Did you do newborn photo shoot? Cost??? Photographers weigh in!

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Is this an average cost for maternity/newborn photo shoots?
    Yup, that's the standard now! Pay up or take photos yourself. : (6 votes)
    12 %
    UM no. I'd rather upgrade my ring! Erm...I mean...invest that in the college fund... : (38 votes)
    78 %
    I like polls : (5 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 4
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    407 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    whoa, Thats more than i paid for a photographer to shoot my wedding and give me all the digital prints. I would def keep looking. I have a great friend who does excellent newborn and child work.. She only charges like $75 for the shoot and then you pay for the photos.

    Post # 5
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    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Holy F….! My newborn photos were $300. The photog came to my house, spent hours, made sure we got everything we wanted, and we got all the pics on a disc. Totally worth it. But there is NO WAY I would spend $3200 on it… Just buy an awesome camera and take them yourselves (when my little guy was a couple months old, we did that too).

    Post # 6
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    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m not a photographer but holy moly that sounds like a LOT.  I’ve been researching this a bit in my area (philly) and I found some expensive ones but nothing like that.  We’re probably going with a place where it’ll be $500 for newborn, 6 month, 9 month, and 12 month. That includes a 5×7 of each shoot. It’s an extra $125 if I want all the shots on a CD.   

    Post # 9
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    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @AutumnMrs:  Well, that one was from our newborn shoot with our photog, but here’s one I took with the new camera. 

     

    We bought the camera off our photographer actually. It was one of his old ones. I would absolutely choose a good camera over a newborn shoot–I take pictures every month and I certainly couldn’t afford to pay for them (and I take others all the time, too!)

    Post # 11
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    1395 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    That sounds like an insane price… 

    Post # 12
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    185 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Are you hiring Anne Geddes? If not, then I think you can find an amazing photographer that is much less than that. It seems like a huge scam to charge that much for prints.

    Post # 13
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    3989 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I won’t post what I charge, because I charge a lot less than anyone in my area due to insecurities I have about my own work product. 

    I would say in my area, the sitting fee (no prints included) is around $300 with a print minimum of $300-$400. 

    It is hard to find a photographer that will give you a disc of images nowadays (I do, because I personally don’t like to limit the amount of photos I give if I’ve taken a handful of good ones).

    So, I would say that what you were quoted is a lot more than I have ever heard of.  I would shop around a bit more.

    Post # 14
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    4372 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    That is completely excessive! Mine cost $200 for unlimited hours of shooting and 25ish poses in 4 different finishes each. I also get the digital copies so I can print and reproduce as I see fit. Granted, a friend of mine is the photographer but she said her normal fee is $299 so I only got $100 discount. Even for our wedding photographer who is much more expensive it was roughly $400-$500. 

    Check Facebook or local Craigslist, I’m sure there are lots of photogs who are just getting started or trying to build a portfolio that could take some great photos for a fair price. 

    Post # 15
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    2627 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Well it is a lot of money, but that is 4 sessions or $425 per session, which is high but not astronimcal.

    What I think is crazy is the cost to buy the digitals.

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Good lord!!

    My photographer package is maternity, newborn, 3 mo, 6 mo, 9 mo, 1 year and it is $650.

     

    We only did the newborn, 6 mo, and 1 year though and it is a total of $330.00 with full rights to photos.  I dont get any prints.

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