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I am looking for some guidlines on how much I should charge for my first paid job as a photographer.
It is for a new website which sells floral arrangements.
The job is to take place local to me and I will be expected to shoot 45 - 50 items in one full day.
The images will be used on the clients website for 1 plus years.
Could anyone help me out with a rough guide as to how much I should be charging.
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If your still stuck, Just ask yourself how much your time/skill/knowledge is worth per hour, Then go from there....
You're hourly rate + Travel + Editing + final disk, you own the copyright.
£600 a day would give you £75 an hour working on an eight hour day.
As it's your first paid job at £75 an hour you're not taking work away from seasoned pros.
As John says, it's basically whatever value you put on your time (plus expenses of course). When you first start out in any business most people don't feel confidence to charge 'the going rate' perhaps because of confidence or because you feel like you're getting experience in return.
What I would say is don't forget to take into account the time it takes to process the images, etc. You don't want to undercharge because you'll feel great when you get the gig and then regret it when you actually do the job and realise you didn't charge enough or it was more work than you first thought.
Personally I think the most important thing is for you to feel comfortable with the amount you charge.
Although I haven't exactly answered your question, I hope it provides food for thought.
Pricing is a nightmare - go in "low" and get the job, or go in "normal" and get undercut, seems to be how its working up here at the moment... someone quoted about £400 for 40 corporate (law firm) portraits which I bid far more on. I found out cause a friend was at the firm...
I'm not sure how they came to that figure really - maybe they set everything up so they don't have to do any Post processing? Cut costs that way. I've been doing more thethered shoots using C1 and styles, so the clients can see the shots on your monitor and tell you whether they like what they see... speeds things up.
Thanks for your comments everyone. it's been really helpful. I went for a quote of £650 in the end and have been asked to come down a bit. The client has now specified what their budget is and we are now disscussing terms that will suite us both.
Thanks for your support! And wish me luck.
I sometimes wish they'd just tell you their budget.... be a hell of a lot easier!
Quote: The client has now specified what their budget is
is he/she mad?
Yes it would easier for us if they did that from the off. But then they wouldn't always get the best price and always be paying at the top of what they can afford.
however if negociations can be engaged that is encouraging.
I ALWAYS ask a client what their budget is, then we don't have to **** about working out that they can't afford me...
Quote: I ALWAYS ask a client what their budget is, then we don't have to **** about working out that they can't afford me...
do they ever tell you?
Bear in mind they could get pretty pics of flowers from a microstock agency................ for pennies!
This is a bit different, they are selling their own products, and need images of the products they are selling, so a stock library wouldn't be any good.
So their flowers are quite unique then?
Quote: So their flowers are quite unique then?
Probably not, but the way they are used in arrangements will be.
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