How much is your day rate?
Can't you just do a buy-out, so I can "use it for anything I want"?
I'm behind deadline- can you take my assignment right away?
Can my job be shot digitally?
Do you have a studio?
Will I need to send an art director to the location?
Why is it so complicated to go on location?
OK, How do I hire you?
How can I ask more questions?
Q: How much is your day rate?
I don't use a day-rate pricing structure. It has never been a fair way for a client to pay for commercial photography. My fees are based on several factors, including complexity of the assignment, time required for the project, media buy and the anticipated use. An image that runs in a local newsletter is less expensive than one that is the primary image of a national print, outdoor and television campaign. Each project is different, and I'd be happy to discuss the prices for yours. I price my work both reasonably and competitively, but I'm probably not the studio to call if you have a job that you are "looking for bids". The price-based methods of choosing photographers most often work poorly for both parties.
Q: Can't you just do a buy-out, so I can "use it for anything I want"?
Yes! And I can guarantee the cost would be prohibitive. If you are not using the image in Asia, don't pay for those rights. Buy only what you need, at the time you need it. I don't work on a work-for-hire basis (WFH), and neither should you. WFH clouds the legal definition of subcontractor and employee, and is one of the tests of an employee relationship used by the IRS and state labor boards to determine tax withholdings.
Q: I'm behind deadline- can you take my assignment right away?
Possibly. I have been able to turn jobs around in very short deadlines, and am always open to your call. My studio has two working photographers.
Q: Can my job be shot digitally?
Yes. But that is not always the best way. I have both options available to me, and I most often shoot conventionally for the best flexibility, reliability and durability of the result.
Q: Do you have a studio?
Yes, please take a look around the studio
Q: Will I need to send an art director to the location?
Not always. Most of the work you see in this website was shot without art direction. I enjoy working with other creative individuals, but usually I'm hired based on my personal style and ability to establish relationships quickly with clients and subjects. A shot list is crucial, and I spend a lot of time with the creative team BEFORE the shoot. If you have a large project, I'll come to you, wherever you are, to establish your creative direction. Then set me loose.
Q: Why is it so complicated to go on location?
Here is a sample of a typical location shoot equipment requirements
Q: OK, How do I hire you?
Thank you. At my studio it's very easy, and we are set up for customer service. Your first step is to call or email the studio.
Q: How can I ask more questions?
* Here is a short overview of my Operational policies