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Tika Moon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/6/2004
 

Is my Pricing resonable


 
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I have been taking photos for years, mostly of friends, (senior portaits, weddings, headshots and theatre). I have jsut decided to start my business offically. I use a 6.3 MP Sony Cybershot with Carl Zeiz Zoom lens and was going to charge (for outdoor sittings only) the smallest package is $ 150.00 for sitting fee, 50 pics taken, 1 8x10 and 2 5x7's. The largest package is $300.00 for sitting fee, 50 pics taken,2 11x17, 6 8x10, 6 5x7, and 20 4x6. I was going to charge $500.00 for 5 hours Wedding (take up to 150 pics)plus a 4x6 proof of each picture. Then charge for each print they order. $50 for 11x17, $35 for 8x10 and 20 for 5x7. and then have other packages available with the most expensive being 8 hours plus many enlargements for $1500.00 (the largest size my camera will print is 12x18 great). Is their any advise for what I'm doing, is this the norm and is this aceptable to do wedding this way? (here are a couple samlpes of the most recent wedding I did).


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1/5/2005 3:30:54 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I won't comment on your prices for portraits because that is not what I do (except as part of a wedding package.) For weddings, your basic charge is not too bad but your re-print prices are a little too high. You should charge about 4 times your cost for the re-prints.
I will make another suggestion, even though you didn't ask. I am not familiar with your camera, meaning I have never used one like it, but, if you want to shoot weddings, you need to get another camera if yours will only do well up to 12x18. You should be able to offer at least a 16x20 enlargement. I use a MF film camera so 20x30 is no problem for me. If you want to stick with digital that is fine but you need to get advice from someone who is familiar with these cameras.
Lastly, I like your work! Good shooting.


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1/6/2005 7:23:40 AM

 
Tika Moon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/6/2004
  It cost me $14.99 for a 11x17 at Shutterbug and 7.99 for an 8x10. Is there a cheaper but still quality place that I can get these developed?


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1/6/2005 8:59:35 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Oh, heck yes. Try Pro Photo (prophotoimaging.com) or Dale Labs (dalelabs.com). I use Pro Photo and can vouch for their quality. Their pricing is not available online but you can order a catalog. They have been in business for 81 years. I have never used Dale Labs but I understand they are good. There are numerous other labs available too. Check with other photographers.


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1/6/2005 9:09:20 AM

 
Tika Moon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/6/2004
  Thanks, the reprint price is by biggest problem- I was making the reprints more, since they were costing me more. And thanks for the advice about the camera, I do want to get one, but I won't be able to afford it until maybe summer.


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1/6/2005 9:16:56 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   I would like to make one other suggestion. Since you will be shooting digital, take advantage of the fact that your shooting expenses are very small. At a wedding, take many more than 150 pictures and present the couple with the best 150. You won't be out the expense of printing all of the pictures you shoot but you will have more to choose from.


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1/6/2005 9:43:40 AM

 
Lori Carpenter
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/31/2004
  Kerry has a very good point. I started weddings last year and I have some packages that include 100 images in a story book. Since I'm digital, I average about 1,000 per wedding. I pick about the 300 best and let them proof them on a low resolution disk. This saves me alot of money. They always order more this way.


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1/6/2005 2:09:48 PM

 
Tika Moon
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/6/2004
  Yes I wa going to take more pics than 150, that is just what they would get. I do theatre and have learned to take as many pics as possible. Right now I can only hold 51 per card in the highest file size. And about 83 if I use the next size down. (Still great for 8x10's, but not much bigger) Should I take the ones of preparation, guests and such on the smaller size? I only got a few of my own wedding pics enlarged and they were only of me and my groom.


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1/6/2005 6:46:28 PM

 
Joan Bellinger   Tika, buy another memory card. Prices keep coming down and you need a spare anyway.


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1/7/2005 3:11:30 PM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Buy a couple more cards. To shoot weddings, you need a back-up for EVERYTHING. You never know when something will break down.


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1/7/2005 3:17:58 PM

 
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