pricing & process - joancusick

Pricing & Process


Q: What are your prices?

Effective January 1, 2018, my rates start at $225 per hour of photography. Other creative services are quoted upon request, including photo retouching, photo book design, writing and copy editing. Please contact me for a custom quote for your project. (Be sure to include the time, date, place and nature of your event in your email.)


Q: What kind of photos do you take?

As a journalist, I specialize in candid coverage of news and events. I also take portraits – everything from corporate "head shots" to family, senior and engagement sessions. I use both my journalistic and portrait experience to cover major life events, such as weddings and bar mitzvahs.


Q: What locations do you serve?

Based in Sacramento, I am available for assignments throughout Northern California and in select U.S. cities, including Memphis and San Diego. 


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 shoot. The full proof gallery is available within one week.


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 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?

Clients only can download posted files by clicking on the Download Icon (arrow pointing to straight line) in the bottom right of the gallery's cover photo. When the pop-up box appears, enter the download password and your email address. My web provider, SmugMug, will zip the files and send an email when the images are ready for download. (Be sure to check your spam folder if you don't see the SmugMug email in a few minutes!)

On the other hand, if you are not my client – if you're a guest at a wedding or event – I sell prints and other merchandise directly from my website, but I do not sell my digital files. Download passwords are for clients only.


Q: How do I book your photography services?

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. Here's the process:

1. Email me with a brief description of your photography needs, including time, date and place.

2. Meet to discuss your photography needs.

3. Sign a photography agreement, which will spell out next steps, deadlines, terms and conditions. A deposit is also required to hold your date.



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