Shoot FAQ’s

Some Notes on Work­ing With Huth­Pho­to:

When do you charge Day Rate vs Hourly?

The nor­mal split between ‘day rate’ and ‘hourly rate’ is the type of shoot­ing and the usage.

A quick pub­li­ca­tion shoot is billed by the hour. Long shoots, Annu­al Reports, View­book and large file shoots all bill by the half-day.

I’m always hap­py to give you an esti­mate in advance so you know, and if there’s ever a great project you need, and you just don’t have the bud­get… you could tell me the bud­get and I’d be hap­py to sug­gest ways to get the job done with­in what you can afford.

I even have asso­ciates that can put a less expen­sive shoot­ing pack­age togeth­er for you when you don’t need the full ‘Ken treat­ment’.

 

How Firm is an Estimate?

I look at the price esti­mate as the client say­ing ‘I agree that these pho­tos are worth this amount of mon­ey’.

If it is day rate and I’m able to hus­tle and work quick­er, then I still bill for the half-day (and to do your shoot, I’ve turned down all oth­er work for that time block any­way).

I think it would be a bit odd in busi­ness to say when I work faster than esti­mat­ed by rush­ing and work­ing hard, that I should make less than agreed for the pho­tos… I hope  that make sense…  You know I’m not nasty-mean about things  🙂

In the same way, If for some rea­son I was feel­ing poor­ly and worked slow­er than the esti­mate,

I’d nev­er charge you more than the esti­mate.

When addi­tions make us go over the Esti­mate:

I’d only ever go over the esti­mate if a client didn’t esti­mate the time well, or added a bunch of shoot­ing beyond the orig­i­nal esti­mate. It’s pret­ty obvi­ous when this hap­pens and clients always under­stand  and agree  to pay for that as an over­age.

Why a Minimum Time Fee?

A note on why I bill for any min­i­mum time.

For short Pub­li­ca­tion shoots, I have a 2 hour min­i­mum shoot fee.

This cov­ers the fact that to dri­ve to the shoot (from where I live it’s 1.5 hour round trip), I need to have a cer­tain length of shoot to make it finan­cial­ly viable. I also have clients need­ing things prepped for pub­li­ca­tions, dig­i­tal shows cre­at­ed, etc… and so, hon­est­ly, if I can’t do 2 hours of shoot­ing, I’m real­ly hurt­ing my oth­er clients that need things from me.

If you wrap up ear­ly, can’t you give me a dis­count from the esti­mate we agreed to?

Once I get that time booked for a client, all oth­er clients are told they can’t have that time for shoots or image prep­ping… so in com­mit­ting the time to your orga­ni­za­tion, I do turn down oth­er things because I’m expect­ing a cer­tain amount of shoot­ing time that day (and frankly, billings).

So I do need to stick to the 2 or 4 hour min­i­mum, even if I’m able to work real­ly fast and get done ear­ly.

I think it would be a bit odd in busi­ness to say when I work faster than esti­mat­ed by rush­ing and work­ing hard, that I should make less than agreed for the pho­tos… I hope  that make sense…  You know I’m not nasty-mean about things  🙂

In the same way, If for some rea­son I was feel­ing poor­ly and worked slow­er than the esti­mate, I’d nev­er charge you more than the esti­mate because of that.

Now, if we dis­cuss in advance that the end time of a shoot is flex­i­ble and we are over my two hour min­i­mum, I  always try to be fair to clients when pos­si­ble.

How is time calculated & additional hours billed?

I bill for total time on the clients site, includ­ing haul­ing lights in and set­up when need­ed, plan­ning out the shoot with the client, scout­ing loca­tions, etc… and I have a 2 hour min­i­mum for pub­li­ca­tion shoots and then bill for each addi­tion­al half-hour.

A few last pricing thoughts & examples…

My cur­rent rates for future shoots are HERE

As an exam­ple:

If you had me come in for 2 hours for a pub­li­ca­tion shoot, or an event, you could expect an esti­mate around $500. Longer events like Balls/Galas and full Pub­li­ca­tion Fea­tures ( 4–5 hours of shoot­ing, lots of image prep) are often around $1100.

A per­son­al note…

For my last cam­era upgrade, I spend $7000 on new equip­ment and over $30,000 in the last 5 years… I pay my own health care, busi­ness insur­ance, etc… and I’ve been shoot­ing for over 25 years in Rochester, so my rates are based on real finan­cial needs and my expe­ri­ence and skills.

… But I don’t have a budget big enough, am I stuck?

I under­stand that a client’s bud­get might not always make the 2 hour min­i­mum (bare min­i­mum for a quick shoot is around $380).

I can help by sug­gest­ing an asso­ci­at­ed pho­tog­ra­ph­er  through our Pho­to Team North that can do the work for less, or in some cas­es, like my ‘Hit and Run’ Por­trait Ser­vice or when I have a oth­er shoots that day near the time you need, I can drop down to a 1.5 hour min­i­mum if it’s com­bined nice­ly with oth­er client’s work.

 

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