Your cheer photography session starts well before the photographer and his entourage arrive on site and doesn't end until long after the photographer goes home for the day and begins the task of editing your images so that they look their best. After all, your athlete needs to look as great as they perform!
Below are some examples of rates for a few scenarios. Evey client and situation are unique. If you're not finding exactly what you were looking for, contact me! I'd be happy to customize a session or package that works for you and your budget!
I'm available most weekends to take portraits of your athlete at your home, gym (with owner permission), or an outdoor location of your choosing. I often bring portable lighting equipment with me, where permitted, so that we can shoot indoors, run a session a bit past sunset or shoot at night for some dramatic images! I'm known for providing a generous amount of images with every session!
Starting January 1, 2018, individual portrait sessions start at the following prices:
30-minute mini session: $75 and up
1-hour portrait session: $150 and up
2-hour mega session: $250 and up
All sessions include the following:
Unless otherwise specified, outdoor portrait appointments will start about 1½-2 hours before sunset, or no later than 1 hour after sunrise. The client is responsible for the cost of permits, venue admission, and other associated costs associated with the shooting location that would be incurred by the photographer, should they exist.
Add-ons to your portrait sessions are available as follows. If you don't see something you're looking for, feel free to contact me!
Editing photos can often take as long or longer than the portrait session itself. In order to continue the generosity of providing ample amounts of images that I'm known for, I must restrict the types of edits I provide with the photos included in your session fee. The following chart helps to define what is "light editing" (included) vs "advanced editing" (additional fee):
|Light (included)||Advanced (additional)|
|Exposure adjustment||Significant flyaway hair reduction|
|Color correction||Wrinkle removal|
|Gentle teeth whitening||Severe acne correction|
|Occasional skin blemish removal||Changing of backgrounds|
|Occasional hair removal||Removing significant background distractions|
|Crop and straighten||Fixing exposed tan-lines|
|Monochrome conversion||Blending or superimposing multiple images|
From time to time, RickJ Photography may offer special group or mini sessions at prices that differ from what is listed above.
Cheer or other Sporting Events
Without a doubt, every athlete loves action shots capturing what they do best! I shoot most events that my own cheerleaders attend and will shoot other teams upon request. What sets my images apart from the onsite photographers' is that I shoot my images in the highest quality RAW file format, discard the bad shots, and lightly edit the best images so that the color and exposure always look their best! Some events don't offer an onsite photographer at all while others may use services that provide instant access to expensive lower-resolution images that are often unedited, too dark and sometimes blurry.
Most cheer events are shot within the rules of the venue, and where possible, images are placed for viewing and sale (where permitted) in online galleries at very competitive prices. Most images are uploaded within a few days to one week after the event. Please note that some venues may place restrictions on, or prohibit, professional (or any) photography, and thus, not all events will be able to be photographed.
Many cheer events can result in hundreds of photos per routine!
Depending on the sport and event, watermarked lightly-edited photos will be hosted in a public or password-protected gallery, and made available for up to three months after the end of the current season. Images and photo products purchased through the gallery will always be free of watermarks. Quantity discount packages are available at a discount, too!
Average prices for post-paid event photography, per image:
For sessions, cash and all major credit cards are accepted via Square at the time of the session. I will pay your sales tax on cash transactions.
Checks made out to "Richard Johnson" are accepted from established clients, but funds must clear before final products are delivered. Insufficient funds are subject to a $35 returned check fee in addition to the original balance due.
Online images may be purchased via rickjphoto.com.
The Fine Print
To cover time and expenses involved with preparing for your event, scheduled bookings with new clients may require a non-refundable retainer of 33% of the total package price at the time of booking, with the balance due at the start of the event. However, in the unlikely event that the photographer must cancel and a suitable alternative cannot be arranged, all retainers will be refunded.
Please note that sessions begin on time at the scheduled start time. Additional time can be purchased in 15-minute increments.
Please be aware that all quoted session fees and product prices are exclusive of Surprise, AZ sales tax (8.5% as of 2017).
Additional products may be purchased at the time of booking or at any time after the event through your online gallery.
The photographer reserves and retains all rights to all images shot at a given session or event.