will your clients be friends from school ?
your fees are even a bit low for high school students ...
even studios that cater to the " senior portrait " market
charge a bit more than that ... but then again they are getting
their 8x10s for about 1-3$ a pop ( light jet ) , so it is all gravy.
what you might think about is do a lot of portraits for FREE for your friends
neighbors and random people, give them prints for FREE and build up your
experience / skill and rapport with your subject, AND use your BEST 20 images or so
use in your PORTFOLIO.
i still photograph people ( random people ) for FREE, and give them FREE prints ...
just today i brought someone a 11x14 of her husband who passed away a few years ago
( i just learned of his passing ) ... signed it and gave it to her.
i would not put a shingle out and say i am a portrait photographer and charge people for sitting + prints,
without a bunch of experience under my belt ...
a typical mark-up is 3x cost ( 1=cost, 1= overhead 1=profit )
don't forget to charge for your TIME as ian referred to .. travel to sitting, from sitting, at sitting, to / from lab,
general office busywork & C, even someone flipping burgers at mcD's makes 8-9$ / hour, why shouldn't you ?
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