Photography and why quality cost more

July 9, 2017

Hello guys! I hope you all had a fantastic fourth with lots of food, fireworks and family time. I myself got to enjoy my family and see the fireworks on two separate occasions and had to calm my fur kids down during the festivities of the actual night of the fourth as the fireworks scare the living daylights out of them.  While this post is about photography  I feel it is more of an educational piece than anything. It is an insight into what you can expect when you book a session with me and a common theme among photographer groups on Facebook is why do you charge more when the photographer down the road charges $50.00 for 30 photos on a CD? And I get it, there is a photographer on every street corner it seems. I may be in the photography business and yes I love what I do but I am also here to run a profitable business and one can not sustain themselves with $50.00 sessions. As photographer there is more than just pressing the shutter, most of this takes place behind the scenes. As a business owner there is more than just being a photographer, you can’t do one without the other and it requires proper balance. Today I am focusing more on the photography side and leaving business for another day. The one part of business I will leave you with is that sometimes we need to educate our clients a bit in order for them to understand why they are spending their hard-earned money. Giving clients a physical good is easier to make them realize the value of what they are buying.

Take  these images below , when you look at the tangible aspect of what you get from a photographer you can see the value they bring to the table.

Beri Garrett Photography, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Mother and daughter on the beach, smiling in the sun, Having Fun on the Beach. Beri Garrett Photography, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Mother and daughter on the beach, smiling in the sun, Having Fun on the Beach.

The photo on the left is SOOC (straight out of camera)  the photo on the right is after post processing. The image on the right is the finished product presented to the client.  There is a considerable amount of work involved in getting from the first image to the second image, without some education on the subject most people think it is just my “fancy” camera making these look good. While I do not think we should have to educate each individual client on the exact creative process, I do believe a little understanding goes a long way. What goes into a photography session before during and after are all part of the process and we have to take all this into account when we look at the cost of doing business and how we must make a living. This is something to consider so you know what to expect when you are working with a professional photographer.

Consultation- First we have the pre-consultation meeting to discuss your wants, needs, any particulars you might have prior to the day of. Here we will also go over the contracts and any other legalities. For myself this meeting is one of the fun parts because I get to be creative and explore the different ideas and possible scenarios we can photograph.

Location scouting – This is  done prior to the session or if there is a place the client has in mind we must make sure that location is available before we can proceed with the session.

Photo Session– The day of the session itself is when everything comes together, making sure you have the best session and get the most out of your time is my number one priority. This is why all the planning is so important, your time is just as important, being prepared allows for me to make the most of this time and get the best portraits possible.

Post Process- Your session may be over but this is where the most important work begins. This is the time where I sit down with your images and find the best of the best and edit those to make them perfect. This is a long tedious process that can sometimes take hours for one photograph depending on the amount of editing work that needs to be done. If you refer back to the images above this where the process comes in, I take the SOOC image and turn it into the final image by retouching the image into a work of art.

Once your images are ready they are delivered for you to view and  decide which ones you like the best. You can order your favorites and have them delivered knowing they are quality checked before ever arriving at your door and never having to worry about a thing.

This is  what you can typically expect from doing business with me as a professional photographer, I can not speak for others. Feedback I have heard from members of the community and other areas compelled me to write this and I hope this gives you a bit of insight into the working life of the photographer and why we do what we do. I do it because I love it but I know it is not something I can do and support myself full-time at the moment, I hope one day to be able to have that and by educating some on the realities of the profession more people will understand the value in professional portraits versus the selfie on their Iphone.

Feel free to check out my website for more of my work at http://bgphotographyllc.com

Thanks for reading have a great week !!

  1. Jessica

    July 14th, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Definitely a lot of unseen back end work in this field! Hours and hours of it!

  2. Laurie Hasan

    July 14th, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Great educational post! So often people don’t realize the work involved in creating beautiful images.

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