How do I price my photography work? A Complete Guide
How do I price my photography work? This is the question I get asked the most. No matter who you are, if you are just starting out in photography, this can be a daunting question and a complicated topic to cover. However, it does not have to be difficult. In this video, I answer this question. This is exactly how I price my photography jobs and it works really well.
How do I price my photography work? A Step by Step Guide to Pricing Your Photography Work
1. Have a set fee for your work. I have a minimum fee that I have set for my self and I will not show up to any job without at least making that “X” amount of money. Figure out what that is for you and stick to your guns. Sometimes you will need money and want to do any job for an incredibly small amount of money. However, it is important that you stick to your set fee.
2. Hourly rate. Figure out how many hours a job is going to take you. Put a value on your time (come up with an hourly rate), and that’s how you come up with an estimate. You have to make sure you cover your time for proofing and editing images. Most people do not account for this and end up spending a lot of time editing and retouching.
3. Ask the client for the budget. This is the technique I use the most. I always ask the client what their budget is, most will tell me some will not. If you get the answer and you are happy with that number then you can say yes and move forward with the project. If you do not like that number this is a place for you to start negotiations. Remember that everything is negotiable and there is room for every budget to go up or down. Be flexible and you will be ok.
In this video, I cover this topic in depth and show you how you can start making money without being the cheapest guy on the block.
If you need help editing your images, I use Lightroom Presets, give them a try.
Good luck out there, drop me a line below, I’d love to hear from you.