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Average price for semi professional shoot.

Shelby Chan , Nov 25, 2002; 03:58 p.m.

I am to do a 2 hour shoot of a business party coming up next month. This will all be taken with a digital camera. No portrait shots as they just want me to walk around and shoot the party as it happens. There will be a short list of VIPS who will make announcements and I am to shoot a couple of photos as it happens. How much would something like this go for? They'll ultimately just want the images on CD. I need not print.

Thanks, S Chan


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Carl Root , Nov 25, 2002; 05:16 p.m.

I had to address that issue today for the first time. . . . shot two rolls of oil paintings for grad school applications. There really is only one answer. What's your time worth? My time is a good pair of shoes per hour. That takes inflation into account making it a constant over time.

Larry L. Letzer Sr. -- , Nov 25, 2002; 05:16 p.m.

Having been a professional photographer for more than 45 years I have never heard of a semi professional shoot. Either you are a professional or you are not a professional. That said, your charges will most likely depend on the going rate for your area. I live in Central Texas and we charge less than our bretheren in Dallas or Houston do. Of course, our cost of living is less also.

I charge $115.00 hourly plus cd preparation. We bring double of everything in case we have equipment malfunction. This is being the professional I commented on in my opening. We are dressed as well as the average event attendee.

z z , Nov 25, 2002; 06:19 p.m.

Larry I'm glad you made the important point of either you are a pro or not. There is no in-between. It sounds to me Shelby,you are being asked because you are a friend of someone. If they have inticed you with the promise of some spare jingle in your pockets and a free dinner and some drinks, then that puts a whole different spin on it. In that case they don't see you as a real professional (or they would have spent the bucks and hired one) but still expect professional results. Quite the pickle. If this is the situation, and I hope it isn't, the best you can do is charge about 1/2 the going pro rate in your area. I would suspect about $60 to $75 per hour of actual working time. If they want a CD after, then charge them extra as an expense, like maybe $50 for the CD.

Have fun, and good luck.

Shelby Chan , Nov 25, 2002; 06:45 p.m.

Thank you, guys.

J. Scott Schrader , Nov 26, 2002; 08:53 a.m.

I just want to reiterate what Larry said. There is no such thing as a semi-pro photographer, and the price is based on your region of the country. Larry is absolutely correct. I too reside in Central Texas and you already know the going rates for that part of the world.

Lex Jenkins , Nov 26, 2002; 02:26 p.m.

Hmm...I wonder how much semi-professional surgeons charge?

Seriously, Shelby, you get the idea. It doesn't matter how often you do this kind of work or how much you make, it's all in the attitude and approach to the job.

I live in North Central Texas (note my "Foat Wuth" signature line) and, given the economic conditions, I'd charge something like $200-300 total for such a shoot. The fudge factor is to cover drive time, parking costs, etc. If it was in Fort Worth I'd charge at the lower end; if Dallas, the upper end. The cost would include one, maybe two, CDs. If they wanted more I'd figure out a charge per burn.

You'll also need to factor in the cost for appropriate attire. Can you wear something you already own or will you need to rent? Even if you wear your own duds factor in the cost of cleaning - parties mean food and drink. It's always possible someone or something will spill on you.

I'm going on the assumption that the client gets full rights to the images.

Shelby Chan , Nov 26, 2002; 02:42 p.m.

Ok guys, I thank you once again for the help. But I think I get the hint. This Pro or not Pro has gotten a bit out of hand. So I asked a stupid question, one person was enough to tell me that there is only either "professional" or not, no need for 4 typical replies or reiterations of said replies. However, I appreciate your input and taking the time in replying. I just never knew this question would start rant-like responses. Again, i get it. Let's drive on.

Thanks, S Chan.

david hudson , Nov 26, 2002; 04:09 p.m.


Sorry that you felt so affected by these replies, but although many are echoing the same sentiment, each poster did seem to try and add a little something extra of value.

This is a big forum, and lots of people try to help out, even if that means they're not the first to bring up a point. Sure, it can sometimes get out of hand, but personally, I don't see this as the case here! Sorry if you felt you were getting dog-piled on, but again, I think this is just a case of people trying to be helpful, and not mean-spirited.

Good luck with your shoot.

Mark Weber , Nov 26, 2002; 04:20 p.m.


Chill dude!

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