Terms/Conditions & FAQ’s

Terms / Conditions & FAQ’s for commissioning a shoot with Tanya Zouev Photography.

A working relationship benefits from getting to know one another, so in order to enjoy a smooth partnership, here are some important terms and conditions outlined below.

All projects or services that Tanya Zouev Photography are contracted to produce or provide for you will be subject to the following:


The quotes (day rates, fees and associated costs and line items) sent to you are our best estimates given our extensive professional experience, and the information provided by you at the enquiry stage. The more detailed the brief, the more accurate your quote will be. If additional information is forthcoming, the specifications change, or the scheduled content changes, the quote may change. Quotes are valid for 30 days from date they are provided.

Project Revisions, Alterations & Modifications

New work requested by you, and provided by us, after a project quote has been approved is considered a revision, alteration or modification and will be charged on a time and materials basis. Prior to acceptance of any commission, all briefs are subject to consultation with one of our preferred professional stylists to ensure the desired shot list is achievable and realistic. Additional image requests on shoot days will be accommodated only if time allows and at our discretion. If the shot schedule does not allow for extra content requests, you will be given the option of increasing the shoot duration by way of overtime (an additional hourly rate for all photography team members, including stylists and assistants).

Image Correction, Adjustments, Change Requests, Errors & Omissions

The vast majority of work provided by us is shot whilst tethered to a computer with a client present, giving you ample opportunity to view, approve and sign off images as they are photographed. Post-shoot, the raw files are processed in Capture One Pro and fine tuning is applied to overall colour and tonality. A great deal of time and effort is put into this process to ensure that the high resolution files (TIFF, JPEG or PSD) are of an extremely high standard. Electronic proofs are provided to you within 72 hours of the shoot for sign off and approval and you must carefully review all images. We are not liable for image corrections, adjustments, errors or omissions once a project proof sheet has been signed off. If further work is required after the sign-off stage, a post production fee will be charged to cover this time.

Project Schedule & Schedule of Dependencies

A project schedule will be established and adhered to by both you and us and it is particularly important to provide a brief to both photographer and stylist well ahead of a scheduled shoot date to ensure that the stylist has adequate time to source props, backgrounds and sets. Where you do not adhere to a project schedule, final delivery dates will be adjusted accordingly.

Payment Terms

All shoots over the value of $2000 ex GST are subject to a 50% deposit payment of the total quote amount to cover the cost of props hire and purchase and to secure the shoot date. The final payment of 50% is due on delivery and sign off of low resolution shoot proofs. High resolution files will not be provided without payment in full to both photographer and stylist. Any revisions, alterations and modifications that add work to the project scope and deviate from the original agreed quote will be invoiced separately and in addition to.

Copyright & Usage

All photography end use is discussed and agreed to prior to a shoot taking place as these vary from client to client, and from territory to territory. Standard usage terms is Australia and New Zealand use for an agreed time period (12 months, 24 months etc) across all major platforms. Unless a prior arrangement for a complete image buyout has been agreed upon in writing, Tanya Zouev Photography retains copyright and all moral rights to each image produced and retains ownership of all original raw files and processed files supplied, including digitally altered compositions.

Our Use Of Final & Finished Imagery

We shall retain the right to any finished and final imagery in our promotional and marketing activities, including participation in photographic competitions, use in photographic publications and electronic, printed or other portfolio use.

General FAQ’s About Shoots & Production

Photographers charge on a sliding scale in accordance with how much experience they have. Junior photographers and those starting out are cheap, however they also have little to no experience with dealing with clients, problem solving on the job and overall management of professional photographic productions. Experienced senior photographers such as Tanya Zouev Photography have decades of experience across a huge range of clientele and shoots in a multitude of locations.

The above combined with ongoing education and training (particularly in the areas of artificial lighting, capture software and retouching) ensures skills and style remain progressive and fresh. There are large financial investments placed into purchasing high end photographic and computer equipment and ongoing studio and business insurance overheads. All this ensures you are hiring a photographic service you can trust to interpret a brief with professional expertise and finesse.

Photography shoots are generally either a half day booking, full day or longer depending on the project and subject. Each project is reviewed taking into consideration a client’s budget, their requirements and needs and how many deliverables are required. Please note that there are no short cuts to obtaining the quality of work that is represented on the website of Tanya Zouev Photography. Whilst this high quality of work is time consuming and exacting, it is one that we approach with great enthusiasm, diligence and care.

We quote a number of shots that we can comfortably achieve in a shoot day without compromising quality.

Shoots can take place in our custom-built studio, on site or on location.

In most cases I am able to deliver a final product between 48-72 hours. Should more time be required the client will be informed ahead of schedule. The usual method of delivery is via Hightail or Dropbox by way of a simple download link.

Yes, the photography presented on Tanya Zouev Photography’s website are actual images delivered to clients. There is a lot of work that goes on in the background to ensure the success of a shoot and includes but is not limited to the following (this list will vary depending on what type of shoot is taking place, for example a food shoot will have different requirements to a beauty shoot) - adequate time to shoot the job, the stylist has received a brief well ahead of shoot day and has adequate time to source props, cooperation of client and any participating talent on the day, locations sourced are clean and styled to a high photography standard and any talent and/or makeup artists present are experienced. These are just some of the elements that go into making the resulting images outstanding and beautiful.

This depends entirely on the type of shoot. Generally all studio shoots are artificially lit using carefully crafted lighting techniques whilst many interior shoots are natural light supplemented with small amounts of artificial light.

No, the provision of post-production services is to ensure that all images are of the highest exacting standard and is also part of the creative process and service that we provide, and as a result of this, raw files will not be provided.

We provide colour and tonally graded TIFF, JPEG or PSD files for consistency and quality, and give each image a light retouch to remove any particularly obvious dust and flaws. Any retouching outside of this is considered out of scope and will be quoted on a per-file basis. We provide medium and high level retouching as well as digital compositing services.

We oversee all our post processing and editing and the vast majority of it is done in-house.  Tanya Zouev has developed photographic treatments and techniques that are unique to her style of work and these set her apart from other photographers who shoot similar subjects.  At times, some post production does needs to be outsourced (such as high level compositing) and when this is required, we have partnerships in place with some of Sydney’s best photographic retouchers who have years of experience working with advertising clients.

A stylist can either make or break a shoot. To achieve the high standard of imagery you see on this website, you need a stylist who is trained in styling product specifically for photography. An experienced stylist’s skills include the ability to source props and build sets that work in best with your product. They have an eye for detail which ensures a polished end result, and they offer the expertise to ensure your brief is interpreted accurately. The result is a stunning image that draws the viewer in, creating a relationship that leads to positive purchasing decisions for you. For these reasons we only work with professional, experienced photographic stylists. Professional props stylists also understand the workings of a professional photography shoot, working to a brief and creating sets that result in spectacular images.

Whilst your chef may be able cook some amazing food for your guests and customers, cooking for the camera is completely different. Unless experienced with cooking food for shoots, chefs are accustomed to plating up from one angle only. The camera sees food differently from the human eye and it needs to be plated up accordingly. Many foods behave in unexpected ways under the camera creating issues for inexperienced stylists. For example, meat often takes on a bluish hue and needs to be cooked a certain way to compensate for this. Many vegetables need to be undercooked and handled in a specific manner in order to keep their colour and hold their shape. An experienced food stylist will know how to do this. Exceptions to this are where a chef has plenty of experience in working on food photography shoots in which case we look forward to working with them.

This is also best left to the stylist as they will hand select ingredients that are of a photographic standard. They will ensure that ingredients are blemish free, the right size and quantity that will be suitable for photography. This will also reduce the chance of additional retouching costs required to fix imperfect and damaged produce.

In most cases yes. Whilst we have a large collection of backgrounds in the studio that clients are welcome to utilise, often backgrounds need to be sourced specifically for your shoot. These, like any other prop needs to be sourced, hired or at times, be custom made.

Unless you have experience with professional photography styling, prop sourcing and shoot prep is best left to the stylist. They will know how and where to source specific items and backgrounds that will work best together to make your product shine and the resulting images amazing. If you have your heart set on using a particular prop in your shoot, you are welcome to discuss this with your stylist beforehand.

A great deal of work and planning goes on behind the scenes prior to the shoot day in order to achieve a stunning outcome. Stylists visualise and plan shoots well in advance often making sketches, taking on creative direction roles, taking reference photographs, sourcing specific props and backgrounds, borrowing and purchasing garments, and then checking how all of these elements work together prior to the actual shoot.

Props usually need to be returned to prop hire companies and with multiple suppliers being used, this is a time consuming process which is usually done between shoot days and on weekends. A stylist will ensure that items are returned safely without damage, sometimes with the assistance of a courier, other times they need to return items in person (as in the case of fragile items). This fee covers their time.

Many clients produce their shoots in-house preferring to liaise directly with the photographer and stylist, location companies, hair and makeup etc. On other occasions Tanya Zouev Photography take on the role of producer (for a fee), at other times a freelance producer may be used. Simple shoots with small teams do not require a producer whilst larger shoots (lifestyle shoots on location with talent for example), require a producer to ensure that everything is organised and running smoothly and to schedule.

If rescheduling takes place well ahead of time then there is no penalty to move the shoot date. In the event of a cancellation in 24 hours or less of the shoot day, a full payment of both the shoot fee for both photographer and stylist will be required. The only exception to this is in the event of bad weather where outdoor location shoots are concerned. For this there is no charge for first cancellation, a 50% charge of the shoot fee for second cancellation and a 100% charge of the shoot fee for the third cancellation.

Yes.  The license does allow you to use the photos to advertise you or your services in addition to marketing your product and/or services.

Have a question or need a quote?

If you have a query about any of the above information, don’t hesitate to contact us and ask. We look forward to working with you!