With my new website still in development (my fault for the delay as I have so much to do to prepare for the content) I have made this an opportunity to re-asseess my photography shoots.
It is 5 years this year since I left the London College of Communication and wow have I come along way! But after understanding business and my time and how valuable it is and the quality of imagery that I produce my prices did have to go up from where I first started which was £99 inclusive of a 7×5 print!
A “Family Lifestyle” photography shoot is time consuming – no doubt about it!
Here is the breakdown…
- A pre-shoot visit to meet the children – 1.5 hours including travel
- 2-3 hours photography shoot at a clients home and on location of their choice
- Travel to the session and back
- Editing and post production – 4 hours
- Preparation for a 1.5 hour viewing
- Admin for the online gallery
- More post production on chosen images for framing and albums
- Administration of the order.
For all this £99 was too cheap so my weekday rate is now £190 booking fee weekday rate and £290 booking fee for a weekend photography session (I would rather shoot during the week and be with my family at the weekend hence the difference).
So how do I bridge the gap in my pricing for lovely clients that I have had in the early years? Do I just say “tough” I charge more or do I offer a solution – I am sure that you will agree with me that to offer a solution is a much better way!
So, after much research, this is my entry level photography shoot…
Portraits in the Park!
I am blessed with where I live in Kingston-upon-Thames to have several open spaces, parks around me and so I designate a place for the photography session for my clients which is near to me and the booking fee is £95 for 45 minutes inclusive of a viewing at my office a week after the photography session.
The photography session isn’t as detailed as my lifestyle shoots so only portraits and family groups will be covered in this time.
The images that I am featuring in this journal today are from such a session that I did with previous clients called “Laura & David” – such a lovely family! I was delighted when she called me and she said that she wanted images of the family as her youngest Jess was at the same age as the ones that I shot of Ellie who is now 4.
Here is Laura’s testimonial of the session:-
‘The “Portrait in the Park” shoot was the perfect option for our family. Annie’s ability to capture the girls’ personality in a short session underlines what a talented photographer she is. We came away with lots of beautiful images to choose from and two little girls who had had a fun little play in the park with Annie and her camera’
and here is her daughters – (my most favourite testimonial):-
‘Annie is kind and smiley and funny’ – Ellie (4 yrs old)
The photography session took place in October last year and I was thrilled with the results.
Laura has also had a business portrait/headshot with me so I will feature her and her business in my special commerical blog post in a week or so.
I have two more offerings to share with you in the next few weeks about the photography shoots that I offer and please contact me if you are interested in my “Portrait in the Park” photography shoot on 07711 391919
Annie Armitage – Photographic Artist
Annie Armitage is a photographer who specialises in producing timeless images. She is a contemporary, lifestyle family photographer and produces images of pregnancy, newborn, babies of all sizes, families, teenagers (seniors) and also has a commercial side to her business which is predominantly headshots as well as formal but approachable portraits for annual reports or PR purposes.
Nursery photography is also amongst Annie’s portfolio and if you are interested please contact her on 07711 391919
Annie is based in Kingston upon Thames but is available for commission throughout the UK and Ireland. Her main working areas within London and Surrey are:- Kingston,Surbiton,ThamesDitton,NewMalden,Wimbledon,Wandsworth,Clapham,Putney,Richmond,Barnes,Fulham, Chelsea,Kensington,Clapham,Hampton, Twickenham,Teddington,StMargarets and throughout Surrey including Guildford, Godalming,Woking,Cobham,Weybridge,Esher,Claygate and Oxshott
Annie has a “Annie Armitage Photography” page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/anniearmitagephotography
and on Twitter come and follow her – anniegolightly
To contact Annie about your requirements – please go to the contact form on her website or alternatively email her at email@example.com or call her on 07711 391919
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