How to Price for Friends and Family


 

“Do you give family and friends a discount on your photography?”

That would be a no.

Immediate family being the one exception. I’ve found that when there is no “value” on my services, the clients treat it as such, even if I’d typically be charging several hundred for the services given. Curiously enough, I’ve found I don’t invest as much creativity and skill in these shoots either. Probably a poor reflection on my motivation, but true nonetheless. So essentially, I have a quasi client, quasi product and ultimately quasi satisfaction. No raving fans. For all these reasons, I avoid discounted packages like the bubonic plague. I do occasional trades, but even that is rare, simply because I’m running a business and need to establish a cash flow.

The one exception, as stated above, is immediate family. For the obvious reason that I adore my family, love spending time with them and photograph them on a regular basis. It’s just fun to hang with my nieces and nephews and laugh along with them…or smooch them all over, which is my tendency 🙂

 

 

 

 

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September 13, 2012
  1. Claire says:

    You have a beautiful family! May I say your mother is gorgeous!Since I also come from a big family though not as large as yours, it’s a blessing to see families like this. God bless.

    • christa says:

      Thank you, I love my mom dearly. She always gets the line “Your mom could be your sister!” and her heart of compassion is even more beautiful : )

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