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Sierra L. Brady

How much to Charge?

Hi, I'm Sierra, and I'm new to the whole photography business thing. I've been taking pictures ever since high school. Well, to make a long story short, I was just wondering on how to determine the price I which I should charge, does having a "printer" have anything to do with it. Please forgive my naiveness, I'm just wanting to know how much to charge for weddings, portraits, and seniors, all alike. thanks

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1/7/2008 11:21:55 PM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004

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1/8/2008 8:27:52 AM

Tony Sweet
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  That's a very general question, Sierra. With the proper equipment and an assistant, weddings, plus putting together albums can be $6000. Portraits, depending on your expenses, software skill, and reputation can be up to $20,000 per sitting. Seniors depends on your market. As you can see, there's more to price than just throwing around a few numbers. My advice: get a job as an assistant to a wedding photographer to learn a bit more about the business of photography.

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1/8/2008 9:19:47 AM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Why don't you post some photos, try to get a job with the Very Best wedding and portrait photographer in your area and research your own market to discover what you should charge.
Let me give you some examples. I'm published in magazines, shooting fashion, glamour and portraits. My headshots have been used by Elite and Ford models. Now I just moved to San Francisco where the market is different than Orange County CA. I am not known up here so I partnered up with a top wedding photographer to learn the market, learn the angles and positioning, and most importantly learn how to run a wedding business.
The point is you're never too good to learn from masters...

The wedding market in Orange County and San Francisco is booming, top wedding photogs can earn $10,000-$25,000 per. if you're in the mid-west I'm guessing you'd have a hard time charging that much when some complete weddings cost less.

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1/8/2008 9:49:01 AM

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