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Advice on what to pay for photography

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TheChineseChicken Tue 11-Oct-16 16:24:46

Looking for your thoughts, please. We have asked a friend of ours to take some photos of us with our baby. She's an amateur photographer and I'm not sure if she ever does paid-for work.

I asked about payment and she was quite reluctant to ask for any. I really want to give her something as she will be giving up her time and she is obviously saving us professional fees.

What do you think would be a reasonable amount to offer her? Im guessing the 'shoot' will take 1-2 hours.


TheChineseChicken Wed 12-Oct-16 07:22:58


BeachysSandyFlipFlops Wed 12-Oct-16 07:26:33

She's obviously not sure enough of the results to charge. I'd just give her some wine or a voucher at the session. You should also let her use the photos on her website or in publicity, if she is thinking of turning professional.

TheChineseChicken Wed 12-Oct-16 09:49:10

Thanks Beachy. I think it's more that she's the kind of person who would feel uncomfortable asking a friend for money. I'll just try to have a frank conversation with her

cakesandphotos Mon 17-Oct-16 13:18:03

Please pay her, so many amateur photogs are offered experience and exposure as payment and while these things are valuable, no one would think it acceptable to pay a joiner or a roofer in the same way.
Is she going to edit the photos? An average photo shoot could result in 200-300 photos so she's looking at a lot of editing time on top of the shoot.
I would think £50 for the shoot and editing and the resultant photos. Amateur or not, she deserves to be paid for her art smile
(Sorry if I sound a little Tanny, I'm also an amateur photog, and this is a common problem that we have smile)

TheChineseChicken Mon 17-Oct-16 16:16:23

Hi cakes thanks for your message. I totally agree and that's why we want to pay. We have done the photography session now and our friend edited the pics and sent them on - they are wonderful.

We thought £60 so I'm glad that's in line with your suggestion.

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