My day rates, from July 2016
Let's get down to business - what's included in my day rate? My rate includes use of my 700sq ft London studio, camera & lighting equipment, use of any backgrounds and parking for one car.
My base rate for product photography for independent designer makers is £300 per day. This includes a days shoot (9am-4pm) and processing files (4-6pm). If you would like an accurate quote, please email over some information about what you are after, a shot list and whether you need help with styling/prop sourcing and I will give you a quote.
For fashion shoots on a model, I charge from £400 (excluding model & make up - I can help you source these). The average cost of a fashion shoot is around £750 including the photography, model & make up.
Shoot time runs from 9am - 4pm, which allows time to make a start on processing & retouching files from 4pm-6pm. Extended hours are possible, extra shoot time or additional retouching time is charged at £35 per hour. I can advise on timings when I receive your shot list.
Choosing the right styling and branding for your brand is an integral part of a small business as it shows your identity as a designer, helps reach your target audience and convey the right message about your company. It's just as important as the photography! With that in mind, researching, making moodboards, planning your photoshoot & styling is very important. If you need a hand creating the right look for your brand, I can help source props and backgrounds for you. A shoot prep day is £150 plus the cost of the props & transport. When you have made a rough shot list & moodboards - let me know what you need for the shoot and I'll help source it.
Why hire someone when I can take my own photographs?
Photography can be a tricky business with so many things to consider. Getting the light right, sourcing props, finding a background - all these things can be challenging. Hiring someone to help you with this can be really beneficial to your business. Good photography is a key part of running your own designer maker business, I know as I run my own brand Pygmy Cloud. Nice images sell products. Beautiful images get you featured in magazines, newspapers and on blogs. Inspiring images draw in potential stockists. It may be an initial investment, but your business will excel quicker and if you keep the same products for 1, 2 or even 3 years you will get a lot of use out of them. Examples of use can be web banners, products listings, social media, business cards, event posters, in the press, wholesale catalogues, adverts.
Do you have your own studio and photography equipment?
Yes, I share a 700sq ft studio space in Clapton, London. I have my own camera, lights and keep a few backgrounds and props in stock.
Can I come to the photoshoot?
Yes, you can come along to the photoshoot, I shoot in London. However, it is not essential and I am happy to shoot by myself if you'd rather post/courier the items.
I need cutout images on a white background - do you offer this?
I do indeed offer this service, I have shot and retouched hundreds of cutouts in my time. Please email me your requirements (eg type of products and how many shots per product) and I will send you a quote.
How will you send the photographs?
After the images have been processed and retouched, I will transfer high resolution jpegs and web ready jpegs via WeTransfer. Tiffs are available on request.
How can I prepare for the shoot?
Being organised prepared for a shoot will ease the pressure all round and will mean we will achieve better photographs. I will be writing a blog post on "How to prepare for a photoshoot" shortly.
What backgrounds do you have in stock?
See what backgrounds I have in the studio to make your products pop here!
Should I provide my own props for the photoshoot?
I encourage everyone to bring their own props to the photoshoot to make your images unique to your brand. Nice props and backgrounds help to show the use, tell a story and give the right look and feel for your brand. I do have a few back up props in the studio, but as you can imagine they get used quite a lot! Check out my blog post with an interview with The Brand Stylist which talks about the importance of styling and offers a few tips: The Brand Stylist Interview.
I also off a styling service or prop sourcing, check out the styling section above for more info.
How many images will I receive?
It really depends on the products and how they are styled. If we are shooting just one type of product, for example cushions, and the set stayed the same/similar with minimal props 60-70 shots might be possible. If the styling is more complex or there are multiple products to be photographed in one image, 30 images is more practical number to aim for. Please note, if I need to change the set eg from an over head flat lay to a table top - time needs to be allowed for this (approx 30-40mins).
I'd like to rearrange my shoot
When booking a shoot date with me, please make sure you are able to make the date and that your products will be in stock or samples ready. Please do you best to keep to the date set! If you need to change the date if the shoot, I need at least two weeks notice.