Just Curious..

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  1. K_Pugh

    K_Pugh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How far on average to you 'travelling' photographers travel for jobs?

    I haven't been going long, and haven't done any advertising and so far I've been called out from a company 90 miles away for product shots, and an individual for portraits 130 miles away so far.

    Is this normal? I mean surely there's more local photographers to them.

    Anyway, was just curious to see.. thought I'd try lighten things up after all this credit crunch talk ;)

    So how far have you gone (literally) for jobs.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    All or most of my clients have been in my city but being on the very western edge of my city, I've had to drive a fair way to get to clients who are on the east side....maybe a 30 or 40 minute drive.

    My policy is that I'll drive anywhere within 100km of the city, without charging for travel.
     
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    I think this is another one of those questions that is relevant to YOU. If you live in the boonies then 90-130 miles might be understandable. If you live in a metropolitan area I would try and find closer clients or charge per mile after the first 60 miles.

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  4. K_Pugh

    K_Pugh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You're right! The thing is I don't live in the middle of nowhere, and neither do the two clients, we're all near quite big cities - Just thought it was weird. I know I'd try find a local photographer first but then again if travelling costs are fairly low then what's the difference.

    I don't mind travelling at all, but I was just curious as to whether this is something I'm going to have to get used to, plus, it makes me wonder about marketing etc.. I was going to keep it pretty local but it could be worthwhile expanding a little bit.

    Ah, sorry, just my little thoughts/ramblings.. :lol:
     
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    I think living in Scotland your going to get more traveling about than some are ;)
    I think with the current financial climate I would market as wide I could - make a limit for yourself on traveling - up to a certain distance free - after that charge extra. This will help prevent you getting out of pocket when paying for fuel to travel to these destinations - and remember you have to value for both directions (getting there and back again)
     
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    I started off in business in Aberdeen and had clients travel to my studio for xmas portraits from Edinburgh in the south to Inverness in the north for my specials, I also had many inquiries from all over Scotland for weddings etc. I mostly turned these down due to the distance and my lack of local knowledge of their areas and operated within about a 50 mile radius, however if the client is willing to foot the bill for time + travel I'de gladly accommodate them, its their dough and its nice to get out for a day or so. H
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I charge a travel fee for any job outside my county (or about anything farther than 15 miles).
     
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    This is the same thing that I do. I mapquest it and charge .58 a mile. I came up with that number from my fulltime job. They pay me .58 a mile anytime I have to travel anywhere.
     
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    K_Pugh No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Cheer guys.

    I do charge mileage (at a rate to cover expenses and time) but I think I'll start charging only out-with a 25 mile radius or so.

    I just got another job booked, 25 miles away, then a ferry, and then another few miles lol. I don't mind the travelling as it is good to get about. I suppose if travelling expenses aren't too expensive people will pay that little extra rather than using a local photographer?!

    I guess it's quite common, I was just battling with myself, like Flash Harry mentioned above.. Is it worthwhile keeping yourself within your "Known Zone" or just go ahead and go the extra mile.
     

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