Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by flyphotos, Jan 29, 2010.
You don't have the equipment to do the shoot
In that case as much as you think you can get away with
A happy meal combo with a large coke.
I'd tell them your Day Rate is normally $900 per day, and if need be, allow them to bargain you down to no less than $650 per day. That's in no way exorbitant. If you were a "real photographer" (in air quotes, no insult intended) doing small product commercial on a 31-item job you'd be billing at least $4,000 or so, but these people are probably small potatos, so inferring several things about you, your client, etc, I think you ought to start with the $900 day rate quote,and proceed from there.
Do not under-sell yourself.
I mean no offense what so ever, but for someone who just started doing paid photography and with the list of equipment... The standard price is highway robbery.
Equipment is not the criteria, what is produced by the equipment is.
We are not privileged with photographic examples of the finished product to judge the value of work.
I don't believe solely in that jive.
It is about the equipment, and it is about the skill.
If you believe you have the tools and the skills to do the job, do it and don't let anyone talk you out of it. You'll gain valuable experience. Be sure you put your big girl panties on and be prepared to see it all the way through. Remember whatever you charge will never be enough. My experience tells me that these types who don't want to pay full price and seek out a cut rate deal will never be satisfied with the finished product. When money's on the line friends aren't so friendly and snap shots won't be good enough. They're expecting work that rivals Gucci's photographer, and he/she didn't work for $900 a day. If you can finish in less than 10 hours I'd be amazed! I could be wrong, but let us know what happens.
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