Engaging visual content is important for every business. Having professional product photography not only helps you communicate a story, but it also helps move consumers further along their buying journey from awareness to conversion.
Once you’ve decided that you want to invest in some quality images, the next phase is finding the right product photographer for your brand. You want to find someone that invests the time in getting to know your brand, your product and your goals.
Outlined below is my process for product photography as well as the answers to some of my frequently asked questions (FAQs).
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Over the years, I have discovered that a one-size fits all approach to pricing doesn’t work for all businesses.
There are many variables in product photography to consider such as how much styling is required (minimal vs highly styled shots), how complex the retouching is, how many scenes are required, where the images will be used (advertising vs social media), how many images are required, and more.
If you have a particular budget in mind, then list this on the quote request form and I will do my best to see what I can deliver for your budget.
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PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY PROCESS
In this phase, I take the time to find out a little more about your brand, and your photography requirements. You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire that helps me understand your objectives, target market, brand personality & photography requirements.
Time required: approx. 1 hour.
This is the most formal part of the process. It’s where the photography contract & image license agreement are shared and invoices are issued. You will be asked for 50% of the payment to secure your booking.
Time required: approx. 30 mins
During this phase, I review the brief and create a shoot plan with mood boards (if required). Some clients already have a comprehensive brief, others need more guidance on the best creative direction for their brand.
Time required: 1-2 hours
Once I know what shots are required, I then move on to the pre-production phase. Here I look at what props and backdrops are required for the shoot. Sometimes no additional props are required. Other times it can take hours to find that perfect prop!
If extensive time is required to source a prop then a prop sourcing fee may be charged.
Time required: variable
The time spent shooting depends on the quantity of images required, the complexity of each shot, and the number of different set-ups required (e.g. flatlay vs lifestyle vs eCommerce shots). I tend to bundle the same category of shots on the same day.
This is another step often under-estimated by clients. During this stage your images will be culled, edited and uploaded to a gallery for your final selection.
Reflective products, eCommerce images, and products with marks, dirt etc. need more editing time. This is one of the reasons why photographers ask for your best products with minimal marks for photography.
Time: variable (usually at least 1-2 hours).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONs
Where are you located?
I’m located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
What is your turnaround time?
I typically require 5-10 business days to plan, shoot and turnaround images. Faster turnarounds may be possible. Please contact me to discuss if you need a faster turnaround. An additional fee may be required.
Who owns the copyright of the content created?
Mama Bear Communications owns the copyright for all images. However, as a business owner you will be granted a license to use the images for the agreed permitted uses without restrictions and without attribution.
Do you charge for props & backdrops?
I have access to some wonderful props and backdrops. If you require any perishable items for the shoot then you will be asked to cover the cost of the props. If extensive prop sourcing is required, a prop sourcing fee may also be charged. Custom backdrops will be an additional charge.
If you have specific props you would like me to use, you are welcome to send them over to be used in the shoot.
Is there an additional charge for styling?
My rates include photography and styling. In most instances, if you book a commercial photographer, there would be a separate fee for a stylist.
How do I get my products to you?
You can send your products via Australia Post or courier, or deliver them directly. Any products that are sent for the shoot will be returned unless otherwise specified. Please include a postage-paid envelope or organise a courier to collect the products at the end of the shoot if that’s your preferred delivery method.
Do you use natural light or artificial light?
This depends on the shoot and the client’s request. Artificial light gives me more flexibility to shoot at different times of the day so that I don’t need to rely on natural light. Often, the natural light can be emulated via studio lights.
How do I pay for photography?
Payment can be made via credit card or bank transfer (direct deposit). A 50% deposit is required upfront to secure the booking. The final payment is requested prior to the delivery of images.
Can I get the photos in landscape & portrait orientation?
Yes, an extra cost may be incurred to capture both orientations. This is because often the composition of the image will need to change to suit both orientations.
If you need landscape & square, or portrait & square this is fine as often the composition doesn’t need to change.
“Working with Mama Bear Communications has been a joy! From the very beginning, Blazenka was responsive, professional, and full of great ideas.
My expectations were managed from the beginning so there were no surprises with cost, timings, or results. We are delighted with the product and lifestyle shots created for our luxe candle brand Byrne & Love and we would highly recommend working with Blazenka. We look forward to collaborating on future projects.”