A description of the rates and approaches of Dean Birinyi an interior design and architecture photographer in San Francisco, CA.

Rates for Interior Design and Architecture Photography:

As an interior and architecture photographer in San Francisco my rates depend on the amount work I do.

Below is a description of the three ways I work, and the rates for each.

I'm happy to tailor all of my approaches to suit your unique needs.

Design Concept Photography

This is how I was taught to do it using a 4x5 camera back in the 1980’s: get inside the design, previsualize the final images - each one individually and all as a whole, make carefully calculated decisions about every aspect of the composition. This is why my compositions are always so powerful.

  • Dramatic Presentation
  • Formalistic Approach
  • Substantive Content
  • Unlimited License (See below)
  • Preproduction: project tour, styling consultation, shot consultation
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Eight to ten photographs per day +/-
  • Cost: $1800 - $3200 +/- (See Conditions Below)
  • $500 Minimum 
  • Follow this link to receive an estimate via email

Editorialist Photography

  • Interpretive Approach
  • Aesthetically Focused
  • Publication Quality Images
  • Unlimited License (See Below)
  • Preproduction: styling phone consultation
  • Two to three publication quality photographs per hour
  • Cost: $150 per photograph (See Conditions Below)
  • $500 Minimum

Photo Walk

  • Impressionistic Approach
  • Aesthetically Oriented
  • No LightingNo Styling
  • High Quality, Presentation Ready Images
  • Unlimited License (See Below)
  • No preproduction: Simply a written list of important features and the address
  • Total time spent on site is approximately one hour
  • Deliver ten client select images
  • Cost: $800 deliver ten final client select images (See Conditions Below)
  • Additional images @ $35 each


Conditions below do not apply to Photo Walk

  • All images on the computer during production and only complete images we deem worth investing time on.
  • I don’t invest time creating sixteen images and then select two. 
  • All images determined to be worth investing time in during production are billed to the client.

Applies to all Photographs

  • Prices quoted are for interior designers, architects and general contractors for a single client. 
  • Travel beyond a 50 mile radius from photographer's San Francisco office is subject to additional charges.
  • Delivery of high resolution Tiff or JPG files as preferred by client.

• Usage Rights for Architects and Interior Designers: The Julius Shulman Model

Julius Shulman, one of the greatest architectural photographers of all time, granted his commissioning clients an unlimited license to use his images for the promotion of their own work for an unlimited period of time, however all third parties were charged an additional fee. This is the model I use.