You are likely taking the time to seek out a professional photographer because you want images to record a special moment in time and you understand how important that is. So make sure you are basing your decision on the work of the photographer, his or her personality and lastly on the price - in that order. Obviously you have to be able to afford it but if you're paying less for work you don't like with a photographer you like even less who may not even be in business next year when you want more pictures then what exactly is the point? You might as well throw your money away.
The reality is that producing quality photography is not cheap. Without even counting the cost of equipment, education, training, and overhead the time involved is a major component to the cost of photography. While my client may only see me for a half hour or so at our initial consultation and then for a couple of hours during the shoot that is only the tip of the iceberg. For every hour spent shooting there is anywhere from 4 to 6 hours invested in scouting locations, editing, creating presentations, and putting together orders.
At this point you are probably concerned. Holy crap! Look at his disclaimer before he can tell me his prices! Well, do not be scared little trooper. I may not be the cheapest photographer around but I am far from the most expensive. So without further adieu here is the scoop!
Seniors: Pricing starts at $175 for ala carte and goes all the way up to $2500. There are numerous packages in between to fit every budget. My packages are based on credits you can use to buy whatever products you want. I dislike those one size fits all packages that lock you into x number of 8x10 prints and so many 5x7 prints. Those never seem to fit your needs and quite frankly are designed to get you to buy the things you do want in addition to the stuff you do not. Digital files? Why yes, yes each package has a digital option if you prefer to print you own.
Bands and musicians: Also known as starving artists. Well, I do not want to contribute to the starving of another artist so I try to keep things affordable. Plus I really dig shooting bands so I do not want to scare them away! For $250 you get 3 full resolution files with artwork to do with as you please. Slip me another $50 (or buy me a beer or two) and I will come and shoot you at a performance and give you those images as well! I am soooo easy!
Editorial and commercial: Give me a call and we can talk it over!
Headshots: $125 gets you the shoot and one file. Additional files are $50. Or $200 gets you 3 files.
Portrait sessions: Individuals and couples pay a session fee of $175 and larger groups pay $300. Session fees include my time and considerable talent. Prints are extra. If you would like to prepay for prints I will discount their cost. Give me a call and I can put together a package for you.
These are the basics. Individual print prices vary depending on what options you want. I can print on standard paper, metallic paper, canvas, metal, watercolor paper, and more. The options are virtually endless.
These days everyone asks, do you include a CD of files? Include? Yes and no. Yes, I do include low res Facebook files of the images you purchase for you to share online. You will get these after you place your order. I do not include high res files for printing. Sell? Yes, high resolution files are available for purchase. How much? $500 per file. $500 per file?!?!? Well, yeah. I can easily sell prints from a single file for much more than $500. Why would I sell the files for less than that?