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Photography Question 


People have recently been asking me to do photos for them (seniors, families, farm animals they want to sell etc.)
I don't know what would be right to charge since I don't have any real training or schooling behind my photography and I still have a lot to learn. I also have to travel 50mi sometimes to to the pix. What should I do? How much?

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2/10/2005 4:43:32 PM

Kerry L. Walker   Figure out what your time is worth (and figure in more time than you anticipate) and add the cost of expenses. When you get really good, you will be able to charge time, expenses, plus a profit.

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2/11/2005 7:15:17 AM

Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
  I researched prices on the net. You should also investigate what photographers charge in your area. Then set a price you would find acceptable for the next year or two. I then gave my first 10 customers a 50% discount for being my first guinea pigs...

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2/12/2005 6:39:32 AM

Nancy Grace Chen
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/18/2004
  Here are my thoughts on the subject... I would just charge whatever you think people would pay to be photographed by you. Haha, I still charge $25 per sitting even though I still mostly do shoots for free. For a while I was at that stage where I still couldn't guarantee people that the results were great, so I didn't want to charge them lest I be embarrassed later if the results weren't that good. In fact, I did the whole thing for free and then "paid" them for being my guinea pig models with free prints. I'm pretty hard on myself, but I think you have to be if you want to be a good photographer. When you get to the point where you have very consistent and excellent results, I would charge at least $60 per sitting. If you are at the top of your game-- you have professional lighting and always have stellar results-- you can charge $150 and up.


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