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Title: Swimming school photographs
Post by: Kone on January 20, 2010, 22:57
Hi everyone,

I mainly do stock photography and some small events. I want to make an offer to do swimming school photographs of all the kids and groups. My only problem is that I don't know how to price it. It's a small school of only 160 kids. Each student only needs one group photo that is 5x7 and one portrait photo 5x7. Does anyone know how to price this,  or anyone done something similar before? I need to make them an offer within the end of this week.

Thanks everyone for your help.

Kone
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: gostwyck on January 21, 2010, 06:02
You can either price it acccording to what you think 'the market', presumably the kids' parents, will be happy to pay for their photos (are they to be in presentation wallets, etc?).

Alternatively work out how long you expect the entire job to take, determine an hourly rate that you would be satisfied with, then add on the cost of materials plus an allowance for the overhead of your equipment.

How much you want to do the job and whether there might be further opportunities for similar work will also help you come to a figure. You may well find that this sort of work is much more hassle, takes far longer and is less enjoyable than you anticipate __ but then again you might be a natural and really enjoy it.
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: RT on January 21, 2010, 06:39
Just check out an events photography company near you and see what they charge, and then decide if you can match their price and whether it's financially viable for you.

Event photography companies nearly always attend my son's rugby tournaments, the photos are normally crap and they charge about £10 for 8x10 photo which is printed on the spot. I've never bought one because I take my own but I often see a few parents willing to pay that much for a mediocre shot of their child in action.

Take shots that most parents can't do with their entry level dslr and you could be onto a winner.




Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: runamock on January 21, 2010, 07:25
Not sure where you are from Kone but you should also look into the legal side of things. Photographing children can be a sensitive subject.
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: Kone on January 21, 2010, 08:57
You can either price it acccording to what you think 'the market', presumably the kids' parents, will be happy to pay for their photos (are they to be in presentation wallets, etc?).

Alternatively work out how long you expect the entire job to take, determine an hourly rate that you would be satisfied with, then add on the cost of materials plus an allowance for the overhead of your equipment.

How much you want to do the job and whether there might be further opportunities for similar work will also help you come to a figure. You may well find that this sort of work is much more hassle, takes far longer and is less enjoyable than you anticipate __ but then again you might be a natural and really enjoy it.

Thanks Gostwyck,
I am thinking that way but bit scared to overprice, I do like to take the job because of further opportunities.

Kone

Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: Kone on January 21, 2010, 08:59
Just check out an events photography company near you and see what they charge, and then decide if you can match their price and whether it's financially viable for you.

Event photography companies nearly always attend my son's rugby tournaments, the photos are normally crap and they charge about £10 for 8x10 photo which is printed on the spot. I've never bought one because I take my own but I often see a few parents willing to pay that much for a mediocre shot of their child in action.

Take shots that most parents can't do with their entry level dslr and you could be onto a winner.

Thanks RT,
I will check local event photographers and I am not even thinking of printing on the spot.
Studio lights will be used for this photo shoot.

Kone
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: Kone on January 21, 2010, 09:00
Not sure where you are from Kone but you should also look into the legal side of things. Photographing children can be a sensitive subject.

Hi Runamock,
Yea I know, donít wary about that, parents and school director are asking me to do the job.
Thank you

Kone
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: donding on January 21, 2010, 11:00
Don't know if this site will help because I didn't do an indepth search, but maybe you can use it. It's for macro stock photography

http://www.photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm (http://www.photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm)
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: Kone on January 21, 2010, 21:32
Don't know if this site will help because I didn't do an indepth search, but maybe you can use it. It's for macro stock photography

[url]http://www.photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.photographersindex.com/stockprice.htm[/url])


Thank you Donding
Cool calculator

Kone
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: m@m on January 21, 2010, 22:29
That is a very nice pricing site Donding, thanks for posting it, I'm sure it would be very helpful to lots of folks here.  ;D
Title: Re: Swimming school photographs
Post by: donding on January 21, 2010, 22:35
yes it is helpful, I've had to use it several times because I don't usually do anything outside of stock photography so it helps you by getting the price right on macro or book and magazine publication.