What is your pricing?
I can absolutely understand wanting to find pricing information without having to ask. Truly I can. My detailed rates and packages aren't listed for public viewing on my site for a variety of reasons. First, rates and packages vary based on the specific profile of your assignment. This way I am able to extend the most efficient pricing for what you want and need, and not just simply what I offer. Secondly, the location is also a consideration. While most of my assignments are throughout south and central Florida, I do work throughout the world which can make travel a meaningful part of the budget.
You're more expensive than the other photographers I've talked to. Why?
I could talk about the cost of high-quality professional gear and running a business, insurance, and so forth. Everyone will do that because all professionals have those expenses. We all spend time with clients before and after the assignment that adds up, we all have editing time and post-production time that clients don't even see. Professionals will generally have a minimum and maximum price they can accept for an assignment. While hobbyists (those doing this part time) and beginner pros with limited experience and resources will go as low as they need to to win a job. Like most things however, you will get what you pay - and Buyer Beware.
Since there is no hard and fast rate that photographers have to set themselves at, we're all free to set our own price point. Mine is higher than some, not as high as others. My rate is set where it is because of my experience, ability to create beauty in any and all situations, high-quality final product, ability to create images that have my unique "fingerprint," and because my work is worth the investment.
As a creative, it's very hard to talk about worth and how that equates to money. However, I can confidently say, with the years of experience I bring to the table, that the work that I will do for you and the services that I provide to my clients are accurately priced. Furthermore, I am confident that my personality and attention to service will justify the premium. :)
Finally, I am always happy to talk through rates and pricing and customize something that can hopefully fit your budget. Just request a quote online, email me or call and we can chat!
Do you do weddings? I love your style but your website seems so different from the other wedding photographers we have been looking at.
If you are a Bride or Groom expecting to see your typical wedding website, your first impression may be "Is he a wedding photographer?" As you navigate my website, you quickly find that I work on a variety of assignments including events, environmental portraiture, corporate and product photography, fine art photography, etc... and of course, Weddings and Events! Weddings and events of various sizes and types make up the majority of my business on average. I find that the wedding clients that hire me are nearly always looking for a very special and unique experience. They want a versatile "artist" who will paint their day in photographs like few can; A very journalistic or documentary style filled with emotional moments, vibrant colors, and natural artistic expression. That is probably why I also get hired by a lot of professional and avid photographers for their weddings and events. Clients also want a personality that will resonate with them and their guests. My wedding clients can envision their day in pictures through my wedding portfolio as well as my other works because my style is consistent regardless of the assignment.
Do you do all the photography and editing or do you work with a second photographer as well?
All photography and editing is done by me. I often have at least one assistant (depending on the assignment) who will handle lighting and other effects. On very rare occasions, and typically by the client's request, I may have a second photographer for weddings where there is a logistical problem with me being in two places at once.
Do you also provide video services?
I do not offer the typical array of videographer services however, I do offer a very affordable "Raw Video Add-On" which is a nice compromise for someone who doesn't want a fully produced and edited video, but a capture of a key moment or segment (e.g., a ceremony, speeches, etc.).
Additionally, I do know many extraordinary cinematographers at all budget levels and would be thrilled to help match you to the best company so that you can have someone that focuses on videography the way I focus on photography! I will also caution you on being attracted to those packages that offer both for the same reasons. You really want the best photographer and separately, the best videographer. Companies offering both usual have a strength in one and offer the other so they can ultimately win the business.
How long does it take before we receive our products and photographs?
Generally, my contracts stipulate that your images will be made available in your online gallery within 8 to 12 weeks. However, it is far more customary for my clients to receive them sooner and in many cases within 4 to 6 weeks on average. You also have the option to pay for two levels of rush service including Same Day and Five Business Day turnaround. This option is typically included in my corporate clients packages as well.
How many pictures will I receive?
The number of final edited images you will receive depends on many things - the minimum number of images included in your package, the number of subjects or guests, hours of coverage & action, type of assignment/event, number of locations/products, and so forth. Typically, a good rule of thumb to consider is about 25 to 50 final edited images per hour for weddings and events, and 12 to 24 per hour for portraits. Commercial and corporate assignments will depend on the specific client requirements. However, those numbers may vary depending on the day itself. Suffice to say, if your assignment generates additional images that I believe are additive to your gallery, I will include them for sure! Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci left the mouth off Mona Lisa! If you have questions about image quantity, I'd love to hear more about your plans! This would help me provide you with a more detailed explanation, estimate, and quote.
Do we get the copyright of the images?
Many photographers include a "copyright release" in their contracts, which generally just means the same as a release to have your images printed by yourself, or any lab you choose. That's not the same as obtaining copyright! Copyright simply means that I am the creator of the images, and I "own" the copyright. Selling or obtaining "the copyright" is not possible, but you will have the ability to print and share your images as much as you'd like! Corporate clients and assignments often have the need and the option to purchase the copyright for a premium charge.
Do we receive the raw, unedited files?
I do not make the raw, unedited images available. Moreover, the files are HUGE! Sometimes as large as 250mb for a single image. On rare occasion, Corporate clients and assignments may have the option to purchase the raw, unedited images for a premium charge.
Can we see the outtakes and all of the images that didn't make the "final cut"?
Unfortunately, I do not archive or make available those images that are not a part of your final edited gallery. An important part of my service, and what you are paying for, is my creative process which includes the culling and selection of those images that I consider to be among my best work and most relevant for the assignment.
Do you have insurance?
Yes. Absolutely. 100%.
Can you provide my venue with a certificate of insurance?
Of course. I just need the proper information from your contact at the venue and generally can turn it around in 24 hours or less. Please feel free to put your venue or your coordinator in touch with me and we can work out those details easily, each venue has different requirements and I can provide certificates to meet all their needs.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I have invested over $100,000 in top-of-the-line professional Sony, Leica, and Fuji GFX equipment with many backups. I have a full set of the highest quality lenses and several different lighting systems from Godox and Rotolight. As part of planning for your assignment, I select the ideal combination of equipment to bring to the location(s).
Can you hold a date for me?
Generally, there is a "soft" hold on your date between 3 and 7 days (depending on demand for your date) from the time you request a quote and receive a proposal. A soft hold only means that your date is currently available but may also be on hold for other prospects as well. Dates are only confirmed when a booking is completed and deposited as required. If you are intent on hiring me, you are encouraged to confirm your booking as soon as possible before your current proposal, rates, and incentives expire.
What is your payment schedule?
If your assignment is within 30 days, payment in full is due at the time of booking. If your assignment is within 30 to 90 days, typically a 50% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance due 5 days before the date of the assignment. If your assignment is in more than 90 days, typically a 25% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking with the balance due 30 days before date of the assignment. For special circumstances, I may be willing to consider alternative arrangements however in all circumstances, payment must be made in full before the date of the assignment. Corporate clients are handled on a case by case basis.