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sheerpanic's avatar

How much would a photographer charge for a photo shoot?

Asked by sheerpanic (1points) December 22nd, 2010

I want to hire a photographer to produce one single shot on a monthly basis to be published on a blog.
How much should that cost, taking into account that the blog also provides the photographer with exposure (we have app. 1,500 unique visits per day)?

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mrlaconic's avatar

This depends om where you live but around here they charge 30.00 to 50.00 an hour depending. Checking the creative services section on your local craigslist would be a good place to confirm.

theichibun's avatar

Just about any photographer worth anything will think you’re crazy when you bring up exposure. Exposure doesn’t mean anything. There’s no guarantee that your visitors are the same kind of people who will bring the photographer business.

Pay money. How much will depend a lot on where you are and the experience of the person you get. A student or beginner will be cheaper. But with photography, and really any type of art work, you generally get what you pay for.

DrBill's avatar

I charge $55 / hour. This will generate many frames to choose from.

Kardamom's avatar

It completely depends upon the photographer. Your best bet, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money is ask around to your friends and relatives to see if anyone is a shutterbug that would be willing to do it for free. Then, maybe contact the local colleges to see if there are any students who would do it for a charge (that might be less than a professional) then just start calling photographers and give them the exact specifics of what you want/need them to do.

And like @theichibun said, the fact that they may get some exposure is not a draw to any professional. Professionals will charge whatever they want.

Either way, make sure you have a professionally signed contract with all of the specifics laid out in advance, even if you use someone who is willing to do it for free—to avoid any problems down the line.

Idknown's avatar

What do you mean by single shot?

Would you be telling the photographer how to make this shot? What does that entail?

I am a professional photographer. Exposure does me no good – it doesn’t pay bills. When have you visited a blog and went WOW that guy can really take photos – let me hire him for… well for what? shrug dunno.

If you want me to go to you and take photos of your staff, it’ll cost more than if you want a photo of a butterfly from my backyard – get my drift?

Luiveton's avatar

It all depends on what you want, I would say go to a certain website that offers examples of what the average price should be..

Luiveton's avatar

Plus, if you want professional photoshoots you should be prepared to pay alot.. Unless you buy a good camera, and get a close friend to take the picture.. All you need to make it proffessional is the editing.. :)

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