Let's Talk Pricing

Girl you sooo expensive
— That Client

I’ve been debating about addressing my pricing. Mainly because there’s this weird “taboo” about discussing money, however, in the past few months/encounters I’ve had some question my sessions pricing. So I decided I’d break down how and why I price a few of my popular sessions.

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To start some might not believe this but I’ve actually been told by many in this industry that I’m “too cheap” and I’m “undercutting the market”. I’ve been asked by a few fellow photographers; who I considered to be mentors and way above me in years and experience to raise my rates considerably. I never have. Why? 

  • I want everybody to have a chance to take amazing stunning portraits

  • I love what I do 

  • I love that people love what I do

  • I don’t want to price out the community I come from

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Saying all this, I know I can not lower my rates to match those of the quick go to photographers. I believe in quality over quantity. There is a reason you as client person approaches me vs asking cousin Josh who just got a new camera to photograph their family. There is a reason you are attracted to my work. There is so much love and energy put into my shoots. The time alone is remarkable. A quick break down of them time it typically takes to work on a session (double it for weddings): 

  • Hours shooting 1-2

  • Hours SOFT editing 2-3 DAYS

  • Hours Detail Editing 1-2weeks 

Also, many true professional photographers are investing those “rates” they offer into the business only to make sure it’s better for their clients. Just to list a few of the behind the scene investments:

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    • Gear insurance 

    • Quality printing/paper not Costco

    • Details and colors 

    • Finest products 

    • Speedy turn around 

    • Variety gear for my variety of clients

    • Diversity !!!

    • Film!!!

    • Gear insurance 

    • Quality printing/paper not Costco

    • Details and colors 

    • Finest products 

    • Speedy turn around 

    • Variety gear for my variety of clients

    • Diversity !!!

    • Film!!!

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That doesn’t  even include if your photographer is also renting studio space and studio gear! Counting all this I’m reasonable. Not only do we as professionals know that our work is worth what we ask, but believe you the clients are worth these rates and quality portraits we provide. Countless times I hear feedback from families and couples that say  “we didn’t know what to expect, but you provided more then we could imagine” and “taking the pictures and the fun we had during the session is now part of our memories together!”