Hire a Photographer

Hire a Photographer

University Procurement Services can guide you through the process of purchasing professional services. You will need to identify photography vendors who can provide the services you need. Nick Romanenko, university photographer, can provide you with recommendations for freelance photographers. Additional resources are available on procurement's website Professional Services Overview.

Freelance photographers’ rates vary significantly. Most photographers charge by half or full days. Rates range from $500 for a half day to $2,000 for a full day, but can be much higher depending on the project, number of photos required, and the photographer's experience. You also may be charged for computer time to download, edit, and prepare digital files for your use; equipment including lighting; an assistant’s time, and travel expenses.

Always obtain a written estimate that includes the usage rights for the images. Consult our FAQ page for general information about photography usage rights, copyrights, permissions, and ownership—information you should be aware of if you are considering hiring a freelance photographer. Be sure your written estimate specifies how the images will be supplied, e.g., on CD; DPI (dots per inch); tif, gif, or jpeg format; etc. Ask your photographer to make sure they enter all relevant information into digital files using metadata, including their name and contact addresses, copyright information, and usage rights. Always adhere to standard university purchasing guidelines. Be sure you or your photographer gets model release or HIPAA Patient Authorization forms from your subjects.