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Break it down, Friday.

I saw this online recently and I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that this is what it is really like for professional photographers. I recently had a new mom email me asking about my collections for baby photography, she had been referred by an awesome former client of mine. I sent her an email back letting her know my prices, what is included and the next day I got an email back from her stating that she is sorry, she is not going to be able to afford photos at this time. I consider my session fee to be incredibly reasonable for what you are getting, most photographers do not even give you a disc of your photos, you have to purchase that separately. I sent her the same email I send a bunch of people who say they cannot afford me: “Thanks so much for letting me know! Please keep me in mind for the future!” Usually, that is the end of conversation. No big deal, I know custom photography is expensive and that going to the Picture People is a better deal for some peeps – seriously, not a big deal to me. Instead of that being the last email, I get an email back no more than 30 minutes later saying that she doesn’t live as far away as my other clients and only needs me for about 20 minutes and only needs a few photos and she loves my photography so much and she could do it for $100 – which she stated sounded reasonable. Ok, that is great, awesome. Still doesn’t help me much.

And this chart below totally helps explains why. When you are booking a session with me, your cost not only goes to what is included in the collection which is typically editing, online gallery, and a disc of your images – it also goes to me, my business insurance, my equipment, my equipment insurance, my car, gas for that car, insurance for that car, my internet bill, my phone bill which I have to carry around with me to respond to people right away because I am the kind of photographer who wants you to know that you are the most important thing to me and will respond as promptly as possible. It also goes to my retirement fund, my health insurance, my one day I would like to buy a house of my own fund, not to mention the fact that I also need to eat and pay rent. So, the next time you are faced with the decision to spend money on custom photography, please understand that this is what you are truly investing in – a business built by hand, that in many cases, is just a single person making it all work.

Happy friday to all of my amazing clients!!! You all are the best!

  • January 6, 2012 - 11:55 am

    jessica - i freaking heart you so much i can’t STAND IT. you’re seriously the best. keepin’ it real no matter what..i dig it. <3

  • January 6, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    Sarah - I love this post!! Very informative. Plus, we all know how I love to break things down 😉

    Have a great weekend!

  • January 6, 2012 - 6:23 pm

    Jaime - Photography is expensive, but you were more reasonable than anyone else I spoke to AND I happen to think your pictures are priceless! There are some moments in life you can never get back and you really cannot put a price on that in my eyes! Stay fabulous girlfriend!

  • January 7, 2012 - 10:04 pm

    Julie - dude – can i get at least 1%??

  • January 8, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Janice - basically.

    <3

  • January 8, 2012 - 9:16 pm

    JoAnne M - I love this!! Actually, the chart on the left is if you’re a Playboy photographer!!!
    Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  • January 9, 2012 - 8:38 pm

    Kelly - you are AMAZING! don’t let those people tell you differently! i am SOOOOO glad i found you online. your talent and price is definetely one of the best i have ever seen! thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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