Night Club Photography?
Hey guys, I'm from the UK and was recently asked to photograph a live music venues birthday, 6 acts, fire eater and people having fun was the brief. I did this for free, as I have never shot anything like that before, I was glad of the experience.
I have now been asked to do the same again in a few months, and they willing to pay me for my services. Photographing from about 7pm till 1am. I just don't know how much to charge for this.
So I was wondering if anybody can give me a ball park as to what I should be charging. I have no idea at all, please help.
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First thing I think of for a 6 hour shoot ..... I'd be concerned about battery life and be sure you have plenty of extra batteries!!26 August 2013
Barry ---- I like the $1,200 price. Not only do you need to consider the 6 hours on site but also 2x that amount of time to do the post processing (at least 2x). The first question I would ask them is "How much do you have bugeted for the photo shoot? And then I would start off your side of the conversation on the 6 hours on site and THEN the 12+ hours for post processing..... which bring you to 1,200.
And if you think you're charging too much, either offer a certain percentage of the fee back if they're unsatisfied or remind yourself that you already shot one event for them for free.18 August 2013
Anyway upward of $1,200. I can sell 4 different 'outfits' for for someone's bio or something similar for $200, which takes me between a half hour and 45 minutes. So think $200 x 6 hrs - the time you will be working - and you arrive at $1,200, and that is with the thought process that it will take you a 'full' hour to photograph per se. Just think of it as an example. That is a very modest price for low light photography for a professional gig.18 August 2013
Looks like no one has taken the bait so I'll weigh in.14 August 2013
As they liked your first attempt and are willing to pay cash for your second gig I say don't sell yourself short Barry.
Six hours is a long shooting session and sounds like they've already paid big ££ for the entertainment so, that being said, your price should be open for negotiation and I'd run a price of £250 for the session by them. That's £41 per hour and a deal at the price. Not over priced but reasonable for the amount of time you'll have invested. This could of course be brought down to say... £190 but no lower. That's a decent amount of negotiation lee way. remember they want you because of the quality of work you delivered previously. Free Bee's don't keep the mortgage payments away or put food on the table.
That's my tuppence worth!