Commissioning custom photography from Contently

Modified on Sun, 27 Nov 2022 at 06:12 PM

Custom photography adds unique visual appeal to your content. Images can range from portraits to event coverage to full-scale creative campaigns. Here's what you need to know to get started.


Requesting photo talent

When you need custom photography, submit a talent request in the Contently platform. Be sure to submit your request at least three weeks prior to the shoot date. In your request please include the following:

  • A description of the project

  • Where the shoot will take place

  • A realistic budget

  • Production needs beyond a lone photographer (i.e., lighting, art direction, wardrobe, makeup, etc.)

Keep in mind, talent requests for projects with unique requirements or locations outside the U.S. may take longer (up to three weeks) to staff.



See below for Contently's suggested starting rates:


Location-based photography

Studio-based photography

Getting started

Once you've selected a photographer, arrange a kickoff call to review the project's requirements. Make sure you discuss rates, logistics, and key dates to keep yourself and your photographer on the same page before the project begins.


What you discuss will inform the brief you create in the Contently platform. For tips on how to create a strong photo brief, click here

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