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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Small Pricing question Reply with quote

I belong to a local theater company for fun. It is an all volunteer group. I take the cast photos and whatever else they might need and am reimbursed for expenses (like everyone else). Occasionally a director will want a print and I do charge them a small fee. Recently the mother of cast member (a child) requested a print (not a problem, I provided a price) but she also had an unexpected request - a digital copy for the child's website. (Haven't seen it.)

This request has thrown me a curve as to what to charge. All headshots are charged for expenses only. Personal prints are a small charge, but what do I do for this? Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You said that you belong to the company and you do it for fun, and it is all volunteers. A child asked you for an image for a website or Facebook? What expenses do you incur by emailing a pic to a kids mom?

I'd say that;s you should charge somewhere between $0.00 and $3800.00 depending on how famous the kid is.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photography for the theater is expenses only but any personal requests are charged, usually just a few dollars. I'm not going to give away anything for free to the actors as that can be a slippery slope, however you said it best - somewhere between $0 and $3800. I'll just pick a low number.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's as slippery of a slope as you allow.

I am a part of a couple groups because I enjoy the activity, If I take some pictures that one of my friend / fellow members wants, I give it them. Just like I;d give them a ride to one of the events without charging a taxi fare....

If I am hired, it's a different story.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rich, I'm confused. Your website has a whole section/gallery for headshots...don't you have a pricing structure already? Now days anyone getting headshots will definitely want digital copies.

Charge them $100. It's enough for them to take you, and the request, seriously, but not enough to break the bank for them.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shane, the head shots I do for the theater company are complimentary - part of my volunteering. There's a director who asks for some prints for her own collections and to put on the theater wall, and since it's a private request I charge a token amount. The request by the mother of the actor/child surprised me when she requested a digital image besides a print. As for the portraits/headshots on my website - I do throw in some actors, but the majority are from regular assignments where I charge a real fee.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Rich,

My thought is, if they feel that the shot is good enough for the kid's website then you just gave them a working headshot, for the purpose of getting work and you should be paid for that, whether you took a grab shot or a whole session really doesn't matter, it's the end result that counts.

I would charge them what I would for a session and not only give them a low res image for their website but give them the high res image too so they can get repros done.

Seems fair enough to me.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"There's a director who asks for some prints for her own collections and to put on the theater wall, and since it's a private request I charge a token amount."
Is admission to the theatre free....?
If the director wants to put the prints on the wall of the theatre then you could arguably call it promotion or advertising. It sure doesn't seem like a "private request" anymore.
So why give it away for free...?

So, either charge professionally for everything or give everything away for free ( Just don't mention that here, please, for your own safety.. Twisted Evil )

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PeterV, just in case I wasn't clear, the community theater company is entirely volunteer. No one makes any money. All profits are put back into the theater paying utility costs, building upkeep, buying props, etc.. Everyone involved does it either out of love for the theater, as a way to meet people, or dreaming that it's the road to Broadway for them. And "charging professionally" would be inappropriate because community theaters, which do pay a royalty/performance fee to Samuel French Inc. or whomever holds the rights, pays a small token per performance, around $25-$50 or so, so I don't think it would be right for me to charge a "pro" fee. And I do get advertising as they put my business info in their playbills.
Anyway, this is months later and has all be taken care of.
Thanks to everyone for responding.
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