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 Post subject: Hired for sweet 16
PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:34 am 
hey everyone,

i just got hired to do a sweet 16, and i just need some input on how much i should charge for the work...the client is just asking for files of the pics so she can upload it to her computer, so i don't have to do any printing, so please, i just need some guidance on how much i should charge..thanks!


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Erm, for the benefit of those who don't know what a sweet 16 is (a birthday?) could you confirm what the event entails, and what you're expected to deliver?

I'm also moving this to our pro section.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:22 am 
sorry, Gordon...well sweet 16 is a birthday for female teenagers...its big in the hispanic community, and it's usually presented with a big party, with dancing, and etc..it's like a 'mini-wedding'...

anyways, i havent heard back from the client, but its most likely going to be for the 'church ceremony', and then the party afterwards...probably like a 6 hr job...

and they jus except me to take pics, and i'll most likely pp some of them, but not print them...the client just wants the files in a cd


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You could try 20$ an hour, and add some time for postprocessing? Say, 200 dollars?

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Judging by what kinda cars these kids get on their 16th b-day...

Just kiddin'. Unless you're shooting a rich girl's sweet 16, such as the ones that are shown on TV.

I'd say 200 sounds about right. I do suggest editing a bit more than a few of the photos though. You want consistency in all the shots, so not make a few stand out PP-wise, but instead make them all look good.

Hope the party isn't gonna be too crowded or out-of-control (people spilling drinks over your camera, bumping into your camera...)

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:21 pm 
thanks everyone...

i'll probably do a $250-300 price range, and then charge a little extra like $20-50 for PP...does that sound reasonable?

and should i also have some contact information, just in case people ask me for further jobs? such as a buisness card? :lol:


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Definitely get some business cards. Not just for the sweet 16, but for any occasion!

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I agree with Bjorn. I used Vistaprint, got the heaviest paper type, with my own design printed (one side). I kept the backside blank for use as a bouncecard. I think I paid ~50 euros for 500 cards, so that's quite reasonable.

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Vistaprint have lots of discounts too, so it might be worth waiting a week or so and see if an interesting deal comes up!
Got my business cards printed at Vistaprint as well. The site gets different reviews in different countries, but for us Dutchies it's a good place to order cards!

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They do tend to spam you a lot, and when you check out they come up with a "processing fee". So keep that in mind ;)

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Also, if you want to upload pictures for your design: make the complete design in Photoshop and upload it as one picture. Each upload is charged separately, which is quite ridiculous.
Still, I like their service and the products are good! Don't get any spam, I must say.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:06 am 
thanks everyone,

sorry, but if i'm going off track, please let me know, but today i'm going to BH PHOTO in NYC, and i'm looking to get a new lens for the sweet 16...what should i be looking for? essentially, i wanna stick with Sigma or a 3rd party lens just for budget reasons...

and i'm also planning to get the Lensbay Composer in addition to it... 8)


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Do you need a new lens then? I'd say the ultrawide + 50 1.4 + flash will make a great combo.

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i already have the sigma 50mm f/1.4, now what specifications of ultrawide do u mean?


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Marijn's referring to your 10-20mm.
I guess you might want to look for a wide angle fast prime, Sigma has some pretty decent ones I believe...

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