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Old 11-26-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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Is this price reasonable?

I've never had professional pictures of my DD taken and we barely have any together, except the few on my phone.

There's a great photographer nearby. For $400, she'll do 1 hour of shooting and I get a high-res CD of all the photos, edited. We'll do the shoot outside, not in a studio.

Does this sound reasonable? This is something I've saved up for, so I have the money, but I'm not sure if its really expensive or average. What do you think?

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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Re: Is this price reasonable?

We paid about half that for the same thing (outside in location of our choice, 1-2 hours of time and a cd of all pics) in the Seattle area. Might be worth asking around to see if friends have used someone else and compare the price. I know things seem to generally be more expensive in So Cal, so maybe that is the going rate.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
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That's really high IMO. For our whole family it's only $100 and we get all the pictures too
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In San Diego that's very fair.
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Re: Is this price reasonable?

Depends on if just kid or fanily some here are 50p sitting & cost of photos... so lots less....unless tons of pics u get & retouch & all the extras...
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Re: Is this price reasonable?

I think you also have to factor in other aspects.

Around here there are tons of "fauxtographers" who buy a DSLR and play around on photoshop then charge $100 for an hour session and give you all your pictures on a CD. They under price services but the outcome is low quality in comparison to a true photographer with plenty of experience and knowledge.

If this photographer is legit, has experience and knowledge, and is reputable I feel that it could be a fair price.

Does she have a website you could link us to? Some of the more experienced members may be able to give you some more insight.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:20 AM   #7
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If she has years of experience and a solid portfolio I'd pay that much anywhere. The difference between true professional and someone with only few years of experience claiming to be a 'pro' with entry level equipment is a huge difference.
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I think you also have to factor in other aspects.

Around here there are tons of "fauxtographers" who buy a DSLR and play around on photoshop then charge $100 for an hour session and give you all your pictures on a CD. They under price services but the outcome is low quality in comparison to a true photographer with plenty of experience and knowledge.

If this photographer is legit, has experience and knowledge, and is reputable I feel that it could be a fair price.

Does she have a website you could link us to? Some of the more experienced members may be able to give you some more insight.
Yes here is the website. It is her and her husband, but she will be the one shooting my daughter and me.

http://eplove.info/blog

Thanks for the feedback so far. I've looked on Craigslist, and it is cheaper, but a lot of them have no websites, and some I just don't like their pictures.
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I think as far as "reasonable", that's up to you. Yes photographers do/can charge that much. Do I think that is reasonable? Not a chance. We have had wonderful pictures taken for far less than that. Granted, I like studio pictures just fine, it might be harder to find someone to take outdoor pictures for a low price. I just don't think a couple hours of a photographer's work is worth $400.
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Yes here is the website. It is her and her husband, but she will be the one shooting my daughter and me.

http://eplove.info/blog

Thanks for the feedback so far. I've looked on Craigslist, and it is cheaper, but a lot of them have no websites, and some I just don't like their pictures.
The ones on CL are likely "fauxtographers." They are as I described above, the ones who buy a DSLR and go into bizzzzness within a month.
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