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    05-20-2013, 07:02 PM
Smile Horse Photography Pricing Question

I am a slightly inexperienced horse photographer, but I love taking pictures, especially of horses, so I would like to become more experienced and build up a portfolio. My friend was telling me that she knows a few of her clients that need pictures of their horses taken and she wanted to give them my name, but I don't know how much I should charge them. I was thinking about charging $75 for 5 edited photos on a disc and $125 for 10 edited photos on a disc. I was thinking this would be a fair price because that would cover driving and time editing them. What do you think? I attached a few pictures I've recently taken as well.
Thank you so very much! : )

*please no mean responses, I just want a simple polite answer, thank you!*
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    05-20-2013, 07:18 PM
Honestly, I feel as if that is pricey for such little photos especially since you said your self you are inexperienced..
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    05-20-2013, 07:22 PM
Ok, what do you think would be a fair price?
    05-20-2013, 07:31 PM
Don't charge them. Building your portfolio, you should ask to use their pictures for your website and promotional work free of charge. Your friends will be pleased, hopefully they will tip you lunch money, and then spread your business word-of-mouth.

Your photos have a good quality, but you need more experience before you start charging. Your lighting is off, and the movement photo is blurry. I have shot two entire horse shows for free, plus many free photography sessions in exchange to use them for promotional work and practice. Do it for the love and money will come. :)
    05-20-2013, 07:36 PM
Ok, thank you! I appreciate your honesty! : )
    05-20-2013, 07:42 PM
Green Broke
What I did (and am still doing) is pricing low. I charged $75 for all photos on a disc (unedited) with 5 edited with 5x7 prints. Each additional photo is $5. Singles (such as horse shows) are $25. 5 photos edited on a disc with 5x7 prints was $35.

I raised by about $25-50 overall after my first photoshoot which was two sisters that LOVED how I did it and how well taken they were and the fact that I catered to them and got them the perfect pictures they were looking for. I asked to use the pictures I took in my portfolio and they happily obliged.

I have to edit the ad I have up and get working on building my business a bit more, but I'm doing it because I love it. I don't mind having an hourly pay of less than $10, I just want to do it because I love it. My actual job pays the bills, not photoshoots.
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    05-20-2013, 07:59 PM
That sounds like a pretty reasonable price. I may do something similar to that. : )
    05-20-2013, 08:04 PM
Green Broke
Also, the photoshoots are for an hour..I generally take about 200-300 pictures in an hour, depending on if we're moving to different setting and such.
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    05-20-2013, 08:06 PM
And you put all the pictures on a disc with a few of them edited?
    05-20-2013, 08:08 PM
We had pictures done professionally twice. Once with horses.

The one we actually had prints made etc... It was almost $300!!!

The horse pictures we had done were, if I remember correctly were $75. The were touched up and a few had things added or removed (like rain). We got a disc that was not copyright or watermarked and we can print them as we wish. Which I actually prefer.
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