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.
Second, schedule your session. You can schedule online, by email, or by calling or texting us at 614.877.7491.
Lastly payment – payment must be made at the time of booking to reserve your time slot. For the Complete Digital, 50% is due at booking and the remaining 50% is due prior to delivery. You are also more than welcome to pay in full at the time of booking. For Prints and Products, the session fee is due at the time of booking and payment for items is due at time of ordering. We offer secure payable online invoicing, PayPal, credit card-by-phone, cash, and check ($35 return check fee) payment options.
Contact us for more information on other types of photography session options (e. g., wedding, real estate, product, etc…).
Our shooting locations include our home based studio or on-site locations – typically in the greater Delaware/Northern Columbus area. If you are interested in locations outside the area, just ask and we’ll work with you on the details.
We offer a wide variety of other sessions and services including:
Watch Me Grow (New born to First year)
Fine Art Prints
Real Estate Photography
Contact us for other photography services
Satisfaction guaranteed: if you are not completely satisfied, contact us and we will work with you to make you happy or issue you a refund.
The weather is finally warming up and Easter and Spring Break is just around the corner. Also everyone is out shopping for those new Easter outfits. You know what – new clothing plus nice weather make perfect ingredients for portraits. We here at Blue Maple Photography are on-location portrait and photography specialist – we bring the photography to you! If you have a location you want photographed or want photographed at a location, we’re the ones for you. We photography high school seniors, children, family, real estate, weddings, events, and products. Visit our webpage, give us a call, or book online now!