The Cost of Time
Booking your session and emails: 1-2 hours (Spent on responding to emails from you, our client, and setting up a time for your session!)
Studio prep: 1 hour (Preparing our gear and getting the studio ready for your session)
Session time: 1-3 hours (Depending on your choice of session)
Image transfer and teaser upload: 1 hour (Uploading your photographs to our editing software, quick edit of 1-4 of images which are emailed or posted online as teasers)
Culling, editing and retouching images: 4-10+ hours (Depending on the details of your session)
Exporting finished images and delivery: 2-3 hours (Includes exporting images and transferring them to our image sharing program)
If you are ordering any prints, canvas, or photobooks: Add 2-10 hours
Total: 10-30+ hours of time and talent
The Cost of Maintaining a Photography Business
The cost of purchasing, maintaining and upgrading professional equipment can range anywhere from $10,000-30,000+. A good photographer has a good camera (or two!), a great lens, memory cards, computer system, advanced editing software, image sharing programs, studio space and props. Then there are the costs of marketing which include website hosting, advertising, etc. These are just some of the things that make up the costs of doing business.
The Cost of Experience
At the end of the day, all of the above time and equipment means nothing if your photographer isn’t going to provide you with quality photographs. A professional spends hours learning and improving their craft and only cares about providing an excellent product.
So you see, there is more than meets the eye when it comes down to how much time and effort is spent into creating a beautiful photography product. We hope this post sheds some light on how important it is to not only pick the right photographer but also on what it takes to create great work!
xo Emily Lauren