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Paul Anthony NYC
Posts: 5
Dallas, Texas, US


I'm having a hard time judging my work objectively and figuring out a fair and reasonable price for my work.

Here's my portfolio:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2266124/viewall

What do you guys think?
Feb 02 13 10:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Cole Morrison
Posts: 3,958
Portland, Oregon, US


I personally think you should spend some more time shooting TF.
Feb 02 13 10:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Camerosity
Posts: 5,059
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Every city is different, every photographer's clientele is different, and every photographer has his own spot in the pecking order in his market.

Also, it depends on whether you want to go full-time pro or just do an occasional paid shoot. But don't expect to make a living anywhere just shooting model portfolios these days.

I'd build the strongest portfolio I could, then talk to a few local professionals, buy them coffee and get their opinions. Setting rates will probably come down to trial and error to some extent anyway.
Feb 02 13 10:56 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Agent Pendergast
Posts: 23
South Plainfield, New Jersey, US


I would charge whatever people are willing to pay.
Feb 02 13 10:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 8,044
Los Angeles, California, US


Deft Fotography wrote:
I'm having a hard time judging my work objectively and figuring out a fair and reasonable price for my work.

Here's my portfolio:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2266124/viewall

What do you guys think?

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/24492664

To answer your question..based only on this out of focused picture...Nothing. Free all day long.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/26608182

Keep this one..though it is slightly too dark...

Feb 02 13 11:00 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LA StarShooter
Posts: 1,766
Los Angeles, California, US


Cole Morrison wrote:
I personally think you should spend some more time shooting TF.

Based on what is in your MM portfolio, presuming your thinking of charging models, the best question to ask is: what will they gain in the marketplace. Will a travelling professional model gain more attention from paying photographers if she shoots with you. If she posts two images from you, will it bring in $2000 for her? That is at least 6 gigs.

Have you done a shoot that resulted in a professional model using the image to generate income for herself, from her website? Has she put the image on a comp card. Is your work in her book that she shows to commercial prospects, etc?

I like what Cole wrote and, in addition would urge you to think about what value you can really add.

I have a few more high-concept TF shoots that I need to do and then TF will be on the back burner. Direction along with drive is so important. What part of the market do you want to try and make it in?

Feb 02 13 11:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Francisco Castro
Posts: 1,661
Cincinnati, Ohio, US


"How much should I charge?"... well, the question really is, "Do you have the skills to deliver what a client wants, in the manner that they want?". Because ultimately, being able to deliver a custom product is what will get you paid.

I see so many photogs with a shooting style, and their port reflects that style, repeatedly, over and over again. Same photo, just different models. It would work out well for you, if the client wants the same kind of photos you've been shooting.

But what if the client asks you for something else? Do you have the necessary knowledge to pull it off?

Your port is chock full of those dreamy outdoor shots, warm colors, soft focus, some lens flares and bokeh. What else can you do? What else do you have in your arsenal; in your repertoire'?
Feb 02 13 11:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chuckarelei
Posts: 9,276
Seattle, Washington, US


Deft Fotography wrote:
I'm having a hard time judging my work objectively and figuring out a fair and reasonable price for my work.

Here's my portfolio:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2266124/viewall

What do you guys think?

What have people offered to pay you so far? If people offer to pay you thousands, then you should be charging thousands. If no one offers to pay you, then you should not be charging anything.

Feb 02 13 11:12 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Cole Morrison wrote:
I personally think you should spend some more time shooting TF.

Or paying the models.

Feb 03 13 10:32 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
balm in Gilead
Posts: 27
San Diego, California, US


I think you look like you are still finding yourself and starting out..
Feb 03 13 10:35 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Cherrystone
Posts: 36,036
Columbus, Ohio, US


I think you need to shoot/practice a lot more.
Feb 03 13 10:38 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


still to early in your development to think about charging.  Keep at it.  The last pics of Marla are nice.
Feb 03 13 12:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Dan K Photography
Posts: 5,409
STATEN ISLAND, New York, US


Mark wrote:
still to early in your development to think about charging.  Keep at it.  The last pics of Marla are nice.

What have you done to the real Mark?

Feb 03 13 12:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fleming Design
Posts: 1,065
Hartford, Connecticut, US


Cole Morrison wrote:
I personally think you should spend some more time shooting TF.

Nicely under stated!

Feb 03 13 12:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,437
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120208/00/4f3230bd0987b_m.jpg
Based on this photo not so much, TF is a possibility

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110816/09/4e4a9a20aff66_m.jpg
An out of focus image, should not be in your portfolio

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120112/02/4f0eb9e082e31_m.jpg
Of your images these look the best, but TF still comes to mind
At least you show potential so success is a possibility
Feb 03 13 12:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Edward Shaw Photography
Posts: 316
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom


Cole Morrison wrote:
I personally think you should spend some more time shooting TF.

Agreed.

Has anyone ever asked to hire you? If not, you probably don't have much scope to charge.

Feb 05 13 11:29 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
John Horwitz
Posts: 2,585
Raleigh, North Carolina, US


nothing
Feb 05 13 11:36 am  Link  Quote 
Model
angel emily
Posts: 1,020
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Deft Fotography wrote:
I'm having a hard time judging my work objectively and figuring out a fair and reasonable price for my work.

Here's my portfolio:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2266124/viewall

What do you guys think?

$0.

I would not pay you.  I like the "story telling" feel of your work, but hate the murky colors.   You need to work with better models.  Trade up and I think you might one day be asked for your rates.

You are not "Very Experienced".

Your profile reads:

I'm only here to have fun and take some cool photographs. I'm not in this to become rich and famous.

Feb 05 13 11:43 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Andrew Coutermarsh
Posts: 1
New London, Connecticut, US


There are some things you want to ask yourself when you start to consider charging people.

• Am I capable of delivering to the client what they want?
• Can I consistently recreate a photo over and over if I have to change something about it, or am I going to spend a lot of time fumbling around trying to figure out what it was I had going for me in the first place?
• Will this client be likely to recommend your services—at the cost I charge them—to another person?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you should probably give yourself some more time and experience before you charge somebody for your work. I find that the second question is particularly important, though it's one of the questions that a lot of photographers will overlook. Being consistent is far more important than being good. And if you know what you're doing, enough that you can quickly and efficiently make a change to a photo without altering everything else in it (let's say that the sun needs to go behind a model's shoulder instead of over it—how quickly can you adjust your lighting equipment and reflectors to adjust for the loss in background light from the sun?), that will mean faster, more pleasant shoots and happier clients. And that, coupled with consistent solid shots, can easily mean more to a client than a miserable shoot coupled with only the occasional amazing shot.
Feb 05 13 01:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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