Paying for the Services of a Fellow Photographer

So a colleague I respect sent me a few questions on how much he should pay for the services rendered to him by another photographer. I decided to share here because I know a few other photographers that need this info.

Q 1: How much will you charge per day if I want you to shoot a wedding with me?

It depends on the experience and expertise of the photographer that’s in question. The fee I’ll pay Shola Animashaun to assist me on a concert will not be the same amount I will pay a student that just graduated from our photography academy. I would also consider if the photographer would be using his camera or if it will be provided by the “employer.” I’ll recommend paying the photographer at least N10,000 extra if he’ll be using his camera and external flash. Consider that to be the cost of renting the equipment.

In most cases, I would consider paying a seasoned photographer between N10,000 & N40,000 per day for assisting. If there’s a mutual understanding between both photographers, you could leverage on goodwill and trade by barter. I’ve assisted a few photographers without being paid a dime and they’ve equally returned the kind gesture by helping to teach a photography class when I couldn’t make it. It helps if the photographer also is your friend.

Q 2: What if the job is outside your state of residency (eg Lagos state).

I would consider paying enough to cover the 1 or 2 extra days the photographer will spend to get to & from the destination. Sometimes it also depends on the type and location of event. I would gladly not accept a token if I was told to assist some photographers on jobs that might look like the type I eventually want to get.

An example will be the turbaning ceremony of the CBN governor we covered earlier in the year. The job was actually commissioned to Halima Abubakar (L’enigma Photos) shortly after she finished from our photography academy. As it is my custom, I went all the way to help make it work for her. Assisting her on the job was an opportunity to learn more about the culture in Kano. I had never met the CBN governor before and thought it would be an adventurous challenge to cover an event of such magnitude. Although I really wasn’t expecting to be paid, I blessed God for her life when I got a message from her telling me she had credited my account with money I was in dire need of at that time. I would gladly assist her any day.

That brings me to my second point. It also helps if the photographer is your friend. There’s likely to be more freedom in discussing money matters when the person is first your friend. Although, that should not be an excuse to take one another for granted. Although it can be quite difficult to put a price tag if the job is outside Lagos, working with a photographer who is also your friend would probably not cost you much.

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Q 3. How much will you charge if you’re responsible for taking all the pictures and giving me on a CD/DVD?

In this case, I would consider paying the photographer well especially if he would have no right to use the pictures for his portfolio. Sometimes it can be painful when you don’t pay the photographer what you both agree only for you to see the images on the photographer’s website or facebook page. This is one thing that I feel is wrong. If you’re assisting a photographer to cover an event, in most cases you’re actually relinquishing your rights to use the pictures for your portfolio.

There are photographers that do this and I don’t feel it is right. This is one reason why I wouldn’t bother stressing myself to call on some photographers to assist me on any job. At the end of the day, they usually go about posting the pictures online and claiming they got the job and all.

For a guide on a specific amount to pay, I feel it’s fair if you can pay the photographer a MINIMUM of N30,000 especially if you’ll not be providing a camera. In one situation, I have even collected N15,000 from a photographer friend for a day’s coverage and I understood I couldn’t use the pictures for myself. The photographer has returned the favor in more ways than 1 and I’ll gladly work with him again if I’m not busy on the day in question.

That’s my take on that. If anyone know’s of a better & more detailed guide to pricing situations like these, I’ll appreciate if you drop a comment so we can all learn.
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So I got a travel agency to help put together a road trip for photographers. Date is February 3rd – 9th, 2013. We need a minimum of 15 photographers to make this happen. Cost comes to N85,000 per photographer and will cover transportation, accommodation and feeding. Deadline for registration is January 18, 2013 so start planning ahead.



Snake Village
It has a Snake Village where Snakes are Sacred and are being worshipped today. Pictures are allowed and you may hold and put snakes around your neck, if you are brave enough. There has never been any case of Snake bite reported. So, be brave! The Snake temple is still functional and Snakes are still being worshiped.
“Point of NO Return”
A memorial to slavery at the beach of Ouidah, one of the large slave-trade ports in Africa, a main departure point for those sold into slavery between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Slave Route
The Slave Route – a small 4km long road, is the route through which Slaves followed to board the vessels of the slave trader. They pass through the gate (Known as Point of No return) to where the vessels are waiting. The vessels sail and take them to the slave market.
The road is lined with fetishes, statues and small villages from the city to the fabulous beaches.

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2.Kwame Nkrumah Mesoleum

This is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, who was a famous pan-Africanist. The Centre consists of a museum of his life and works, the mausoleum, and his statue, which stands on the spot (the Polo grounds as it used to be called) where he declared Independence for the country on 6th March, 1957.

3.Independence square

The venue for many national celebrations, dominated by the independence arch and the memorial to Unknown Soldier

4.Culture and Arts Center

The Centre’s arts and crafts bazaar and traditional textile market is the best place in Accra to find traditional handicrafts from all over Ghana. You have to be prepared to bargain hard here, starting prices are inflated. Some of the interesting items to be found include, Kente items, woodcarvings drums, local leather bags, beads and imported items from surrounding countries

5.Boti Village

Umbrella Rock

The Umbrella Rock is about thirty minutes’ walk in the forest from Boti falls. The umbrella Rock is sited on a high land and thus, making it possible to watch nature hundreds of miles away into the green. The arrangement of the rocks are in the form of an umbrella. One rock lies on top of the other, relying on only a small pivot point on the one below. Other tourist who are willing to adventure lean a ladder to the rock on the top and climb to its top. From there, beautiful forest view is right in front not forgetting the nice air breeze

Three Head Palm Tree

The three-headed palm tree has a huge stem base and from this singular stem base are three separate stems growing into the sky. The diameter of the base is about 126cm and the three stems have a diameter of about 70cm each. The height of the trees or three headed tree is about 3.2 m. It has huge lushly green leaves like any other palm tree.

Boti Waterfalls (Twin Waterfall)

Boti Falls is a 30m high waterfall within the Boti Forest Reserve about 30 minutes east of Koforidua. A small hike down some stone steps takes you to the waterfall with a pool at the base, which is safe for swimming. Boti falls is actually made up of two waterfalls. According to the local people the big one is the male and the smaller one, a female. When the two merge, it is said that they are mating. The merging forms a rainbow.

6. Elmina Castle (Cape Coast)

It was built in the 1480’s and occupied by different Europeans and ostensibly fortified to defend their ‘territories’ and to enhance and protect their ‘gold trade’. The castles’ warehouse-trade, were later converted to dungeons to facilitate the slave trade, the last stop for slaves to await shipment to their destinations to suffer their fate.

7. Kakum National Park (Canopy Walkway)

This is Africa’s first forest walkway; the fourth of its kind in the world. It was commissioned in 1994. It is a bowel-loosening canopy which 350m long suspended bridge, seven in number and strung firmly unto 7 tall trees 30m above lush forest floor.

8. Aburi Botanical Garden:

This one of the most beautiful, peaceful and fascinating places in Ghana. Opened in March, 1890, and covering 64.8 hectares and overlooking the Accra coastal plain from an elevation of 370 to 460 metres above sea level, the Aburi Botanic Garden is a must experience for every Ghanaian as well as visitors to Ghana. Butterfly and bird lovers would love Aburi Gardens for the presence of many species of butterflies and birds that would come so near as if wanting to perch on one’s head. Another delight of Aburi Botanic Garden is the blossoming mixture of indigenous and exotic trees of global importance, aesthetics and medicinal properties

9. Mokola Market

One can obtain beautiful African Textiles, Foodstuffs, Traditional clothes, shoes, cosmetics, etc. It also houses a bank, restaurants, offices, etc. Because of its central location it enjoys a lot of patronage from residents in Accra and tourists alike.

 10.Dodi Island

The Dodi Island became one of the displaced settlements when the Dam was constructed in the late 1960’s. It covers approximately 55 acres of space. The inhabitants on the Dodi Island are friendly and accommodating. They normally welcome visitors with a traditional cultural dance, agbadza from the Volta Region. Their primary occupation is fishing. The Volta River Authority and the Hotel have plans of developing the Dodi Island into a world class tour site.

11.Labadi Beach

Is the busiest beach on Ghana’s coast. It is one of Accra’s few beaches and is maintained by the local hotels. An entrance fee to those not staying the hotels is charged. On holidays and weekends there are often performances of reggae, hip-life, playback, and cultural drumming and dancing

12. Next Door Beach

Is a rocky beach with purple sand and a great subject for Professional Photographers.

13.   Accra Metropolitan Tour

14.   Volta Region
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