I am often asked if I will do a private photoshoot far from Portland. The answer is usually yes, but it's not cheap, due to the airfare, hotels and ground transportation that are required. Also, I have to clear my schedule for multiple days in order to make the trip. I avoid travelling around holidays or during bad weather.
If the flight is short, say to Phoenix, Vegas or LA, I usually stay two nights in your city and get a rental car when I arrive. Longer flights, like to the East Coast, Chicago, Atlanta or Texas, require a three night stay. Typically, I will arrive at your place the day before the shoot to meet you, check out the location and plan the photoshoot. I do the actual shoot the next day. My usual two hour shooting limit does not apply, we can shoot all day if we have enough ideas and locations.
Typically, I will process your photos when I return home, so it may be four or five days before you get your photos via Google Drive. If you are in a rush, there is the option of paying to have me stay an extra day or two in your city and process your images on my powerful, customized, portable workstation. Unfortunately, it is quite heavy, so I normally leave it at home.
As a rough guide, hiring me to do a shoot in the Seattle region will cost about $1,200 and up. In the Southwest, $3,000 and up. On the East Coast, about $6,000 and up.
After we work out the details, I can give you a firm cost estimate. For trips involving travel, I ask for a 60% non-refundable deposit at the time the booking is made. (I will make a full refund if for some reason I can't make the trip.)
The remainder is collected prior to delivery of the images.
Before booking your private photoshoot, let's talk on the phone to help make sure I understand what you have in mind. Due to the need for travel, my usual satisfaction guarantee (a free re-shoot if you don't like your images) is not applicable, so let's make sure we get it right the first time!