FAQs

FAQs


Payments

Prices start at $350, however there are doubles bookings that can work out as low as $250 each.

Deposits can be made via PayPal, QuickPay, Credit Cards and mailed checks. It is required to confirm you booking and is non-refundable if the booking is cancelled, unless it is cancelled by MONZEEKI Photography, which in that case will be refunded in full.

Balance is due no later than seven business day before the shoot and can be made via PayPal, QuickPay, Credit Cards, OR check/cash on the day.

*If the booking is made within seven (7) days prior to the shoot date, payment in full is due at time of booking.

An official invoice be be sent to you upon signing of the agreement. And if the photoshoot is for the purpose of 'marketing' etc for your business, usually this can be claimed as an expenses for tax purposes, however you must confirm with your CPA if this applies to you or not.


File delivery & prints

File Delivery: is digital only, made via an online gallery that includes a built in option to order prints and canvases. all images are web resolution and not print resolution, and As per monzeek's agreement, prints 8x10 or larger cannot be made directly with a printer and must be ordered through aformentioned online gallery.  

Print Prices: 

  • 8x10 prints - $16
  • 11x14 prints - $20
  • 16x20 prints - $40
  • 20x30 prints - $60
  • metal prints from $65
  • canvases from $205
  • all other printed options such as books, please inquire for a custom price

Licensing: please enquire for commercial licensing quote, this is priced at a case by case situation


Make-up, hair, what to wear etc...

Standard Portrait shoot allows for one change of clothing/costume (two outfits).  I can cater for additional changes, however this will increase the shoot time and hence the price. However so does the number of final images supplied - please let me know in the notes when booking the shoot.

Make-up and Hair services are not included however I can supply a list of MUAs that you can hire for the shoot if needed. 

Performers/Models: please let me know what costumes you plan to wear so that I have time to plan for the best background options for both studio and on-location. Easiest way is to just shoot me a snapshot of your costume(s) with your phone, totally ok to be just on the hanger or on your bed etc.

Non-Performers: What you wear in a portrait is just as important as all the other details such as: lighting, location, and posing. The wrong outfit can really take away from an otherwise really great portrait so we want you be prepared. Here are some pointers to help you select the right outfit:

  • wear solid colored clothing
  • choose muted tones that are a bit subdued
  • choose similar tones for your top and bottom (both dark or both light)
  • choose 1-3 colors for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely together and have everyone work within that color palette. For example: dark green, navy, and burgundy – all dark jewel tones.  OR tan, a lighter olive green, and denims – all lighter, softer tones.
  • choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow
  • choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies
  • choose dark socks and footwear (unless it’s a barefoot photo on the beach)
  • keep jewellery simple and minimalistic

Time, location etc

How long is a shoot? A standard shoot indoors or outdoors runs for 1-2 hours, always allow extra trim on arriving to the studio/location so no time is lost during your booked hours.  If I am late then we most definitely will run over time to make up for it, however I endeavor to be professional and always be on time. If there are any purchased add-ons such as extra outfit changes etc, additional time will be allocated and you will be advised of the new time frame.

In the Studio:  Photoshoots located at MONZEEKI's studio in the garment district NYC. details are below.

On Location: if your shoot is somewhere specific, all travel expenses will be included on the quote.  There are many locations outside in the public that are not additional costs including a couple local parks during the week day etc. However many parks and venues require a location permit and fee, which starts at $150/hr and can be as expensive as $1500/hr.  So if you have a specific place in mind, either you can enquire or I can check on your behalf regarding the permit procedures and rates.  I also have a general list at the bottom of this page of some common parks in NYC and their requirements and fees.


Studio location

Bellydance america studio - 265 W 37th St #206, New York, NY 10018

The Studio is by appointment only.
Normal hours are Monday to Friday - 11am to 7pm*

*times outside are considered after hours and subject to availability and attract higher rates

 

public transport

so getting there is made easy via the NYC mta or nj path trains to Penn station as well as time square station just a few short blocks away,
34th St penn station: a, c, e, LIRR & path trains
times square station: n, q, r, s, w, 1, 2, 3, 7 trains
Port Authority Bus Terminal is also located nearby with interstate bus services

by car

Street parking being midtown nyc it will be very limited in finding a spot

Paid parking garages are also available nearby at the following locations

  • 317 W 33rd St. - Valet (Truffles Garage)
  • 355 W 34th St. - Valet Lot
  • 330 W 39th St. - Valet Garage
  • 415 W 34th St. - Valet (441 9th Ave. Garage)
  • 136 W 40th St. - Valet
 
 

Local NYC Parks Information

Untermyer Gardens (Yonkers)
http://www.untermyergardens.org/faq.html
1 hour shoot limit - $200
Need to book a few days in advance (I make the booking for a cheaper rate, otherwise its $300)
 

New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden (Staten Island)
http://snug-harbor.org/photo-permits/
2 hour limit  Park closes at Dusk . must be completed by 5:00pm in the NYCSG.
$150.00 2 hours in gardens and grounds. (Excluding the NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden)  
$350.00 2 hours in all gardens and grounds inc the NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden.  


Brooklyn Botanical Garden
http://www.bbg.org/visit/taking_photos_at_bbg
$? for commercial / 1 hour … still waiting on amount but I am guessing it will be around the $150-300 mark.
Need to book 5 business days in advance
 

Central Park  (some areas are off-limit)
http://www.centralparknyc.org/about/park-information/filming-and-photography.html
$25- / needs to be booked a few days in advance. (i could try for sooner)


NY Botanical Garden - Bronx
http://www.nybg.org/private_events/photo-film-shoots.php
$? case by case basis
Need to book 6 weeks in advance
 

Fort Tryon Park
https://forttryonparktrust.org/events/events.html
$25- / needs to be booked 25 days in advance. (i could try for sooner)
This is my local park and once tried to get permit but they never responded and I shot anyway without a problem.
I have only done low key shoots and not bothered with permit and never had a problem - however weekends are impossible so has to be during the week.
 

Wave Hill
https://www.wavehill.org/private-photo-shoots/
$500 membership (450 tax deductible) + $600 fee - $1100 total