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David A. Wiebe

quinceanera or sweet 16

I was wondering if you would charge the same to a Quinceanera or sweet 16 than a wedding... I started doing wedding and everything has worked great... but my first Quinceanera meet up is comming in a week and I am not sure if its fair to charge the same as I would in a wedding... Any advice?

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11/25/2006 5:41:21 PM

Shonte' R. King   In the area I live in, the population of hispanics is growing rapidly to overcome the population of any other nationality, so Quinceanera's are happening quite frequently, & the weddings have become a weekend couple hour thing. WHereas the Quinc. is sometimes 2-3 days long in the celebration. So, how you charge will depend on how the long & how much of the festivities you will be photographing. If I were in the situation, I would charge more than the wedding. A hispanic girls 15th b-day, is one of the most remarkable days in her life, and in most hispanic or latino cultures, it is even considered more holy, & important than her wedding. My step father is a hispanic man, who has older children (30's) & I know his youngest daughter's Quinceanera cost close to $80,000.00. This is not an unusual cost, nor even in the extreme range. Be aware that how you price should reflect your clients economy, but also remember that from the time the female child is born, money is put back for this special day. Now as for a normal American sweet 16, I would not charge at wedding prices. It's just not as revered in American society as it is in hispanic/latin cultures.

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12/28/2006 10:25:48 AM

Brenda M. Wolfensberger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/29/2004

I am newer to photography than most here, but I recently did my first Quinceanera and I charged the same rate as I have for weddings/special events. Unfortunately for me, I have yet to see any prints ordered. So at least I feel I was paid for my time that day.

Good luck!

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12/28/2006 9:06:07 PM

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