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CREATIVE FEE

 

 

Newborn Photo Session (up to 5mths old) - Starting from £75

(2 to 3 hour session- please request Newborn brochure for alternative session fee's)

 

Studio Sessions: babies 6mths - 11 mths old - £65 (1 hour)

 

Cake Smash Session: 1 - 3 year olds: £125 to include cake (1 - 2 hours)

 

 

Children & Family Shoot Studio - £65

(1 hour – up to 5 people - £10 per extra person)

 

Studio & Lifestlye Session - £90 (1 - 1.5 hours)

 

Lifestyle session: on location - £125 (1 - 2 hours) Up to 20 miles travel, mileage fees apply thereafter.

 

All sessions include a 8" x 6" complimentary print

 

 

This includes my time and talent to capture beautiful images both during your session and image editing and retouching afterwards. It does not include a CD or any other product’s.

 

 

My work is 100% guaranteed, so if you are ever unsatisfied you always have the option of a reshoot or a refund.

 

Your online Gallery is password protected and will be ready to view and share with family and friends 7 – 10 days after your session. You can expect to view between 15 - 20 images in a Newborn shoot and 20 - 30 images in a Family shoot.

 

Your online gallery will be available to view for 3 days only, at which point you need to schedule an appointment to come along to the studio to place your order.

 

Your creative fee is due within 7 days of booking your session. This guarantee’s your appointment time. I understand little ones get sick, so if you need to re-schedule please call us as soon as possible. If you need to re-schedule on more than one occasion and it is less than 24 hours before your appointment a further fee will be required.

 

Print orders are not processed until a 50% deposit is received.

 

I accept Cash, Credit & Debit Cards and Bank Tranfers.

 

 

There is a minimum order of £350, this includes you session fee.

 

 

PRINTS

 

Start from 8” x10” or smaller £35

 

STORYBOARDS

 

Start from 10” x 20” (up to 5 photos) £175

 

CANVAS

 

Start from 16” x 12” £240

 

If you would like a copy of my Pdf brochure with further products and pricing. please email

 

Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

 

 

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

 

 

In this digital age where everyone has cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers” we hear this all the time: How do professional (or personal) photographers charge ££s for an 8×10 when they cost just £1.50 at Boots?

 

Simply put, the customer is not just paying for the actual photograph; they’re paying for my time and expertise.

 

The average one-hour portrait session involves a lot more than one-hour...

 

First, let’s look at the actual work involved:

 

* Setup, preparation, email, talking to the client, etc.

 

* Shoot the photos.

 

* Load images onto a computer.

 

* Back up the files on an external drive.

 

* 2 – 4 hours of Adobe® Photoshop® time, including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, and backing up edited photographs.

 

* 2 – 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, appointment for collection or to arrange for postage of your order.

 

 

You can see how a one-hour session easily turns into an eight-hour day or more from start to finish. So when you see a personal photographer charging a £200 session fee for a one-hour photo shoot, the client is NOT paying them £200 per hour.

 

I choose to cost my session fee lower and then let my customers purchase imagess after.

 

Most personal photographers take years to go from buying their first camera to making money with photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera, there is a mountain of other equipment and software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website, etc. And don’t forget backdrops, props, rent, utilities, insurance, etc!

 

In addition to the financial investment, photographers actually have to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill by itself. You could argue that posing is a more important skill than actually knowing how to use the camera. A poorly exposed photo can be saved, but a badly posed photo cannot.

 

Chain stores do have their place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it. But you get what you pay for.

 

Consider the time and effort that a personal photographer puts into photographs, compared to a chain store. Store sessions last just a few minutes, while a personal photographer takes the time to get to know the people, makes them comfortable, makes them laugh. If a baby is crying at a chain store, they often don’t have the time (or the patience) to wait because everyone is in a hurry.

 

The truth is that many chain store studios lose money. What the chain stores bank on is a client coming in for quick, cheap photos…and while there, spending £100s on other items. They are there to get you in the door.

 

Professional, personal photographers are just that—professionals. No different than a mechanic, dentist, doctor, or electrician. But a personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories.

 

Think of it this way - the next time you pay £100 to get your hair done, remember that a pair of scissors only costs £5 but you gladly pay a lot more to hire a professional.

 

Or that when our children our born, we will go out and spend £300 - £600 on a pushchair/pram and If your anything like me, buy at least 2 extra buggies before they are 4 years old. Then there is all the other items like the Bouncer, High Chair, Bean bag, Nappy Changer and all the other ESSENTIAL items that we think we need when our little one arrives. This will add up to £1000s of pounds worth of goods that will end up gathering dust in your loft, on ebay or on a car boot sale.

 

When you spend £100s of pounds on photos, you will keep them for the rest of your lives and your childrens lives and for generations to come.

 

The added attention and quality that a personal photographer gives is worth every penny.

 

Conclusion

 

I hope that those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why professional photographs, created by a Personal Photographer are more expensive

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this.