hey guys, I have an odd request.
So basically, I got into photography as a hobby with no intentions of doing a side-biz with it, but I did some work for some really well-connected people a while back, and I've been getting emails and calls left and right for photo work. ( mostly highschool sr photos, pre-prom photos, and graduation stuff )
Before all this, the only work I did was for friends, co-workers, family, and people I generally knew.
But now its people I've never seen or met before, and the first question always seems to be "what do you charge" with people I know, I would tell them "I work for free, but donations are accepted" as most of it was for family, and family friends. Doing that, payment would mean anything from cash, beer, or keys to their nice car to play around in for a bit.
First off, I don't like the way I see alot of people in the area going about it that charge '$XX for a 30-min session, and 15 fully edited photos' with additional photos, edits, and time chargnig more. ( i get the idea and reasoning behind it, but its not for me )
I'd much prefer to say for $X amount, we will do all the shots you want, wheverever location, no dumb charges for changing outfits, props, or whatever. You get all the photos from the day, and I'll pick and choose the best ones and edit them for you, and if there are any you think I missed, just let me know.
But the thing is, I don't know what to charge.
I'm no pro, I don't plan on quitting my 8-5 to do this. Just basically helping people out who couldn't afford a dedicated pro opened a flood gate of work for me. And i'd like to bill my self as simple and affordable.
Basically, I want to be affordable and help people out, but don't want to end up screwing myself over.
Any ideas, tips, or suggestions from some of you more seasoned guys out there?
What is the length of a typical shoot and how long do you spend on editing? I say $50 an hour minimum for the shooting. That includes your prep and travel time. Not editing time tho. Remember you are still paying for your gear, your gas, your time, and experience. They are asking you, not someone else, to shoot them. They are happy to pay for your time and the images.
I charge about $100-$150 per 1-2hr shoot. $40-60 for a half hour session for FAU students. With that they get at least 10 well edited watermarked images (2048px long edge sized) for sharing on social media and family on the web...I usually end up giving them 20-40 images anyways lol. I charge extra for the print releases and prints of course.