Me: So, these are my rates for photography and photo editing. Turnaround for test edits is 3 days, and once I get feedback on the test edits, turnaround for the full set is 7 days and I’m happy to do minor tweaks here and there. Minimum is ## hours.
Client: Sounds good!
We agreed to do a shoot for roughly four hours, and about 3-6 hours of editing depending, one month later, in a suburb very far away from the CBD. The day before the client contacts me.
Client: We’ve decided that we don’t want to pay that much for our catalogue photos. We want to shoot the 6 outfits and have the photos edited all in just over an hour so we don’t have to pay more than $100. You only need to take a few minutes of photos per outfit.
Me: I physically can’t shoot and edit that much in only two hours. I have minimum hours because any lower than that and I lose money when you take into account travelling far out to the site, invoicing time etc.
Client: But you can’t pull out of the job a day before!!!
Me: I’m not… I’ll just do it within our initially agreed terms.
Client: But we’re a fashion brand for women! You need to support other women in the industry like us! Help a sister out!
Me: Then you can support a female photographer like me and pay me what I’m worth.
The shoot went ahead and they paid me for the full hours I worked.
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