Services & Rates Overview


As a freelancer skilled in several fields, I can provides many different services.  Here are some general categories:

  1. Photography (portraits, weddings, promotional photos, etc.)
  2. Videography (live events, promotional videos, YouTube videos, family histories, etc.)
  3. Business coaching / consulting
  4. Copywriting (scripts, webpages, emails, ebooks, etc.)
  5. Product development (books, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, online products, etc.)
  6. Print layouts (book covers, product cases, brochures, flyers, display ads, etc.)

Service fees are simple, and apply to all categories.  My rate is $75 per hour (with a 1-hour minimum), plus a $100 “project fee” added to each job.  This project fee includes things like administration time, client meetings, long-term data storage with regular backups, business equipment and insurance, software upgrades, education to hone my skills, and on and on.  All the stuff the client rarely sees, but allows me to provide the best quality service possible.  It's also an effective way to give clients with larger jobs a built-in discount for additional hours involved.  

You'll get a copy of all digital files from our time together, however, any retouching done adds to the time involved in the project.  Commercial usage adds 50% to the price, which gives you a royalty-free commercial usage license to use my work as much as you'd like.

Travel fees only apply if the job is more than 50 miles away.  (I'm located on the NW side of Grand Rapids, MI.)

And clients are responsible for any incidental costs, such as music licensing, location rentals, talent fees, and so on.  Of course, I can manage these things for you, and will include them into a single invoice (without any additional markup) to keep things simple and easy for you.

Typical Price Ranges

To illustrate how this works out in practice, a basic headshot session is usually done in less than an hour, with minimal time spent retouching.  Your cost would be the minimum charge of $175 for personal use (for social media profiles) or $262.50 for commercial/business use.  Again, you'd get all the images we create, so your per-image cost can be quite reasonable.

Photographing an 8-hour wedding, with another 10 hours of culling and retouching gets priced at $1350. You would get all the photos I create from your wedding, in a variety of resolutions to use online, for prints, and more.  (And yes, I can have my professional lab make prints in any size and style you'd like, and I can create a keepsake wedding album for future generations.)

Video recording a 2-hour event with multiple cameras and producing a high-quality DVD or Blu-Ray (usually requiring about 10 hours of editing) gets priced at $1050 plus incidentals (music licensing, mainly, generally in the $50 to $100 range unless you want a popular song, which typically costs several thousand to license).  If the DVD or Blu-Ray is used for commercial purposes (such as marketing, or as a product to sell), the final bill would be $1575 plus incidentals.

Having me design a 6-panel tri-fold brochure with provided images and text would be priced around $262.50 ($100 project fee, plus $75 for the hour, plus the 50% commercial usage fee), as this is a much quicker job to do.  Having me write the text for a brochure may take a few hours (that is, if you want the brochure to actually persuade people to call you), and could push the fee up into the $500 price range.  Add custom photography for the brochure, and the price goes up again.

Writing a webpage to sell a product is a service that can fit into a wide range of budgets, as a “quick and dirty” version may be cranked out in just 4 hours (at $600 — $400 for my time plus $200 for a commercial usage license).  A fully-professional version capable of bringing in a flood of sales may take around 40 hours to write, and would be priced about $4500.  If your budget sits between these figures, just let me know and I'll adjust how I do the job to fit your budget.

Producing an AMAZING 60-second commercial rivaling those seen on national TV requires scriptwriting, actors, makeup artists, stylists, multiple locations of shooting, custom motion graphics, and more, which is why many of them cost $25,000 and more to produce.

Of course, a good-quality commercial may be created for much, much less.  I'm a strong believer in the Pareto Principle, otherwise known as the 80/20 rule.  You can get 80% of the results with only 20% of the effort and expense.  With this in mind, a $5000 TV commercial can still be very effective.

In fact, producing a “Video Business Card” where you get to introduce who you are, what you do, why you do it, and how you're different from others in your field may be done for around $750, and can have a tremendous impact on your business.  This type of introductory video helps you make a stronger connection to those who may consider becoming a customer or client, as well as helping you stand apart from your competition.

Again, I can usually adapt how I do a job to fit your budget.

Service Details

I do all photography at your location, where the setting has more meaning.  There's no extra charge for this, as long as we're within 50 miles of Grand Rapids.  A small travel charge will apply for destinations more than 50 miles away.

I have all the equipment we will need, including lights, microphones, and portable backgrounds that can be set up anywhere, including white, black, and chromakey (green / blue screen).  (When using chromakey, you can have any background you want.  Urban, nature, graphic, whimsical, etc.  All from the convenience of a single location.)

Here are a few sample à la carte print prices: (Quantity Discounts Available)

Price Product
$10 Basic Retouching (per image)
$8 5x7 Traditional Print
$14 8x8 Traditional Print
$15 8x10 Traditional Print
$24 8x12 Traditional Print
$35 8x16 Traditional Print
$35 11x14 Traditional Print
$79 16x16 Traditional Print
$79 16x20 Traditional Print
$89 16x24 Traditional Print
20x30 Traditional Print
$169 11x14 Canvas Wrap
$249 16x20 Canvas Wrap
$379 20x30 Canvas Wrap
$479 30x40 Canvas Wrap

There are a LOT more options currently available, including square and panoramic prints in a wide variety of sizes.  And if there's something you want that I don't already carry, just let me know and I'll find a way to get it for you.

My focus is on serving YOU.

The first step is to contact me and set an appointment.

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