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Old 13-02-2009, 22:47   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so ive been taking photographs ( headshots) for about 6 months now and im quite new to the whole photography thing, i started by offering to take some headshots of some actor students who i have a connection with ( free of course) and they all seemed to be really happy with what id done. so this has lead on and now i have done quite a few shoots with others who need headshots. now heres the thing.....one of them asked me how much i charge and i said ok call it 30 and for that i take the shots edit them a bit and give them a disc full of photos that they can get printed themselves. so i did one and then another and now im getting calls from people wanting headshots doing. i feel a bit cheeky though as ive never done a course on photography and im not a proffesional but then again i dont claim to be and this could turn out to be a small career ( should i advertise my services although im not a pro?) im also thinking of putting my prices up . i dont know....just wanted to see what you guys thought of this and whether or not you think me charging for photography is in some way wrong! sorry for the long question!

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Old 13-02-2009, 22:58   #2 (permalink)
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Think about it all pros started somewhere , and if they like what your doin.....etc
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Old 13-02-2009, 23:28   #3 (permalink)
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Nothing wrong with charging ... you are providing a service/product that others want + which costs you time + money to provide You don't have to have been on a course to sell photographs As for advertising, well I've seen some pretty awful wedding photographers' websites ... and they call themselves pro's ...

If it does become a business for you (even a small one), there will be business things to take care of, like income tax, proper book keeping etc.

The pro's on here will tell you not to feel shy about charging the going rate (within reason) - regardless of your experience - because amateurs who give away their services for little or nothing are inadvertently messing up the market, i.e. clients get used to paying little or nothing to amateurs, then when they use a pro 'tog they don't want to pay the going rate.

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It's good getting paid for your hobby. Well done!

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Nice one Pete, getting paid for something you enjoy doing, I would say go for it, if they are enjoying the product your providing, what more do you need....as long as the customer if satisfied
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Gday,
I am so glad you posted this question, I ultimately would like to be getting paid for my work but i am a long way off that yet,
I looked at your gallery and you really are very good. I love your work.
Anyway i say definately collect the money especially if they are willing to hand it over.
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Absolutely nothing wrong with that
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Old 14-02-2009, 18:23   #8 (permalink)
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thanks for all the great advice guys. thats put my mind at rest! what would you say is the going rate that i should be charging for headshots? also should i be charging them for each photo ie either a printed shot or individual shots on cd. or should i just give them all the shots on cd for my fee? cheers! Pete.
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Old 14-02-2009, 20:04   #9 (permalink)
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It all depends on the basis on which you took the assignment Pete. A professional studio photogapher would do a session and then show the pictures and the client chooses them and buys whatever they want. However, I have done many a session where the agreement is I will give them a CD with a set number of shots and they can print whatever they want. In other cases I have given a CD of low res samples and they have paid me to print their chosen ones. There is no set rule for what you should charge.

Think about photograhy as an artform. Art sells for whatever people will pay for it. Capture a picture of Beckham kissing Victoria and you'll make a few hundred. Capture him kissing Angelina Jolie and you'll get tens of thousands!

The way I suggest you work is to look around locally at a few professionals. View their websites and see what they charge. Be realistic about what you are capable of producing compared to them and price yourself accordingly. Cheaper will get you more clients but too cheap and you will find it becomes a burden because you're spending far more time working than you are getting paid for!

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Old 14-02-2009, 21:07   #10 (permalink)
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wise words there Sir [from someone who hasn't got a clue]
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