What’s your timescale for the project? Photographers often get very busy, and while they can fit you in for a photography shoot, a lot of time is spent afterwards in post-production. Make sure you are upfront with your photographer about when you need the photos back, so they can schedule enough time to process them. And please don’t just tell them at the end of a long shoot that you need them first thing in the morning for an important deadline if this hasn’t been arranged!
It is understandable that you will want to know how long it will take and the cost of your photography project. Quote requests I receive often start with ‘we would like you for a day’s photography…’. It is likely that a client has gone to my website, seen a day rate and decided that’s how much the project should cost. Please give your photographer your brief first, then let them guide you on the process of how long it will take and how much it will cost (answer: probably longer than you think!). Quotes are most likely not based on the time the photographer is with you. You’re paying for a skill and the value that the images created will have, together with all the time spent before and after the photoshoot (for example; are there any locations that need to be scouted, models to be found, lighting or venues to be hired).
Will you have unlimited use of all the photos after the shoot, or will you have to choose individual images and buy a licence per photo? Be aware if no photos are included in the session fee, so you can set a realistic budget.
With thanks to Ian Olsson, friendly BIPP qualified photographer with 15 years’ experience, at Ian Olsson Photography, for his help with this article.