It is hard to give an exact price for most photo assignment projects because at the time of the initial interview, not a single picture has been captured. Without the benefit of seeing the images, how could anyone decide the exact size, the format of the product(s) (whether is it a wall mount, or gallery wrap, a leather album or a photo memory book) or even the number of photos to be worked on. I am happy to work within the customer’s budget and price point to provide the best value possible.
In order to simplify the photographic services, rates are broken up into “in house” or “on location” charges.
On Location Charges
On location time is billed at the rate of $80.00 per hour. It includes setting up lights and accessories, dismantling them at the end of the event, as well as the travel time. I am committed to stay as long as any activity worth capturing is visible. On some assignments, there might be additional soft costs, such as parking fees, tolls, overnight stay, or tickets as they might be applicable.
in-studio includes all session fees, computer time, proofing consultation(s), correction(s) archiving and storing backup copies for future possible use. It is billed at the hourly rate of $60.00 per hour with a minimum of $45.00 charge for less than an hour labor.
Another point to remember is that most projects must consist of capturing the actual images and processing them on the computer. Conforming with trade practices, I cannot release raw digital files without the benefit of some post-capture work. Hence on-location time will be augmented with some studio labor as well. The images are governed and protected by the copyright laws. However the digital files of the photo collection could be purchased with a license for personal use at the conclusion of the order.
Remember, because each assignment varies in its scope, the required time depends on its complexity and customer’s expectation. Hence I can only list my standard rate for you to compare with other professionals. For a free customized and “no obligation” estimate please contact me soon.