Portrait prices – how they work

I’m totally up front with my rates, and you view all of your family pictures online, so there are no hidden surprises.

Some photographers charge crazily low prices for the initial sitting fee – their year round promotional rates can be as low as £20 or less for a session with a free print to tempt you.

Then when you’re invited back to their studio to view your pictures, you’ll often find that the print and enlargement prices can be quite startling, and it’s highly unlikely that they’ll want to release any high resolution JPEGs for you to print from.

With discounted deals like this it’s very rare that you’ll be able to view your photographs online, as many studios know they can employ more assertive selling tactics in person. So do ask up front for their full price list, and read their online reviews. Please do your research so you’re not caught out with some of these ‘too good to be true offers’!

I don’t use these sales tactics. My diary is busy because my prices are reasonable, and it helps that my clients love my work too. Many return year after year!

 

 

A recent note from a portrait customer

Dear Mark, thank you once again for our stunningly beautiful family portraits, this is now our fourth session with you. After each sitting we are completely blown away with the amazing colours in your pictures, and the wonderful variety of backdrops, fun poses and expressions that you capture!

Everyone who visits our home says your pictures are the best family portraits they’ve ever seen. Also, we particularly love the fact that you release the high resolution files so we can print our own requirements.

Every two years we have a 12”x16” canvas wrap made of our favourite portrait pose to show our children growing up, previously we were paying an average of £500 – £750 for each enlargement plus the session fee with other local photographers, now we can have them printed for £75 each through your recommended online printing laboratory.

At first glance your fees may initially appear a little higher than other photographers, but for anyone wanting to produce enlargements or prints for family and friends, the savings we now make are staggering.

Thank you once again for all the wonderful pictures you’ve captured of our family. Warmest regards & see you again soon, Tom & Becky – Beaconsfield

Price options

Option 1: One hour portrait session only £125 – then your favourite high resolution print-ready JPEGs are £5 each

Option 2: One hour portrait session plus your favourite 15 high resolution JPEGs  £175   MOST POPULAR

Option 3: Two hour portrait session plus your favourite 30 high resolution JPEGs £300

Option 4: Two hour portrait session plus your favourite 30 high resolution JPEGs.  These 25 images will also be presented in a 16-page A4 photobook £600

Option 5: Two hour portrait session plus your favourite 30 high resolution JPEGs.  These 30 images will also be presented in a luxurious A4 16 page glossy coffee table – you approve the artworks for the album before we go to print £750

Optional extras:

  • Home visit or location of your choice: + £25 
  • Additional high resolution images + £5 each
  • CDs available £6 each/USBs £35 each
  • Local Stately Home Portrait Session approx £130 
  • Photoshopping of images if requested P.O.A.

 

Ordering prints and enlargements

After the session you’ll receive your favourite images as high resolution print ready JPEGs.  These will be supplied online via DropBox or WeTransfer.

Instead of placing your order with me, I supply details of the professional printing laboratory I recommend.

No account is necessary, and the lab’s website is very easy to use.  All orders are placed online, and they offer prints, enlargements, canvas wraps and a framing service, together with a very speedy turnaround, all at amazing pro trade prices.

The savings compared to the usual method of dealing direct through a photographer are significant.  Typically 8″x10″ prints are 50p, and 12″ x 16″ prints are £1.50, all printed onto professional photographic paper.

One of my new clients told me they paid £750 for a 12″x 16″ canvas enlargement with another photographic studio two years ago! By placing this order yourselves once I’ve supplied your JPEGs, you should expect to pay no more than £75 for the same quality canvas, that’s quite a difference!

Do give me a call if you wish to discuss your requirements.

Gift vouchers

Gift vouchers make the perfect birthday, anniversary or Christmas present. Treating a loved one to a set of fabulous family photographs is a keepsake they will cherish forever.

Each of my vouchers is personalised, and is presented with my 8-page A5 portrait brochure. Gift vouchers are available for either the one-hour session with 15 high resolution images or the two-hour version with 30 high resolution images. Additional images may be purchased after the session at £5 each.

The price of the gift voucher is not mentioned anywhere on it; it just mentions the session duration and the number of high resolution images included. Each voucher is valid for two years, and any number of people or pets can be included in the photo shoot.

To purchase a voucher securely online, click here. Alternatively, you’re welcome to call me to discuss your requirements and make your purchase over the phone.

Redeeming Gift Vouchers

When the session is redeemed, I will ask for the voucher number, plus where they’d like the session to take place.

They can choose from my Chesham Manor House gardens, or from one of the many local beauty spots I regularly attend in the Chilterns.

A week after the session, the images will be available to view online. Once the favourites selection has been made, they will be optimised to the highest standard so they are print ready, and will be sent via Dropbox together with the details of the online printing lab I recommend.

Order are placed online directly through my recommended printing lab, they offer amazing trade prices and great quality. This approach gives you a cost-effective way to print your pictures, enlargements, canvas wraps, greeting cards and so on.

Business Portraits

Making the best impression with your corporate business portraits is as important as ever, and each month I have a steady flow of business people looking to update their online profile.

At my Chesham manor house premises I offer the opportunity for you to have a mixture of indoor and outdoor headshots. Your portraits could be simple headshots against a white backdrop, or a favourite backdrop is the rustic brick arched cloisters just a few yards from my studio.

I offer a 30-minute mini-shoot which includes your favourite ten high resolution headshot images for £125. You’ll see the images on my camera as I take them, then you’ll select your favourites online. The images supplied will be copyright free, so you can use them as you please.

Corporate Location Portraits

Sometimes I’m called out to a preferred location that my client has reqeusted. Often it’s their company headquarters, or sometimes it’s a corporate premises or destination they have close links with.

You can see examples of my business portraits on this link: Commercial Gallery.

I usually have last minute availability in my diary at my Chesham studio most midweek days.

If you’re local to my premises I’d love to hear from you. Most of my business and corproate photography customers come from Amersham, Chesham, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Wendover and the surrounding towns.