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Michelle Damm's picture


I just joined fstoppers and have been searching for a group or forum to ask this question. I'll apologize now if this isn't the right place.

I'm looking for help with pricing. A friend who is a designer could by stock photos but she's trying to send me business.

She's working with a restaurant to re-design their space. She could easily purchase stock images but she's trying to send business my way. (My work has been primarily portraiture) The design includes 20-25 images of vintage train parts and a few of the building. (The restaurant is an old train station.)

I need some advice in terms of pricing and subject. The building is at least 2 hours away and aside from a 3 hour drive to a train museum I'm trying to figure where to start for train parts.

What more information do you need to help with this question?

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Lee Morris's picture

This type of thing is so hard to figure out. I've done stuff like this for a few hundred bucks and a few thousand bucks and I have friends who do it for tens of thousands. My suggestion, especially since she is your friend, is to ask her their budget.

Michelle Damm's picture

After thinking about it I decided to just tell her my thoughts with the intent of turning down the job -.before I had the chance she told me her client decided to have a contest with local artists and get free work. Hmmmm

Jeff McCollough's picture

First of all this group is for stock photography and your project doesn't have anything to do with stock. If she is working with a specific restaurant then they want photos of their space and not stock photos.

Pricing depends on a lot of things....your skill, what you feel your worth, what average rates in your area are(please don't underbid people by a long shot) , what you want to make per hour...etc. etc.

Michelle Damm's picture

Wow that was super helpful.. thanks so much