Corporate work is indefinable, and best described as that falling between Public Relations work (see the link below) and advertising, which is beyond the scope of this guide (for guidance go to the Association of Photographers website - see the link below).

To be more precise it is work promoting major organisations which is neither limited to a specific occasion or PR campaign on the one hand, nor extends to a major advertising campaign on the other. Typically, it includes corporate portraiture, brochures,websites and annual reports.

Fees charged likewise fall in between PR and advertising rates, and should reflect the degree of photographic talent and skill required for corporate branding and prestige publications.

Initial rights granted are generally more extensive with rates at this level, though if possible the photographers should always limit a time period. After a two/three year period most portraiture and annual report work will have to be re-shot anyway. Once fees enter four figures, clients tend to expect more or less unlimited use for anything in-house. Advertising use however, should command additional higher fees and be excluded from licenses under the range of day rates quoted above.

Production charges tend to be also much higher than those quoted elsewhere in this guide, as this work frequently requires files of much higher resolution, and more post-production time preparing them for the highest quality publication.

More advice and links...
* On negotiating for Photography / Corporate work
* suggested rates for Public Relations work
* Rates for the Job good, bad and ugly
* Join the NUJ to get individual advice & representation

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