If you are here, you probably already know that a custom photographer is the right choice for your family. Many of my clients come to us frustrated with the assembly line, mass-produced feel that they have received from chain store studios. They want a more personalized, unique approach to their family’s memories. That is where working with a professional photographer comes in.
Custom photography is not for everyone. It is a luxury, and new families can often experience “sticker shock” when hiring a professional photographer for the first time. The reason why the cost is so different than say, a mall studio or hobbyist photographer, is multi-faceted. When commissioning a professional photographer, you are not paying for a piece of photo paper or a jpeg image (click here for more information about digital images). You are paying for the photographer’s experience and eye, training, tens thousands of dollars worth of equipment, insurance, taxes, supplies, travel, world class products, customization and consultation… that is just the tip of the iceberg. We spend, on average, 12-16 hours per client. All of these variables, combined with the one on one attention, make up the cost of a custom portrait session.
In this day and age, it’s very easy for anyone to buy a camera and a website and hang their shingle as a photographer. Unfortunately, because this is an industry where so many who are underqualified call themselves a pro, we hear many horror stories from clients in regards to custom photography experiences they’ve dealt with in the past. In addition, we have many clients that found a photographer they loved, but their photographer went out of business. It is so important to choose a photographer that will be around for years to watch your children grow, and that you understands the value of building relationships.
The great thing is that there are many photographers in the marketplace who cater to all needs and budgets. However, if you are looking for the level of service and product that a professional photographer can give you, keep in mind the old adage… you get what you pay for. Skill, experience, customer service and level of artistry and product are directly proportionate with price. Your family’s memories are priceless, and we appreciate you considering and trusting us to immortalize them.