Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009

KRP Client Forms (& Sample Invoice)

KRP Client Forms are a quick way for me to get the rundown of the services you need and what you want from me as a photographer. It also lets me keep all of your information on a handy spreadsheet! After I've confirmed you as a client (please e-mail me), I will ask you to fill out one of the following forms:
Not only does this give me all of your information, but it gives me something to read prior to the session/event so I know what you're looking for and I'm not going in blind! At the session/event, I will touch base with you again to confirm the details of the client form. (The other two forms aren't complete yet; I will update this when I've finished them.)

If you're interested in viewing a sample invoice for a headshot session, click here.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Services: Portraits

Whether you'd like to commemorate a special time in your life, create a memorable gift, or just have a little fun, consider a portrait session! The best portraits are those that throw away an old-fashioned, stilted style in favor of photographs that really capture the emotion and personality of the subject(s) involved. From formal to playful to whimsical, portraits are a wonderful way to capture not just appearances, but personalities.

Prints and albums are available to you and your family and friends via my store at printroom.com, and digital CDs of all photographs are available directly from me. Your gallery can be password-protected upon request, so that only you and the people you allow can view and purchase items from the gallery.

I'd like to work with you to really learn what you're looking for in a portrait, in order to create a great experience and produce ideal results.

90-minute session with unlimited shots (Color and/or B&W) for one person in the location of your choice
60 minutes extra time
Additional people in session
$50 ea.
Photo CD
Additional CDs
$10 ea.
Available through Printroom.com

*Pets are welcome in portraits provided they are well-trained. There is a $30 pet fee for each animal. Portraits of pets only are available for $75 (session time can vary but not exceed 90 minutes).

Services: Special Events

I'll also handle your needs for recitals, benefits, award ceremonies, and other events. Base fees are listed here.

Event (up to 2 hours)
Event (2-5 hours)
Photo CD
$15 ea.
Available through Printroom.com

Do you have special concerns or needs for your event? Please e-mail me and let's discuss it!

Services: Theatre

Most community theatre companies are working on a tight budget, but that doesn't mean that getting quality production photos is impossible.

Production Photos
$25 per dress rehearsal (shooting)
$10 per rehearsal (previewing)
Publicity Photos
Photo Call
$35 (max. 20 shots)
Lobby Headshots
$20 (cast of 1-10, $1 for each additional cast or crew member)
Photo CD
Available through Printroom.com

Details of Services

Production Photos
Photographs that are taken during a dress rehearsal run of the show. It's best if things are as close to performance conditions as possible in order to get the best images. I will also attend a rehearsal and not take photos, just to familiarize myself with the show and the material. If there are moments that you'd really like me to capture, please notify me beforehand so I don't miss them. I shoot continuously throughout the show, without asking actors to pause.

Receive Photos by Opening Night
Many theatre companies like to show production photos in the lobby. If you need your production photos (usually taken at dress rehearsal) by opening night, please let me know. I will sort through the photos immediately and send you the photos in one of the following ways: 1) by e-mail (.zip file), 2) by dropping off a CD, 3) by uploading photos to Walgreens.com.

If photos are uploaded to Walgreens, you can view the gallery online, place a print order, and pick up the print order at the Walgreens location of your choice----usually in an hour after ordering. You are responsible paying for your prints.

Publicity Photos
These are usually staged photos taken midway through the rehearsal process for press releases. They can be photographs of rehearsal, staged photographs with principal actors (costumed or uncostumed), pictures of the director working with the cast, et cetera. I will come to one rehearsal to shoot these photos and have them available to the director or publicist within 48 hours (see "Receive Photos by Opening Night").

Photo Call
Different from shooting production photos, a photo call generally takes place before or after a dress rehearsal, or after a performance. Give me a list of shots you like----groupings, characters, lines/scenes of the show. If the list involves scenes from the show and takes place following a rehearsal or performance, it would be best to order the list from last scene to first scene.

A photo call is open to anyone with a camera who would like to take pictures. Each shot on the list is posed (usually speaking the line that goes into the "freeze" position), photographed by flash cameras (if any), photographed by non-flash cameras (including mine), and then relaxed. Because of the time it takes to set up each shot, I will only take lists with up to 20 shots.

Lobby Headshots
Some companies like to showcase headshots of their actors in the lobby. If not all of your actors have their own headshots, or if you'd like a uniform look, or headshots of actors in character, we can arrange a quick headshot session prior to or following a rehearsal. These sessions generally take five minutes per cast or crew member, so please consider that when scheduling. Also, please make sure that everyone to be photographed will be present.

Photos will be finished like standard headshots unless otherwise requested.

Ordering Prints
I make my theatrical photos available to cast and crew members of the production via an order form which allows them to purchase a CD of all photos. The form also includes instructions on how to order individual prints via my store at Printroom.

Services: Headshots

For actors, models, musicians, and other performers, the classic "8x10 glossy" is often the first way you'll be seen by directors and agents. It's your gateway, your networking tool. A good headshot should encapsulate an immediate glimpse of your personality and type.

Because child and teenage actors grow up quickly and headshots will be quickly outdated, sessions for actors 18 and under are half price.

Black & White (90-minute session)
Adult $150 / 18 and Under $75
Color (90-minute session)
Adult $180 / 18 and Under $90
Black & White / Color (2-hour session)
Adult $200 / 18 and Under $100
CD of all photos with KRP photo credit and release form$20
1 finished & minimally retouched headshot with name printed (B&W/Color Session, 2 shots)
$20 ($30)
Additional finished shots
Available through Printroom.com

Details of Services

There are three types of sessions: a 90-minute session for black & white photos, a 90-minute session for color photos, and a 2-hour session for both black & white and color photos. Please keep in mind that I shoot everything in color and convert to black & white in processing. However, your clothing choices will differ between black & white and color. Please bring several clothing choices to your session. If female, please bring multiple shades of lipstick.

Black & White: The goal here is to think in grayscale, in terms of light and dark. I generally recommend that cliens in a B&W session wear a simple black shirt. For men, a button-up shirt is preferable to a t-shirt. It's recommended that women wear a black shirt that showcases the collarbone and doesn't show too much cleavage. Jewelry is acceptable but should be simple and minimal. Lipstick should contrast skin tone enough to stand out in grayscale. Avoid wearing blush on the apples of your cheeks. This sounds counterintuitive, but blush creates a darkening effect and in grayscale, it will make the cheeks look sunken.

Color: The goal here is to think vibrant. You want a color headshot to highlight and enhance your natural coloring, as well as be a delight to the eyes. There's no point in having a color headshot if the colors aren't delicious. Consider bright colors and prints in your clothing choices, but avoid anything that you feel might detract from your face. Again, women should focus on shirts that showcase the collarbone.

In both cases, you'll want to consider your "type" as an actor and what kind of personality you want to convey----and yet, you'll also want to look neutral enough to suggest you can transform to different characters. Most people are looking for a headshot that makes a person look fresh, fun, and approachable. Women should wear their hair down and makeup should be neutral.

The goal of each session is to produce one perfect shot to represent you (or two shots, in the case of a session that includes both B&W and color).

Finished Headshots
Following the session, I will load the photos onto the computer and select the best images. I will then work with you via e-mail to select the one shot that will be used for your headshot. Once it's selected, I will retouch the photo, then add a white border and the name you use----I generally use a bold-italic Times New Roman for the font, but we can discuss other font options.

Though the goal is to find one shot, I will finish additional shots for $10 each if you're having difficulty deciding which you like best.

For actor/crew headshots specific to a particular theatrical production, please see the service & price list for Theatre Photography.

Services: Weddings

Many wedding photographers can cost thousands of dollars, work on a tight schedule, and don't allow you to have digital copies of your photographs. Finding the right photographer for your wedding can be incredibly difficult, and it all depends on what you're looking for and what you can afford. If you're planning a small, intimate wedding, I may be the photographer for you. Wedding services are listed a la carte, so you can choose what works for you. Choosing all services will give you a 30% discount on session costs (not including CD and print orders).

Prints and albums are available to you and your family and friends via my store at Printroom, and digital CDs of all photographs are available directly from me. Your gallery can be password-protected upon request, so that only you and the people you allow can view and purchase items from the gallery.

Pre-Wedding Consultation
Post-Ceremony Group Snapshots
Post-Ceremony Artistic
Photo CD
$20 ea.
Available through printroom.com

Details of Services

Pre-Wedding Consultation
I would like to meet and get to know the couple prior to the wedding, in order to get an idea of what you want. At this consultation, we'll discuss the venue, the services you'd like to have, and the prospective cost. This meeting should last about an hour.

Photos prior to the wedding at the ceremony venue, usually of the bride and her mother, bridesmaids, the groomsmen, et cetera. These can be posed shots or candids. I prefer not to take photographs at the bride's home while she is getting ready. I have done this in the past and have found that there is so much going on that a photographer is very much in the way. There is a lot of stress and the photographer can really add to that. I recommend choosing a friend to take candid shots of people getting ready prior to going to the venue.

Photos of the ceremony itself. Prior to the ceremony I would like to agree on a location that will be my "vantage point". I understand that the ceremony is not all about the photos taken and therefore don't want to be moving around too much. I'd like to be in the way as little as possible.

Post-Ceremony Group Snapshots
Photos of family and friends with the couple. At the consultation, I will request a list of the groups that you'd like----I will need this list prior to the ceremony. This usually involves a lot of photographs being taken in a very short amount of time, all while rounding up large and varied groups of people. I may require an assistant or two to help gather people, and you might want to consider distributing a few copies of the photo list so people know the basics of what's going on and who's up next. I recommend that you block out at least an hour of time (depending on how many photos you want) if you choose this service.

Post-Ceremony Artistic
These are the "showcase" photos, usually of just the couple. I would like to work out some ideas for this session at the consultation----what kind of shots you're looking for, whether you'd like anyone else involved, how much time you'd like it to take. I recommend that you block out at least an hour of time if you choose this service. The photos will suffer if you're rushing from ceremony to reception.

Photos of the reception following the ceremony: first dances, cake cutting, speeches. It's very difficult to me to photograph receptions in low light. I prefer not to use a flash but will if necessary. At the consultation I would like to know what shots you think are particularly important. I will stay until all of those shots have been taken.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of communication do you prefer?
I strongly prefer communication via e-mail: kaitrankinsphoto@gmail.com. I check my e-mail several times a day. You are more likely to reach me via e-mail than by phone. I can deliver information to you in a clearer manner, all laid out, and gives you a printable version of all arrangements.

Do you have a studio?
I work mostly on location. I will meet you in any location of your choice in the Western Massachusetts / Northern Connecticut area. In special instances you can come to my mini-studio in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.

Do you charge for mileage?
I live in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, and I do not charge when I have to travel under 15 miles. Beyond that, I have small zone charges. Distance calculations are made via Mapquest.

0 - 15 miles: No charge
15 - 30 miles: $15
30 - 45 miles: $30
45+ miles: $45

How do you deal with payment?

I draw up an invoice prior to the session and will share it with you beforehand. I will bring the invoice with me and require payment at the end of the session (check or cash only).

For weddings and events, you can pay me prior to the event in order to take away some of the stress of the day. When so many things are going on it can be incredibly easy to forget.

Prints will not be available at my storefront and CDs will not be sent until payment is received. Prints are handled via credit card at my online store at Printroom, while photo CDs are included in the invoice and mailed to you when ready.

How do I order prints?
I do not handle prints directly and I do not offer paper order forms for prints. You may order a photo CD direct from me (see question below), or you may order professional prints from my store at Printroom. The store offers prints in a variety of styles and sizes and includes mounting and album options. You can also purchase photo memorabilia like mugs and mousepads where available. After Printroom takes and processes the order, your prints will be sent directly to you. You may also return to the Printroom store if you ever need to order more prints.

What's included on a photo CD?

I make photo CDs available to all of my customers. CDs include all of the best takes from the session and are designed largely for electronic distribution. Photos on the CD have a small photo credit tag on the bottom.

If you purchase a CD of all photos, you may print them at any other location of your choice. Some establishments will require a release form; I provide a release form on the CD. Please print it and bring it with you.

If you offer prints on your online store, can I control who views and purchases prints?

Yes. The gallery of your portraits, wedding, or event can be password-protected and made viewable only by those who have the password.

What kind of camera do you use?

I currently use a Nikon D-50 Digital SLR and prefer to use a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF lens. I don't use a large telephoto lens. A large lens adds weight and limits my maneuverability. The lens that I currently use is small, lightweight, and faster than most zoom lenses, and produces crisp, clear images.

What kind of lighting equipment do you use?

Because I work on location, I usually do not supply extra lighting. We will experiment with lighting at the location for the desired effect. The best general lighting is outside, on days that are slightly overcast. I try to work with sunlight and lights that are on location, but if necessary I will make use of my supplemental lighting (3 24x24" softboxes and 1 reflector umbrella, all with low-heat, energy efficient lights). These lights are also used at my home location. For theatre photography, I rely on the lighting design of the production. I never use a flash for theatre photos.

Will you deny a client service?

Yes. In order to produce a quality photograph, there must be a comfortable relationship between subject and photographer. Just as you have the right to choose another photographer, I reserve the right to not take on a client if I feel uncomfortable or mistreated. I will not tolerate rudeness.

Do you have a question that isn't answered here? Please e-mail me.