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| p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · First large commercial gig, varying aspects -- need advice from the vets |
If you're quoting for a major international company, you're seriously under valuing yourself and your services. Your daily fee should be two to three times at a minimum, plus usages. You may want to figure out a fee that includes all the usage the client needs, but it should be accounted for. You absolutely need to have an accurate shot list with detailed accounting for everything that is going in each image.
You should have an estimating form that has line items for everything that goes into a shoot, from shooting fees to assistants to rentals to special equipment to meals for you and your crew to insurance etc. etc. etc.
For every day of shooting, I plan at least a day of post production, and I'm much faster than almost anyone out there, so you should probably plan more. That post production should be as much as shooting, compared on a daily basis. Don't forget that when working with a large company, there's a LOT of back and forth with decision by committee on the other end that can add untold hours to your retouching time. (having done this for many years for L.A. MTA, I speak from experience).
There's no reason, if you're doing a professional job for a large company, that you shouldn't be charging exactly what any other professional would charge. If you don't, it only drags the market down. If the company is as big as you say it is, a ten or twenty thousand dollar price will be fine with them, but you do need to get them to give you an idea of what they're expecting to pay for the scope of their project.