Post # 1
Thinking about having a newborn photo session when baby arrives. We’ll see how finances go.
But so far the photographers I’ve found a lot of them, it seems. do not come with digital rights and they are asking you to commit to a $250 print purchase on top of the session fee.
Has that been the case for you?
Wondering if this is the norm?
Post # 3
@regberadaisy: I found a starting off photographer and she is charging $75 for a 90 minute session plus all rights to photographs.
Post # 4
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. 🙂
Post # 5
The thing is I want someone who is established, has experience with newborn photos and I really like their style if I’m paying for it. If I opt to go with someone just “starting out” I would just go with a friend of mine who does photography for fun. He’s pretty decent and I know he would do it for free even (of course I’ll get him a Thank You gift!).
I’m OK with paying $250 IF I get digital rights.
Post # 6
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
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
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
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 🙂 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 # 10
I am leaning towards that as well since we inherited my BIL’s DSLR.
I would VERY much like to do a “pro” session but not if it means I have no digital rights. I’m thinking I might just do a “family” session when baby is a little older and we go to NYC to visit family. Just because I’ll have more of a awesome selection of photographers. 😀
I’m Upstate NY but originally from NYC. I’ve looked at about a dozen photographers total in both locations. And session fees are around $150 for ~3 hours but they all seem to require a minimum $250 print purchase.
Post # 11
@Sunchick19: that is a great idea. Do you happen to have deets on the studio you used?
Post # 12
If you’re interested in something like that I know Sear’s Portraits, JcPenney, Picture People etc all run specials like that often.
My nephew gets his picture taken on every birthday at Picture People and they are always super cute!
Post # 13
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
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
@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.