What to Charge for Your First Clients
so getting content is important and there's sort of this fine line that you're going to have to walk between shooting for free, shooting for a small pay and then shooting for discounts. Um it's a it's a fine line that you sort of have to feel out with your friends and family. What I started doing was I started shooting for free at a very young age and I was able to work my way up but it takes time again. This goes back to the whole patience and hard work over a year long thing. You're not going to get someone to pay you 500 to $1000 right away. You need to work your way up to that. So you have to decide how you're going to do that a lot of times. I will shoot for family and you know secondary family around that for free, always for sure my next really close friend group group, I will always shoot for free um or just be like, you know this is how much I would normally charge whatever you can afford is fine, which is like a really good way to show your friends and family that you are wor...
th something but you're okay with shooting it for free. But you know if they can throw you some cash that's also helpful. Um when you start to meet people that you don't know is really where you want to start really charging people for sure, you can start to charge family and friends too if you like but when you start to meet people that are 123 friendships away, that's when you should really start charging. And if you get into the habit of not charging, charging way too deep of a discount or charging. Yeah, nothing. Um, that word of mouth will spread and you don't want that to happen because you'll start to get into a whole of not being paid to do what your job is. Uh, and a lot of people sort of perceive photography is sort of sometimes not a job if you're not fully invested into it. And so they'll try and sneak you out of not paying. And that's kind of a bummer because it is a full time job. It is a skill. You have spent money on classes, on education, on equipment to get to this point. So you're worth it. You're worth it. And it's worth you charging money because you have invested your time energy and your own money into it. And that's what they're paying for. So just keep that in mind that sometimes people may view photography as maybe not so much something they want to pay for because you know, their uncle or their kid or someone who's a hobbyist could be doing it, but they're investing in you and you should feel comfortable charging people for that investment. But again, it's a little bit of a fine line that you sort of have to work out yourself as you continue to go on and you'll learn as you go, Trust me, you will pick this up very quickly. Just start low next person. Charge a little more next person charged more or every year. Change your prices and stuff like that and we'll get more into that in the case study.