Some Pix From In Between Shoot Locations

Dutch Styled Windmill in Oberlin, Ohio

Lorain, Ohio Lighthouse

Another shot of the Lorain, Ohio Lighthouse

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What Goes Into A Photo Session

In today’s world everyone has a digital camera.  They can take a picture and have it printed at the local big box or drug store.  So how come professional photographers charge X amount of dollars for an 8×10 when they cost just $1.50 at the t the local big box or drug store.

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

Take, for example, a typical one hour photo session.

Here is what all in involved:

  • Travel to and from the session
  • Business and equipment insurance
  • Federal, state and local taxes.
  • Setup, preparation, talking to the client, etc.
  • Shoot the photos
  • Travel from the session
  • 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. Proof photos are also ordered.
  • 2 – 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment, and ship.
  • Possibly meet clients at the studio to review photos and place order. Meeting and travel time average 2 hours.

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 $100 session fee for a one-hour photo shoot, the client is NOT paying them $100 per hour.

Owning a camera doesn’t make you a photographer, it makes you a camera owner. 



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Autumn Senior Portraits at Blue Maple Photography

Below are a few examples, what do you think?  As you can see, we specialize in onsite photography. We use a combination of natural and off-camera light. With this we can create the studio look just about anywhere.  There are three types of photographers, 1.) Natural light, 2.) On-camera light, 3.) Off-Camera light.  When you use solely natural light, the camera works to properly expose everything framed, the sky, background, model, foreground, etc….  The typical result, an overexposed sky or background and darken face on the model.  Hey, is the model the reason for the photograph?  On-camera light produces a harsh flat look with no dimension, not to mention strong visible shadows.  Off-camera lighting (remote controlled strobes in umbrellas or softboxes) is a much softer and flattering.  With this you get the studio look with great highlights, soft shadows, and lots of defining contrast.  Here the model pops out of the photograph.  Yes the item wanting to be photographed is now the visual key in the image.

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