How much should I charge my clients for prints of their photos?

Hello All!

So I'm a senior in high school and did a big senior project all about photography and had a few people that I did some *free* (keep that in mind) photo shoots of over the past few months and I have some clients saying that they would like some prints and one thing I said was that the session would be free but prints would be an extra charge (because of supplies and stuff, they'd also be paying for the rights.)

How much should I charge per size (4x6, 5x7 and 8x10) and where would be best to get them printed and what is THEIR pricing like? (Costco, WalMart, etc) Thanks in advance!

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  • 8 years ago
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    Take the price you pay for the prints, plus your overhead(gas, etc...), and add a wage for yourself either hourly or per print, probably around $10-$15 per hour of work you do because they are schoolmates and you don't want to overcharge them.

  • 8 years ago

    There is a local place I use near me that prints very high quality photos for really affordable prices. I know they ship anywhere in the country, too, so maybe they'll work for you as well.

    Anyway, they always tell me to sell my prints for anywhere from 2 times to 4 times what I pay for them.

    I pay $1.50 for a 4x6 print, so according to their scheme, I should charge anywhere from $3 - $6 to my customers. 8x10s are $5.00, so I should charge anywhere from $10 - $20. From what I can tell, this pricing structure seems to work well, and I feel good about the profit I make on my work.

    Hope this helps you figure out your situation. Just in case you were curious, the place that I use that suggested this strategy is called Faville Photo.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Absolutely. What you are talking about is image licensing. Licences are negotiated for very specific uses and duration. If a client asks me for portraits for a website, then I give them a price along with a licensing agreement that specifically states the number of images, the website, and the duration of use on the website. As to your additional details: Whether the person is famous or not, does not effect what they are being charged. If someone paid me for a portrait session, bought prints, and then sold or gave them to a magazine to be published, it is absolutely copyright infringement. Just because they paid for a portrait session, does not give them unlimited rights to redistribute the photos. Also, no magazine would publish the photos without first getting the consent of the photographer.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Per print you can charge them 5usd for a 4R and 10usd for 8r. The cheaper the printing the better, many will come to you and order their prints. Check out online printing services they are much cheaper.

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