pricing & process - joancusick

Pricing & Process

Q: What type of photography do you specialize in?

As a documentary photographer, I focus on stories that bring generations together, including life events, family portraits, and editorial assignments. I build strong and lasting relationships with my clients and take a limited number of new assignments each year, only by referral.

Q: What are your prices?

My rates start at $250 per hour of photography with one photographer. Photography services include photo selection, processing and posting of proofs to an online gallery. Additional creative services are billed at $125 per hour, including Photoshop editing, photo book design, and writing. All professional services are billed in one-hour increments. 

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 license for noncommercial use, which allows you to download your digital proof files, post them on social media, and print them with any vendor you choose. (See Terms and Conditions)

Q: When should I book a photographer?

I prefer a three- to six-month notice for daylong events (i.e. weddings and bar mitzvahs) and a three-week notice for portraits and other assignments. But once I have booked a date, it's gone, so I advise clients to contact me as soon as possible.

Q: How do I book your photography services?

To book me for a photo session, please start with an email that includes the time, date, place and type of photography. The more you tell me, the more detailed my response can be.

Our next step is to schedule a face-to-face meeting. That allows us to get to know each other and determine if we're a good fit.

Based on the information gathered during our initial meeting, I will draft a photography agreement, which details next steps, deadlines, terms and conditions.

The final step in the booking process is for you to sign the agreement and pay your deposit. Only then can I hold your date. 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: What is your turnaround time?

I post a first look 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 for noncommercial use. The download link and password (good for two weeks) are included in 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.

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