What should I wear to my portrait or headshot session?
Simple is usually best. Try to avoid clothing with busy patterns or fine stripes. For business portraits, something you would wear to work is a good idea. A popular choice in recent years has been a solid, cool colored dress shirt and darker jacket. A lot of men have been opting to forego a tie. For artist and musician photos, something that represents your style and coincides with your creative vision is a good choice. On occasion I will suggest specific things.
What is your turnaround time for delivering my photos?
For most typical business portrait sessions you can expect to get your final images within two to three business days of making your final selections. Commercial jobs may take anywhere from one to three weeks, subject to change depending on workload. First you'll look at a private online proof gallery, either with me or on your own time. Next you'll choose the photo(s) you want, and I'll do final processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Final images will be delivered via online file transfer.
do i own the photographs and can i use them however i want?
This is a common question and it can be quite confusing so I’ll try to make it as simple as possible. The cost of professional photography is a combination of time spent, the knowledge and experience of the photographer, and how the photographs are used, or licensed, by the client. It is common practice for photographers to retain the copyright of the photographs they take, and license the photographs for particular usage. For example, you may only need a photo to go on your website, LinkedIn profile, brochure or business card—which are all covered at the base price of any of the shoots I do. But then you may want to advertise with those photographs on a billboard on a major highway reaching thousands of people a day. You can imagine there’s a big difference in not only visibility, but cost. Rest assured, all the most common usage scenarios are included in the base price of your booking, and in many cases are good for life. For the most part it is only large public signs and billboards, product packaging, and national television and film usage that will require further licensing.
I DON’T SEE ANY PRICES FOR COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, WHY IS THAT?
Every commercial job is different and all require different approaches. Most often I'll ask how much you are able to spend, or how many photos you need, and draw up a detailed estimate from that information. Please contact me to receive a quote or estimate.
Do you shoot weddings? How about family and pet portraits?
I don't but I'd be more than happy to recommend some of my talented colleagues who do!
When do I pay you?
Portrait sessions are to be paid in full at the time of the shoot. For commercial work, a deposit is due upfront to confirm a booking , and the remaining fees are due prior to the delivery of the finished photos.
What types of payments do you accept?
I accept checks payable to Chris Cote Business Photography for all transactions both in person or via mail. I accept cash and credit card for in person transactions only.
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