Event Photos - What do I charge?

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Event Photos - What do I charge?

I was just asked by a friend to shoot snaps and candids at a neighborhood picnic in Bel Air....obviously it would be a good self promoting opportunity, but I just don't know how to handle this situation.

I would not be paid for my time at the event, but have been told it would be okay if I put the images on my website for individual purchase. What does one charge for individual images to make the event worth all the time and effort I know would be involved?

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awesome! chances are they're not going to order anything bigger than a 4x6, mayyybe 5x7, since it's a party and all... so what about either offering them an album from whcc with their choice of however many shots for x amount of $$ that figures in the time spent on it... or if they're going to be more like candid snaps, perhaps a bundle... so, x number of 4x6's for x dollars... it would be cheaper than your regular portrait prices. That's just my idea, though. Since if they don't think it's a big enough deal, they probably will skimp if the photos are high priced - though you totally would deserve every stinkin' penny... just thinking from their point of view. I hope that helps. I'd have to see your prices to help give a actual dollar amounts.

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I have noooo idea. Why wouldn't you be paid for the time?

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well, I was looking at zenpholio the other day, and saw their sample price list. I think something like that is a good start (it was $4 for a 4x6 and I think $20 for 8x10)

I'm not sure that you'll be able to make the money to pay for your time though - then again, you take AWESOME pictures, and hopefully some of the familes won't be able to resist and will have to order.

good luck!

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I'm glad you started this topic - just did my first paid gig ever and it was an event.. I charged a nominal amount BECAUSE I didn't think I'd get anything for my portfolio (I'm PBing, not near ready to go pro yet) so it was just really for my time.

But you are a pro and I'm just minor league - there's no comparison! Smile

In the end I did end up getting some shots that I think I can use in my portfolio, but now I'm KICKING myself because I didn't get model releases..which brings me to my next question. When you photo an event and sell prints online later do you have EVERY guest sign a release??

PS, you can see some of my shots on my brand new photo site/blog: http://www.arianafalerni.com Smile

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"becoming-mom" wrote:

I'm glad you started this topic - just did my first paid gig ever and it was an event.. I charged a nominal amount BECAUSE I didn't think I'd get anything for my portfolio (I'm PBing, not near ready to go pro yet) so it was just really for my time.

But you are a pro and I'm just minor league - there's no comparison! Smile

In the end I did end up getting some shots that I think I can use in my portfolio, but now I'm KICKING myself because I didn't get model releases..which brings me to my next question. When you photo an event and sell prints online later do you have EVERY guest sign a release??

PS, you can see some of my shots on my brand new photo site/blog: http://www.arianafalerni.com Smile

I don't know the answer to this, but I'm thinking no. I go to Sweet Adeline conventions every year, and there is always a guy taking photos all throughout the week and he puts the images on his site to sell, and I've never once signed a release.

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"AmberBella" wrote:

I don't know the answer to this, but I'm thinking no. I go to Sweet Adeline conventions every year, and there is always a guy taking photos all throughout the week and he puts the images on his site to sell, and I've never once signed a release.

That was kind of my instinct too, but I dunno.. when it comes to people and pictures of their children I get worried!

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I think in a public space if you are openly taking pictures and an adult knows that and allows that their picture be taken, it is considered equivalent to giving consent. Children are not so straight forward so I am not sure about that!

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When I do events, I look at them as if they are good free marketing - so I charge $20/hr for my time at the event and then I do a shoot and burn. I hand out my card to people, and I also have a sign up sheet where people can leave their name and email address if they want to see the link to the gallery.

Basically, I upload in to lightroom, do a really quick preset to bring out a bit of contrast and colour, add a super teeny vignette and then export to burn as a jpeg.

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"jendodd" wrote:

When I do events, I look at them as if they are good free marketing - so I charge $20/hr for my time at the event and then I do a shoot and burn. I hand out my card to people, and I also have a sign up sheet where people can leave their name and email address if they want to see the link to the gallery.

Basically, I upload in to lightroom, do a really quick preset to bring out a bit of contrast and colour, add a super teeny vignette and then export to burn as a jpeg.

This is EXACTLY what I did for a recent party I did. $20/hour, shoot and burn on site and the customer was thrilled. Smile

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Unfortunately, this isn't the kind of event that a shoot and burn would work. It's a home owner's association picnic, so the person organizing the party wanted someone there to take pictures, but not for them....just so that the attendees can get the pictures somehow.

I'm thinking I will put all the photos on my proof site and offer 4x6 prints at $6 a piece and a disk of all the party photos for $100. I dunno. I'm trying to make this as easy as possible for me since I'm not getting paid for my time.

Mostly I'm doing this for self promotion...hand out business cards, get e-mails for my business e-mail list, and get my name out there. It is Bel Air after all, and 90 or so Bel Air homeowners will be there with their families.

Here's hoping I can manage in full sun!

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As far as the people signing releases.. I was at an event yesterday and there was a sign posted outside the event stating that a photographer was present and would be taking pics and if they did NOT want to be in the pics then let the photographer know.

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"CourtneyS" wrote:

As far as the people signing releases.. I was at an event yesterday and there was a sign posted outside the event stating that a photographer was present and would be taking pics and if they did NOT want to be in the pics then let the photographer know.

Good to know, thanks!

And Amber, that is a great target audience!!