Figure requirements and expectations
Figure out what the client requirements and expectations are from the commercial photographer that they would like to hire. Don’t barge right into a wedding photography agreement before you even get to find out about all of the things that are being required by the clients in the first place. There are things that you should not be taking lightly at all. As a commercial photographer, you should make sure that you get to really go out of your way to find out about this even if there will be instances wherein the clients won’t really go ahead and mention things out to your right off the bat.
There will always be some clients out there whom you will need to probe and dig a little deeper for at the end of the day. This might not turn out to be the easiest thing to do in the world but this is something that will always turn out to be well worth the effort when it all comes down to it. You will be able to minimize any possibilities of clients complaining that they never really got everything that they were hoping to get out of the project. Manage their expectations if you have to especially during instances wherein you feel as if the clients are asking for something a little bit too much at times. Be the voice of reason and try to strike up a compromise with them if you can before you seal the deal.
Have quote handy
A professional commercial photographer should always have his quote handy all of the time and it should also be something well studied, not just a number that is pulled out of thin air. Study your quote ahead of time and make sure that you get to consider all of the possible contributing factors from the overhead expenses to the amount of gas you will be using to the number of hours you will be putting into the project to the interns and outsources that you have on your payroll and so on and so forth. When the clients ask you for a quote and you aren’t really all that ready to give a definite number out just yet, it would be wise to opt for a certain range instead, just so that they know what to expect and just so that they will be tell if it is something that will turn out to work well for your projected margin of profit for that particular subject.
Constantly initiate sign offs as a commercial photographer because this can really help you speed things along as you proceed with your coverage in commercial photography. When you include your clients along with your photo shoot, they will be able to call you out on certain aspects of the commercial photo shoot that you are doing wrong and they are things that you will be able to go ahead and correct in real time. This will ensure that you never have to redo a commercial photo shoot ever again.