January 2nd, 2017
Chip who is a real estate photographer in NH asks:
I know this is not the forum, but I have no one else to ask. I was asked to shoot a Bat Mitzvah next year. I quoted $350 based on the time, and the mother said I should look around because I was way underpriced. So there will be 2 hours for the ceremony shoot, and 4 hours for the reception shoot and I would guess a couple hours for post-processing.
I think it is useful for real estate photographers to understand how different shooting real estate is than shooting Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, and weddings (all these events are very similar). When shooting these events there is MUCH more expected than just showing up to shoot and sending the client some digital files!
Yes, the mother is right; $350 is WAY low because in addition to the tasks you’ve listed, the following are usually expected:
- A meeting before the shoot to discuss the client’s specific unique wants and needs.
- A face to face meeting after the shoot to review your results and have the client choose the specific photos they want and the medium they want them in (books, prints, etc.).
Coming up with what you are going to deliver as a final product and your customer service process for making sure they get what they want will determine a huge part of what you should charge. When my son got married 15 years ago the photographer charged them $4,000, and for the time and energy the photographer put into the job it didn’t seem to be an outrageous price.
I’m sure readers that shoot this kind of event professionally can give even better advice.