Swanda & Schindler Digital Photography
Business Portraits Frequently Asked Questions
DIGITAL ADVANTAGES
What are the advantages of digital photography for my business portrait?
Can I get my portraits retouched?

BUSINESS PUBLICITY PORTRAITS
What is a Business Publicity Portrait?
How should I prepare for the photo session?
What clothing should I wear for my business portrait?

RATES AND USAGE
What are your rates?
What is usage?
What forms of payment do you accept?



DIGITAL ADVANTAGES

What are the advantages of digital photography for my business portrait?
The biggest advantage is seeing your photos immediately. During the session, we will pause periodically and view your proofs on the monitor. Our photographer will edit the images with your input and make helpful suggestions. This makes for a relaxed environment, since you don't have to worry about how you look or how the photos are turning out. You will leave the session knowing we have created the portrait that is right for you. Another advantage is that the same photos are available in either color or black & white.

Can I get my portraits retouched?
You bet, basic retouching is included with our digital business portrait session. This includes removing blemishes, lightening facial lines and teeth, and removing stray hairs. We go for a natural look, so the retouching isn't noticeable. We can do more extensive retouching if necessary at an additional charge.


BUSINESS PUBLICITY PORTRAITS

What is a Business Publicity Portrait?
It is a head and shoulders portrait done in our studio with a plain, neutral background. Usage of the photograph, for public relation or publicity, is included with the portrait. We allow an hour for the appointment, although many people finish in less time. We shoot as many photos as necessary and work with you trying various poses and expressions to achieve a look that works for your purpose. Together, we will edit the images on screen, to the best 12. These will be archive permanently at the studio and you can order digital files or prints at any time. The ones you do not like are eliminated. You will take away a proofsheet of your final selections from the session.

How should I prepare for the photo session?
Extra attention to grooming will give polish to the final image. If you are going to have your hair trimmed, please do it several days before your appointment. If you have it cut, allow at least a week. Many people have their stylist do their hair before the portrait session.

Males: Men who have an afternoon appointment, may need to shave in the middle of the day, to avoid a beard shadow. Beards and moustaches should be neatly trimmed.

Females: Make-up should be the subject’s normal style with a matte finish. A color that would be worn in the evening, may be a good choice to bring out the lips. We don't want the lips to blend into the skin tone.

What clothing should I wear for my business portrait?
Simple, classic styles are recommended so that the clothing will not be dated if the trends change. Avoid loud patterns, busy prints, or anything that will draw attention away from your face. Suits with a good fit made from structured fabrics such as wool and linen work well. Single breasted suits tend to lay better when you are sitting for a portrait. Mid-range and darker solid colors such as blue, brown, gray, red, green are best for both men and women. Watch out for fabrics that wrinkle or fold such as silk. Shirts and blouses should be thought of as a frame for the face.

Males: A good fit is important for the suit and shirt. Please avoid fabrics that wrinkle. Avoid shirts with prints or patterns. Solids work best.
Tie should be a contrasting color to the suit, but not too busy. For business casual, white or light pastel shirts worn by themselves tend to look washed out in photos. A better choice for business casual is a jacket with an open shirt or a sweater. If you have an afternoon appointment and a heavy beard, you may want to shave mid-day to avoid the “five o’clock shadow” look. If you wear a beard or mustache, they should be neatly trimmed.

Females: Metal jewelry works well. Necklaces should be short and go with the neckline of the blouse. Earrings need to seperate from hair. Women with long hair should choose a jacket that is a different tone from their hair, otherwise the hair and jacket tend to run together in final reproduction. For a no-jacket look, avoid light colored, short sleeve, or sleeveless tops.



RATES AND USAGE

What are your rates?
Our Business Publicity Portrait is designed for people who need a PR photograph. It is $135 for the photography. It is a great value when you need a photograph to send in a press kit or to use for a web profile.

If you need more than a basic portrait, we can do it. Some other examples are three quarter or full length photos; special backgrounds; advertising; people and products - for these we will need to know more information to price so please contact us with your information to get a quote. Studio group portraits are $150 for two people, and $25 more for each extra person. Personal or family portraits are priced at the same rates.

Digital files are $25 for web files, which are at screen resolution and optimized for web usage, and $50 for high resolution files suitable for printing. Files can be sent by e-mail at no charge (under 2 MB) or archived on a CD for $10.Enlargements in either color or black & white, are $12.50 for 5x7 and $16.50 for 8x10, larger prints are available. We also have quantity rates for multiple orders of the same photo.

For location photography within San Francisco, we have a minimum of a half day shoot at $450, and a full day is $800. For the greater Bay Area outside San Francisco the minimum is a full day. There are charges for digital post production and proofs which depend on the number of people photographed or the number of shots needed. Please contact us with the details to obtain a quote for your specific job.

All photography, prints, and digital files are subject to sales tax.

What is usage?
Photographers own the copyright for all photographs they take, unless the sale of the copyright is negotiated in advance. The manner in which the photographs will be used is also subject to negotiation. We include publicity and public relations usage with all our photography. This includes sending the photos to publications for editorial; news & press; and internal company use such as newsletters and web sites. Usage such as advertising or annual reports must be negotiated. All prints and digital files must be ordered from Swanda & Schindler Photography. As frequently happens, you find that you want to use the image for additional usage later, then you can purchase additional rights and usage from our studio.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept company checks, credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Diner's Card) and cash. We can open company accounts with a credit application.








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