How do you and your team work? What is the process?
One step at a time.
I have a simple 4 stage process, starting right here, based on the details you provide. (1) I’ll create an estimate tailored to your specific needs. (2) We schedule a pre-production meeting and arrange a location scout. (3) Take great photos, shoot awesome videos, and have some fun. Lastly, (4) Select final images/videos, retouch until perfect, and format for your specific use.
This entire process can be achieved in as little as 7 days or up to several weeks, depending on the size and scope of the project. However, the only way to ensure a project is completed within a deadline and budget is to assess a full scope of work in as much detail as possible. Visit my contact page to request a detailed estimate.
More Frequently Asked Questions
Do you only work with large companies/resorts?
We love working with businesses of all sizes and understand the importance of all businesses of all sizes having impactful visuals to help them attract customers. We even offer specialized packages for startups or entrepreneurs on a budget.
How much advance notice do I need to book a project?
2-4 weeks, generally.
Commercial photography shoots can take many weeks or months of planning and preparation with very tight running schedules and deadlines. By providing advance notice, it allows me to schedule and prepare for your shoot in a professional and reliable way.
What sets a “commercial photographer” apart from other photographers?
Commercial photography, as with any specialty, requires its own unique set of skills, abilities and experience. From balancing light to working with perspective it takes years of training and practice to perfect all the nuances of commercial photography.
One of the key differences between a commercial photographer and other photographers, such as corporate photographers, is their ability to capture images that effectively convey a message or tell a story that also matches the voice and tone of an existing brand.
Do I own the rights to the photos taken by a commercial photographer?
Ultimately, it depends on the contract and agreement we make for your specific project.
Typically, you (the client) will have the rights to use the photos for your intended purposes, but we (the photographer) may retain ownership and have the right to use them in their portfolio or for future marketing purposes.
Note: ALL clients get a lifetime unlimited license to use the photos; ownership of the photos is based on client needs and budget.
I have never hired a photographer before, where do I start?
Before inquiring, you should have a good idea of (a) how soon will you need the project done (b) whereabouts will the work take place and (c) what are some examples of what you want to achieve. It is also helpful to know who on your team will be the key decision maker/tie breaker, who will be the primary point of contact before, during, and after the shoot, and how much staff you have available to assist with the production process.
For the more detail oriented, feel free to review the AIA Best Practices Guide.
Can you do aerial/drone projects? Are you licensed and insured?
Yes and yes.
I am licensed with the FAA, follow all airspace regulations, and carry full liability coverage for all commercial drone flights.
I also have experience with traditional helicopter-aerial projects for more specialized imagery or if we need to shoot much larger subjects like buildings, landmarks, etc.
If you're considering hiring us for aerial photography, please make sure you have considered location and permitting ahead of time, as many locales have specific rules and processes for booking a shoot.
What services do you provide? Can you service ongoing/recurring clients?
I make photos and videos. Yes.
I mainly work with resort and hospitality industries which includes creating photography and media of architecture spaces, food and beverage, product and retail, lifestyle and editorial and skilled drone/aerial coverage.
I also provide advertising and social media content to help support marketing teams and small businesses on an ongoing basis as well as other services that your existing teams can benefit from such as web development, digital advertising, SEO, among other related services.
Can I share the cost of a photoshoot with my partners?
If your project is a collaboration between multiple companies or organizations, you can split the hard costs of a production and pay usage/licensing fees just for the specific needs of your company.
This is a great way to divide expenses and get the highest photography production for a fraction of the price.
Let me know if you'd like to discuss Cost Sharing or if your project involves any government agencies, NGOs, political affiliations etc.
Do you offer services aside from photography?
We offer additional services such as photo editing, retouching, graphic design, web design (we built this very website), SEO, social media management and more.
We also offer branding, marketing, and advertising consulting to help you create and maintain a cohesive visual identity.
I don't understand, what makes commercial photography different from just hiring a photographer for a day?
While my aim is to make every final photograph look simple, natural, and effortless — that’s rarely the fact.
A well executed photograph involves balancing many factors such as composition, lighting, styling, blending and retouching, it’s a lot of problem solving that comes with experience.
In addition, commercial photography involves collaboration with clients, art directors, marketing teams, and other professionals to bring their vision to life.