TONY ROBERTS PHOTO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Hi, I’m Max, TR’s assistant. I have compiled these FAQs so help some of our less informed friends understand why we do what we do.
Q: Why are my samples so small?
A: The samples are big enough to see the surfing and as for the quality I assure you we delete any photo that is not A grade. We have had many request bigger samples, and learned the hard way when we invested MORE time to do so: those people do not order and are looking for freebies. TR’s goal here is to sell you excellent photos of your experience.
Q: Why so expensive?
A: They are not at all expensive. TR spent the first part of his career shooting only pro surfers for magazines and companies. The average price per photo was $400. Of course there is a big difference between personal and commercial usage but when buying TR’s photos you get that quality of image for a very low price. An average wedding photographer charges many times more than what TR charges per image, and TR is not average. Also look at the hours he puts in and imagine what goes into shooting, editing, organizing, resizing, communicating online, etc. How much do you earn per hour at your job?
Q: Can you make me a special deal?
A: Do you ask for a special deal when you go to a restaurant? Or the hardware store? Not cool. TR is running a business to feed his family, please show some respect for his expertise, product and time.
Q: Does TR do per session and or group rates?
A: Yes, with advance booking. Here are the rates:
All surfing levels:
Per day (unlimited sessions): $400 per group up to 3. $100 per addl’ person. $200 individual.
Per session (max 3 hrs): $100 per person.
ACTION, LIFESTYLE AND SCENICS. PORTRAITS INCLUDED UPON REQUEST.
To lock in dates send a 50% deposit via paypal.com to firstname.lastname@example.org Flat days no shoot no charge.
Personal usage only. Commercial rates and terms available upon request.
*all high res original images and video clips to be uploaded onto a USB flash drive (bring one or we have them for $20 8gig)
*Simultaneous photo AND HD video add 100%.
** edited trip video available.
Q: Who is TR and what are his credentials?
A: He is widely known as one of the best surf photographers of all time.
QUIKSILVER LATIN AMERICA- STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (2010-present)
QUIKSILVER CROSSING- PRINCIPLE PHOTOGRAPHER (2006-2008)
TRANSWORLD SURF- STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (1997-2000)
SURFING MAGAZINE- STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (1991-1996)
O'NEILL INC.- DIRECTOR OF VIDEO/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER (1988-1996)
SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS- VIDEO PRODUCER/PHOTOGRAPHER (1989-1993)
T.R. PRODUCTIONS- OVER 20 SURF AND SKATE VIDEO TITLES (1983-present)
Here is an entry on TR in the Encyclopedia of Surfing: