TLDR: Read this awesome helpful article about negotiating with clients and pricing by The Freelancer’s Union
This is something that I constantly struggle with as a (now) working professional and as someone new to the freelancing world. This week has been a great week for me and my business and I was contacted by two people about wedding work later in 2014. My potential wedding count for this year is now up to a grand total of three yes, THREE weddings! This brings into question the cost of photographing a wedding. The questions I ask myself are:
How long is this going to take?
Am I going to have to take time off work?
How far away is it?
(And then come the zingers)
How much experience do I have?
How am I going to be the photographer they want?
And ultimately….. How much am I worth?
I’ve done five weddings in my short career and learned a lot. The most important being the price. I’ve been shorted and taken advantage of due to inexperience, but that’s how you gain experience right? I have found a couple of resources that are very helpful including this awesome article by The Freelancer’s Union.
This article talks about the “poker face” involved in negotiations and how to reach a deal confidently and how to make it work well for everyone involved. Also ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) has great info on writing contracts and tons of webinars on running your freelance business. I hope I gave you all a little insight into the emerging freelancer’s world and gave you a good resource. If you have any info you think I would like to see please send it along!