Alan Chakota Photography FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Do you travel for shoots?
Yes! I am available to shoot anywhere in the UK and Canada. 

How far in advance do you schedule shoot days?
The sooner you reach out about an upcoming project, the better. This allows me to reserve time on my calendar for you. I recommend contacting me at least 2-3 weeks in advance. For specific dates, it's best to secure them as early as possible. I always try to keep some flexibility in my schedule to accommodate changes due to weather or project delays.


What do you charge?
My pricing reflects three categories of value: creativity, post-production, and photo usage. Creativity includes all pre-production and day-of activities. Post-production is extensive and often takes as long as the shoot, sometimes requiring 2-3 times more. Photo usage considers how many people will see the images and how many parties will profit from them. See "License & Usage" below for more information. 

Do you offer discounts?
The best way to save is through cost-sharing with other parties. The more parties involved, the lower the cost for everyone. For more details, see "What is Cost-Sharing."

What is cost-sharing?
Consider other parties who might benefit from photographs of your project: owners, interior designers, architects, contractors, consultants, property professionals, product dealers and manufacturers, engineers, etc. I charge a licensing fee for each additional party and then divide the total fee by the number of parties, leading to significant savings for each client.


Who owns the images after a shoot?

All of my images are protected intellectual property and registered with the copyright office. I retain the copyrights to all my creations. Clients are granted a specific license for the use and duration of the images.

Think of it like broadcasting football matches. When a TV channel purchases the rights to broadcast a football match, they don't own the match; they've obtained the rights to air it for a specific audience and duration. Similarly, clients receive licenses to use my images for their intended purpose. However, if they wish to use the images for a different or broader purpose, such as in a televised advertisement during a football match, they would need to negotiate additional licensing to reflect the expanded usage, just like purchasing additional rights to broadcast a football match.

Is licensing included in your pricing?
All of my commissioned shoots include licensing for the following usages: advertising, editorial,  marketing, and promotional purposes across all media platforms, including print, digital, and social media.

Is it okay to share the images with other parties or entities?

Only parties with licensed photos are permitted to use them. Those interested must obtain the appropriate license from me to avoid infringement

Is it okay to share photos on social media?
Definitely! Please include photo credit.

Considerate of objectives, budgets, and personalities, regardless of size. I look forward to connecting with you