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Offline Snapper

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How much should I charge?
« on: July 25, 2015, 12:02:53 PM »
I have been doing a lot of indoor sports photography over the winter, including one boxing match (ringside) for which I volunteered (to get some experience) but managed to sell some of the images from my SmugMug site.

I have been asked to photograph a boxing match at a large hotel in September which should last about 4 to 5 hours. The club have asked me to quote them a fee and I don't want to price myself out of the event. The club would also expect to be provided with copies of all the digital images I choose to publish. I would insist that they are for website/Facebook use by the club only and would not be the full-resolution images!

What sort of figure do you think would be fair? Post-processing time would need to be borne in mind but I would expect to make more money from the after-sales from individual competitors, friends, family, etc.

One reason for not pitching my price too high would also be to encourage other clubs and organisations to book me in future. The fees could then increase, along with my expertise, hopefully!

The images I took at the evening when I volunteered are here:https://jerseysportshots.smugmug.com/LHS-Fitness-Studio/Boxing-Match-v-Jersey-Warriors/

Suggestions would be most welcome!
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Offline Craig

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Re: How much should I charge?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2015, 11:02:30 AM »



I took a look at the shots on your site. They are very good. Do not think or price yourself as an amature. For myself I would give them a set number of web quality files for their web site (which is used for advertising by them), not all files. They don't need hundreds of pics for a web site or face book (maybe 20?). A link on their site can lead to your smug mug site for the rest of the shots.  All sales would be by you. I guess you have to figure out your hourly rate + processing time for the photos you let them use. That can only be done by you.

One reason for not pitching my price too high would also be to encourage other clubs and organisations to book me in future.
I think you have already established that you can produce professional results. Again, don't under estimate your worth. I've seen some pro's in my area advertise events for $150/hr. A videographer I help out once in a while often gets asked for extra time at the end of the night. He too charges $150/hr.
 Then again there is probably someone that will shoot their event for free (with an iphone of course  ::)) Then they will call you next time.
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Re: How much should I charge?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2015, 04:12:13 AM »
Many thanks for your kind words, Craig.

I agree with you about not handing over all the photos to the club. If I did so and they posted them to FB then anyone could download them for free which would obviously impact upon my potential sales. I think that part of the deal will lead to some tricky negotiation!

I have quoted them a price which I believe to be fair, bearing in mind that I really enjoyed the last event of theirs that I photographed and I had probably the best seat in the house!

Hoping to find out in the near future whether they are going to take me on or not. I'll let you all know how things progress, if they progress at all!
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