This is a difficult post for me to write, as there are SO many emotions and feelings associated with this subject. I WISH I could photograph every client that contacts me. Being a Motherhood photographer, it crushes me turning away clients due to financial reasons and budgets. I wish I could give every expecting mama her dream photo shoot; whether it be maternity, birth, newborn or family. But the truth is, I just can't.
More truth: this is my job. This is my income. And it breaks my heart when people try to belittle my profession or make comments not understanding "why it's so expensive". While I debated going into detail about the reasons of why my pricing is the way it is, I decided to share a few details.
The cost of running a business
Every business owner knows about this, yet rarely do customers. We have not only have expensive gear to buy, service, and maintain, but so many other little things that add up to our monthly business expenses. The program that I use to edit your gorgeous photos, that costs money. The computer I use to run that program, that costs money. The website in which you found me through, that costs money. The education I pay for to better myself in my profession, that costs money. The program in which I send you your beautiful images through, THAT COSTS MONEY! Just to name a few. Not only all of those, but my time away from my family, my gas, the wear and tear on my car, the editing time spent, and so on. There are so many things that are accounted for when I offer a session and give my client the price.
I, more than anyone, can understand budgets. My family has a monthly budget just like any other family out there. I have to justify and account for every dollar spent. That being said, I also value and appreciate the art of photography and would NEVER try to low-ball someone. If I am wanting photographs of my family, I not only want a professional, I want to pay that person what they truly deserve for doing their job.
Think of it this way. Let's say you are a receptionist. You are paid $15/an hour. One day, your boss walks in and asks you to do something in your job description, but then proceeds to ask you if you will do it for $10/hr. How would that make you feel? Confused? Frustrated? Hurt? Probably a mix of all of those emotions. You work hard at your job and expected to be paid fairly for that job, right? And as it is with photographers. We aren't sitting at home, making up session fees to gauge you. We are accounting for our family's needs, our business needs, all the while trying to deliver an art that's priced affordably and fairly to our clients.
So, my hope is that more people try to understand. Think about that photographer and his/her family before making a rude comment about their pricing. Because I promise you, there is SO much more to it than you realize. Instead, offer a compliment and let them know it's out of your budget. "Your work is so beautiful, and I am sure is worth every penny you charge. Unfortunately, that price is out of reach for my family ay this time. Do you have any recommendations for someone in this price range?" YES. Do that. <3