The average cost for a portrait photographer is $125. Hiring a portrait photographer for your party, you will likely spend between $100 and $275. The price of portrait photography can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local photographers or get free estimates from pros near you.
If you would like professional photos taken of your child, it is important that you hire a photographer who has experience in this area. The standard cost of child photography is influenced by a number of variables, including the location of the shoot, the duration of the session, the number of photos taken, the format of those photos, and more.
The final cost typically includes the photographer's time, the session itself, the editing process, required supplies, and equipment, as well as the photographs themselves. In some cases, such as when hiring Rick Butler Photography, you can select special effects for no additional charge.
Also, be mindful that most photographers will take a deposit for their services. When purchasing the newborn package from Katie Chlad Photography, she charges a $100 deposit at the time of booking in order to secure a session. The package itself costs $275.
Variables That Impact the Final Cost
Instead of an hourly rate, some photographers will charge based on the number of pictures they take and then provide. In other cases, photographers will charge by the hour. For example, TrueVine Photography charges $300 for two hours in the studio for portrait sessions. If for whatever reason you require another hour, which is often the case with children, it is $125 for each additional 60 minutes.
Where the shoot takes place will also impact the cost. Gaining access to someone's professional studio often costs more than meeting a photographer at an outdoor location. If you would like to visit a number of locations, most photographers will charge per shoot (factoring in variables such as distance, conditions, equipment needed, etc.)
Some photographers will charge a flat rate in the form of a "package" deal. PFX Photo, for instance, offers a portrait package for $150. This includes the actual session, photo editing, online proofing, and a CD that includes all of the taken photos. They then charge additional costs for printed images and/or travel costs. For example, if the shoot is more than 30 miles from their home base, they charge an extra $20.
Chesler Photography offers a similar pricing system, offering an hour worth of shooting, in addition to a CD of edited images for $75. Although most photographers will have a standard pricing system, they are many variables to consider. That is why many photographers charge by the job. As stated by Paladin Photography, "pricing is based on time and travel needed to complete the assignment.
If you are able to print images yourself, digital access to your photos is typically included in the price. This can save you money in terms of print costs, which are generally more than you would pay to do it yourself.
Also, if you are confident in the photographer based on their portfolio or word-of-mouth, limit the number of photos taken. For example, fifty high-quality photographs are often just as good as one hundred in terms of a desirable selection.
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