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Bonnie Beaver♥ TTC since Jan 2014; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18155 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting awesomebrandi:" Well I offered 20% off for twins.. I had a few people interested but no bites. I might try again for Feb. So that's $50 off $250."


That reminds me. I'm raising my prices today.

existentialism 2 kids; Texas 16990 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting Legendary Bonnie Beaver:" That reminds me. I'm raising my prices today. "

YEAH!

Bonnie Beaver♥ TTC since Jan 2014; 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 18155 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting awesomebrandi:" YEAH!"


And they're raised. haha



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★Mommarazzi★ 1 child; Arkansas 9673 posts
1st Jan '13

What do you ladies think is a good starting price?



I'm going to do some free ones to build up my portfolio first (how many sessions/photo do you think is good for a beginning portfolio BTW?) but I'm just thinking after getting all of that done what kind of prices should I start with. Most of the new independent photogs around here charge $50 for the session and a CD with rights. However, they aren't what I'd call great photographers. I've only went to one and felt I could take just as good if not better photos than her. But I'm not sure if that's a good starting price or if I'd be cheating myself. I'm not good at pricing my own stuff lol.



I plan to focus on newborns/babies and children. Maybe some maternity and family

existentialism 2 kids; Texas 16990 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting ★Mommarazzi★:" What do you ladies think is a good starting price? I'm going to do some free ones to build up my portfolio ... [snip!] ... I'm not good at pricing my own stuff lol. I plan to focus on newborns/babies and children. Maybe some maternity and family"

That's a tricky question. First off, there is not set number of practice sessions that is the right number. It's about building your portfolio to attract clients AND making sure you can produce consistent work. The other benefit to practice sessions is simply to learn client handling/posing/etc.



Price wise, I think the main thing is DO NOT INCLUDE A CD in the session fee. You could charge $50 (I don't really recommend that low) as long as you can make it up in the sales. Some people go with the model of very low session fees and then focus on the back end sales. Don't compare yourself to others based on price (or really on anything) because you don't want to attract clients who are comparing you based solely on price. There is always someone cheaper; always.

let it be California 41018 posts
1st Jan '13

I LOVE my 50mm 1.4. It's amazing.

★Mommarazzi★ 1 child; Arkansas 9673 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting awesomebrandi:" That's a tricky question. First off, there is not set number of practice sessions that is the right number. ... [snip!] ... because you don't want to attract clients who are comparing you based solely on price. There is always someone cheaper; always."


That's great advise. Thank you :)

existentialism 2 kids; Texas 16990 posts
1st Jan '13

Uggggggggh.. updating my site galleries. Biggest beat down ever lol.

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
1st Jan '13

CS6 thanks to my step dad! YES!!!

let it be California 41018 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" CS6 thanks to my step dad! YES!!!"


Woot!

★Mommarazzi★ 1 child; Arkansas 9673 posts
1st Jan '13

Can I get some CC on this photo. I feel like the temp is off like it's a little too cool or something. I edited in photoshop and I'm not used to all the stuff I'm trying to learn lol b/c I usually use LR



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Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting ★Mommarazzi★:" Can I get some CC on this photo. I feel like the temp is off like it's a little too cool or something. ... [snip!] ... too cool or something. I edited in photoshop and I'm not used to all the stuff I'm trying to learn lol b/c I usually use LR "


It does look a little cool but thats not horrible since it's outside in winter. And it looks like the blacks (mainly on her coat) are too dark. But I'm not on my calibrated monitor right now so that might not mean much.

★Mommarazzi★ 1 child; Arkansas 9673 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" It does look a little cool but thats not horrible since it's outside in winter. And it looks like the ... [snip!] ... like the blacks (mainly on her coat) are too dark. But I'm not on my calibrated monitor right now so that might not mean much."


I thought the blacks looked too dark too but I couldn't fix it. I'm not sure what happened with that. It doesn't look that dark in LR but when I went to photoshop it did.

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
1st Jan '13

Quoting ★Mommarazzi★:" I thought the blacks looked too dark too but I couldn't fix it. I'm not sure what happened with that. It doesn't look that dark in LR but when I went to photoshop it did."





Last time I used LR, it made all of my images really bright for some reason. I'm guessing that was operator error but I'm not sure.

let it be California 41018 posts
1st Jan '13
Quoting ★Mommarazzi★:" Can I get some CC on this photo. I feel like the temp is off like it's a little too cool or something. ... [snip!] ... too cool or something. I edited in photoshop and I'm not used to all the stuff I'm trying to learn lol b/c I usually use LR "


Looks like the contrast is up too much.