Hi!!! I'm pretty new to this forum. Just signed up tonight. Anywho, let me just cut to the chase. One of my new ventures to date is photography. I have little experience with nature shots, landscapes, and even one Sweet 16 birthday party under my belt. I have been told many times that I could improve while others have said that I'm just great at it. SO now I went from playing around with it to taking it a little more seriously. :heart: Having said that, I am now in between a contract and a client in getting my first real independent gig however for the time being (until Nov. 10th) everything is still up in the air. It's my partner's client and he asked me to do photographs. I think I should mention that this is a paying gig, and I've never met the woman--the mother of the birthday girl--but I will soon as a meeting is in the works to meet with her to revise all the details so I'm like 35% iffy on what she wants for her daughter. Now to the photo portion of the deal. The mother for which I am doing the pictures, she's asking for a mountain out of a mole hill. For a rookie like me, this is asking a lot. Here's what she is requesting: 1) in-house family/Sweet 16 Court pictures--on the stairs and in the backyard. 2) one big church photo (bear with me if you can picture it). This consists of posing at the front of the church--family in the dead center of the pciture, whilst the family are surrounded by the Sweet 16 Court--girls on one side, boys on the other. Oh! I should also mention that a picture of family and each couple is required AS they are coming into the church. The client also requested that I take a photo of the people in the front row-her Court, immediate family, as well as an intimate family portrait receiving the blessing of the priest. It's a traditional Spanish Sweet 16. It's traditional to bless the girl that is taking her first steps into womanhood. That's the explanation. RECEPTION 3) Picture of family that will be making their GRAND ENTRANCE into the reception hall. I am also under the understanding that the Sweet 16 Court will be making THEIR GRAND ENTRANCE marching into the reception and that under the client's request the march will followed by a rehearsed dance and that I am to get pictures of those. I ASSUME I CAN STAND ON A CHAIR AT THIS POINT IN A CORNER SOMEWHERE TO GET THAT SHOT? 4) The Lighting of the Candle Ceremony where family and friends special to the Sweet 16er get their individual shots. 5) One professional 14x16 photo of the Sweet 16er alone. ANd then just general, basic action shots. In closing, I think I should mention that this is my first tall order. Our client is already making a big request in the purchasing of a 12 megapixel camera to fulfill the requirement of professional shots. However, this part of the venture is already in the works as we have found a CANON A650IS that should perform well. I think I should also mention that I have covered a Sweet 16 before but nothing as planned out as all this, my last one was very non-traditional--cake, family, friends, 2 church pictures and then go home. Furthermore, we're also having a little trouble with the pricing end of things:er:. My partner and I are NOT PROFESSIONALS, I am just a rookie but my partner is the semi-professional in this whole entire project. Now I have been told by several close sources that professionals get $5,000 for something of this magnitude, however given my rookie status, I should go for $1500 to $2000 for these pictures alone. The problem is I have no knowledge of what my partner was prepared to charge his clients from the start, and the information provided here is based on a second telephone conversation my partner had one week ago with the client. We had no previous knowledge of this tall order. Now that we do have knowledge of this tall order, we are preparing ourselves to give our client an augmentation in price. My questions are: How much would non-professionals REALLY charge for something like this? AND what kinds of shots should I be producing for this gig? A reply would be greatly appreciated as we currently both feel swamped and frustrated at the client's request. My partner specifically told her from the begining we are not professionals, and I guess she didn't get that part. Much :heart: for all the photographers of the world out there and i will soon be posting some of my great works.