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How much do you charge for a Portrait

Janne Tervonen , Jul 06, 2008; 01:16 a.m.

I was wondering how is the market of portrait photography at the moment. I photograph mainly b&w portraits (analog) of actors and other artists and I'd be interested in which range are the prices at the moment. Any input would be useful. Thanks.

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Elizabeth Morrissey , Jul 08, 2008; 04:56 p.m.

I too am looking for an answer to this question. I just do families, kids, etc. I gave someone the price of $150 for the photography session, 1 8x10, 1 11x14 and 3 5x7s and they said the price was outrageously high and couldn't afford me. Is it me or is it them?

Elizabeth Morrissey , Jul 08, 2008; 04:56 p.m.

I too am looking for an answer to this question. I just do families, kids, etc. I gave someone the price of $150 for the photography session, 1 8x10, 1 11x14 and 3 5x7s and they said the price was outrageously high and couldn't afford me. Is it me or is it them?

Elizabeth Morrissey , Jul 08, 2008; 04:56 p.m.

I too am looking for an answer to this question. I just do families, kids, etc. I gave someone the price of $150 for the photography session, 1 8x10, 1 11x14 and 3 5x7s and they said the price was outrageously high and couldn't afford me. Is it me or is it them?

Ellis Vener , Jul 08, 2008; 05:07 p.m.

"How much do you charge for a Portrait"

The smartass in me wants to answer: "As much as I can." Fortunately the business like side of me, after much analysis and reflection comes up with the same answer.

"I gave someone the price of $150 for the photography session, 1 8x10, 1 11x14 and 3 5x7s and they said the price was outrageously high and couldn't afford me. Is it me or is it them? "

it is them. Consider how much money you have invested in your business: equipment, education, samples, rents, insurance, salary (you do pay yourself don't you?) advertising and marketing, sretirement, set asides for taxes and retirement, etc. Balance those costs against how much work you do and how much time you spend doing each commission and I guarantee $150 for what you are offering in your package would put you in a financial hole.

Elizabeth Morrissey , Jul 09, 2008; 08:51 a.m.

Well right now this is a part time job for me so it isn't a financial do or die but eventually I would like it to be my full time job. $150 for a portrait seems reasonable to me, I can't imagine going much higher and still maintaining a client base but I'm sure it's possible. I was just taken back by this person telling me how high the prices were. I guess I am still trying to find the fine line of getting clients and charging enough.

Corri Michelle , Jul 10, 2008; 10:10 a.m.

I, personally do not sell portrait packages. Instead, I sell "a la cart" so to speak. I post a listing of basic portrait prices for the most common sizes on my website, and the client can ask for a detailed listing at their session. I only request a session fee for new customers. That way, if they never order from me, my time is still covered. I am priced low compared to most. However, it has been working for me and my client base has grown because of it. Im still making a decent income. Im afraid my print prices will have to increase, along with everything else, but Ill keep it minimal.

As a quick example, what Elizabeth is charging 150.00 for, a client of mine would get for 108.00 plus tax. However, I think you have to look at location and cost of living etc to make an honest comparison. Im in a small village in upstate ny. Im not sure where you are, Elizabeth, but I, too ,do not think your are overpriced.

www.captivationsphoto.com

my price list is on there if you need to peek. Im simple. Clients like that lol.

Corri Michelle

Kara Brothers , Jul 10, 2008; 01:16 p.m.

I just added up what my husband and I would charge, and it came to $111. We are just starting out, so decided to set our prices fairly low, compared to the more established photographers in town, in order to increase our client base and get our work out there more quickly. Once we are more established I'm sure our prices will go up accordingly.

Like Corri said, it all depends on your location, really. If you are near a larger city, people will probably be more likely to pay more.

Michael Maganis , Jul 11, 2008; 01:21 a.m.

Corri's right. Location, cost of living, demographics and other factors come into play when pricing your portraits. $150 is a reasonable amount to charge for a simple portrait session. If you're building up your portfolio, like I was years ago. I was ready to do it for free! Experience will get you to the right price and only you will know that. You won't be catering to ALL and you'll only want those who's willing to pay for your artistic abilities. I live in SF bay area and people here are willing to pay me $300-500 for a family portrait but 50 miles away to the valley, I'm lucky to get people who would pay even $150!

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