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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Hi i was in the park this moring and talking to a guy one thing lead to another and i showed him my prortfolie . He was inperssed and asked me to do a pic of his dog. I said sure and he said how much ( and i know you photographers have been there ) so i said you pay what you think it is worth. My question is for a 8x10 what do you think it is worth and if he puts me to the wall what would be a resonable asking price.

Ps I think I nailed it

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DSC_7272b by darthkindy, on Flickr[/url]


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I'd say 25 to 35 for a pet. depending on the final product and how rich the guy looks :twisted:

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:25 am 
Hi darthkindy,

first of all: Yep, you friggin' nailed it!! lol..that is a great pet-portrait and - I'm sure - EXACTLY how the dog's human would like to remember him 30 years from now :-)

Value is about PERCEPTION: how much time did you spend with the dawg? How much time did you spend selecting, cropping, post-processing? Are you providing him with the original full-rez file?

Do you want this customer to come back when something else of significance happens in his life? Kids' birthdays, new pets, etc. ? Are you going to pitch more to him - how about a friend-shoot? How about a portrait session with him AND the dog? How about a session with him?

Think salesmanship: you can offer him one price if he will give you more business and another price if it's a one-off, for example?

Blow him away and provide a $4 12X18 inch blow-up from Costco! No matter what he choose...just throw it in there...see what he thinks....

Heck, give it as a freebie and say it was your pleasure to shoot his beautiful dog and ask him to consider you for future work...

...in short: be creative and think longer term. The BEST marketing in the world for someone in your position, is to break into social circles. He will take that 12X18 inch print to work and show it, he will show his friends, he might even frame it and hang it on his wall and everyone sees it....

Forget "profit" for one picture and go ball-to-the-walls with the salesmanship, is my advice. That's how I've gotten numerous paid gigs of events that my customers would NEVER have thought to PURCHASE photography services for :-)

Good luckl!

Cheers :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 3:59 am 
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Thanks for the comments ( i decided to go for the salesman approace) he is getting another dog in about a week or so an i will be taking that ones pic as well


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