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Would you pay £70 for a photographic session in your home?

Annie1508 Avatar
8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
No smutty comments please, this is a serious thread!!

I'm thinking of setting up a little part-time business and just wanted to pass it buy you HUKD'ers. I'm keen on photography and love kids (most of the time) so wanted to combine the two. I've got a pretty decent digital SLR camera and am going to buy a photographer studio kit (backdrop, umbrellas, lighting etc) and wanted to visit people's houses, set it all up, sit and play with the kids for 20 minutes or so to get them used to me and then do a shoot along the lines of Olan Mills/Venture and when finished transfer all photos to a disc and give this to the family.

I figured this was easier than me printing out pictures and charging extra for doing so and at least then the family can email the pictures to other people as well as printing them off for a cheaper price.

I have two daughters aged 3 & 7 yrs and whilst compared to lots of children they are well behaved, we still have the problem at Studios whereby they always seem to be running late by which time their outfits are either trashed or they're really ratty. Add to that the fact that as soon as they go into the studio they have a complete stranger asking them to smile, it doesn't bode well for some good photos, which is what gave me the idea for the business.

Surely the children (and parents possibly) would be more relaxed in the own environment and if, like I said, I spend a while just playing with the kids, by the time we get around to the photos they might be more likely to smile.

So basically, I just wanted to pass the idea by you all to see if you would be up for this (not touting for business, just checking out whether it's a viable business or not) and whether you think £70 for the session and the disc is a good price. I would easily pay that amount but would everyone else.

Also, if there's anyone out there who's got any hints or tips that will help me setting this up I'd appreciate it. I'm a housewife so don't want, or need, this to be a full-time business, just a way of making a little bit of extra cash. And by the way, I have been told that I'm a good photographer, I'm not totally "winging" it.

All helpful comments appreciated. Also, if anyone knows where I can get a decent mobile studio kit from this would also help. Have looked on Jessops but they're quite expensive and wanted to avoid ebay because they all look naff, want something decent for as little as possible (don't we all).
Annie
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Sounds a good idea.:thumbsup:
#2
I have had family pictures done in the past with photographers coming to the house at about the same rate as you are quoting. I think the children are more comfortable in their own surroundings than having to go to a studio. I say go for it and good luck.
#3
i think these days people are very funny about strangers coming into there homes, also there are plenty of free photo sessions out there and i think people genrally take there own photos aswell. i think if you are a good photographer then there is always plenty of other jobs that you could do, you just need to think outside the box. any way good luck with whatever you choose to do, i hope you go far.

this is just my opinon don't let me put you off :thumbsup:
#4
I wouldn't bother myself as I take all the pictures, That's probably the only thing your up against, It's easy to take a professional looking photo these days and with all the photo editing software it makes it even easier.

I think you'd be better to offer you own portraits.

Go for it..!!!
#5
charlie2
i think these days people are very funny about strangers coming into there homes, also there are plenty of free photo sessions out there and i think people genrally take there own photos aswell. i think if you are a good photographer then there is always plenty of other jobs that you could do, you just need to think outside the box. any way good luck with whatever you choose to do, i hope you go far.

this is just my opinon don't let me put you off :thumbsup:


That was my biggest concern but thought it might help that I'm a woman, sorry if this is sexist, and I'd be taking my friend (also female) to help me out so figured 2 women coming round wouldn't be quite as threatening, what does everyone else think? (Not that I think 2 men going round would be threatening in anyway, crikey, I really need to watch how I phrase things!!)

Also, to start off with I would only be going on recommendations and word of mouth. I don't intend to start advertising until these have really slacked off as it's not needed to be a full-time business so hopefully this will also help with being accepted into people's homes if they know me, or know someone who does.
#6
Olan Mills went out of business here, not enough customers.

I doubt anybody will pay £70 just for the photos. You would need to keep the photography cost lower and then offer the prints at various sizes to make the money. You will also need to watermark your pictures to prevent people from using them to make their own copies, and enlarging them.
Not an easy venture, but worthwhile trying if it's something you enjoy. Try using a business advisor from the bank or somewhere to get some help, they will be able to outline the pitfalls, like copywrite, and what you really need to make this work.
#7
we find we get a lot of business when mentioning my OH is a female photogrpaher, so that bodes well for you.

The concern I have is that you pay £70 for a disc and your not guaranteed to have 1 image that they'd like, that could go against you, as for a sitting fee that's quite expensive, however if you make that fee smaller and charge on a pay per image basis you'd tend to get more income if you take good pictures.

Also some people are overly house proud and some homes you'd rather not go in, you dont mention that you are editing photo's so you may also to deal with poor lighting and cramped surroundings which can't always be fixed using studio lights, plus you got that chance of one of your lamps being knocked over as kids wont be as well behaved in their own home as they would be in a new environment. At £400 a pop you really don't wanna loose a light.

From our experience we find people enjoy the studio experience a little bit more becuase they are getting dressed up for a reason, I personally would hate to get dressed up not to be going out anywhere.

With the money situation as it is, people arent going to fork out £70 for the sake of it, you're really gonna have to advertise hard to get some work in.

If theres a studio already in your area then check out the cost of hiring it, if you can get a decent portfolio together of images to show then it might be better for you to strike up a deal to hire it ona regular basis, so you dont have the outgoings of studio kit etc and it looks a little bit more proffessional on your part. if you can get a relativly steady stream of work then it'll could work out more cost effective.
#8
Personally I think it's a good idea, provided the quality and quantity were good, actually owning the orginals of the photos and being free to choose where i got prints etc. would be a big plus for me.
#9
nah i wouldnt, cameras today are so good and with a bit of googling and photoshop you can get some absolutely amazing results, for free.

im an amateur but i did some photoshop stuff from guides online and went to get them printed on mounted canvases and the bloke in the shop was well impressed thought i did it professionaly, told him it was a guide online, and now he uses it for his customers lol
#10
kungfu;2750879
nah i wouldnt, cameras today are so good and with a bit of googling and photoshop you can get some absolutely amazing results, for free.

im an amateur but i did some photoshop stuff from guides online and went to get them printed on mounted canvases and the bloke in the shop was well impressed thought i did it professionaly, told him it was a guide online, and now he uses it for his customers lol


any links to the guide?
#11
harlzter
any links to the guide?


http://www.melissaclifton.com
banned#12
I like the idea but i wouldn't pay that price i'm afraid
#13
there are a lot of people who dont have a PC, and / or wouldnt have a clue how to open a file, let alone retouch a photo.

I would just target people in big homes, and charge £ 250+ for an afternoon session..... £ 70 is too much for your average household, but who really knows ? try it and see.
#14
To be blunt, no I wouldn't pay that although I'm not your target market as I can shoot fine myself. I have to say though I'm a bit concerned by your comments about buying a kit (especially the mention of Jessops/ebay) for the purpose as getting a good lighting setup takes skill, experience and unfortunately quite a bit of money these days. I think to make money from something like this you'd have to be producing extremely good prints at a high level, don't take this the wrong way but I'm not convinced that's the case based on your comments. It depends on who's been telling you you're a good photographer but unless it's working professionals I'd take it with a pinch of salt, I do get a lot of compliments about my photos but people are mainily commenting on them from their level which is against a compact camera or basic SLR rather than at a professional level. I think as mentioned above you'd need to work out a deal on prints so people feel like they're getting something for it rather than just photos, you'd also need to give careful consideration to your pricing if someone isn't happy with the initial photos.

Personally I've not really come across people wanting formal pictures of their kids, in fact any paid work I've been asked for been more angled at candid photos rather than formal ones. It's a little more difficult to organise as ideally you want to be outdoors in good weather but on the other hand it would be a lot easier for you as there'd be no studio lighting involved, just a decent fast telephoto which I you probably have already. Admittedly this comes from my own preference as I find lighting setups a pain in the neck and much happier using natural lighting. I was recently at a leaving party which was outdoors where workmates had brought their kids, I'd sat a bit away from where they were playing and taken shots where the kids weren't really looking. People were all really pleased with the pictures of their children just naturally playing or whatever, similarly at weddings despite the large camera children don't seem to take so much notice of it allowing me to capture them doing whatever which parents seemed to really like. Many of these shots took advantage of my camera's abilities as the children don't tend to stay still. It may be worth doing some research and see what people are actually looking for, if you could get some interest you could try it out and see how you get on without having to invest in a relatively expensive studio setup and lighting, even shooting indoors if it was more of a candid type you could get away with fairly basic lighting and not much else. Out of interest, what is you current camera set up in terms of body, lenses and flash?

As I've said, please don't take any of the wrong way - I just find these days with digital cameras getting cheaper and better that people are less interested in paying for pictures generally and for them to want to pay the pictures really have to be of a high level.

John

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