If there’s one question that comes up with every phone call, it’s the one about the cost. Completely valid question as the range of prices vary as much as the photographers quoting the answer.
Most photographers have a Session Fee. This gets the ball rolling. Sometimes the Session Fee can be used as a deposit for items purchased. But this is usually the fee that books the date to guarantee that your session is locked in.
Session fees range from $95 and up. They top out around $395 depending on the studio but generally range in the $150 – 225 area.
The bulk of your money will come after you see the images and decide what you want to do with them. Framed Wall Art, Canvas on Masonite, will run you more than simple paper prints, obviously. Size matters, too. Often times, getting one image in different sizes and/or finishes will open the door to a discount. Make sure you discuss this with your photographer before you book your session.
The key to not being disappointed at the sales table is asking questions and being open with your photographer before you book. Most photographers honestly want to fulfill your needs without any disappointment. The best way for everyone to come out pleased is to make sure your on the same page. A consultation is the best way to make that happen.
The other question that you should be asking yourself is ‘What’s the price for NOT getting your family portrait?’