I had a few questions and thought you all would be a great group to ask. I'm not a pro photographer, but I love photography. I was recently asked to do senior portraits for a distant relative. He'll be a senior next year, so I have time to plan in advance. He's an interesting kid, very off-beat, sorta the rocker type... So I think it would be a lot of fun and a unique experience to do his pictures. His mom sees my pictures on facebook and likes what I do, so I'm pretty sure I could do a decent job for them.
Now the difficult part... She asked me to name my own price. My intent is not to make a profit off of them, but to be fairly compensated for my time. I'll likely have to drive an hour each way, do the photos (how long do you spend on the average senior session, by the way?), then I'll do simple lightroom edits as needed.
Also, what are your thoughts on prints? I don't know if I should put them on a CD or memory stick for them, or order the actual prints myself. My thoughts are that I can offer them a lower price for my service if I give them electronic copy and let them print themselves... But at the same time, I prefer the print quality of places like mpix.com over the local walmart print kiosk or something, you know? So for the sake of delivering them the best quality, maybe I'd rather just do that myself. But I don't know what to estimate as far as cost for that. Maybe I could offer her both options if I could estimate that cost for "x" number of prints?
So anyway, I'm just looking for advice, experiences, things that maybe I hadn't thought of that might be important... I appreciate any help you all can offer!