(Closed) How much to pay student for engagement pictures?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hmm..our engagement photos were 2 hours and they cost us $400 which included 12 free prints and all the rights to our photos (on discs). Have you seen this students work? What do you think she is worth? Has she ever done any sort of portraits such as family photos or baby photos? I would say depending on her skill level and quality of work you could pay between $50-150. Definitely see what other types of shoots she has done before making this decision and paying her money!

Post # 4
593 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I would say anywhere between $50-$100 would be fine. They are most likely looking to build their portfolio…so you are both benefitting from this photoshoot! A lot of student photographers offer free sessions to just get the experience for the future. My husband did his first engagement shoot and was taken out for a meal in return. He was happy with that 🙂

Post # 5
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with PitBulLover. I think another thing to think about is how much work are they putting into the photos? Are they going to take pictures and then just give you all the prints? Or are they going to edit them and work to make them looks like professional photos?  In the end just be sure to try and pay them what is fair and remember that you probably chose a student so you could save money. There’s got to be some kind of a balance in there somewhere. 🙂

Post # 6
2790 posts
Sugar bee

As a student photographer myself I would say $75 – $150 would be great. Even though she is just starting off she is still doing quite a bit of work for you. I usually base my prices off of what the client wants also. Are you getting a CD with the images or are you having her print them? Is she editing them or are you? Depending on those things I may charge more or less.

Post # 8
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our engagement and wedding photographer was (still is) a student, but has had her own business going for about 2 years now.  Her rate last fall was $200, which lasted about 2 hours and gave us a disc with all the rights to the photos.  This year her rate is $300.

Post # 9
20 posts

I say aroud $100 is great. Maybe 125.00 if you feel they did really great.

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