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The first in a new Fine Art series I have been working on with Ballet Dancers.
These images will be available as limited addition signed prints in a few sizes ranging from 8×10 to 16×20. If you would like to purchase a print, please contact us through the contact section above.
I get asked a lot how I help direct my clients to hang their art on their walls.
The truth is, I make them do homework before their ordering appointment. They must take pictures of the rooms they are considering hanging the pictures in, including the design and colors of the room. I then use a special program to load the images and design the wall galleries that will best suit the over all look and feel they are going for. I can show them gallery wrap canvases, metal/acrylic options and framed and matted options too.
Here are a few examples…
1) Don’t wait for weeks, months or years to order your keepsakes. A lot of times these have a shelf life on your photographers ordering site and hard drive and will be deleted after a certain amount of time.
Do order within the timeline laid out in your session agreement. Make sure you read your session agreement and know how long your online gallery will be up for. Or if your photographer does in-person sales, How will the ordering process work? Will you have to order that day? Will there be a gallery up for a few days? What will you need to bring with you to the ordering session?
2) Don’t ask for just one 8×10. Honestly it is not worth your time or the photographers to order so little. You’ve paid anywhere from 200 to 700 for the time and talent of the artist and photographer you hired. My clients invest between 800 and 2500 dollars on prints, canvas’, albums and digital files.
Do have a idea of where in your home you would like images displayed. They can show you different wall galleries, layouts and styles of products that will work best in the space you are looking to hang them in.
3) Don’t forget the gift prints. 8×10 and smaller.
Do remember that grandparents and extended family will want images too. If you are not buying them as gifts, make sure to send them the gallery link and let them know the deadline for ordering.
When hiring a professional photographer here are a few thoughts to help you know what to expect:
1) Read and look through their website. The “About” page, the “Investment” page, the “What to Expect” page before contacting them, so that you have a idea of how they work, their pricing and their policies.
Do they work out of a studio? Are they a natural light photographer? For weddings, do they do on camera or off camera flash for ceremonies (where allowed) and receptions?
If you are hiring them for a editorial shoot expect there to be a fee if they have to search and rent a location for your shoot.
2) Referrals!!!! Referrals!!!! Referrals!!!! 75% of my clients have been referred to me by word of mouth. You want to know that others have enjoyed their experience with the artist you are hiring.
3) Expect to sign a agreement. Any photographer running a real business should have you sign a agreement along with pay a commission fee for their time and talent. The agreement will outline everything from the date and time of the session, who is being photographed, who can attend the session (I keep mine to only those who are being photographed), a model release, ordering timeline and guidelines to what would happen in a emergency.
4) Expect your online proofs (basic color correction) to take about 2 weeks to be ready for viewing during the busy season (April-November). Full edits with the ordering of prints, canvas’ and other wall art can take upwards of another 2 weeks. If you are ordering a heirloom album, this can take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to arrive. If a photographer is taking longer than this, it is time to start asking questions.
For weddings, expect your images to be back between 6 to 8 weeks after your event. For your album design, this can take upwards of 2 weeks and with revisions, cover choice and then ordering, this can take upwards of 6 weeks.
Ask to see print and album samples in person, so that you can see the quality of what you are investing in for both weddings and portrait sessions.
5) When booking a session and or wedding, make sure to give the photographer enough time to properly take care of your needs and meet your expectations. If you need things rushed do expect to pay a fee.
6) Trust them to help you pick a location and outfits that coordinate with the look you are going for. I always asked questions about personal style, home decor and the feeling they want their images to convey. This helps everyone involved love the final project.
If you want a specific location, there may be a travel fee or a permit fee involved depending on the location.
7) Expect to pay tax on your order. I am based out of PA and there is 6%. If your photographer lives in a state where there is sales tax expect to pay it. If the artist you hire is running a real business, they will have a business license stating they must collect sales tax unless they are in one of the few states that do not.
I hope this helps you have a better understanding of “What To Expect When Hiring a Photographer”!!!
A little preview of my first attempt at live performance photography with SHARP Dance Co.
Thank you Ryan and Diane for taking this image!!!!!
Here’s a little peek from the rest of the shoot.
Make sure to go see their show, but get your tickets early as shows are already selling out.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with Eliza and Dina from Wabi Sabi Dance Company in NYC.
These ladies are amazing.
Check out there images below!
WHAT WHAT WHAT!!!
Take a look at this lovely little image of SHARP Dance Co. we had published in Philadelphia Weekly.
Make sure to check out their shows this weekend at the Painted Bride in Old City Philly.
There is nothing like capturing the pure joy of childhood. So curious and full of energy.
It is truly a wonderful feeling to know that she will always have these images of pure joy and discovery.
I have the best job in the world short of handing out the Publishers Cleaning House Checks!
Steven came in from NYC for a shoot which I can’t show till September, but at the end he mentioned needing a new headshot so I was happy to oblige