Photography Service Pricing
Thread started by kaslik
at 03.15.09 - 4:31 pm
I know this isn't bicycle related, just there aren't categories, not to mention this community is very rich in talented professional Photographers
I have a friend asking to me photograph a couple of houses that they have built for their website. I can do the work, no problem, I just have no idea what to charge. They want night time shots of the homes, I think it'll take me about 2 hours a house.
Any help as to how to price this?
Is $100 a house fair?
this is always a hard question to answer, it varies between all photogs.
i think the usual answer is, how valuable is your time?
how valuable is your hour of work per house?
how valuable is your time if you have to edit on photoshop?
do you have to rent lenses?
etc etc etc.
03.15.09 - 4:37 pm
also.. how much of a friend is he?lol
.. I would do it for free if he was a friend and if I had the time. I would just make him/her come with.
03.15.09 - 4:39 pm
true but if u need money, u need money. and everyone needs money. hahahah
03.15.09 - 4:40 pm
yeah I guess.. I'll make him pay for lunch! lol
03.15.09 - 4:40 pm
you should google this question.
google knows all.
03.15.09 - 4:41 pm
I normally charge a keg per house.
let me know if you need help.
With the keg, not the photo shoot.
03.15.09 - 4:48 pm
check out this site.
it has a bunch of cool articles and tips.
i remember seeing something about pricing awhile back.
03.15.09 - 5:00 pm
Thanks for the replies.
-I did google the question before posting, all I get are guidelines that are very vague
-These friends are looking to hire a photographer, they'd rather pay me than someone else. I photographed my friend's uncle's house at the end of a BBQ and they loved it: http://picasaweb.google.com/chagmarc/Random?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGs7Mmouta7yAE#5313581178871068258
I was thinking $100 a house because it'll take me about 2 hours per house + post processing, and have to drive out to each site and such.
03.15.09 - 5:51 pm
Fine, just go with $100/house deal. As long as you're not ripping off your friends and rather give you the money than anyone else. Go for it. :D
03.15.09 - 5:53 pm
yeah, im sure that should be cool.
you can make that ur base price from now for future paid gigs.
03.15.09 - 5:56 pm
$100 a house is really not much at all... but it depends on your skills. are you going to photoshop these images too?
03.15.09 - 6:05 pm
I photograph buildings for a living although as a location scout not as an architectural photographer.
I don't do it for free or for lunch. This enables me to earn enough to buy my own bike parts and not steal them from parked bikes. Actually I wouldn't steal from other bikes even if I was flat broke. I would steal elsewhere if I had to steal but that's besides the point.
Photography or for that matter art prices are all over the place. The more established you are the more you can charge.
The best known architectural photohraphers in Los Angeles like Julius Schulman and Tim Street Porter can charge $2,500-5,000 per house.
Low rent realtors may find hacks to do it for them for $25/house.
If you have to ask how much to charge obviously you are not an established photographer. $100-150/ house would be a decent compensation assumming you have a decent DSLR a couple of good lenses and a good tripod.
If you also have to light the house and bring your own lights you should charge more. Another $100/light.
You could lower your price if you think you might lose the client AND you believe this is a good project for your portfolio
03.15.09 - 6:06 pm
yea, I'm going to do some post processing work, help them get it ready for their website and such. Definitely adding value to the $100. I've had a lot of non professional experience shooting architecture. I have professional grade camera body, lens, tripod.
03.15.09 - 6:07 pm