David Rogers is an accomplished hotel, lodge and landscape photographer with the ability to offer clients very high quality images that include interiors, exteriors, activity and wildlife shots as well as drone and go-pro work. He is also able to get HD video. David has photographed hundreds of lodges and hotels and written six coffee table books on safari lodges.
David’s costs for 2018 are
1 day – R7500
2 days – R14000
3 days – R19500
As we are also tour operators we do sometimes work on partial trade agreements for photography.
This includes off site planning, dawn to dusk photography, 10 free high res images per day.
It excludes VAT (15% for SA properties) travel costs, accommodation, meals and drinks plus post-production, which is R55 per image over and above the 10 free images per day.
David’s intention is to supply you with a few powerful signature images of your property – those magical images tell the full story. He will then work on details of the property as well as activities and wildlife. He will need access to all the experiences you offer, including the spa and dining. Much of the work will be done early morning and late evening – with interior being done midday.
The following tips are useful ahead of a photo shoot:
Payment & Advances: A deposit of 50% percent of the daily fee and 100 percent of the travel costs are payable to secure the booking. The balance will be due upon delivery of the hi res material.
Cancellations: The client is responsible for taking out weather insurance. Please note that rainy weather does not stop the shooting – we can still get great material in all weather conditions. The photographer will charge for cancellation as follows: cancellation one week from the shoot (100 percent of the deposit), two weeks (50 percent) and more than two weeks (25 percent). Any other costs such as travel and accommodation are to be borne by the client.
The brief: It is the client’s responsibility to give the photographer a full written brief. Where details are missing the client undertakes to accept the photographer’s interpretation.
The assignment: The client is responsible for having a representative present at all times when the assignment is being executed to approve style and content. Where no representative is present or if no written comments are forthcoming for any reason, the client shall accept all decisions made by the photographer in relation to execution of the brief.
Props and access to rooms: Please make sure photographer has access to the rooms that need to be photographed during the above hours.
Activities: Please ensure that the photographer has access to a vehicle and also models if you wish to have images of people having fun. Suitable safari attire essential.
Delivery: Low-res material of up to 100 images will be delivered via Dropbox within 7 days of the shoot or by arrangement. The images will typically include a wide range of images including black and white, colour and composites. High res images will follow after the selection has been made and R50 per image will be charged for the touching up on this images.
Copyright: The client has usage of images for the production of brochures, advertisements and other promotional material. They may not be sold in any form. Publications requiring images for editorial purposes are to approach the photographer directly. Photographers usage of any images may not be withheld without good reason.
Electronic imaging and storage: Electronic manipulation of images may only take place for the purposes of the original brief.
First ownership: In accordance with section 21 (1)e of the SA copyright Act No 98 of 1978 as amended, the provisions of Section 21 (1) shall not apply to the work(s) to be made in terms hereof the photographer will be the author of the work and the owner of the copyright subsisting therein.
Usage: A licence is granted to the client for Usage as specified in the brief.
Singita, Great Plains, Wilderness Safaris, And Beyond, Classic Safari Camps of Africa, Governors, Robin Pope Safaris, Jacis Safari Camps, Latitude Collection, Tongabezi, Banyan Tree, Royal Madikwe
………… and many more
“We have found that the more the client involves themselves with the shoot, the better the results.”
“We know we are successful when clients say .. now we can increase our room prices.”
“Images key in to people’s emotions”
“Have some props handy to make the shots feel less sterile”
“Is great to use people in the distance, but they should never dominate the picture?”
“You can get 70% of the shots in 30% of the time if you work cleverly.”
“I will often work on two or three shots at the same time waiting for the right light”
“If you want to feature activities, then we have to have models, vehicles and choreograph the images. It’s a bad idea to use paying clients as models.”
“I always like to feature the lodge environment in the pictures. After all its often the game, the mountains, the scenery that draws guests to these places.