If this is your first time booking a photographer, it can be quite daunting to make sure your ready to invest. Have you got the right photographer ? Are you ready to shoot ? Do you know what your looking for ? Are you working to a tight budget ? If you are a new customer to us, even if you have booked a photographer 100 times before – have a quick glance over this guide to how we do things – it just keeps us all on the right page.
All images used by the client must be done so under a licensing agreement – this is just keep all parties aware of what is being sold and what is being paid for too.
This is a document that builds up as we finalise information. It acts as a proforma, final invoice & has all the shoot info and the licensing information. It’s all really simple, just give me all the information, I will put it into this form and mail it to you for checking.
Firstly – get in touch. Either by phone or e-mail but these days it looks like Facebook or Instagram are just a easy. Get in touch, say hello and let’s make some time to get the ball rolling.
Secondly, if you can, have as much information about your needs as possible. The more we know and understand the more we can accurately help you. Things like budget and scale of your shoot are key elements to get done from the outset. If you’re unsure of what your budget is, fire some questions at us with some mocked up ideas or moodboards (Pinterest links will do) and we can work with to come up with a realistic cost expectations for your concepts. If your looking to shoot a lookbook – we need to know if it’s 50 or 500 garments that need photographing.
If your shoot is commercial in nature, licencing requirements such as length of license & type ( print / web / billboard / social etc) are great to know at this stage. If you’re new to how it all works – just ask we won’t bite – If you’re a start-up we can make sure to look after you also. Oh FYI Jonathan Bowcott has a great page about Image Licensing and this stuff – click here
Third: Planning, research and due diligence. This is a planning step where we start to bring details together. For example, make up, styling, location and checking if it will rain or not. We can help you cast models, styling etc or you can totally leave that to us if you like. As with any project – the secret is in the details and we will help make sure we cover all the bases.
Just before we lock in that shoot – a proforma is sent over for checking of where all the budget is going and that all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed.
On the day, we are all about having fun yet getting the job done. This is where the magic happens and all the planning work pays off. Days can be long but rewarding.
We use a digital soft-proofing system for you to check and review all your images from the shoot. (Check this link if you want to know more about your private login area on our site and how all that works). You can comment on the images in a secure digital gallery that you and your co-workers can view. This is how you let us know which images you wish to have finished and delivered to your specific needs. Images are normally ready to soft proof 3-4 days after a shoot, depending on locations, shoot length and your requirements. Soft proofing can be the same day in many circumstances too.
All of the new images are made up into a new gallery ready for you to download by way of a digital link, high res images will arrived via a zipped folder direct from the client area of the website. If you would like prints, we have a fully attached printshop to take of all your needs.
All the images from the soft proofing are kept online and secure incase you wish to have other images pulled and finished at a later date also.
The final paper will be sent over giving you the permissions to use images as intended for the required licensing.
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