Even if you don't, I'll assume you did and totally still hold you accountable.
Out of 1200 shoots, I have cancelled about 7 times. I have done downright silly things to ensure my attendance and punctuality for shoots. But, life happens. On the rare chance I have to cancel with short notice, I will pay kill fees for any nonrefundable studio/location rentals that you may have incurred.
I stay in a 1.5 hr radius for local shoots and I travel far and wide for others. If I am traveling to you, I may require all or partial travel expenses to be covered. This will be discussed during the process of booking and prior to travel. Where am I traveling from?
Hourly: $100-125/hr; 1-3 hr minimum
Half day: $400-500 (4 hrs)
full day: $700+ (up to 8 hrs)
8+ hrs or multiple days: TBD
*Please note: rates may vary
I may require a deposit for a shoot for several reasons, among them:
A deposit is held as payment towards the shoot to reserve a time slot. It shows a sign of commitment to our shoot, which brings me to the next section.
I spend a lot of time working to coordinate schedules that maximize my time and efficiency when traveling, and when I get cancellations, it can cause a huge shift in plans for me. Cancellations made with adequate notice are usually replaceable. Other times the impact can be devastating and in extreme circumstances can cause me to have to cancel trips even after expenses have been incurred. For this reason I have to institute a cancellation policy.
PLEASE DO NOT BOOK WITH ME UNLESS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY SURE YOU CAN COMMIT. I would rather you tell me up front that your plans are uncertain. This way I can free my schedule up for someone who can commit and revisit to see if our schedules align as the time nears. The average trip costs me $500-1000 out of pocket, and it is extremely inconsiderate to cancel on short notice or leave me waiting on confirmation. My time is valuable.
LOCAL SHOOTS (within 1.5 hrs of Toms River, NJ)
>48 hrs' notice: N/A
<48 hrs' notice: $50 deposit held towards future shoot, rescheduled within 1 month from cancellation
REGIONAL SHOOTS (2-4 hrs from Toms River, NJ)
>1 wk's notice: N/A
<1 wk's notice: $100 deposit held towards future shoot, rescheduled within 2 months from cancellation
NON LOCAL SHOOTS (>4 hrs from Toms River, NJ)
>2 week's notice: N/A
1-2 wk's notice: $100 kill fee payable towards future shoot
<1 wk's notice: $100 or 50% kill fee (non-refundable)
<48 hrs' notice: 100% kill fee
*2 Cancellations with any amount of notice will require 100% of payment to be made up front.
This is a guideline only; exceptions can be made depending on circumstances. The farther I'm traveling, the stricter the policy.