Where are you located?
I currently work between Central Scotland and Northern Italy and I’m available for commissions worldwide.
How much do you charge?
I calculate my fees based on time and skills required, usage of the final images, amount of post processing needed, and expenses/preproduction (advance site visits, other site preparation, ..).
Creative Fee: This component reflects the time and skill it takes to complete the project, including preproduction tasks. It also includes standard editing and standard licensing rights (Website, Social Media (photo credit required)), typically for one year in the UK. Please request any additional media/time/country .
Post Production Fee: Some images require expert retouching sessions to achieve the wished results, sometimes taking as long as the photo shoot itself. I will advise whether this is necessary and propose solutions.
Licensing Fee: Where additional usage is required, additional licencing fees are charged to add to or extend the included standard licence.
I prefer to tailor a quote to you and offer different solutions so I can give you the best value for your budget. I price on results, not hourly rates. I quote flexible bespoke packages where extra images are available at a very small fee, meaning you are free to expand your order to your needs and budget and that the more images you will like, the less you’ll spend for each.
You might also want to share the cost of a project with other parties who will benefit from it.
What is the process of commissioning you?
I have a streamlined process to make this as easy and time effective as possible.
Get in touch by phone, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or using the contact form. The more information you can give me at this first point of contact, the swifter I can advice, avoiding back and forth. Take the answer to the previous question as guide for the information I need (how many images to start with? where are they going to be used? any examples of similar work for style and mood? where are you located? also: when can we meet or talk?).
Once an estimate has been agreed, I will require an advance (typically 50%) before shoot commencement.
Unless we have discussed shooting at your location, I can arrange to get your products picked up or you can send them to me. I’ll send you an email to confirm all details.
I’ll keep you updated during production and upload previews to a secure online location, where you can evaluate and get back to me to finalise all details of your project. On average, expect previews ready within 5 working days from the shoot day, and after selecting final images, 2-3 days for delivery, depending on amount of changes and extra retouching requested. Most small and medium projects are delivered within a week. Once final images have been selected I will send you a final invoice and after receiving funds I will finalise images and deliver.
WHO OWNS THE IMAGES AFTER THE SHOOT?
Just like purchasing software, where you essentially buy a licence to use it on a specific computer (example: You don’t actually “own” Microsoft Office, and cannot install it on your friend’s machines), I typically issue licensing to use my images. This means I retain the copyright of all images I create, and any use outside what agreed in the licence or person interested in using the images will require an additional licence. This is where sharing the cost of a project will produce savings, as the total consisting of all fees get split between all, translating into great savings.
The standard licence included in my creative fee can be extended and added to.
I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF LICENSING AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS I HAVE WORKED WITH JUST LET ME USE THEIR IMAGES. WHY DO YOU WORK THIS WAY?
Any professional photographer in the Uk owns copyright of their images. In fact, any person owns copyright of the photographs they take from the moment they click the shutter. Unless a document has been signed transferring rights to a third party, no one else has the right to use images as they see fit and without the consent of the creator (also including cropping, applying filters or modifying images in any way). This is the same for any creative outputs and you will have heard of issues in the film or music industry, with videos been taken down and copyright claims being made.
Licensing is good news however! It allows you to pay only for the usage you actually need. After the initial period, you can decide whether to renew the license, or obtain new images. Hopefully your business will have grown and evolved and you will be able to create new content, and would have saved money on your previous images.
I am a member of the Association of Photographers, who provide very helpful resources. You can read more about copyright and licensing on their website. https://www.the-aop.org/information/copyright-4-clients
HOW CAN I LICENSE IMAGES THAT YOU TOOK FOR ANOTHER CLIENT?
Because of the bespoke nature of my work, I tend to create very specific images for my clients and don't generally release usage to other companies. However, not all images in my portfolio are commercial projects or tied to exclusive usage rights. If you have seen an image of mine that you love and would like to use, just email me with details about what images you are requesting and usage required.
WHAT ARE YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
You can find my terms and conditions here.