- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2008
Alright, this is an interesting situation, so bear with me please.
I have the insane blessing of having a professional photographer in my family, my SIL shot my senior photos, my wedding, and now my maternity session, all gratutiously free-of-charge (I only pay for prints), and breaks all her policies for me just because I’m her SIL (like giving me a CD of all the pictures and giving me full printing rights). I am SO THANKFUL for her and feel indebted to her because she is so generous.
I REALLY value the art of photography because of her and really recognize their value as far as price, and she has helped me understand why it has to cost so much and how little she actually takes home.
She lives 6 hours away from me though, so she won’t be here when my baby is actually born, and probably won’t be able to visit for at least a month.
And I really want a newborn session so I can send out birth announcements (it is my first child, so this means a lot to me), but for my SIL to do it, the baby would be 1-2 mos old and that is a little late to send out announcements.
So: enter a family friend. She is a teenager studying photography and already has an incredible gift/talent. I really respect her as an artist. She obviously isn’t up to the level of my SIL merely for lack of experience, but she is seriously gifted and has done amazing work. Because of her age/experience she only charges $100/session, so I am considering asking her to do the newborn session and just having my SIL do pics when she comes later.
But because she has a lack of experience (I don’t know if she’s even done a NB session before) I was considering, since I will be paying for a NB session anyway, having another local photographer with A LOT MORE experience do the session instead. However, it would be $400 for just the session and a CD of images (since that is extra), any prints would be additional.
So what should I do: pay just a little bit for a talented, yet inexperienced photographer to do just the birth announcements and wait for my SIL to do a “real new family shoot”
OR splurge and get the other professional photographer NB session?
Money is obviously tight as we are having our first baby, so it would take a little bit of saving extra to splurge on a professional session.
What do you ladies think?