Why Newborn Photography is an investment!
Instead of chatting about my sessions like I usually do, I wanted to chat about newborn photography and why it’s an investment.
My newborn sessions are priced based on my knowledge, time, experience, commercial space studio, and my skill set. I take pride in my work, the fact that I genuinely love what I do, and what I can give a family. Now, I understand that I am not in everyone’s budget and respect this 100%.
I want to break down what we as photographers do though. My job with you starts with the inquiry and does not end until you have received your final gallery, this may seem cut and dry but, not even close.
-Full Newborn sessions with me are roughly 2-4 hours, I start with an hour set up before you even come. I supply everything for my newborn sessions (along with a clean, sanitized studio), I am patient, I follow babies lead and am a perfectionist striving to get the perfect shot. Every single detail in the image has to be just perfect, I want baby to not only look relaxed but feel relaxed as well, all while using the safest techniques. I want the fingers to be relaxed, the wrap or pose to be perfect and I won’t settle. I don’t just put a baby unsafely in a bucket and take an image. It’s SO much more than that. Babies don’t stay little long. I want the images you receive to be the absolute best.
-Editing, I hand edit every single image that is delivered in your final gallery, this takes countless hours and I have spent years perfecting this skill set.
Just like any other job, I should be compensated for all the hours worked. You wouldn’t go into your job and work a full day but only expect to be paid for a half day would you?
I have yet to touch on the business matters but, I can break it down a little to give you the gist of it. Taxes, I pay taxes, many photographers that accept money are still not running their business’ legally which is why so many can afford to charge so little. I have business & liability insurance, which is a MUST when working with newborns. Our editing programs now come at monthly costs. (anywhere from $20-80 a month). Quickbooks, online management systems, assistants, utilities, props, studio costs…etc. camera, camera lenses, lighting, lighting triggers, the list goes on and continues to grow with business growth. Like I said, I am running an actual business.
I have loved my clients and will do almost anything to help everyone but, I cannot afford to work for free. This is my business, not a hobby. The money I make provides for my family and helps me put back into my business for further growth, like everyone else that works for a living.
This right here is why portrait photography by someone that has a special skill set is truly an investment, something you and your family will have to cherish and look back on for the rest of your lives and generations to come.
I wrote this based on the increased influx of inquiries, please remember, you get what you pay for.