We all have cameras on our smartphones now, the cost of digital cameras is reasonable and we live in a culture where everyone takes countless photos and uploads them to social network sites, using photo filters and auto enhancements. So why pay a professional photographer at all?
... I may own a pair of scissors and I regularly cut my young sons hair, but this doesn’t make me a hairdresser and if I want a really good quality cut, I go to a professional stylist. If you want and value beautiful, unique photographs, captured moments of the ones you love - that is where I can help. Photographs are what we have to document and visually remember our lives, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that if my house was on fire, I would be grabbing my photo albums and my computer hard drive (where tons of our treasured shots are stored), and the family of course! So with these things in mind, isn’t the price well worth it?
Breaking the price down...
The process of supplying you with your photographs takes a lot longer than the shoot itself. Here is a list to give you a general idea of how my time is spent:
Pre-shoot chats & correspondence to determine the brief
Pre-shoot preparation and travelling
Photo shoot of between 30 minutes to 2 hours
Photo transfer, selection and post production of digital files
Photo cropping and enhancements / retouching
Post shoot consultation & admin
I usually spend at least 20 hours on a full package shoot and it doesn’t include running costs like petrol or website hosting – so really I work for less than the minimum wage!