I always start the aerial photography process talking with my clients about their expectations and desires for the final photos. Will the photos be used on a website or be printed? Do they desire a specific perspective or lighting? Would it be best to shoot at sun rise or sun set? Should we wait until spring or fall to shoot the photos or perhaps they’d like photos in all seasons from the same perspective? These questions, and similar discussions help me to capture the very best aerial photos for my clients. After these discussions, the next step is to send the client an aerial photography contract that details the photographic process and time-line. This contract clarifies:
- The minimum number of high quality final photos (usually between 5-12)
- Time-line/Scheduling (weather permitting)
- The platform proposed for taking the photos (helicopter or airplane)
- The equipment used to take photos (camera(s) and lenses
- Invoicing & down payment
- Delivery of final photos in various small, medium and full-sized formats using a Drop-Box link.
- Explanation of rights of use: It usually goes like this… “You will forever have the rights to use the photos in whatever way you desire. I (Stuart Meade Photography) retain the rights of use.” This means I have the right to use these photos on my website or social media sites for promotional purposes unless the client objects for copyright or confidentiality reasons. If I do post them, I’m happy to include links to the client’s website and/or contact information if they desire. Including website links helps with everyone’s search engine optimization (SEO).
The contract becomes authorized by my client once a down-payment is made (contract authorization is sometimes secured through other means). The balance of the payment is due once the photos are taken and the proofs viewed by the client. Payment can be made by check or by credit card, in-person or over the telephone. I securely process all of my over-the-phone payments using Square®.
My client is sent a DropBox link to all photos once I’ve received payment in full.
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