Hi all. I'm a landscape photographer by passion and began a business of selling my photos about a year ago. I have dabbled in senior photos and portraits for friends and colleagues, but nothing serious. I
I've been asked by my brother-in-law to shoot 4 installations his business has recently completed for use on a web site that he is having created. The items I will be shooting are about the size of a piano and are located in the basement of high rise buildings. I don't know how many shots he's going to want to use at this point but I would guess a total of 8-10. The buildings are all downtown about 20 miles from where I live. I figure it's going to take me around 6-8 hours to complete the 4 locations and then depending on how many shots he wants to use another similar effort to process, say 2 days total. Right now the only use for the shots that I'm aware of is for the web site, but I could see advertisements and brochures coming in the future though these were not discussed.
I've never done anything like this and have no clue as to how to structure this agreement. My BIL was thinking that he would pay me an hourly rate for my effort, and threw out $50/hour. I told him I would check into it and get back to him which is the reason for this post.
I'm sure besides the "what's fair?" aspect of all this, there are many issues I'm not considering. Do I need a written contract and what would it look like? Who retains rights to the shots? Etc! I do want to keep it fair and make sure that what I propose is “industry standard” or at least fair for both of us. Any advice on how to proceed is very much appreciated. I'm sure this type of question has been asked before, but I couldn't find the answer in my searching. Thanks, Jon