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What`s the going rate for photographers to charge a band ?

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Posted By : Off The Rails | Comments : 18

For band photos and videos ?

There seems to be a few offering to do them, but what`s the going rate ?, we have inquired about band photos quite a few times, with widely varying prices being quoted.


# Posted by Mr Cottonhouse - 30/07/2014, 11:55 (GMT)

I know a good guy - Derren from The Cottonhouse Shakers. He will probably beat your best price. He's a sound bloke and a good capturer too!

PM me if you are interested.

(just pics)

# Posted by The Kasuals Solid Sixties Musi... - 30/07/2014, 12:02 (GMT)

When we had our new promo shots taken back in May 2012, John charged us £150.00, which we thought was very reasonable. Especially when you consider the cost of John's camera, Canon's flagship camera.

Obviously there are photographers and photographers, since the explosion of digital camera's everyone is an expert, their results tell the true story. Have them done right the first time and save money in the longterm.

As for video, again, you have Bert who will come to your gig with his £300.00 camera he bought for his mates wedding etc and film the band, one angle and probably below average audio. Or you can pay in some cases pretty high fees and have a pro job done to a very high standard.

Plenty of research needed Tony!!!

# Posted by Asa - 30/07/2014, 13:27 (GMT)

I used to charge between £50 and £70 for pictures and a few videos (min 5 videos but very often more). Thats for multi angle, high audio quality, HD videos.

That price obviously reflects my status as (very much) an amateur. I've had my efforts pickaed apart by several people on NWB but I never had any complaints from customers. I think it represents value for money and I'd go so far as to say that everyone I've worked with has scored additional gigs from the output - which is what you want.

As Lee says, the better the quality, the higher the cost but only you can judge the value proposition The average is probably around the £500 for photos and videos.


# Posted by Rumble Fat Band - 30/07/2014, 16:56 (GMT)

Asa does a great job and we were really pleased with the promo vids he did for Interfuture.

# Posted by Jeepster Gaz ( RailerMania ) - 30/07/2014, 18:18 (GMT)

They are not for additional gigs. We don't struggle getting gigs to be honest. However, I feel we just need some pro quality pics to improve the image of the band. ( I know we are all ugly old farts before anyone say's anything. ha ha )

Just looking to be able to produce maybe a different style of poster for the corporate type stuff we are doing and to just basically up the profile of the band !


# Posted by The Kasuals Solid Sixties Musi... - 30/07/2014, 18:38 (GMT)

Told Carole ages ago to contact John, lives 10mins away from their house and will provide top quality promo photo's. This is his living, he is a retired CID officer.

As with most photographers you will have to give them some ideas of what you want, whether it is studio or on location shots you're after. And, to have everybody else as enthusiastic is a bonus. :)

# Posted by Off The Rails - 30/07/2014, 18:43 (GMT)

Lee I did what I was told I contacted him but it like talking to a brick wall.


# Posted by The Kasuals Solid Sixties Musi... - 30/07/2014, 18:50 (GMT)

Maybe you need to contact him again and tell him what you're after, no point calling anyone if you don't know what you want, I see his work on a weekly basis appering on my Facebook timeline, seen some impressive work.

# Posted by Off The Rails - 30/07/2014, 19:01 (GMT)

Lee I am not on about the photographer!!!


# Posted by The Kasuals Solid Sixties Musi... - 30/07/2014, 19:08 (GMT)

Right, the 5 stooges!!!!! :)

# Posted by Jeepster Gaz ( RailerMania ) - 30/07/2014, 19:20 (GMT)

excuse me, 4 stooges !

# Posted by Jeepster Gaz ( RailerMania ) - 30/07/2014, 19:22 (GMT)

im sick of coming up with ideas for photo shoots and locations and it falling on deaf ears and 1 person always saying it wont work ! lol ha ha ha ha ha

# Posted by Friday Night Live - 30/07/2014, 23:43 (GMT)

i do photos and flim

# Posted by Friday Night Live - 30/07/2014, 23:43 (GMT)

i do photos and flim

# Posted by Asa - 31/07/2014, 10:58 (GMT)

You're called Off The Rails. It's not rocket surgery to come up with a location that would be suitable/appropriate.

- A train
- A railway
- An old railway embankment

Take your instruments and set up on old railway embankment. Spaced out. Black and whites. Bit U2-ish but could work well. Piece of cake.

I always advise my clients to look at photos of their influences and pick a few that they like, then you can work to that style.

# Posted by Asa - 31/07/2014, 11:03 (GMT)

This is an attempt at humour before anyone gets huffy!

# Posted by Sparrow - 03/08/2014, 20:28 (GMT)

What about the railway museum at York. or perhaps a Britsh rail knackers yard?? could be a good retro thing. It's a bit like some bands being pictures next to old classic cars. Just an Idea!!!!

# Posted by Hellwyck - 12/08/2014, 20:47 (GMT)

This lady is superb and photographs bands at festivals and gigs around the NW.


for a photoshoot, she'll give you a decent price.

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