, there is no reason to charge less than other pros.
     
  3. Naicidrac

    Naicidrac TPF Noob!

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    Thanks Big Mike, that is a great idea. I will give local photographers a call and see what an afternnon on location would be.
     
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    I live in Minnesota and have been charging for photos for about a year now. I charge 50-100 dollars for a sitting which includes a few prints. Additional photos are extra as are the high res digital negs. I do it more for a side hobbie and the extra money is a bonus, I am probably too cheap. They are happy and so am I.
     
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    Try doubling that, or more. Say, $125/sitting, not including prints.
     

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