How Much Should I Charge?

Saw this on A Photo Editor and thought it was so well done I wanted it on my blog. The first few minutes are golden in explaining how much to charge.

My only critique is that he’s basing is Cost of Doing Business on number of work days (250) but most photographers don’t shoot every business day. I shoot 50 to 75 days a year, so my CODB is much higher than his example.

Columbia/Okura – Robotic Palletizers

Now this was a dirty job (as you can tell from my laptop power supply). But it was a fun job and a new challenge from my usual gigs. Columbia/Okura, a joint venture of Columbia Machine, Inc. and Okura Yusoki Co. Ltd, makes these incredible robotic systems to pack and load pallets. Watching them in action is pretty cool experience. The A1800 above can load 30+ cases from a loading point to a pallet in one minute. There’s 8 cans of paint in one case, so we’re talking 240 cans of paint load per minute. That’s ludicrous speed. And it’s accurate. Loading the stock at different angles for proper load distribution. All the robots are custom programmed and built to individual client specs.

Columbia Okura was looking for dramatic photos of their product lines for their new website and I was happy to oblige. These are pretty big machine systems that are built and tested right in their warehouse in Vancouver, WA. The goal of the lighting was to isolate the robot, end effector, and pallet system from the rest of the warehouse. Using big strobes and a fast shutter speeds, I was able to darken the background and give the machines a hero quality. The other part of the shoot involved showing the employees building and testing the systems. For those shots, I shot handheld and used a huge softbox for a natural looking fill. All in all, we got quite a large image library and you can see the shots in action over at www.columbiaokura.com

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DLR Group – Scappoose HS Addition

It’s been a busy summer and I’m really excited to start showing some of the work I’ve been doing lately. If you’re wondering why I haven’t been blogging much, it’s because a lot of my shoots are under embargo until the images are published. This week, I’m going to recap some work from three very different clients.

This first project is an architectural shoot for long time client DLR Group. DLR is one of the top architecture firms in the country and their work has always been standout. This project in particular struck me as truly inspired design. I scouted this project in January and didn’t actually shoot it until May when we had better light. On the shoot, I worked closely with project designer Levi Patterson wangling kids, building furniture, and even moving a piano to get all these wonderful shots. The interior of the auditorium is one of the most striking spaces I’ve ever photographed. Here’s what DLR has to say about the project:

Connection. Identity. The Scappoose High School Auditorium is designed as a community center created to link the broader citizenry and the school; the architecture creates a point of connection for the students and the residents of Scappoose, Oregon to foster a shared identity. DLR Group designed the 400 seat auditorium so the connection between school and community would grow and inform through student and citizen performances, as well as student, local, and regional art display. The notion of the theatre lobby as a space to display public and student art was enriched with its additional use as the new public entry and commons. The relationship between connection and identity in the design are codependent; by inviting connection the design has created an identity that transcends physical materials and form, but is an identity of ownership by students and the community. The form of the auditorium is kinetic energy. The staccato rhythm of the performance hall massing, with the large fly loft and new entry volume, were envisioned to create the same experience as the lifting of keys after the last movement of a piano concerto; the reflection and memory, the breath, that accompanies the end of a powerful performance.

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