So this weekend, a guy with a good looking King Air 350 asked me how much for some air-to-air photos. This wasn't a new plane, but really nice. I'm assuming somewhere in the $4M-$5M range to buy it. He had specific requirements to get photos over a city about a two hour flight from me in a Bonanza, which I would need for this shoot. I told him I would do it for $1K because I really want to do it. I don't have photos of a King Air. His response, "$1,000, are you kidding me? That's a lot of money." Doing the math: 5 hours of flying in the Bonanza. $700 for plane and pilot. (Fuel alone would cost $400) Now I'm down to $300 in my pocket for my time taking and editing the photos. I understand this is a business and I'm offering a service, so you can take or leave it. You can think it's a bargain (especially after you call other photographers) or you can think I'm too high. It's okay with me, I don't need photos of your plane. The kick in the teeth came next though. "There's a guy who does A2A photos for $200." Yes, there is. Why are you talking to me then? If you like the photos the guy does for $200, call him. Don't tell me you like my photos, but like his price. I will give you my undivided attention when doing a photo shoot. We'll shoot in the correct light. The guy I know who does it for $200 will only do it at that price if he gets 5 airplanes for one shoot. That's not my style. I don't even want to try to organize 5 pilots, one can be a challenge! I'm not knocking that photographer, just saying if you want his work, call him. Good thing I don't do this for a living. Seriously I think if I don't raise my rates soon and stop doing free shoots, the other photographers are going to have me bumped off! Rant over. I feel better! Don't bash me too much.