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- December 21, 2010 at 9:15 PM #47262
I had an inquiry today to do a wedding on New Year’s eve this year. They are looking last minute frantically. They also told me they wanted to edit themselves – which normally kind of worries me just handing out raw footage – but this would save me work on my end, plus the next morning I will be on a flight for vacation for a week so I would not have time to edit right away anyhow.
I am not sure what kind of rate I would give them compared to my normal pricing. Is this just a bad idea to begin with? If not what should I be looking at?
Here is what I’d do.
I’m sure that you have an hourly rate on top of your normal package rates (Mine is $150/hr). I would charge them the hourly rate then hand over the video tapes.
Since I’m sure you don’t want your name on THEIR edited video, I would make sure that you tell them not to mention to anyone that you were involved in their wedding (especially if their editing is not any good).
Thanks for the pointer on not having my name in their video. I would probably write up a separate contract for all of this – including one for the raw files. Usually I sell the raw footage for a premium, but in this case I can justify going for much less giving them full control of any outcome. Besides, this is 1 week out and it would be income I was not planning on anyhow – other than my normal job I would have been working that night anyway. This is a bit more lucrative and I wont be stressing about editing while on vacation.
I don’t have any hourly rates anymore – I mainly sell packages as they are. I am there to complete the package, and give them what they want. I have found I actually work much less hours on location this way (which is a lot less editing later as well)than when I used to have packages that included an hourly option. I did too many weddings where I had everything the video would be able to handle on 2 DVDs or a Blu-Ray, and still 3 hours to”work” making myself look busy. The bride and groom are also under a lot less pressure worrying about me leaving at an important time in the evening.
I understand the hourly rate of $150 is probably fair, but that would also imply editing of that extra footage as well in my opinion. I may go a little less and see what they have to say!
I have a couple of questions. How many cameras are you going to use? If you had to rent them they usually run around $150 per day. If you are shooting 2 then there is $300 just to bring your cameras.
I am assuming you are going to mic the groom, more equipment. It is usually sound business to cover your overhead and add on a profit margin imho.
Cville, you have a valid point as well. Unfortunately I am unable to get the night off from work anyhow, so this is a no go. If the economy was better I might risk calling in, but I can’t lose my bread and butter!
Tricky situation, do you have a friend or anotherbusiness you can push them towards for the editing part of it?