Today I went to Cheadle Hulme to the company that I was doing some images for their website. I showed them the three images I had prepared so far: the Jelly Babies, the finger print, and a building with a bar code. None of the images were quite what the company wanted.
After a meeting with my pensions advisor, who by coincidence has an office near the company I was working for, I continued working with the client taking photographs of two members of staff, which will form part of a montage image. Unfortunately these images were not quite to the customers liking either. The hands on the keyboard had “stubby fingers”.
After some discussion, the client and I decided by mutual agreement that we would not proceed with this job.
From my perspective, I have learned a number of important lessons today:
- Get a set of standard terms and conditions. (Including payment terms)
- Price by the hour. I’ve seen several sites pricing £100 for the first hour, and £50 per hour after. Or £800 per day. I was definitely under pricing myself on this job.
- Ensure that for any commercial work, there a non-refundable deposit.
- Tightly define what images will be taken in advance. Define how an image is judged to be acceptable. If it is a building that should include details of which building. If it is people, define who the people are.
- Must get a price list for model and hand models.
It’s not all bad news though, at least I can sell the Jelly Baby, Finger Print and Bar Code photos through the photo library now.
Updating the Price List
I need to update the price list today. I’ve set new figures for prints and sitting fees. I was a bit concerned about my sitting fee prices until I read a survey that indicated that poll of photographers had sitting fees of between £15 and £200. So I guess my £15 isn’t too high after all!