The first week of my 365 day Photo Project

Train Yard

Light Painting

Love is a Light

Studio Sundari Festival Wear

The Stairs

Fawkes Victoria - Occupy Montreal

Lachine Waterfront

I did it! I started my 365 day project that I announced back in September! I will edit and upload to my facebook page one image per day. In addition I will attempt two photo-walks or photo shoots a month. I will also attempt 1 difficult image to edit a week and intend also to do one creative editing project a month. I hope I can keep all those commitments – whew! Check the blog for weekly updates!

So my journey begins and I’m starting to chip away at the back log of pictures collecting dust in my computer. Support, ideas and collabs are all welcome. I may need a cattle prod now and then!

Here is to a year of Photos!

Product Photography Pricing

I have had a few comments from friends, family and potential clients saying they just don’t understand my pricing system for product photography. Why are there two prices? Which one do you charge and why?

To see for yourself you can see my price list here.

In reality both rates are applied to a project and while that may seem strange and even unfair there is an important reason for that: I only charge you for the images that you want and need.

Red Rock
So say you have 20 objects and I take 2 hours including set up and tear down and shot each image front , back and a side view. I also had a bit of extra time to do some creative shots featuring your products. Some shots of your products together and a few other idea’s I get while I’m taking pictures.
I come home sort though them all, do some light touch ups and send you proofs and you want 1 image per item. You pay for my time and then you pay for the 10 images you want and that’s it. If later you want to purchase the other images that are possible too. I never delete old projects, I even  have them backed up in case something were to happen.

For an example on a bigger scale: A client has 80 products and wants each one photographed in three positions at their warehouse. How does the pricing break down?
I know I can comfortably do 10 products an hour 3 poses so that would be an estimated 8 hours of shooting on location: 600$

If they were to choose 1 shot of each image that would cost: 2400$
If they wanted all 240 images it would be: 3600$

Turquoise Necklace
I know this seems like A LOT for something that seems so simple. The hourly rate feels expensive to most, but take into considerations for each hour I spend shooting it’s often 2 hours back at home, uploading, backing up, sorting and editing the images. It’s especially long editing product photography since everything must be perfect.

My hourly wages includes my set up and tear down. I start the clock when I start shooting pictures. It also includes my travel time and expenses when I’m shooting on location

The price per image fees, they include usage rights. As a business you need to be able to use the images in printed media, advertising campaigns and now a day’s social media too. Buying the image rights when you purchase your product photos gives you the permission to do all that. You don’t even have to mention the artist (unless of course you want to 😉 )

So that’s the break down, if you still have a hard time figuring it out contact me for a quote.

It makes it easier if you know how many products you need photos of and how many different positions and I will give you an estimate.

Festival Clothes

Why to Invest in Professional Product Photography

The problem I encounter the most often when trying to book clients for product photography is they don’t seem to realize the worth of professionally shot product pictures. I have even had an artist think I was scamming them once when I proposed a skill trade earlier on in my career.

It’s not to say that a business will always need product photography; there is a place and time for it. Certainly one isn’t going to bring in a photography each time they make a new product… or are they?

It really depends how you want to grow your business. A professional Product photographer will  immediately brings an air of professionalism to your work.  Home shot images, while showing your product, may not always do it in a way that will show your product in the best way.

Seen below is a before and after of a soap maker’s shopping cart. The before screen shot is with pictures taken from a cell phone, with no proper lighting, positioning and no attention paid to the back ground. The second is after I had been brought in to do simple on white product shots. The feeling of each store front goes from a “starting out home business: to “something professional and trustworthy”… just with the change of a few images.

Note the different impression each store leaves you

Note the different impression each store leaves you

I see the difference all the time, better images mean more sales in the long run. If you are launching a new line, or have a best selling product that you will  be selling time and time again DEFIANTLY invest in product photography. If you are investing on launching an online store it would be wise to invest in the photography as well, not to mention a printed advertising campaign.

People often complain by the high cost they feel product photography entails and in a way I can understand, starting a business is hard, however the amount of preparation and time shooting and editing your products really does add up. There are some solutions though. Some photographers such as myself might have bundles for Small Businesses, use them to your advantage.

If you have the means to invest by all means have a professional take your product images,  your budding business will thank you! If you don’t well I can help with that too. Tune in each Wednesday for a mini series of blogs that will help you take better product images on your own.

A big thank you to Savon KC Soaps for letting me use screen shots of her before and after product photography photo shoot.