Event Photography is the hottest thing right now. I know that people usually have some types of events all year long but the calls are pouring now more than ever. As Central New Jersey Event Photographer few things I have to ask my clients to understand how I can price you. First thing is what type of event this is. It’s not that my skills will be any less or more for your party but some parties like weddings tend to use more time and equipment throughout the day. At the wedding, you do use the more creative mind and making sure you are getting all important shots. It’s almost like a checklist that you have to go throughout the day. If you have a baby shower or birthday or reunion and just family gathering, it is all important as well but they all have their own little checklists.
My second question usually is time. How many hours would you like to hire the photographer? This one many times get a little confusing to people. Let’s say you are doing Christening and then a restaurant. If Christening starts at 12 and the restaurant is at 2 p.m. and you want to hire a photographer from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. You can’t hire the photographer from 12 -1 p.m. and then rehire from 2-4 p.m. It doesn’t work that way if your event starts at 12 then from 12 until 4 you have to hire the photographer. You may laugh and think its common sense but clients on the budget tend to do things like that.
Location of the event and any second places. This is so I can see how far the location is from my house and is there any other traveling fee. If I have to take Turnpike or Garden State Parkway I charge extra because it’s usually more than 10 miles away plus tolls.
Based on those three questions I can tell you my price. I have two prices. One price for smaller events and it doesn’t matter how many hours $125 per hour and another is $200 per hour. The $200 per hour is for the wedding and $125 is for the smaller events. With the wedding, you have to do many portrait style photographs, more editing on the computer and since its almost two thousand photographs per five-hour coverage, it’s a lot of sorting, editing for me. When people hear $125 per hour they think it’s too high. The only thing they forget is the party is over but my work isn’t. I have to order usb for them, I have to upload photos to my computer and sort them and edit them and make sure they look good and it could be 500-900 photographs per small party. It takes sometimes few days or a whole day just to sit and upload photos. So if you take that money and count the gas, tolls, hours at the event and then hours at home, it actually reasonable.
So please check the recent baby shower I’ve photographed.