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Charlotte K. Shosey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/4/2005
 

80th Birthday Hotel Shoot


I was asked to do a photo shoot for an 80th Birthday party being held in suites at a Hotel. Does anyone have any advice on what to charge or how I should go about setting this up. The photos will be of individual familys if wanted(I.E. Mom, Dad and kids) and complete families(group shots) with the 80 year old father and mother. Should I set up packages to order from or individual prices? There is no guarantee who will order or who won't. Should I leave their choices to a few select sizes?
Any feedback would be great.


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12/21/2005 4:24:17 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  what shots would you want? I had to go in your gallery to find out if you had a camera. got a sense of humor?
sounds like you need to charge 5,000 and pay someone else 2,500 to do it, you make 2,500.
you can't charge enough to make a mistake?
but if you refer to my first sentance, and want to make the leap, ok.
flash allowed?
more than one lens?
off camera flash?
lights?
props?
having fun yet?


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12/21/2005 9:32:12 PM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
 
 
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I just shot a 100th birthday get together at an eldercare "party" room this weekend (with about 2 hours notice!)...
Do you have a backdrop you can bring? It would help cut down on PS work afterwards if you had a nice plain background to take the pictures... If not then you could always just shoot away and fix later...
You have to consider what you think your time is worth for the actual shoot. I charged $50/hour and it took an hour.
How are you going to present your proofs to them? I have a secure site at www.smugmug.com where I posted my proofs and just sent them a link to it with the password - the person who hired me will forward it to the other family members and hopefully they'll get back to me with some orders. I stated my prices on the website. Make sure that however you send it to them that they can't just print their own or copy them. I also put a copyright across the middle of each shot...
Whether you offer packages, or prices for individual sizes is up to you.
Here are a few examples...
Gosh - I just realized - I don't know if you're shooting digital or film... Obviously things change if you're shooting film - you'll have to print proofs and present them in an album. Make sure to put your copyright on them!


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12/22/2005 3:32:30 AM

 
Diane Dupuis
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/27/2003
 
 
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Wow - it's early - I just realized I posted two of the same pics... Sorry!


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12/22/2005 3:41:41 AM

 
Charlotte K. Shosey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/4/2005
  Thank you for some tidbits and heres a little more info. I use digital, but as far as the backdrop I dont see there being much room for it in the hotel suites they have. I would have to move furniture and such. So I ruled out the backdrop. Yes Flash is allowed, its simply a family with rooms that want to have pics.No props, just a formal setting within the Hotel.
Samuel, I am not sure I completely understand your $5000 comment, explain please? Is my photos that bad? I admit I am very new and learning.
Diane, thank you for that website, I will have to check it out. But I did have plans in order for the proof viewing and copyright.


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12/22/2005 6:06:11 AM

 
Charlotte K. Shosey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/4/2005
  Oh also Diane, I love the picture where the grandchildren are kissing her on the cheek, that is so sweet and memorable. I love those types of shots...smile


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12/22/2005 6:08:56 AM

 
Kerry L. Walker   Charlotte, you just have to take Sam with a grain of salt. He has a wacky sense of humor, like me, and is just picking at you. It's all in fun.

When I shoot something like this, I charge $300.00 and deliver the prints (about 100) in a proof book. Then I let people order any enlargements they want. Whatever you charge, make sure you charge enough to make it worth your time up front and don't depend on re-orders. They are the gravy. I suggest you charge about $100.00 and provide them with prints. If you want to make up packages, by all means do so.


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12/22/2005 7:11:43 AM

 
Karen-Jane Dudley
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  Charlotte just a quick tip but will depend on what equpment you are using , I work in this sort of shoot on a weekly basis ,I work with a Nikon D100 and at all shoots I plug my camera directly to a tv monitor via the V output socket on my camera whilst I am working , this way the customer see's the image instantly and take between 4/6 shots giving the customer a choice of image , they can then order the images they wish in whatever quantity and size requested < also then offer a chance to purchase extra prints by issuing a private password protected gallery on my website exclusively for viewing photo'os of that particular function, this method has proved highly successful and also an excellent addition to wedding proofs too , hope this helps


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12/22/2005 8:58:06 AM

 
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