Washington DC Photographer: Pricing - Our Policy
We do NOT supply clients with receipts for any expenses. We do this for several reasons:
We are independent contractors, not employees. When tax time comes, the IRS requires us to provide receipts to verify expenses on our Schedule C. The IRS does NOT require you to have those receipts on hand.
It is critical to the success of our business to maintain a proprietary suppliers network—an absolute cornerstone of a profitable business, and in an insecure environment we do not wish our competitors to learn who our suppliers are. While this is less applicable on film and processing than on unusual items, and from time to time, applies to assistants as well, it is none-the-less critical throughout our supplier chain.
We have a set fee per amount of supplies used, regardless of what was actually paid for it. This is done for several reasons:
1) We keep film on file to meet last minute and unusual requests, therefore we sometimes discard film which does not meet our technical expectations, or which have been through several passes of an x-ray machine, this cost must be split across the cost of actual film shot,
2) time is taken to investigate new films, test films before they are used in shoots, and the time taken to go to the various suppliers we use and to maintain the stock necessary, the cost for this time, billed by staff, must be spread across the cost per roll.
By way of example, publishing houses do not request receipts from printing plants for the cost of ink and paper, nor a receipt for the wholesale prices paid on the repair of a copier, nor a gasoline receipt from the delivery service who delivers the copies of the magazine.
Please discuss with us any issues you have with this policy beforehand.
Pricing has been developed based on a variety of factors. PLEASE NOTE, however, as every shoot is different, and requires different preparation, scouting, and post-production, please contact us for an estimate specific to your needs.Please include the following in your email or fax:
Voice & Fax
How soon will the shoot be?
Location for the shoot
Please also include a short description of the subject(s) to be photographed, any comps you may have, and the intended use of the final images.
Prep Days are billed at 45% of the creative fee
Travel Days are billed at 50% of the creative fee
Weather Days are billed at 75% of the creative fee
The rate quoted is the "Single Use Fee" for 12 months media usage for a "Single Image" used as the main illustration. The rate does NOT include any expenses, such as assistants, film, processing, couriers, travel, models, props, stylists, producers, location scouts or managers, or anything other than the creative fees.
48-72 hours before: 40% of creative fee
24-48 hours before: 65% of creative fee
less than 24 hours before: 80% of creative fee