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.
More Frequently Asked Questions
How many photos will I get?
As many as you want.
There are many factors that go into a shot count but I generally create 8-12 photographs per day of shooting. This yield depends heavily on the size and complexity of the project considering the styling, staging, lighting, models, permits/access, and other logistical needs.
For example, a mixed-day shoot with a few high value photographs and a package of social media / detail shots would provide more quantity, but overall less quality and vice verse.
When in doubt: Plan out your media needs ahead of time and we will ensure the most important shots are prioritized.
How long does it take to get my photos/videos?
10 days, generally.
Your photos and videos are typically delivered within 10 business days of the last shoot day. However, this process can be expedited if needed - don't forget to mention it when you submit your request for an estimate. Just remember... there's an age-old saying about quality, speed, and price... and while we strive to provide all three, it's usually the exception to the rule.
Note: More dynamic projects where post-production involves many decisions can take more time to deliver.
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.
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.
How do I know I'm getting what I want/need? Can I be involved in the creative process?
Yes, you're the producer, I'm the director.
You (or your coordinator) can be involved in each stage of the process, from pre-production to the photoshoot and into post-production. During the actual shooting/filming, media can be shown on a monitor in real time so we all know we’re going in the right direction.
For those who prefer a more hands-off approach, we can schedule virtual a conference call over Zoom or Google Meet to review art direction, creative, model usage, etc.
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.
My business has a "brand/look" that we want to maintain, can your content match what we already have?
I can take directive from examples of either (a) your current brand/look or (b) the brand/look you would like to emulate.
Just keep in mind, the more branding and identity you have already established, the clearer our objective as photographers will be, and thus the better the entire project will turn out.
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.
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.
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.