“Hey girl! Looking for a little advice on photography rates. I was just asked to photograph a wedding here in Sitka! This will be a good opportunity for me to get my name out there and to diversify. I’m a little nervous because it’s such a big important event and because I’m not a ‘professional’ photographer. With all of these things considered, what do you think is a reasonable rate to charge? So far, I’m only doing digital copies for pre-ceremony and reception, with all editing of course. I want to offer her a budget friendly price but I don’t want to sell myself too short.”
Congrats on your wedding inquiry that is so awesome. I totally understand not wanting to sell yourself short and at the same time offer a price you feel good about.
So, here are a few things you can do:
1. You can charge them by hour for the wedding & reception say $50-$200 an hour, then give them a price on the edited digital images. Make sure you price the digital images according to your talent & the time you put into editing & preparing them.
2. Even though you don’t sell prints and products, I recommend having an online viewing and ordering gallery (this is the one I use: http://shpr.ws/1bm ) you can sign up for a free account through that link. This will allow you to upload all of your edited images, and then send it to the bride. Once you’ve sent it to the bride she can share it with everyone from her wedding and her & her guests will be able to order digital files, as well as prints and products.
3. You can always decide how much you want to make an hour and the calculate a price depending on (how many hours the wedding is, about how many hours it’ll take you to edit the images, the wear and tear on the camera, cost of flashes, and SD cards, etc.
All in all, just make sure that whatever price you give them, you feel 100% comfortable with.
Also, just as a side note please make sure you have a contract that clearly explains everything in detail. This way if there’s any miscommunications you and your client both have something to revert back to. A contract is also a great way to make sure you and your client are on the same page in regards to what you’re offering her.
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