INTRODUCTION- Take a look at my jewlery portfolio here
Jewelry is one of the most difficult subjects to photograph. It often includes gemstones that need to sparkle or highly reflective metal which simply has to look like metal, and each piece has to be arranged just so. Something as simple as focus becomes problematic when you're just inches from your subject.
Over time I've worked out solutions to the these problems so I can deliver the images you expect. And thanks to the internet and my online proofing system, you can now participate directly in your jewelry shoot no matter where you happen to live. You can also rest assured your final photographs will be exactly what you expected BEFORE they are delivered to your door or computer.
PROCEDURE FOR GETTING YOUR WORK SHOT.
1. Figure out what you need in terms of photographs. Did you want images for your website, postcards,
shows applications, store or booth displays, advertisment or a catalog? Make a list.
2. Figure out what pieces you want photographed. Make a list.
3. Give me a call and introduce youself. I'm always happy to meet new artists and enjoy helping out in anyway I can. Feel free to ask as many questions you want.
4.Tell me what you've got on your lists and I'll ask questions if something is unclear. Once I've got sufficient info, I'll give you a general idea of the cost on the spot, and/or will figure out the cost and call you back with a quote.
5. If you agree with the quote and want to proceed, then you'd pack up the work with a deposit and send it off to me via Fedex or UPS. Pack each piece in a separate plastic bag along with a sketch of the layout you want as best you can. If you have a photograph that you like and want something similar, send that along. In all cases be as clear as possible. I have one client who places groups of her work on a scanner and then scans the images and prints this out on her home printer. If you have your own digital camera, arrange your work on a piece of copy paper and do your best to make a photo and sent that along.
6. When I get your work I'll unpack it and call you to let you know I received it and ask questions about anything that might be unclear. Your work then goes into my safe until it is time to shoot. My studio has a security system. Call about insurance options for very expensive work.
7. Before I shoot your work I study your layouts and recreate what you've asked as closely as possible on a portable section of the background you've chosen and then move it onto the set for tests.
8. Testing is the most time consuming part of the shoot. Though I have a general idea of what you want and can create images, it is only after I've gotten feedback from you will I know if I'm on the right track in terms of lighting, camera angle, background choice and look. I generally email a series of tests in the beginning to establish a solid and consistent look that can be used for all the images. Once you've approved that through phone calls or email, I then send proofs for each of the pieces to match that look. When you get the proofs I always expect to get feedback which I will use to perfect the image and make it exactly as you want it.
As you can image, working back and forth like this can be a time consuming process, but I generally have other activities going on at the studio at the same time so it usually isn't a problem. Sometimes a set can be up for a few days if I'm working around the busy schedule of client. In an ideal world it is best all around if you can be available during the most productive part of the shoot, and I will let you know when that will be.
9. Once all tests are done and a final image is created for each of your pieces (which you have approved via email or an online gallery I would post) the final files needed are created. I typically burn these to a CD that has labled folders containing each of the file types you need. Don't worry if you don't understand what is needed, I can decipher that for you or find out if necessary. If you're uploading files to Zapplication or some other online show submission system, I can do that for you as well.
10. Your jewelry is shipped back when the balance of the job is paid for. If for any reason there are problems with the delivered final files, just let me know and I'll make any corrections necessary. I want you to be absolutely delighted with the photographs I create for you and will work closely with you to make that a reality. The neat thing is you don't have to set foot in my studio to do this!
Photograph six pieces of jewelry $450
Additional pieces: $60 each, details $50
WHAT YOU’LL GET:
- Digital photographs of your jewelry like those shown here.
- Digtial approval images emailed to your studio for your feedback. If changes are needed, new proofs are created and sent out till you get an image of your work that you're delighted with.
- Retouching of dust or other problems.
- Up to 5 Files of your choice up to 8.5 x 11. Below are common sizes.
- 5x7 300 dpi JPEG files (common jury application file size)
- 5x7 - 360 dpi TIFF files (used for postcards and other printing)
- 1920 x1920 pixel, 72 dpi JPEGs (for CAFÉ and ZAPPLICATION)
- 1400 x 2000 pixel, 300 dpi JPEGs (for JURIED ART SERVICES)
- 640 x 480 pixel, 72 dpi JPEGS (for emailing and websites, can be larger if you like)
- Upon payment - all rights for all uses of images. Studio can use images for promotion. Credit req.
- All major credit cards accepted, Paypal, checks.
- 5 to 7 days turnaround
- All work uncondtionally guaranteed.
- Artist pays for return shipping
- Massachusetts residents pay 6.25% Massachusetts sales tax
- 50% deposit required. Balance due before shipping.
- All work unconditionlly guaranteed.
- 3- 35 mm SLIDES from digital files, same image - $15, $3 each additional/same file. $75 min.
- Other Digital files converted to ZAPP/CAFE/JAS files and uploaded -$15 each
- Duplicate CDs - $10 each
- 5 or fewer pieces - $100/setup plus $60/piece
- RUSH service - 4 days + 25%, 3 days + 50%, 2 days + 75%, 1 day + 100%s