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Old 23-03-2007, 14:43   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all long time no see

does anyone here do website photography?

ive been approached by a web designer who runs quite a few websites and ive been asked to become the photographer for some of the new sites he's working on, now the things i need to photograph are varied from cakes to cards and stationary and other things down the line.

i was just wondering on what i should be charging for doing this, as ive never done it before and i dont wanna be took for a ride...business is business right?

ill be shooting the photos running them through cs2 and/or paintshop pro, cropping, resizing and so on.

thanks in advance for any feedback.
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120.00 for the first hour and 75.00 an hour after that, if its a new client tell them you will do the work for 75.00 an hour and forego the initial 120 for the first hour. If the client hmmmms and arrrs about it leave it, they will try and screw you on price from then till forever otherwise.
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You're talking about product photography. Gary's pricing rate is spot on with what you should be asking. He's also made a good point about not haggling with the client on price. The most you should offer is a promotional discount for the first shoot, that includes an understanding that it's a one time deal. You would be best to invoice for the full amount, and add the discount after the final tally so there's no doubt as to why they're paying less than normal.

The one thing Gary didn't mention (that I'd be curious to hear) is what the predicted average would be for the number of images to each hour. From past experience, you'll probably either be asked to estimate how many shots you could produce per hour, or to translate the pricing to a per-image deal. Rather than "how much per hour," you may be asked "how much for 50 product shots".

Best of luck with it all.

Consider building a product cube (much cheaper than buying one, although you can purchase them if you're not a do-it-yourself kinda person). Product cubes certainly make the type of work you described a bit easier.
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