how much do i charge!

Jan 30, 2007
Denver, CO
okay, so i was requested to do a group picture of a sorority at my campus... i was kinda expecting like 15-20 people... turns out its 80 people, and they want 2 pictures, not very big, but they are willing to pay

how much would i charge for something like that?
they want 2 5x7 prints with 80 people... seems like thats gonna be small for 80 people! anyways...
should i suggest 8x12's? or something like that?

what would be fair, i have little experience, but can't keep workin pro bono...

thanks for your help
May 1, 2006
Youngstown, Ohio
Are you talking about one picture of 80 girls at a 5x7 size? You're right...that would be very small. I have a 5x7 of my son's pre-school class (20 little kids), and that is hard to make out faces, etc. I couldn't image 4 times as many kids, much less adults. I think they would be very disappointed with this size.

I would suggest a much larger size, 8x10 at the minimum. One thing to remember if you go to 8x12 is the availability of frames. While some well-stocked hobby stores carry 8x12, some people might have trouble finding them.

As far as prices, if they are only going to want 2 pictures, I definitely wouldn't charge by the picture...I would charge a flat fee for the two images. You need to feel comfortable with what you will be charging so that you are happy and they are happy.

I took the company picture for the heating and air conditioning company that installed my a/c unit. It took me about 20 minutes to get everyone posed and the shot taken. I created a JPG for their web site, and gave them an 8x10. They gave me 2 free filters for my unit, a $50 value. I also took the group picture for my mom's club, and each person ordered an 8x10, at a profit of about $1.50 per 50 people, I made about $75 on the deal. So if it were me, I'd charge a flat fee of about $50.


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