pricing & process - joancusick

Pricing & Process


Q: What are your prices?

Effective with new bookings as of January 1, 2019, my rates start at $250 per hour of photography with one photographer. Photography services include photo selection, batch-processing and posting of proofs to an online gallery.

Additional creative services are billed at $125 per hour, including photo book design, Photoshop  editing and writing. All professional services are billed in one-hour increments. Please contact me for a custom quote for your project.


Q: What clients do you serve?

I serve a wide range of businesses, nonprofits, families and individuals in the greater Sacramento area. I take new clients by referral only.


Q: If I hire you, will I own all the photos you shoot?

No. As the photographer, I retain the copyright on all my images, so I "own" my creations – much like authors or songwriters who own their creative work.  As my client, your contract will provide a personal use license that allows you to download your digital proof files, post them on social media and print them with any vendor you choose. 


Q: How do I book your photography services?

I require a signed agreement and paid deposit to hold your date. Here's the process:

1. Email me the basic information, including time, date, place and nature of your event.

2. Meet face-to-face to discuss your photography needs.

3. Sign a photography agreement, which details next steps, deadlines, terms and conditions.

4. Pay your deposit to hold your date. The balance is due one week before the event.

If you have given me verbal authorization, but have not returned a signed agreement and paid a deposit, then I am NOT confirmed as your photographer.


Q: When should I book a photographer?

I prefer a minimum of three months' notice for weddings and one month's notice for other events. But once I have booked a date, it's gone, so I advise clients to contact me as soon as possible.


Q: What is your turnaround time?

For most clients, I post a "sneak peek" on Facebook within 24 to 48 hours after the conclusion of the photo shoot. The full proof gallery is available within one week.


Q: How do I buy prints of my favorite photos?

In the top cover photo for each gallery, you'll see a blue BUY PHOTOS button. That takes you to your shopping cart, which allows you to select photos, print sizes and finishes. You may also order other merchandise such as wall art, keepsakes and even phone cases. All orders are printed and fulfilled by Bay Photo professional lab.


Q: Can I have the digital files?

If you are a client who has signed an agreement and paid for my services, you have the right to download files and use them online and in print. That is part of the service you pay for. 

On the other hand, if you are NOT my client – if you are a guest at a wedding or event – you can purchase a photo print or other merchandise from this website, but I do not sell digital files. If you still want that digital file, how can you make that happen? Become a client. Contact me to discuss a client agreement and licensing fee for a particular image.






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