Product photography from small to oversized products.
Small products can be done in the studio and for oversized products like furniture I will perform the photo shoot at your location or place you want them to be photographed. For lifestyle shots where the product shall be shown in USE, the project requirements determine if it is a studio or on-location / outdoor photo shoot.
We are located in the LONGMONT / BOULDER (Colorado) area: for local clients we can discuss pickup/drop-off for items OR you can ship your products to us regardless whether you are local or from far away.
Any product could work: food and beverage items, jewelry, electronics, clothing, car accessories, cars, furniture, kitchens, floors, … let’s say almost anything.
You’ll get true colors and optimized results. Post-production ranges from standard to creative composites.
How to get a quote
You can either start with an informal email and description what you are looking for or if you want a quote right away, please provide me with the necessary information: see a little further below: HOW THE PROCESS WORKS: Prep and Quote phase.
info section: There are several options for a product shoot:
- product on 100% (rgb, 255, 255, 255) white background (like e-Commerce shops / Amazon require it)
- product on any colored background, white-gray (natural), black, or composite virtual backgrounds
- product in lifestyle setting / usage scenario (setting resembles how and where product is used or in a studio-staged environment with props)
- you can combine styles and types of images in your order: e.g. White background images with custom / lifestyle photo format images
- any custom request: prepping and staging in our studio or photographing your product in a lifestyle setting in-studio or on-location, … e.g. after you installed it at your customer’s site: furniture, kitchens, stairs, floors, etc. … or if your product is food-related, let’s talk what the food item is and where and how it can be captured best.
- Design Service: we can offer to design your PRODUCT LABEL, ADVERTISING, INFOGRAPHICS, POSTER, etc. You can also send your sketch / ideas and we work with you to implement the design. Get a quote from us!
Pricing for Product Photography
All product shoots and requirements are different and it is best to request a custom quote. To give you an idea, here are some ballpark numbers:
White background photos (Amazon, Etsy, eShops, et cetera)
Pricing for following specs: product dimensions: small [shoe box size, ca. 12x12x12 inch] to medium [up to 24x24x36 inch];
WHITE BACKGROUND Standard Products*:
1 image only: $74.oo / image
2 images: $49.oo / image
3 images: $41.oo / image
5 images: $34.oo / image
6 images: $32.50 / image … makes it TOTAL: $195
10 images: $30.oo / image
20 images: $27.50 / image
50 images: $26.00 / image … makes it TOTAL: $1300
50+ images: please request a quote
Above pricing is for standard products and basic retouching; products with no special difficulties e.g. metal/glass, shine-thru or reflection, size / shape, weight;
Standard orders shall not have specific color guide rules e.g. Pantone#, etc.
Depending on the actual specs all specialty items may cost extra.
Included: basic retouching, group shots up to 5 products (as long as they fit in the above mentioned dimensions), color correction, dust removal, resolution up to 3000px before cropping (long side), pure white background (RGB 255,255,255), drop shadow, cloud delivery, usage rights: royalty-free non-exclusive worldwide.
Other specs? Sizes? More images / products?
Please request your custom quote.
Black background, colored or digital (art) background
Pricing depends on difficulty of object, lighting effects needed, and type of background. Please request a custom quote!
HERO shot format
A HERO shot is an intro photo which sets itself apart from other angles. It depends what you want: if the HERO shot is a fully custom set-up, please see CUSTOM SHOOT / LIFESTYLE. If it is just an advanced angle / format for that single shot, it starts at $75.
CUSTOM SHOOT or Lifestyle images / Advertising-style retouch / Creative Composites
Costs depend on your shoot list and instructions which in turn are the basis for calculating the time for prep / setup / shooting / post-production. Please describe your project and request a custom quote.
Pricing starts at $250.oo / 1st image and per set-up. This includes the creative set-up from idea to execution.
Note: some projects require more planning, prep, shoot time, and can be challenging during post-production, therefore they consume many hours of time.
On-location photo shoots
Costs depend on your product(s) and time needed on-location plus necessary post-production.
If your product requires assembly before photographing it we will charge according to the time needed. Please let us know for our quote.
Travel to on-location photo shoots for custom projects
Please let us know and we reflect that in the quote.
HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
PREP and QUOTE PHASE
1 – Make a list of ITEMS you will eventually send us
It’s a good idea to give each item a NAME or SKU (e.g. BRAKE-CANTILEVER, ENERGY BAR CHOCOLATE, BOTTLE STRAWBERRY, #123, RED-SHIRT) – that helps us to identify the items for the photos.
a) Describe condition of each item (e.g. new, light tear and wear, or other): we inspect the condition when the item arrives later.
b) Mention if assembly is required
2 – TURN-AROUND TIME / DEADLINES
Tell us HOW SOON you need the IMAGES. Standard turn-around time is 7-10 days after receiving items and down-payment, however, lifestyle and custom shots can be longer — once we know all the details of your order we can give you an estimate and most likely accommodate your deadlines.
3 – Create a SHOT LIST (how many images, what type of photo(s), what items, grouping, angles, reference photos, notes and comments)
Your shot list can follow our example further down, or, if you don’t have a specific direction for us and you want a lifestyle photo and a creative approach then we can take over the Creative Direction process and come up with ideas and/or follow your script / sketch.
Tell us anything that you think is relevant for us in order to shoot the product in the way you want it. Tell us about your emphasis and concerns for the product.
Following a sample:
PHOTO #1 (… and repeat this for all images you will order)
a) which product(s) [items / grouping], e.g. “RED-SHIRT” or “#123 grouped with #124” or “ALL WHAT’S IN THE BOX ITEMS”
b) descriptive information
b1) which angle for this photo:
e.g. “90-degree from above” or “front” or “side with front facing to the left”, side 45-degree and showing front facing to left”, etc.
TAKE a cellphone photo roughly showing your desired angle or grouping. If that cellphone photo is easy to interpret, … you can skip step b1).
c) Instead of b) If you don’t have a specific direction for us and you want a lifestyle photo and a creative approach then we can take over the Creative Direction process and come up with ideas and/or follow your script / sketch.
d) NOTES and INSTRUCTIONS:
Comment and make clear what is important / not important regarding this photo (or cell phone picture you took), e.g. “make sure the embossed model name is visible in the shot, better than in my cellphone photo” or “do (do not) show the cord” etc.
e) (optional but preferred for custom and lifestyle shots)
Sample style images: PROVIDE us with reference images of scenes you like for that shot. Look around on the Internet and send us the photo or URL. Make comments what you like about it and what not! Note: we do not guarantee to match the reference samples 100% — they are just a tool to lead the way.
4 – DISCUSS SHIPPING OPTIONS
SHIPPING TO US (inbound shipping)
- ship your items with your preferred carrier and consider TRACKING and INSURANCE
- if you are a local customer we can discuss to arrange drop-off or pickup
RETURN SHIPPING (outbound shipping)
- Provide us also with a paid return shipping label or your courier’s account information
- Or tell us how you want the items be returned and we will get a quote for that. We do require upfront payment of any such shipping costs.
- Or tell us if you do not want the items back. We’ll discard or donate them. (e.g. for low value items the shipping costs might be higher than the value).
- Abondoned items (means you are not responding to us with shipping cost payments and instructions within 30 days of order or inbound-shipment) will be donated or discarded
If items belong to the category FOOD or which are perishable, by default, we do not return those unless otherwise agreed on.
Due to possible export restrictions or customs regulations we can only ship to domestic U.S. locations.
We are not responsible for any damaged items due to shipping / packaging.
5 – QUESTIONS
After studying your SHOT LIST and instructions we might have questions and might need a written answer or a clarifying cell phone picture to go ahead and prepare the QUOTE or conduct the PHOTO SHOOT.
Sometimes we also need clarification during the PRODUCTION PHASE and we will need a written feedback from you to continue. Delays on your side will extend the promised turn-around time!
1 – GET THE ITEMS TO US
UPON ARRIVAL of the ITEMS we will inspect them regarding condition and check if complete according to your item list and shot list
2 – DOWNPAYMENT
You make your down-payment for the photo shoot order (plus other possible add-on charges like shipping costs, assembly costs, travel costs, model hire, etc. which are itemized on the quote) which marks the INITIATION of the project. Turn-around time starts at that point. Down-payment is non-refundable. Add-on costs are non-refundable.
3 – PHOTO SHOOT
We take the photos according to your SHOT LIST.
4 – REVIEW
We upload the images (watermarked) into a cloud space where you can review them.
If you find flaws that we are responsible for then we will fix them or reshoot for free.
If you change your mind about a certain shot (aka. if we did everything correct according to your instructions but you had forgotten something to say… or you change your mind completely) we can do a PAID reSHOOT.
We DO NOT guarantee that our result match the reference photos 100% — we promise we do our best to get it as close as possible but we do not aim at copying other scenes or photos.
Free reshoots based on saying our results are not a 100% reference photo match are not possible. Reference photos are used for a general guidance and you do not want to copy a competitor ;-), however you can point out in your instructions if a certain style or element requires a match, e.g. “thumb must be on button”, “display must read …”.
5 – APPROVAL or REJECTION
Assuming you are happy with the results:
a) you APPROVE the ORDER
b) you make your REST-PAYMENT
c) we upload the photos to the cloud (not watermarked); you can download them and we guarantee storage for at least 6 months.
If you want to reject the results:
That is possible for many reasons and may be you just do not need the images any longer.
Your downpayment is non-refundable — up to this point we have put time and effort into the photo shoot and we had costs.
There’s no further payment or cancellation fee to be paid on your side and no obligations on your or our side. We, however, if the RETURN SHIPPING costs had been covered by you, send back your items.
6 – RETURN SHIPPING
We return your items if that was agreed on and according to the return shipping method we discussed. Requirement is that you have covered the shipping costs as discussed.