Anyone shot photos for school prospectus?


Link Posted 17/11/2011 - 19:56
I've been approached by a school to quote for shooting photos for their prospectus - obviously this isn't my usual remit and just wondered if anyone could offer a little advice?


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Link Posted 18/11/2011 - 09:36
It will probably take you a lot longer than you think!
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Link Posted 18/11/2011 - 09:56
As Ken says...

I volunteer for a local disability charity and every year I do the photography for their annual report.

This year I submitted 30 images (all pre-planned) of which (after a few changes of mind) 21 were used, plus head shots of the Board and Management team.

I spent 4 full days and 1 evening shooting these.


Link Posted 18/11/2011 - 17:15
Thanks for the info guys...

They want 50 photographs and suggest 1 day - sounds a big ask to me so have quoted additional time at a reduced rate.

As far as equipment goes the K5 should manage it easily, together with the AF360. Ideally I prefer to take as many shots using natural lighting as possible but obviously this isn't always viable inside buildings - if I can do the shoot on a decent weather day it should at least help in this respect both inside and out.
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Link Posted 18/11/2011 - 17:39
I'm a school governor and have taken some publicity shots for the small primary school - it's mostly a very pleasurable activity. Another governor spent a day taking shots for our prospectus - I think he ended up with at least 50 - though if you're in a larger school with labs, lots of PE, etc, there's more to cover. I'm sure you'll aim to catch pupils and staff at work naturally, so you'll realise flash will be a distraction.

You've probably done this already, but check the school policy on photos of children - you'll want lots of happy/engrossed/thoughtful faces in your shots but some parents may have requested 'no publicity'. And I assume the school will have asked about your CRB check?

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