Forums > Critique > How much should you be paid? I'll tell you.

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

So this thread is inspired by all of the profiles I've come across lately that say "Paid Assignments Only"

I'll give you my honest opinion about how much and if you should be paid.

*Some people I will even suggest pay others to help them, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're bad, just that you need to work with a higher level of photographers or models, and that you may need to pay them to accomplish it.

*Also, in my opinion, no one but celebrities and supermodels should ever limit themselves to only paid assignments. EVERYONE else should be at least open to hearing trade offers from their peers. Even the perfect portfolio needs updated!

Aug 03 12 08:50 am Link

Model

Jenny Jannetty

Posts: 449

Roanoke, Virginia, US

Hmmm...  I'm always open to trade ideas, but if I was to be paid, what do you think?

Aug 03 12 09:02 am Link

Photographer

Stanley L Moore

Posts: 1679

Houston, Texas, US

CMW Media wrote:
So this thread is inspired by all of the profiles I've come across lately that say "Paid Assignments Only"

I'll give you my honest opinion about how much and if you should be paid.

*Some people I will even suggest pay others to help them, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're bad, just that you need to work with a higher level of photographers or models, and that you may need to pay them to accomplish it.

*Also, in my opinion, no one but celebrities and supermodels should ever limit themselves to only paid assignments. EVERYONE else should be at least open to hearing trade offers from their peers. Even the perfect portfolio needs updated!

Interesting idea. Many of my models have pretty high expectations of their own value. Some photographers have mentioned to me that I mgiht be over paying some of them.

Aug 03 12 09:02 am Link

Model

Pretty Petite

Posts: 165

New York, New York, US

I'd like to hear!

Aug 03 12 09:06 am Link

Model

Dawn-Marie94

Posts: 453

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

I haven't been modeling long...But would like your opinion  smile

Aug 03 12 09:06 am Link

Model

Anne Miles

Posts: 94

Los Angeles, California, US

Listening for your thoughts.

Aug 03 12 09:07 am Link

Photographer

Rim A-J Photography

Posts: 170

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I'd love to hear your thoughts! smile

Aug 03 12 09:52 am Link

Photographer

Rebecca Loren Photo

Posts: 84

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

CMW Media wrote:
So this thread is inspired by all of the profiles I've come across lately that say "Paid Assignments Only"

I'll give you my honest opinion about how much and if you should be paid.

*Some people I will even suggest pay others to help them, that doesn't necessarily mean that you're bad, just that you need to work with a higher level of photographers or models, and that you may need to pay them to accomplish it.

*Also, in my opinion, no one but celebrities and supermodels should ever limit themselves to only paid assignments. EVERYONE else should be at least open to hearing trade offers from their peers. Even the perfect portfolio needs updated!

Curious. Thanks!

Aug 03 12 09:54 am Link

Photographer

JoshBombard Photography

Posts: 3

Metropolis, Illinois, US

I've been a Photographer for over 30 years, and a Photographer should never have to pay a model, it should be the other way around every time or an agency paying the photographer. Most models should be happy to pose for a good or great photographer who can add value to their portfolio. Even an inexperienced photographer has something to offer, and the model can help to teach the young photographer.

I generally will lower my pricing to help the model, but if I am approached with attitude of high expectations from the model who is like I have read though comments concerning this topic a "Super model or Fashion model", I'll charge then full pricing to add my work to their portfolio.

Aug 03 12 10:05 am Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Jenny Jannetty wrote:
Hmmm...  I'm always open to trade ideas, but if I was to be paid, what do you think?

I would say you're in the entry level pro range, around $50/hr. Higher for adult oriented work.

Aug 03 12 11:52 am Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Pretty Petite wrote:
I'd like to hear!

Around $75/hr. for commercial work.

Aug 03 12 11:54 am Link

Model

Phane

Posts: 2050

Rockville, Maryland, US

Curious

Aug 03 12 11:56 am Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Dawn-Marie94 wrote:
I haven't been modeling long...But would like your opinion  smile

You're not ready to get paid work yet (except for adult oriented modeling, I think models should be paid for ALL adult work, this includes suggestive glamour). I would suggest doing some trade shoots to diversify your portfolio.

Aug 03 12 11:57 am Link

Model

Ivy Jae

Posts: 2

Hammond, Indiana, US

Hello,

I would appreciate an honest professional opinion.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ivy Jae

Aug 03 12 11:57 am Link

Model

Sandra F

Posts: 87

Monterey, California, US

hmmm sure smile

Aug 03 12 11:58 am Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Anne Miles wrote:
Listening for your thoughts.

probably around $50/hr. until you can get a bigger and better portfolio.

Aug 03 12 11:58 am Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Rim A-J wrote:
I'd love to hear your thoughts! smile

$150-$175/hr. really like your aesthetic by the way. would love to see you shoot a really stellar model.

Aug 03 12 12:01 pm Link

Model

KristianaRose

Posts: 585

Denver, Colorado, US

I'm in.

Aug 03 12 12:02 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Rebecca Loren Photo wrote:

Curious. Thanks!

$100/hr. for portraiture.

Aug 03 12 12:02 pm Link

Model

Paige Morgan

Posts: 4058

New York, New York, US

You tell me.

Aug 03 12 12:04 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

JoshBombard Photography wrote:
I've been a Photographer for over 30 years, and a Photographer should never have to pay a model, it should be the other way around every time or an agency paying the photographer. Most models should be happy to pose for a good or great photographer who can add value to their portfolio. Even an inexperienced photographer has something to offer, and the model can help to teach the young photographer.

I generally will lower my pricing to help the model, but if I am approached with attitude of high expectations from the model who is like I have read though comments concerning this topic a "Super model or Fashion model", I'll charge then full pricing to add my work to their portfolio.

agreed, my personal rule is that I don't pay the model unless I'm getting paid. If a client hires me to do a shoot and then I hire the model, I pay her. But that's the only scenario in which I pay models.

Aug 03 12 12:04 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Phane wrote:
Curious

Non-paid

Aug 03 12 12:05 pm Link

Model

Yume Look

Posts: 493

Atascadero, California, US

What do you think?

Aug 03 12 12:06 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Ivy Jae wrote:
Hello,

I would appreciate an honest professional opinion.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Ivy Jae

Non-paid. Professional plus size models are almost always over 5'9"

Aug 03 12 12:07 pm Link

Model

Phane

Posts: 2050

Rockville, Maryland, US

CMW Media wrote:

Non-paid

curious why?

Aug 03 12 12:08 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Sandra F wrote:
hmmm sure smile

$75/hr. for swimsuit

Aug 03 12 12:08 pm Link

Photographer

A N D E R S O N

Posts: 2553

Fountain Valley, California, US

Me please =]

Aug 03 12 12:10 pm Link

Photographer

DAN CRUIKSHANK

Posts: 1786

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Do I deserve to get paid???

Aug 03 12 12:11 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Phane wrote:
curious why?

All of the work in your portfolio is fine art photography, which is most often made just to be art and not for commercial purposes. Most fine artists don't get paid to make their work and thereby won't be able to pay a model. I would suggest doing trade shoots to build a more commercial portfolio for a younger model.  Don't get me wrong, fine art is beautiful, it just doesn't usually make a whole lot of money.

Aug 03 12 12:13 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

KristianaRose wrote:
I'm in.

$75-$100 hr.

Aug 03 12 12:14 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Paige Morgan wrote:
You tell me.

$150/hr. maybe a little more.

Aug 03 12 12:15 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Yume Look wrote:
What do you think?

around $100/hr.

Aug 03 12 12:16 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

A N D E R S O N wrote:
Me please =]

$200/hr.
enjoyed seeing the pics of miss kelli, i shot with her a looooong time ago!

Aug 03 12 12:18 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

DAN CRUIKSHANK wrote:
Do I deserve to get paid???

yep, around $100/hr.

Aug 03 12 12:20 pm Link

Photographer

Natalia Eiras

Posts: 885

Red Bank, New Jersey, US

curious

Aug 03 12 12:20 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Natalia Eiras wrote:
curious

$150/hr.

Aug 03 12 12:21 pm Link

Photographer

Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4126

Alexandria, Virginia, US

I absolutely agree about the utter hubris of the "No TFP" attitude.

I'm not there and not one of them lol

so - rate away smile

Aug 03 12 12:24 pm Link

Photographer

Wandering Eye Media

Posts: 872

Fort Smith, Arkansas, US

Fotografica Gregor wrote:
I absolutely agree about the utter hubris of the "No TFP" attitude.

I'm not there and not one of them lol

so - rate away smile

$100-$150/hr. great models! i guess i need to make a trip to virginia...

Aug 03 12 12:27 pm Link

Photographer

Felipe Jimenez

Posts: 407

Chicago, Illinois, US

I'd love to know. big_smile

Aug 03 12 12:29 pm Link

Photographer

Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4126

Alexandria, Virginia, US

CMW Media wrote:

$100-$150/hr. great models! i guess i need to make a trip to virginia...

We would make you welcome -  and I can recommend a number of local models who are currently not in my port

Cheers smile

Aug 03 12 12:32 pm Link