Commercial Photography Day Rates- How to Calculate

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'Day Rate' backstory.

Up until several years ago, the term 'Day Rate' was the most frequently used term when describing how much a commercial or editorial photographer charges for their time.  This term has fallen out of favor, to be replaced by the terms 'Creative Fee', or 'Photography Fee', which I go over below.

'Day Rate' vs. 'Creative Fee' vs. 'Photography Fee'

The term 'Day Rate' is a misnomer, because it implies that that single day is the only day a photographer does work for the shoot. The reality is that there is always so much more work that goes into preparing for a shoot (and wrapping it up afterward), that isn't included in that one day of work.  Some photographers charge a fee called a 'pre-pro' (pre-production) fee for the time they invest preparing for the shoot, and some choose to roll it into their 'day rate'. Some photographers charge a 'post-pro' fee for any work that they do after the shoot (returning equipment, mai...
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What is ‘commercial photography’?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The easiest way to remember what commercial photography is is to ask yourself the following question:

"Will the images be used to help promote/market/advertise a product or service?"

If the answer is yes, then it's considered commercial photography. Clients who purchase commercial photography include but are not limited to:
  1. advertising agencies
  2. marketing firms
  3. creative departments within large corporations ('in-house' creative)
  4. branding firms that specialize in packaging
  5. freelance art producers/buyers acting on behalf of a company
  6. marketing departments at small and medium sized companies
  7. all-in-one digital/print/social media branding/marketing/promotional firms (<-- these guys all have their own names they refer to themselves as, but I usually just say 'digital marketing firm')
  8. businesspeople needing headshots
  9. individual small business owners needing images for social media and collateral
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Review of The Big Commercial Photography Bundle by Kim

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Educational Products for Commercial Photographers

CPR contains informational guides, PDFs, forms and other documents for new and aspiring commercial photographers, written by established commercial animal photographer Jamie Piper. Includes the Big Guide to Commercial Photography Bundle, Commercial Photography Pricing Bundle, Commercial Photography Marketing Bundle, Commercial Animal Photography Bundle, sample commercial photography bids and estimates, commercial photography treatments, commercial model releases and more.
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