Updated: Sep 13, 2021
It can be confusing for consumers to understand why photographers charge such varying prices for their services. I'm sure as you research, you see so many different prices and may start to compare or get frustrated. Quite simply, there’s a difference between someone taking photos as a hobby vs. doing it as their career. Here’s a closer look at what’s what:
Photographers who have lower end pricing usually provide you with your photos and not much else. They tend to be those starting out and still practicing, taking photos as just a side hustle for some quick cash, or maybe even someone who takes on many clients and shoots multiple other genres. They could have a decent eye for photography, but might not be looking to do it as their full time job.
High end photographers focus on a client's experience and have years of experience behind them. Their main goal is to make sure you feel comfortable and confident in their abilities from beginning to end. They will walk you through every step of the process, educate you on your options, and genuinely want to get to know you and what you're looking for. In short, they really know their shit inside and out and it's their passion to help women feel amazing. In order to do this effectively, they continue their education and stay top experts in their field. This also means they have ongoing expenses to cover like studio space, licenses, taxes, and more to keep their business legit. This is their livelihood.
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Neither option is wrong, it all just depends on what you're looking for when considering a session. What do you want from your experience? A good way to think about it is with burgers. Now hear me out! I love me some Wendy's when I want something quick, don't wannna spend much or have time for a whole experience. But GIRL....when I've been craving a burger for a minute and really want to have a date night with my man, we're going to a steakhouse! We're spending some time together to enjoy our date while eating juicy, succulent burgers and will remember it fondly.
So, if you’re shopping on price alone and don't really feel like you need guidance or preparation, ask for a referral to a hobbyist or someone dabbling in Boudoir who can provide you with quick, inexpensive cut and dry photos. If you value an unforgettable experience that focuses on all the details, expertise, and knowledge in their field, invest in a pro who can customize your session and help you create the most amazing photos you’ve ever seen of yourself. There's a right photographer for everyone and the effects and feelings from your session will stay with you for a lifetime!