(Closed) Question re:new born sessions

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@regberadaisy:  I found a starting off photographer and she is charging $75 for a 90 minute session plus all rights to photographs.

Post # 4
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a very good friend who’s starting her photography business and she charges very little. Only charged s $500 for our engagement/wedding with all rights, dvds, photo album etc. She also only charged us $20 to do our Christmas pictures. My suggestion would be to look on FB or somewhere and see about photographers who are just starting out. I’m sure they would have pictures you could look at to see their past work I completely agree that $250 is way too much money to spend on a newborn photo session. Good luck, keep looking around and see what you find. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Some of the more established folks I’ve found (who offer digital rights) charge about $400 for the photo session and provide a CD of 15 images with rights.

We’re going with a newer photographer (who still has some experience with newborns) that charges $175 for a session, including rights to 10 images. And her print prices are relatively reasonable ($2.50 for a 4×6) so we’ll also get a couple professionally produced prints for ourselves.

Post # 7
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

newborn photos are so expensive! I plan to attempt to do my own photos since i have digital SLR camera.. hopefully they come out looking nice

Post # 8
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Depending where you live that is on par. It is a bit steep, but not crazy. I’d look around some more. How long of a session are you planning? That price should yield much more than 15 shots for sure. If you can swing it I would do it, you won’t regret capturing those moments. Every time I shoot a newborn I kick myself for not doing it myself. 

Post # 9
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

we went to a kid’s studio and they only charge you if you buy pictures. awesome not to pay for a session fee since kids are so unpredictable ๐Ÿ™‚ we loved the photos and spent about $150-200 on them, including several that were framed.  and we got digital copies of all the ones we bought prints of

Post # 11
2410 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Sunchick19:  that is a great idea. Do you happen to have deets on the studio you used?

Post # 13
1128 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

For our potential newborn session the photographer charges $175 and gives us 1-3 hours depending on babies mood, she also comes to us and we get a disk with the images.

Post # 14
643 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

That pricing is in line with what it is around me. A decent photog costs about $250, with no prints included. Some have print minimums ($300! on top of the session!). And most don’t include digital rights– those cost a ton extra. i guess they want your family to buy prints from them as well.

Post # 15
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@regberadaisy:  I agree, that’s what I have a hard time with. Digital rights are spendy, and rightfully so. It’s THEIR art, their work – their livelihood. I understand why they have to charge a pretty penny to just give that up to someone else. My SIL (who is the photographer) has a contract for people who buy rights. They have to sign that they will only get them printed at certain places (no walmart, target or walgreens since quality is sub-par and then reflects on her image as a photographer), if posted on blogs/social media, give due creidt etc. Which I think is totally fair. 

I hope you find someone reasonable! Photography really is priceless and I bet in five years you won’t even remember what you paid for pictures of your little ones first precious moments.

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