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What do you charge for freelance photo/video work?
I have some freelance opportunities coming up this summer and I have no clue what to charge for my work. Some of it will be taking photos and video of events put on by a local park district.
I also have a wedding coming up that I was asked to just film the ceremony, nothing fancy at all. Just set up in the back and hit record. Idk what to charge for something like that either.
If anyone has an idea on a good amount to start with I'd like to hear it, thanks!
Pricing depends on a lot of factors, and is one of the toughest parts of freelancing IMO.
Things to take into account:
- Your gear
- Your experience
- The client
- What rights are you giving the client (this is one of the bigger deciding factors, so I'll break it down further).
-- Exclusive vs non-exclusive rights
-- How long do they get to use the media
-- Where can they use the media (online only, print, unrestricted).
For most a lot of my freelance work, the product I'm actually selling is something along the lines of "A 12 month, non-exclusive, web-only license for photo XXX"
That just scratches the surface really, and as far as weddings go, I don't have a ton of knowledge
I do weddings pretty often. I usually hire a second shooter to get all the money shots while I go for the more creative ones. I have 3 different packages. Ceremony only I charge $500 but tbh I don't plan on doing just a ceremony. My highlight films range from $1100 to $1500. The first one I ever did I charged $500 I knew I was capable of a nice film and found someone to take a chance on me. Freelance work I usually do something around $200 for a three hour event for photos. It really depends on my drive to do the project and how much I want to do it for. I like to get a detailed agenda of what's going to be going down before I quote price. HMU if you got questions, although I'm not much of a summer NSer so email@example.com would work best.
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