The base rate for a photo shoot is $300. This gives clients 1 hour of shooting time and can be used however the client desires — as many outfits, as many poses, as many locations as we can fit in that time. Additional shooting time can be purchased for $100 per hour.
After the shoot, I will minimally process the photos, such as adjusting angles, white balance, some basic overall color correction, and then provide you, the client, with the best photos from the shoot. Generally there will be 30-50 photos from a one hour photo shoot that had no downtime. Additional retouching of photos can be done, the rate for this will depend on the amount of retouching required and is negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
There is no charge for travel to locations within 30 minutes of my home, located in the 90042 zip code. Travel which takes longer than 30 minutes will be charged at $50 per hour for travel time, only charged for the “excess time.” E.g., a photo shoot at the Santa Monica pier at 5 pm may take 1.5 hours to reach. This is 1 hour beyond the 30 min included travel time and thus the shoot would have a $50 fee added. This is for both travel to and from the location.
To book a shoot, I require a $100 non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking. Before the shoot, I require the remainder of the anticipated photo shoot cost to be paid. If there are any additional fees that are added during the shoot (e.g., a 2-hour shoot runs over to 2.5 hours), those fees must be paid before any photos are delivered to the client.
So here are a few examples:
Photo shoot 1 — a two hour shoot at Pasadena City Hall. This is a local shoot.
$300 Base Rate
$100 Extra hour of shooting
$0 Travel fees
$400 Grand Total
Photo shoot 2 — a one hour shoot at Santa Monica Pier. This requires some travel time. Let’s assume we make it for 5pm on a Saturday and it takes me 1 hour to drive there (0.5 hour extra travel) but traffic is better on the way home and it only takes 30 minutes (no extra travel charge).
$300 Base Rate
$0 No extra shooting time
$50 Travel fee to location
$0 Travel fee from location
$350 Grand Total