Fee advice for architectural photography??

Fee advice for architectural photography??

18 posts
4 June 2014
Ron_H
Photographer
Ron_H
Hi guys...I work for an architects and my boss asked me to give him a quote for photographing some of our completed projects to update our website.
Having never charged anyone for photography of any kind I don't really know what would be a reasonable amount. He's probably expecting around 20-30 images of each job (to include internal and external pics) edited where necessary.

What do you think I should charge per project?

Posted 4 June 2014
FrameworksMedia
Photographer
FrameworksMedia
£500/day + traveling expenses (inc overnight stay for long distances).

Price varies upon style of shots required but if you're doing the job right then you'll have the relevant wide angle and tilt shift lenses or need to hire them. Be prepared to offer a few 360 virtual or stitches for the upper price bracket. You'll need to process HDR for internal shots if they include windows. External shots can be a case of waiting for the right weather/day/time. i.e shoot during golden hours, so it's not just a case of turning up and clicking away.

However, they're probably after a 'budget' job on the cheap which is why they've asked you rather than hire an experienced professional, so be prepared to quote £50 and turn up with a crop sensor - lol!

Posted 4 June 2014
Edited by FrameworksMedia 4 June 2014
carshaltonkev
Photographer
carshaltonkev
I live next door to an architectural modelmaker. He recently told me that the very best architectural photographers are on about £1000 a day. (Plus expenses no doubt.) But these are at the very top of their profession. They can probably be counted on one hand? But they will certainly deliver. I hope this helps.

Posted 4 June 2014
FrameworksMedia
Photographer
FrameworksMedia
carshaltonkev

I live next door to an architectural modelmaker. He recently told me that the very best architectural photographers are on about £1000 a day. (Plus expenses no doubt.) But these are at the very top of their profession. They can probably be counted on one hand? But they will certainly deliver. I hope this helps.


I guess it depends whether your designing cathedrals or housing extensions with their associated budgets. With ref to the OP, I don't think you've really supplied the relevant information if you are after putting in a competitive quote. It's not down to the number of photos supplied or 'jobs', but your time and expertise, skill and knowledge.

Try to find out the style and quality of photos that they are after first.
Posted 4 June 2014
mph
Photographer
mph
FrameworksMedia

£500/day + traveling expenses (inc overnight stay for long distances).

Price varies upon style of shots required but if you're doing the job right then you'll have the relevant wide angle and tilt shift lenses or need to hire them. Be prepared to offer a few 360 virtual or stitches for the upper price bracket. You'll need to process HDR for internal shots if they include windows. External shots can be a case of waiting for the right weather/day/time. i.e shoot during golden hours, so it's not just a case of turning up and clicking away.

However, they're probably after a 'budget' job on the cheap which is why they've asked you rather than hire an experienced professional, so be prepared to quote £50 and turn up with a crop sensor - lol!



As you are presumably already being paid for your other work then if you do the photography in your normal working hours he might think £500 is taking the piss.

I tend to feel the last quoted paragraph is a more likely scenario!
Posted 4 June 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
If already working for the firm I'd say time and a half or double time (day rate) for going out & simply taking the photos on a weekend would be fair (as that's what I'd typically assume is the rate for weekend work), and expenses such as train tickets etc. should be paid. I think asking for more while you're in their employ would be seen as taking the piss.

Obviously you don't need to work the whole day but the boss doesn't know that.

Posted 4 June 2014
FrameworksMedia
Photographer
FrameworksMedia
mph

As you are presumably already being paid for your other work then if you do the photography in your normal working hours he might think £500 is taking the piss.

I tend to feel the last quoted paragraph is a more likely scenario!


If it's the latter scenario, I'd be wary of your job as it won't be long before they have the tea lady designing your clients work because they're cheaper - lol!
Posted 4 June 2014
profilepictures
Photographer
profilepictures
Checkers probably right I'd say, bearing in mind you'd need to have (or hire) tilt shift lens' for really good architectural pictures. Wide angles generally make for big distortion which may look cool, but isn't exactly accurate.

Posted 4 June 2014
FrameworksMedia
Photographer
FrameworksMedia
profilepictures

Checkers probably right I'd say, bearing in mind you'd need to have (or hire) tilt shift lens' for really good architectural pictures. Wide angles generally make for big distortion which may look cool, but isn't exactly accurate.


Who said it's entirely accurate especially if the photos are to be used in sales to depict space and openess, particularly indoors?
Posted 4 June 2014
profilepictures
Photographer
profilepictures
I can't be bothered to explain.

Posted 4 June 2014
marlhamphoto
Photographer
marlhamphoto
Get Frameworks to give you a quote for doing the job then add 15% administration fee.

Posted 4 June 2014
Edited by marlhamphoto 4 June 2014
LaurenceJPower
Photographer
LaurenceJPower
Assuming that you want the job and you want to distance yourself from your full time job, why not offer to do the job in your spare time (holiday) then charge a commercial rate of £5-600.00 per day? If you get it you can be sure that you are getting it because you are both known and trusted.

A shift/tilt lens will certainly reduce the amount of manipulation required, but Photoshop can sort it out if required.

I think that the first thing to do is really discover what your client requires, trendy art style shots, pure architectural stuff possibly with progress work as well, again this meeting can be in your own time to avoid any conflict.

Posted 5 June 2014
Ron_H
Photographer
Ron_H
Thanks for all your comments guys.

I should have clarified that the photos will be done in my spare time (not during my normal working hours).
The majority of projects to be photographed are bespoke houses ranging in value from around £750k - £1.5m, with the odd contemporary extension.

£500/day sounds ok to me but I know he'll be after a fixed fee rather than a daily rate so I was thinking of around £1000 as there's probably a few days work in total. That doesn't seem too unreasonable does it??

I will be using a Sigma 12-24mm with my Canon 6D and using Photoshop to correct any distortion.

I was even thinking of using some of the photos to create maybe a water colour effect of some of the buildings and seeing if the owner would be interested in buying this as a canvas print, so there's potential to make a little extra money there also.


Posted 5 June 2014
cliffc
Photographer
cliffc

Hi If you already work for the company. I take it you are not a professional Photographer (this no reflection on your photography there are very good none professionals photographers around.) and your boss probably cant afford one, Its depends on you how much you want the job if you go to high more than likely your boss will refuse and not ask you again. If it is in your working hours then you getting paid any way you need to claim expenses. If it is in your spare time then it is up to you A starting point is 25£ plus per hour this also includes the time you spend on the prints if going to the shop or on the computer, also include travelling time. Hope this helps

Posted 5 June 2014
marlhamphoto
Photographer
marlhamphoto
One of my clients has recently paid a photographer £922 to photograph one of his care homes - essentially a modern four-bed detached house. Inside and out - the images are clean but nothing special - typical of the kind of thing you see on an up-market estate agent's website. He's used 12 images in total across his website and other marketing material. The photographer was in attendance at the property for no more than 3 hours.

Posted 5 June 2014
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