General Photography Questions
Q: How do I reserve you for a photo shooting?
A: As soon as we have decided on a date and time you can pay the required deposit and you will be officially booked!
Q: How should we prepare for Portrait Session?
A: Good mood is the most important thing! Make sure you have enough time to prepare beforehand so you are not stressed, comfortable cloth fitting the season and be open to venture out. With kids it helps to bring something to drink and some little treats to make it easy for them as well. We can go through specific questions before your shoot so we can ensure you are well prepared.
Q: How high is the deposit? When is the remainder due?
A: For portrait sessions half is of the session fee/deposit is due at the time of your booking. The remainder is due one week before we meet. This way we don’t have to think about the remainder anymore and can fully concentrate on the session.
Q: Which locations do you recommend for a Portrait Session?
A: I do outdoor photography sessions, indoor shoots, and I love to explore cities, go on hikes with you and can shoot (almost) everywhere you might come up with. The best places are where you feel most comfortable so you enjoy the session as much as possible. I'd love to talk about your ideas so just shoot me a message and we can get into the details. If you have a mood board or inspiration, share that with me too.
Q: Do you deliver every shot?
A: No. I personally edit every photo and a part of that process is referred to as Culling, in doing so I eliminating duplicate images, test shots, missed focused shots, shots with bad expressions and other images that may dilute the overall product delivery. For example, most of the time I shoot with low aperture, which may require a few extra shots to make sure I have the perfect focus. I don’t expect you to have the expertise or the time to zoom into each image to select the one with the sharpest focus, so I spend hours doing that on my end. In another example, candid laughs and emotional tears are some of the best images from the day. Unfortunately, they can also yield some unflattering facial expressions. I might snap a few extras of any of these moments to make sure I have a great shot with the ideal expression for the moment. With our expertise of processing thousands of images each year, I may eliminate ones that we feel are duplicates and only deliver the best one.
General Video Production Questions
Q: If we decide to hire you, what should we do?
A: Let’s get together so we can talk about what you have in mind. I'll ask some questions to gain a better understanding of what you’d like to accomplish. Then a a proposal will be made up for you in writing that outlines the process and the cost. I'd like to know the answers to these questions, so you may want to discuss them with the people at your company who’ll be involved in the process. Then give me a call us or email! Here are some questions I'll ask you.
Where will the video be shown? (On your website, at an event, on television, etc.)
How long would you like it to be?
What would you like the video to accomplish? (What do you want the viewers to do or think once they have watched the video?)
How many people will see it?
Who will appear in the video?
What is your budget?
How soon do you need it?
Q: Do you provide scriptwriting, or do we have to write the script?
A: Yes, I can provide full scriptwriting and creative development services – just like big agencies. I'll learn about your business through production meetings, phone calls, and our creative brief. I do ask that my clients be prepared to provide me with as much content and information as possible so we can best learn about your business and what is driving you to produce this video production.
Q: So, what will it cost to produce my video?
A: It’s tough to say without knowing the details of your production. Pricing moves upwards very quickly with the addition of scripting, concept, actors, voice over, multiple shoot locations, animated graphics and custom music.
My full day (10 hours) rate is $1,500 for a two person HD video crew. Editing and other post services are billed separately.
Please contact me for our full rate
Producing Small Business marketing videos has become very popular these days with the success of YouTube and other Video Search Sites. Local Businesses and Non Profit organizations can produce video content in our studio starting as low as $500. I love producing these videos. It’s a lot of fun, and I like giving back to our community.
Q: Is there a “cost per minute” rule for video?
A: If you insist on having a way to calculate your project; Industry standards have suggested that you budget $1000 per minute at a minimum. However, since every video is different, it’s impossible to use this as a metric in all cases.
Q: What should I expect in terms of turnaround times?
A: Every project is different, but we typically projects are completed within 1-3 weeks. If your project is simple and straightforward, It could be finished closer to the 1 week mark. If it has a lot of graphics, custom music and/or must go through an approval committee, you’re probably looking at 2-3 weeks. Our schedule is also a factor, so sometimes we’re able finish projects sooner than normal.
Q: Who owns the footage you shoot for me?
A: When I am hired to produce a project for my clients, my clients own full rights to all FINAL and FINISHED video projects produced. As for Raw Footage, The client may purchase their archive at an additional cost apart from the cost of production. Usually based on a total Hours of Video or Per Gigabyte of Storage.
Q: What software do you use? What cameras do you use?
A: Adobe Premiere Pro for editing and Adobe After Effects for graphics. Anything else would be uncivilized. Actually, I use whatever it takes and strongly believe in the old adage, “It ain’t the car, it’s the driver.”
The Sony A7s ii is my favorite camera at the moment—I’m consistently amazed by the quality I get from it. My primary stills shooter is a Canon 5D Mrk ii. If you have a specialized need, I have a network of rental houses that can provide me with anything under the sun.