Bonnie I Need Your Help

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Kara H. - March 6

Hi Bonnie - I just emailed your the long version of this thought process, but I was hoping you could help me out. We have an impromtu photography appointment at a chain place to get a family protrait and some shots of Max and was hoping you could give me some ideas to make the most of it. Your pictures of your kids are amazing! I wish you were closer and I would have you do it!!

 

Kara H. - March 6

Bump for Bonnie!

 

Nerdy Girl - March 6

Hi Kara. I don't mean to hijack Bonnie's thread, but I am a pro photographer so thought I could give my two cents. The hard thing about going to a chain studio is that you probably have a 15 minute appointment, so the stress is on you to make sure your baby is happy at that little window of time. Here are a couple of recommendations to improve your results. I’m not sure how old your lo is, so some of these might not apply. Don’t give a pacifier before the session because those red marks will be on his face and they will probably charge you to remove them. Wear simple unpatterned clothing. Don’t bribe your child with lollipops or candy (same idea as pacifier – colored lips and tongue). Don’t build it up or talk about it too much because this can make even the youngest child apprehensive. Don’t talk during the session unless the photographer asks for your help. The photographer will be trying to get his attention, and if you are also calling to him or telling him to smile, he won’t know where to look. Ummm…. Let me see if I can think of anything else…..

 

Kara H. - March 6

Thanks Nerdy Girl! We actually have an appointment with a pro in 6wks, but there is an impromptu birthday party planned for an elderly relative at the end of the month and I want to give her a couple of framed portaits of us since she has the "family wall" at her house. So we are going to Sears on Sunday. This is going to cut into my budget with the $$$ guy, which I am disapointed about. But I figure since I am going to be spending the money, I wanted to get the best pictures possible. We get six different poses. I had planned on having us wear white "men style" dress shirts with the cuffs rolled up and collars unb___toned, with jeans, barefoot, on the floor with a white background for our family shot. Then do one of just me and Max (don't know what I want to do there). One of just Chris and Max wearing their U of M shirts, then three of just Max. I was going to dress Chris and Max in layers so they can strip their dress shirts and have the Michigan shirts underneith to maximize our time there. If you can think of any other ideas (or ones better than mine) please feel free to share!

 

Kara H. - March 6

Also the $$$ guy I have an appointment with next month charges a $75 setting fee, then $25 per sheet. Does that sound about normal? He does the newborn shots at our local tiny hospital for a discounted price to create new business. We did not give birth there, but my friends have and their pictures are excellent! I gave birth at one of the top birthing centers in the region, but got those regular, horrible, mugshot style photos. So not fair!!

 

Bonnie - March 6

He actually seems pretty darned cheap, lol. And Nerdy Girl pretty much just beat me to everything. With chains a lot of it just depends on who is taking the pictures as well. it could be a seasoned person who has been doing it for years or it could be some kid right out of high school working part time. You just never know. :( I'll email you a little mroe tonight when I can sit down, but Nerdy girl pretty much covered it all, lol. Have you seen her web site? She is my mentor. :D

 

Kara H. - March 6

Really?? He seems cheap?? Must be the difference in the cost of living in our area (one of the lowest in the country). He was not cheapest in our area. Seemed a little pricy to be doing it out of his home. I know I will be leaving with no less 12 sheets - probably closer to 20 and a wall portait in top of that. Guess I should be glad I live where I do! ;)

 

Nerdy Girl - March 6

I am not sure what you mean by "sheet." I have a basic session for $65 and a little more extensive session for $95. That will be increasing with my next price list revision because I realize that's WAAAYYY to inexpensive. My 8x10's are $45, which will also be going up because I realized that I am the lowest priced pro photog in my area. However, I retouch every image. I know people who will sell an 8x10 for $20, but it's right out of the camera as shot. And in this era of digital photography where it is so easy to fix little blemishes, who wants THAT?

 

Kara H. - March 6

1 sheet ($25) = 1-8x10 or 2-5x7s or 8 wallets. Most of the other photographers here usually have a package deal then individual pricing if you want more of a specific size. They charge $54 for an 8x10, $54 for 4 -4x5, and $28 for 8 wallets. The most popular packages are the $225 that include 1-11x14, 4 - 8x10s, 4 -5x7s and 32 wallets. If you compared apples to apples and just wanted what was in the package, the package deal people are cheaper. Since I will need LOTS of 5x7s and really do not want any 8x10s, it would be more economical to go with the guy I have the appointment with that prices by the sheet.

 

Kara H. - March 7

Oh though I should clarify - i KNOW I will get great pictures out of the pro guy next month, but for now I am trying to make the most of the session at Sears this weekend. I am certainly not saying that there is anything wrong with going to Sears for anyone that is reading this, I just already had my money allotted for the Pro guy so this sort of thru a wrench in my plans needing these pictures now. Hope no feathers are ruffled...

 

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