Sheri Oneal Photography

professional photography with a story to tell...

FAQ

With more than 25 years in the Commercial Photography industry, Sheri Oneal has the experience to help her clients create high end imagery that engages with their target audience while maintaining brand loyalty. Whether you have a creative image concept of your own or need help developing one, Sheri has the experience to bring your visual identity to life.

 

Overview of Photography Services

All professional photography services include email, text and phone communication, pre-prep, experienced coaching and communication, a clear understanding of the job details, technical photo knowledge and lighting techniques, use of high end up to date professional gear and software, online proofing, color correction, exposure control, professional retouching, direct email download or FTP delivery of final high res images, fast turnaround and digital invoice with multiple payment options and images are backed up safely.

 

Overview of Pricing

How do you get an Estimate, Proposal or basic price range for your photography project?

You have choices and the price of photography will vary no matter who you call. Be sure that you fully understand what you are getting for the price you are being offered! I have outlined the details below of what I will need from you and they will also help with what you should share when getting pricing from other photographers. 

 

Step 1...Understanding what you need.

Contact SOP via phone or email with your project requirements, here is a list of questions that will help you get started.

1. What are your photography needs and can you provide a brief project overview?

2. How many different photo set ups or wardrobe changes do you want and can you provide a shot list?

3. Do you want to shoot in the studio? Do you prefer to shoot on location and if so do you have a location in mind or do you need help finding one? 

4. What is the estimated final number of retouched images you want to have after the shoot? Sometimes this is different from the shot list because you may need multiple angles OR more than one image per shoot, location or wardrobe change. Knowing the final count allows for an understanding for the time it will take in post edit for retouching. It is ok if you are not sure, a flat price per image will be outlined on the proposal.

5. Do you have a budget you need to stay within? Knowing if the job can be done within your price range will save us both time should your budget be lower than the starting price of services rendered. Photography pricing can vary greatly based on experience, what is included and the quality of services. SOP prefers transparency with every detail so there is never a misunderstanding.

6. How do you plan to use time images? Understanding the use of your images is an important factor in pricing.

 

Step 2...It’s all in the details, let's discuss your project!

Once I know the parameters of your project we will schedule a free consultation by phone, email or video chat to discuss the details you provided to ensure there is a clear understanding of your goals, what is involved and any budget concerns. At this time we will review the information you provided and address any additional cost that may arise outside of the photography services? Will you need props, special backdrops, scenery, unique locations, wardrobe, styling, make up or other expenses or crew services? These are generally added as expenses or subcontractor services and are listed as additional cost on an estimate, below is a list of possibilities. 

 

Additional Team Services and Referrals:  

Hair & Makeup Stylist, Wardrobe Stylist, Food Stylist, Set Design, Producer, Location Scout, Photo Assistant, Video crew, Casting Services, Art Direction

 

Possible Additional Expenses:  

Mileage, Travel Expenses, Crew Meals, Special Equipment Rental, Props, Backgrounds, Wardrobe 

 

 

Understanding How Pricing Is Determined

While some services are set as packages most of the time understanding your project, your goal, the final image count and your usage needs will allow a fair professional market price to be determined. Pricing varies based on shooting time, how many final retouched photographs are needed and how you plan to use the images (PR/Marketing, Publishing, Advertising). With more than 25 years of experience you are guaranteed the highest quality of professional service, imagery and a stress free environment. Sometimes there are ways to lower cost based on the details of the shoot and the client needs. 

 

Stock Photography:  

Comparative pricing to high end, large resolution industry stock pricing for the use needed.

 

Assignment Photography:  

PR/Marketing, Publishing and Advertising photography assignment pricing is based on the number of photo set ups, the number of final retouched images, the time involved for the total job and the image use needed. After the job details are understood by the photographer, a detailed proposal or estimate will be prepared. Once the details are agreed and signed off on in advance the planning stage begins.Rather than charging a flat half day or full day rate like many photographers, Sheri’s pricing is customized by the job itself. Most often custom pricing is an advantage to the client because they are not paying a 4 hour or 8 hour flat rate for something that may fall somewhere in between. Base fees start at $400.00 and go up from there. Props, backdrops, styling, location scouting and other expenses are billed separately.

 

Headshot Photography:  

Whether you need a basic corporate PR headshot or prefer something a little more unique and creative, Sheri offers custom packages based on your individual needs. She provides standard or environmental headshot options, multiple backdrop choices in her studio or a mobile studio set up at a location of your choice. PR Headshot package rates start at $250.00 and go up from there based on client needs, the final number of retouched images, the image use and if shot on location or in the studio. Discounts on bulk packages are available starting at 5+ individual packages per visit/booking.

 

Sales Tax:  

A +9.25% sales tax will be added to all invoices if the client resides in the state of Tennessee. Tax exempt clients are required to provide a tax exempt form in advance of final image delivery. 

 

Image Use:

Part of image pricing involves understanding how the final image(s) will be used and must be determined in advance of the photoshoot. Pricing is contingent on the kind of image use needed (advertising, marketing, publishing, personal). This can change at a later time but there may be a fee associated based on the use.

 

Step 3...A detailed email, estimate or proposal overview of your project is generated.

A contractual Email, Estimate or Proposal will be provided for review to be sure both parties understand the full scale of project expectations. Once everything is agreed upon each party will sign off on the agreement so that the project can be scheduled to start. If this is a smaller job or one based on package pricing a simple email overview will be provided. Sometimes a deposit is required in advance depending on the job details and client location.

 

Step 4....Lock in a date for your photoshoot.

A date is assigned for the shoot and the pre-production for the assignment begins.

 

Preparing for Your Shoot

Products and Props: 

If you are providing a product and/or props be sure to have a checklist and pack the night before your shoot so that you are prepared. Photography pricing is based on predetermined time and if the shoot takes longer because of an unprepared client the fees may need to be altered.

 

Wardrobe:  

If you are having a headshot or another kind of photo that requires you to prepare your wardrobe please iron your clothes and check for stains or pet hair in advance. We do have a steamer, iron and roller in the studio (not generally included on location shoots) to address these issues but time is always a factor when shooting so being prepared will insure that your package pricing is not affected. Unless you are wanting to draw attention to clothing style most business and lifestyle clothing should be subtle colors and form fitting. It is best to bring multiple options and stay away from busy and bold patterns. Solid black and white colors are also generally discouraged if being used in print because often details can be lost and appear less interesting than mid tone colors.

 

 

The Day of Your Shoot

Upon arrival we will scout the location and/or decide on the best background, wardrobe and/or props to include as well as go over the details for the shoot needed in advance. Then the technical lighting setup will take place and as well as any makeup, wardrobe, set design, propping or styling that needs to be done prior to shooting. Once we have everything laid out we will begin the photoshoot. With years of experience, you can be assured that the process will be fast, efficient and professional. A large variety of images will be taken that include various angles, lighting changes and other tweaks to offer a large number of final image options. Professional coaching will help walk you through the process and you will have the opportunity to see the direction of the photos as we progress, allowing you to make changes along the way to confirm we are meeting your project goals. This process will guarantee that you are satisfied with the final image results.

 

 

After Your Shoot

Image Proofing:  

Unretouched images are lightly edited and prepared in a private online gallery usually within 24 hours and a custom link is emailed for the client to choose which images they want retouched and prepared for final download.

 

Edit & Image Prep:  

SOP shoots in Raw format to ensure the client has access to the highest quality imagery files. All final image choices are corrected for proper exposure, custom color correction, white balance, contrast and creatively retouched and prepped at the photographer 

 

Image Delivery:  

All final retouched images are sent via WeTransfer.com as high res jpegs or tiffs with adobe RGB colorspace depending on client needs. Clients will receive an email directly from wetransfer.com with a download link to the high res retouched digital files. SOP can also upload to a shared dropbox or a private FTP site.

 

Image Backup:  

All digital files are saved and backed up on multiple hard drives on site as well as off site for any future needs. 

 

  

Invoicing and Payment Options

Once the job is complete an invoice is provided and payment is due upon the receipt of digitally delivered images. Image use and Copyright is granted only upon full payment. A W-9 will be provided upon request from client accounting.

 

Payment options include:

ACH direct deposit, Zelle, Venmo, Cash and Check Payment for free, Paypal, Mastercard, Visa require a 4% credit card processing fee.