Suggestions for my first paid photo shoot

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  1. cestlefun17

    cestlefun17 TPF Noob!

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    So a co-worker asked if I'd like to take some family pictures for her and offered to pay. I suggested $50 plus the cost of film, developing, and prints. She agreed, but I want to confirm that this is a fair price.

    She wants me to do one roll in black-and-white (I'll probably be using Fujifilm Neopan ISO 100) and one in color. I am thinking of using Fujifilm Astia ISO 100, but am also researching Provia. What are your suggestions?

    The pictures will be taken in a park.

    Thanks.
     
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    If it works for you, then it's fair. I wouldn't do it for that price, but that's me. Assuming that you are friendly with this co-worker (and not knowing your level of experience / technical skill) I would suggest rather than a firm price, offer to do it for the cost of materials "Plus whatever she feels is appropriate". This will hopefully reduce a bit of the pressure on both sides.

    For B&W film, I still don't believe you can beat Ilford.
     
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    People spend more money on lunch each week, and usually complain about it...but go back to the same place and order from week to week. Hint, Hint!!

    If you do a lousy job, exclude the cost other than material.
    If you do a decent job to good job, charge her.

    I would tell her...wouldn't you rather pay me, a friend, instead of a stranger?;)
     
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    Right...after I develop the film I can scan it before ordering prints. If she doesn't like what I did, then she won't have to pay (she won't get the negatives of course). If she does like it, wonderful.
     
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    I would use color negative film for all of it and have it scanned. Fuji 160 professional color neg would be great, or Reala. I would not use B&W film or slide film at all.
     
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    Why do you say that? I love the look of color slide and black and white film.
     

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