Want to start charging...where to start?

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  1. melissaandkris

    melissaandkris TPF Noob!

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    I have done quite a few shoots for friends and people at church, mostly kids/babies. They have loved them and purchased lots of pictures and enlargements. So far I have done everything for free and just charged them the actual price of pictures. I do PP work on them and usually drive to their house or location of choice. I did not feel right charging in the begining but now that word is getting around that I "take pictures" I feel like to at least cover gas and time I should start charging. Just wondering how people started out. Did you do it by the hour or sitting fee plus pacakges? Any help would be very much appreciated.
     
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    This is something that I do. I don't charge for sitting fee or charge a session fee. I bassically charge per print. I basically do a mark up on what I would pay for them. I use photoreflect/express digital. but there are others like smugmug and others. It works for me.
     
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    melissaandkris TPF Noob!

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    Thanks. I have read multiply cost x3. Shutterfly is 3.99 for an 8x10 making it almost $12.00. Is it just me or does that seem high? I know professionals might not want to post this as it is a public forum so anyone can please PM me if they want or if they have any ideas.
     
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    That's not high at all...especially if you aren't charging a sitting fee. You can go either way...charge a high sitting fee and have cheap prints...or a low sitting fee and expensive prints.
    Or you can do what I do (an many others)...charge a flat fee and give them the files on a disc, so that they can get their own prints made, whenever they want.

    Your first step should be to get a business license....because it would probably be illegal to charge for anything unless you are licensed and are paying tax on the income.
     
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    Definatly get your business liscense or register yourself as a sole propritorship (thats probably not how you spell it) and before you start charging write up a contract covering all of your bases. once money starts to get involved people can get ugly so ALWAYS cover your butt.

    i would say search around your area as how much other photographers are charging and compete with their prices but dont low-ball them. if you are shooting for 1/3 of what their prices are you can piss them off and thats not what you want. you want friends in the photography industry, not enemys!!!
     

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