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    Hi, can you direct me to the right place if im not. I need an advise. A client needs a photographer for two hours. Going from business to business in two towns 15 minutes apart each other taking portraits of him with the owner of each of the business. I have in mind $100 for two hrs plus basic retouch and crop images in photoshop.

    I will appreciate your advise.

    thank you.

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    Re: Photography quote

    That's up to you. If client is Trump and the town is Palm Springs, then that rate is too low, if client is a local activist in the poorest part of Africa, that may be too high. Then, again, the expected quality differs greatly. I often charge 100$ per image for retouch only, yet I work on it for hours. Other retouchers clients may not need that degree of involvement... and some clients need a lot more and need a whole team of retouchers to finish some complex task like advertising etc.

    I say charge whatever you think is fair, and if they don't accept, then at least you won't feel underpaid. If you need any gig to gain some income, then there is your answer, keep lowering your price.
    Last edited by skoobey; 12-29-2015, 12:28 PM.

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    • #3
      Re: Photography quote

      Originally posted by Dodge&/Burn View Post
      Hi, can you direct me to the right place if im not. I need an advise. A client needs a photographer for two hours. Going from business to business in two towns 15 minutes apart each other taking portraits of him with the owner of each of the business. I have in mind $100 for two hrs plus basic retouch and crop images in photoshop.

      I will appreciate your advise.

      thank you.
      As Scooby said...if you are happy with that then go for it but I think you should charge $125./hr for shooting & whatever hourly rate you charge for retouching the 2 final images( one per location). It all sounds simple but going to 2 locations to shoot portraits is some work...are you bringing lighting or using available light? $100. to shoot the whole job seems underpaid.

      Also take into account how the images are being used.

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      • #4
        Re: Photography quote

        Wolfman to be honest with you $100 is underpaid, however as skoobey said also it depends on the client. Thank you both for replying. Good tips!

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        • #5
          Re: Photography quote

          Originally posted by Dodge&/Burn View Post
          Hi, can you direct me to the right place if im not. I need an advise. A client needs a photographer for two hours. Going from business to business in two towns 15 minutes apart each other taking portraits of him with the owner of each of the business. I have in mind $100 for two hrs plus basic retouch and crop images in photoshop.

          I will appreciate your advise.

          thank you.
          Dont you think $100 is not a reasonable price for two hours? Along with photography he has to do the basic retouching as well.

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          • #6
            Re: Photography quote

            Sorry I missed this the first time around.

            A bunch of years ago myself and several other photo studio owners had a long discussion about just this kind of question. We ended up looking at other business owners who did something similar to what we did, i.e. go to a location, provide a service etc. We came to the decision that the closest business to photography we could find (amount of equipment to transport, responding at all times of day, skill level required to perform the job etc.) was a plumber.

            So if that is true (and it is kind of a stretch) then find out what the plumbers in your area charge and compare to what you want to charge.

            However one has to remember plumbers do have an advantage on pricing when the customers is ankle deep in what is pouring over the edge of the toilet bowl......

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