If I charged that much (which I wouldn't unless they were specialty pictures) I'd have them done within a week. Even if they were super complex pictures that required several hours processing a piece, I'd still have them done within a week or maximum a day per picture. Maybe if he was over booked I could see some delay, but if I charged someone $700, they would be a priority. If he really is a good friend and the pictures turn out great, I'd at least ask for a reduction in price. Personally, I find that it often also takes me about an hour to process a picture, however, I do very extensive editing and because I do this so often I am also very fast at it. People always ask me to do portraits, and I always refuse. In fact, I priced myself out of the market at $250+ a session so that people would stop asking me - So, for $700 they better be freaking awesome artistic pictures.
- I don't consider myself a famous professional or anything, but I've sold pictures all over the world, my work has been in magazines, brochures/advertisements and a few galleries. Also developing quite a following on social media.