How to start a photography business: What to Charge

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How to start a photography business: What to Charge is always the big debate, especially when starting out. So many things to consider, I’ve got some tips that may just help!

How to start a photography business: What to Charge, do you give digital images or charge for prints? Discount for family and friends? Start for pennies?  So many questions! This post was originally posted in April 2014, published with added details in April 2017.

So you want to know….what should you charge when selling your artwork as a photographer? What to charge when that artwork technically doesn’t have any cost (you bought that camera long ago) for one photography session? I’m going to share my thoughts on what to charge when starting a photography business, from my 10+ years of experience, dabbling in all different price ranges and structures.

How to start a photography business: What to Charge

A few years ago, I wrote a post titled, Starting and Maintaining a Photography business, and I’ve heard that it comes up at the TOP of a random google search for that similar topic! It’s still got great and relevant info, but I’ve had SOOO many comments of people asking questions that I’m going to tackle some of those, and be more specific on some of the topics I wrote about. SOOO, if you are someone that has thought about starting a photography business, this is for you! If not, then maybe it’ll be interesting anyway, and you can understand why a photographer charges what they do.


{Above shot taken on my clients smart phone, to see the images from this session on a gorgeous fall day (some of my faves) check them out HERE}

How to start a photography business: What to Charge

Did you stumble onto a photography business?

It’s happened a million times:

  1. You get a nice camera because you want to take better pictures of your kids.
  2. Those cute pictures are posted on Facebook or some other social media.
  3. Friends and family see those pictures and start asking you to take pictures of their kids.
  4. You do it because it’s fun.
  5. Those friends/family post your pictures.
  6. You start getting strangers asking you to take their pictures.
  7. You have no clue what to charge.

Sound familiar?

Well, that’s what happened to me, and I know it’s happened to many others. I’ve always had a passion for photography, and capturing the moments, even back in high school on the yearbook staff. Some people don’t have that passion ignite until their own children were born. However it comes about, taking pictures can be addicting. You want to keep out doing yourself, you see something clever and you want to try to imitate it, you see color or food and you want to figure out how to capture it in the most artistic way.

What level photographer are you?

From how I see it, starting a business can happen at two different levels, and I’d adjust how you charge accordingly.

1) Newbie Photographer-Just got a camera, have mostly shot on AUTO, you capture the moments well, but still learning how to take consistently great images.  The photographer often uses the very basic line of cameras, very possibly shooting with the kit lens that comes with the camera. (If you’d like to learn to Say NO to Auto, check out my book ).

2) Practiced Photographer– You’ve had your camera a while, have really taught yourself how to use it, feel happy with the majority of your shots in multiple light scenes. This photographer has likely upgraded from a beginner dSLR camera to a middle of the line series, and has invested in a lens or two beyond the kit lens.

How to start a photography business: What to Charge

If you aren’t sure about cameras, see more about what camera is best for you, check out my post: How to Decide what Camera to Buy.

People will ask you to take their pictures in either scenario. Some people really don’t care about perfect photography, their kids are going to be adorable no matter what the light and exposure are like, so are just fine with the Newbie photographer. Others have seen fine art photography, and look all around for someone that takes their style, and are willing to invest in the practiced photographer.

Here is an image I took of my kids back in 2005. I had paid clients at the time, was still shooting on auto, and I was pretty pleased with myself for this cute capture:

How to start a photography business

I still love my kids cuteness, but I’ve learned so much since then. I think I was charging $75 for a session that included digital images.

A lot of photographers that have been around for years are frustrated with the Newbie or Practiced photographer charging really low prices. It hurts the industry, and honestly hurts them. I personally see full time photography, or someone who plans to make a living solely on photography, to be very very difficult. I’ve never had to do that, as my husband is the main income earner in our home, my photography has always been secondary. But if it were our main income, it would be very stressful, because it’s quite seasonal (fall and spring most popular in Texas) and most families don’t have professional family portraits taken every year, but every 2-3 years.

Professional photography is a luxury. Something people don’t NEED, so it ebbs and flows. When the economy is down, the photography industry is down, because people need food and gas, they don’t need photography. Lots of photographers will run sales at times like this, to help ease the monetary burden, and to still have some income as opposed to none.

How to decide what to charge?

Deciding what to charge can be VERY difficult. Mainly because it’s hard to judge yourself on your own level of artwork. Can you really charge Picaso prices when you color outside the lines like a pre schooler?

So how good ARE you?

What’s difficult is that you can’t really judge yourself, and your family and close friends think you’re amazing because they love you, so that gets tricky! Honestly, The best way to know what to charge is:

  1. Look around at photographers in your area that have images similar to yours and charge accordingly.
  2. Ask an impartial person that you don’t know like a photographer you admire, what they think about your work. You may even need to pay for mentoring in that case.

So here is what I say about charging: Start with a set price, discounted, so you can build your portfolio

If you are a Newbie photographer, but are continuously practicing and getting better, I’d say to charge $100 for a session, but have an introductory price of 50% off. That ways its easier for people to swallow, you are compensated for your beginner work, but they clients know that it’s a beginner sale. If they like their experience with you, when you take off that 50%, they will likely continue on with you because they knew it was a sale the first time.

If you are a Practiced photographer, I’d start at $200 for a session and try the same thing–50% off for a certain amount of time. Post that time frame on your site next to the price, 3-6 months. Then if that date comes and you aren’t quite ready to take off the discount, maybe make it a 30% discount or keep it the same. This helps you feel more comfortable in the business part of it. Because you are more practiced, you will likely want to raise your prices at your year mark as you get too many clients to take on. Raising prices allows you to do a little less work for the same money.

At some point, for each type of photographer, you will need to decide if all of the work that you are doing, is worth that amount, or if you want to charge more. Photographers will often raise their prices, to go along with inflation, either once a year or every other year, often January 1st. Once you set a price, wait at least 6 months to change your prices, so people don’t see a lot of flip flopping.

What is included in the session fee?

This is where it gets more complicated. Several years ago, I charged $200 for the session fee, then there was the cost of print purchase after that. Some people spent $100 on prints, while others spent $1000. My average was $400-500 on prints. The ordering process became tedious, and although I liked approving the prints before passing them on, I recently have gone all digital in order to streamline and simplify my process. I really did hate the idea that clients had to pick and choose which images to print, and I like that they can keep the silly candid pictures that they might not otherwise purchase as a print. However, it is very hard to trust images with my name on it, and turn it over to clients who print at poor photo labs, and therefore the quality makes my photography look bad. I try to instruct my clients (with my packaging) the best I can with printing, but I can only do so much. I have really loved using as a lab.

So for now, I have two options when it comes to client sessions.

1) Petite Session–I recognize that some people just want a few pictures taken, and don’t want to invest in over $500 for the custom session. I have done this enough to know that I can get what I need in the first 15 minutes of a session, so that is the timeframe for the petite session. Less practiced photographers might opt for 20-30 minutes for a mini session. With this session, I take a posed shot of the family, individual shots of the kids, and a couple shot. If we have extra time, I’ll take of “Just kids” and maybe a few candids. With kids of every range, I’ve never had a problem with that time frame, nor have I had a client complain that it wasn’t enough time to get what they wanted.  I charge $275 for this and they are given approximately 40 images on a thumb drive with printing rights. I have posted this before for travel sessions (I generally charge a little less, $200-250 and have had people in other areas tell me it’s much too expensive, but for my area, it’s worked great for me.) I do not photograph newborns in petite sessions, and if they are Seniors, just one location.

Here is a shot I got in a petite session (more here):

How to take family pictures

2) Custom Session–These sessions last 60-90 minutes depending on the type. With seniors in high school, we “location hop” with outfit changes, so it takes up to 90 minutes. With families, I send out this questionnaire to determine something unique about them to give them a great experience, something fun, not just the posed stuff. I suggest we include a fun treat to eat at the end, or a game to play. Dads often leave these sessions telling me how painless it was, and “more fun than they thought.”  For these sessions, I wanted to make my “happy place” with the previous session when I was selling prints, and that was $500-700. This includes all the best images on a thumb drive which ends up being around 75-100. I also include a 16×20 mounted print, which I sold for $125 before.

Here is an example of something that might happen in a custom session (click here to see more of this shoot):

Taking pictures with a pillow fight

My prices are likely higher than a beginner might charge, just starting out, whether they are a newbie or practiced photographer. It took me quite a few years to work up my abilities and confidence to charge that much. I also recognize that the custom session is not for everyone, and I’ve had some people say they love my style, but I’m not in their price range, and I happily forward the info of a dear local photographer friend, who charges less. I have no shame, I don’t need everyone’s business, this isn’t my bread and butter, but that’s the amount that I want to make in order to take on a session. It’s 4-5 hours of time factored in, along with the $1000’s of dollars I’ve spent on training, equipment, and tools to hone my craft over the years. I am finally secure with that.

Potential clients generally view THIS PAGE to decide what type of session to book with me, it’s very detailed.

People aren’t calling me, am I priced too high?

The photography market is saturated. Anyone can be a photographer when buying a camera, so there are quite a few options when clients are selecting who to photograph their family.  It could be the pricing, but it could also be your level of photography or their style just isn’t your style.  If you don’t know what your style is, practice some new things to figure it out. If you know your style and don’t want to change, then don’t do something you don’t love just because there is money involved (unless you really need the money). The #1 BEST way to earn new clients is “word of mouth” by former clients. In my next post, I’ll talk all about that, so stay tuned!

Any questions???

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  1. Gretchen says:

    I’ve done a few free sessions and have considered taking the next step with my photography so I love this and look forward to reading more.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      So glad this was helpful! It’s fun to be asked initially, but at some point, it’s nice to be compensated for all the hard work!

      • Steph says:

        You described me to a T! My friends who are/ are married to pro photographers keep telling me it is time to get paid. I, of course, am HYPER critical and feel as though I would be robbing people…. this article REALLY helped me to see that while that feeling may not be “healthy” is is fairly universal!

    • Renee says:

      I was very helpful for me as well. I love taking pictures, it has become my passion!!

      • Kristen Duke says:

        so happy to hear it’s helpful!

  2. Ava says:

    Thank you for the great post! I just started my photo business last year. Over the Mantle Photography It’s been a college education in itself learning about operating a business! I am very much very part-time right now. Even though I stay busy with everything in my life, I would like to get more clients so I can be more successful (read: earn more money). So far, I’ve only shot people whom I know. I’ve charged far below what I would charge for people whom I don’t know. I give my first paying client the same rate (even though I know they can afford higher) just out of gratitude for being my first client. A couple of other people in my church do not have the funds to pay my higher fees, and I don’t charge my pastor’s family or assistant pastor’s family. I am donating a couple of gift certificates to my MOPS group for their annual auction fundraiser, and I’m hoping to generate some interest from that.

    I can’t remember if you’ve ever discussed taxes, but that would be good information. I knew I would have to pay sales tax, personal income tax, and business license fees, but I had NO IDEA I had to pay state business tax on income and personal property tax.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to your future posts!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I like to gift people who have done service for me, as well, and good luck with the fundraiser! Offer incentives to those who win that certificate to help them spread the word online. See my post next week. I’m kinda clueless about taxes, I’ve got a great helper!

  3. Meghan says:

    I also really like how you don’t photograph people in your own ward. That also helps your photographer friends who charge less but you referring clients to them. Win WIn all around…you don’t take clients you don’t want, client pays the price you want, and your friend get’s referrals.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I do see it as a win win! Year ago in another ward, I did charge, and it just changed things…felt awkward, so when i moved I made it a new policy and I’ve never regretted it!

  4. Molly says:

    Thank you, this is so encouraging! I am offering mini-sessions to help pay for our (orphan) hosting fees. And oh my, it’s hard to know what’s a good price. I feel pretty competent as a photographer and I have the equipment. But, I pretty much just shoot for me, so this is a whole new venture! Thanks for the helpful post!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It is really hard to determine a price. If you are newer, I’d go a bit under my prices, I’ve been in my area for a while, and this blog gives me extra exposure that allows me to price a bit higher.

  5. Ashlie says:

    I wanted to ask a question about the legal aspects. Would you recommend going to a CPA to be sure I have all the necessary licensure and permits? I have business insurance, but wasn’t sure where to go from here. TIA

    • Kristen Duke says:

      It’s probably a good idea, though I went years without it. Taxes are scary!

      • Vee says:

        I had a question too. I live in California and i want to start charging people for the pictures i take.
        do i need a permit or license? i dont know anything about the legal sense.

        • Kristen Duke says:

          Each state is different, you’ll need to check with PPA for those details

  6. Nikki says:

    Thanks for this! I’ve been trying to get my photography business up and running for the past several months. So far, I haven’t had any paying clients, but I have had a TON of interest. Right now, I’m just focusing on building my portfolio so that I can eventually get a real website to display my work, so I do a lot of family sessions. And of course, I love trying new concepts with my daughter; she makes an excellent model! ( :

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yes, build that portfolio as much as possible to potential clients can see the variety of your work. Best of Luck!

  7. Malie says:

    Wow! I LOVED this! It was interesting reading about starting a photography business and what to charge. My daughter who is 16 has been taking pictures since she was 14 and has been doing it “professionally” for a year now. Of course being her mother, i think she does pretty good, but knows she has soooooooo much more to learn. After reading this post it kind of gives us an idea of whether or not she is charging what she should. I think, and so does she, that she is not charging enough. Sometimes I think, well maybe because she is only 16, its ok that we don’t charge more, but then I know we are discounting her talent. So hard to decide. I think she will eventually start increasing a little more. I often remind her that she’s pretty blessed at her age to be getting paid for what she loves doing.

  8. Lots of great information here Kristen! Thank you for being so open!

  9. Great advice! I pinned this to my photography tips for bloggers pinterest board!

  10. Great advice! I pinned this to my photography tips for bloggers pinterest board!

  11. Found this on Pinterest and cant wait to share it with my wife!

  12. SJ says:

    Thank you for this article! I’m a semi-professional photographer – I work for a studio but from time to time I do freelance work to pay for bills or for college classes…. I’ve started doing freelance for about 8 months now and I’m still charging 75 for my sessions… It’s quite hard for me to charge at the price I’m valued as other photographers in my area have said but your article has given me confidence to really push through with my new pricing.

  13. Jill says:

    So what about if you are not doing sessions and that type of work – how much is a smart price to charge for simple matted photos, do you think?

    I minored in photography at university and am trying to start up a small photo-business, but I’m not interested in photo-shoots. Just fine art, more or less, style photographs. No idea what to price them when selling online! I have entered a few art shows, but those are framed & priced around $60-80, which I can’t help but think is too high for online matted prints. Any ideas? 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’d say to take a look around etsy and search for your niche to see what others are charging for prints. It is so variable, and I’d say those that have a bigger following can charge more, but also depending on how original the art is. Hope that helps!

    • Laura says:

      Hi Jill,

      I’d say a good starter would be to sign up with a professional lab online that you like. I use Artsy Couture, but there are many others such as Millers, Bay Photo, Nations Photo Lab etc. Find out what your cost is and then double or triple it as you feel is needed. You want to be able to make a profit from this since this is your work. As you improve and expand then you can raise the prices as needed. I started out at $3 for a 4×6 which is definitely doing more than doubling the cost but I knew I wanted to start out my prints at a certain mark. For my albums and canvas’ though, I only doubled the amount. I wanted to make sure that my customers would still want to purchase.

      Good luck!

      • Kristen Duke says:

        Thanks, Laura for chiming in!

  14. dave says:

    this post is really full of some very bad advice on how and what to charge for photography.

  15. Kristy Hughes says:

    Really enjoyed this article, super helpful! I have all of a sudden found myself booked for this entire month (weekends) for taking pictures and found this almost stress relieving in reading this! Was wondering if I could e-mail you some pics and get your professional opinion on what “type” of photographer I am? Thanks again!

  16. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.

    I am quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here!
    Good luck for the next!

  17. Abbie Jean says:

    Hey Kristen, I am fourteen and into photography. I have been doing photography for four years. I really want to start a photography business and my mom will let me. My question is on what to charge. I have read your whole post, but am still unsure of what to charge and how to charge. I set $75 for a two hour senior session, twenty edited photos on disc, and three outfit changes. For a one hour senior session, $50, twenty edited photos on disc, and two outfit changes. I also did a simple session which is $25 for a thirty minute session, ten photos on disc, and one outfit change. I am really unsure about if I set this right. I would also like to know what I should set family sessions to.

  18. Sophia says:

    Wow, that was really helpful, very straightforward for someone in my situation. I love giving them the option of “just a few photos” to a full on photo session, I think I want to incorporate this concept in my pricing structure. Do you book more of those than the 60 minute session option?

  19. Renee says:

    I have use BRI in the past but for some reason it will not download right….is there another company I can use to have my photos printed?

  20. nice post, i find the “how much to charge” paragraph to be so correct, when u start photography business its so easy to get cheap….the drive to get the job …

  21. Kirstynn Evans says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing blog! I am kind of obsessed with you right now. I just ran into you tonight on pinterest, and I haven’t been able to stop reading! Is it ok, if I ask questions as they come up? Like… for example… reading this page… you really edit 40 images for a petite session? To me, that is a lot! How much time does that take you, and do you ever have a problem coming up with that many different shots? PS… I ADORE YOU, and I will be up reading your blog ALL NIGHT! Thank you! You are amazing!!!

  22. nicole says:

    What are the steps for getting the proper tax stuff that we need for claiming

  23. Sam O'Malley says:

    I have a question? how did you make your name signage to put on your picture?

  24. M says:

    Just loved all of the info. Thank have a question. Totally want to be a photographer and feel like I can do it once I learn the whole aspects of it. But how do I photograph say a wedding and then show them their pictures? Do I have to meet with them and should it already be printed or do I just hand them a card and tell them to look them up themselves? And also, do I have to have Photoshop? Any info is greatly appreciated.

  25. Sara says:

    So, my business is not photography, but I want to have it incorporated. I have been taking c-section photographs for all my co-workers and close friends (because I am a nurse at the hospital, the staff lets me go in and take pictures). I think it would be great to offer c-section photography but have NO idea where to start. With my family, I would only do scheduled sections, at least to start, but wondered if you have a price range you would suggest?

  26. Lisa says:

    Do you charge based on how many people are going to be in the photos? Do you limit the amount of people in the photos? Or is it the same price no matter how many?

  27. keshia says:

    I am a new photographer and trying to learn how to set fare prices, but also gage it where I am now working for ‘free’. My question is on prints.. like say for example the lab charges$ 1.00, however u have to pick them and review them then ship to a customer. I calculated the ship to rate and pay pal rate..avg. $6 a print? is there any proper way to fig out what to charge?


  28. Amy says:

    Great read!! And I’ve read a ton of this type of articles just trying to figure out the basics! Much appreciated! Cheers!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      So glad it was helpful!!

  29. Omg!! Thank you Sooo much for this! I was feeling so insecure and feeling like I was charging too much but after reading this I’m right on track!! Xoxox

  30. Loved this article. I have been a landscape photog for over 40 years. And yes, I get drug in by friends and family to shoot weddings and poitraits, although not my specialty, I do a competent job and all have been pleased. Although I am not a pro at that gig, I don’t give up uncopyrighted digital files. They get a copyrighted disc with a print package. I have found that peoples photos sustain damage or loss over the years, that’s when retaining the negatives or RAW files is essential. I my self went back to a photographer that did poitraits of my daughter some 30 years ago. My mother had hug the picture where the sun had faded it and she wanted a new on. I went to him and behold, he had the negatives and we got a reprint.
    Just some of my limited experience.
    Love your site keep up the good work.

  31. Nichelle says:

    Last year I had someone ask me about doing a shoot for their daughter’s senior pictures, and also to design the graduation announcements. I’ve been doing photography as sort of a hobby for several years now. I did a year of photography school where I learned a lot. I’m no professional… I wasn’t about to sell myself too short, and in my mind I even said I’d give them a little break. I gave them a price…. $125. Their response: “I’ll get back to you”. Never heard back from them. I didn’t lose any sleep over it, but some people just don’t understand the work that goes into taking pictures, editing, etc., and feel that you should do stuff for dirt cheap. I’ve been told so many times that I am really good at it, but I’m not always confident in myself.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      That’s so frustrating, sounds like they just weren’t the right client. Keep at it though!

  32. Monica says:

    Oh my goodness!! Every question I’ve been asking myself was just answered in this post!! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to read more. Thank you so much!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yay, so happy to be helpful!!!

  33. Sally says:

    I have started out my photography business. Mostly family and maternity photoshoot ( I have done quite a few family session and now I want to start selling print but really don’t know how to start. None of the website I’ve read say anything about it. Do I charge session fee as well? Do I require print purchase to start a session? Hope you can clear things out for us.


    • Kristen Duke says:

      When I sold prints, I charged a session fee of $200, then print purchase. Some will do $200 fee with $100 going towards prints, I just liked to simplify it for myself and not do that. When I went mostly digital, I added prints into the cost, and charged $600 for a session, which included a 16×20 wall print and 2 8×10’s. That way, I knew they were getting prints, and it was value from the start.

  34. Really and truly, you can get paid to do a photography session totally in auto!?? I was wondering at what point of my photography and my ready to charge people. When I am not using auto anymore at all is what I originally thought. But your post mentioned Getting paid even though you’re still using auto. That is eye-opening for me. Thank you

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hey! I need to go back and read, but I was not shooting in auto when I wrote this, so not sure what part you are referring to. I know that some HAVE been paid shooting on auto though, and their customers probably just didn’t know the difference, and they didn’t care.

  35. Shawna says:

    Thank you so much for posting this!!! So helpful! It is hard to getthe support from more seasoned photographers. I have a questionabout maternity sessions… As a “newbie” how wouldyou charge for a mini or a full session?

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I’m so glad it was helpful. It’s too bad some aren’t as willing to share, but I think they may feel threatened? I guess I always charged all sessions the same whether maternity of family…but some DO take longer. I don’t know your level, but I’d say to charge the same as you would any other session. Hope that helps some!

  36. jennifer says:

    Hi there! Just wondering if you edit all of your digital files before giving them to clients? Do you batch edit them all the same? I just don’t understand how giving 40+ images and rights for a few hundred dollars is profitable if you edit them. I’d be getting paid less than if I worked at McDonald’s! I’d love to learn more about this <3 Thanks!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Hi Jennifer. I do not edit all digital files. I really should update this post a bit more! I’ve tried many different things, and more recently, I’ll just do a basic edit of all the RAW files, and THAT is the gallery they will see. I’ll have them pick their top 5-10 favorites, and then will edit those fully for print.

  37. Thank you for sharing your advice and experience with me, Kristen. I’m still transitioning from being a part time wedding photographer into a full time wedding photographer but this great advice is really going to help me in making that final jump! Thanks x

  38. mamamonkey says:

    I just stumbled across this post while researching how to change my pricing structure 🙂
    I have a legal photography business, but I know a lot of newbie photographers are not. Any tips on how to compete with their cheap prices when, as a legal business, there are a lot more expenses to cover?? Thanks!!

  39. So when you give them your thumb drive with printing right do you still include your logo on the photo at all or no? This is probably my biggest struggle with starting my business is figuring out how to give clients their photos.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I don’t. Some may want a watermark on it, and that’s fine, but I just give them the image without. I do ask them to kindly tag me on social media, but if they love, they will share.

  40. Brenda Kinney says:

    I am a beginner photographer, I am basically taking my basic camera with me everywhere and shooting anything and everything. I want to get in to portraits… I found a used camera for sale and was thinking of buying it. the camera I have now is just a Kodak easy share 12x zoom 36mm-432mm equivalent. everyone is really liking what I can do with such a basic camera. I do have to do a lot of editing cause I am a beginner. the other day I could tell my shots are better cause I had to do less editing. getting the perfect shot is hard. I want to make this a fulltime business. the camera I am looking to get is a step up don’t want to rush my self or get confused with lots of lenses yet. the camera is a canon txi with a basic 55mm lens. what do you think? thanks for any advice, or comments. would love to show you some of my shots with my basic camera I have and see what you think… thanks brenda

  41. Angela says:

    This post is really great! I started my photography Picture Perfect NY business 7 years ago.
    I learned a lot from webinars and took workshops with other photographers. We all start somewhere and learning is a never ending process!

  42. Linda says:

    These are great suggestions. I wish that when newbies started, more of them would consider the actual cost of doing business. There are quite a few of newbies in my area who are charging $50-$100 for a photo session will all digital files. It drives me crazy that they do that. Clearly, some of them aren’t doing any work on the photos. They’re just shoot and burners. However, then you sometimes get clients who think the regular priced photographers are trying to tip them off because they’re priced to actually make a profit. It’s sad.

  43. Laurence Fegan says:

    Hi Kirsten! Thank you so much for your invaluable article! Photography has always been my passion and a year ago, I landed a job that allowed me to purchase a decent camera. Unfortunately, the job was only seasonal and I was laid off a couple of months ago. I’ve gotten myself registered for tax etc and now (financial) circumstances have dictated that now I’ve GOT to take photography to the next level! There is a hair salon locally who are planning a ‘picture wall’, so I’m taking some prints down tomorrow (07/08) and hopefully, I’ll get some business from this? I’ll keep you posted! Thank you again!

  44. Kudzai says:

    Excellent, comprehensive, super helpful! Thanks so much for this valuable information. It gives me a confident starting-point. God bless you


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