An Honest Guide to Baby Photography Costs
As you might imagine, there are lots of variables to consider when exploring what you can expect your baby photography to cost. There is no one size fits all, nor one set option when you visit a baby photographer. And if there was, that would be a bit boring! Just as in any other shop, there are lots of options to choose from and it really depends on what you want, and what you want to spend.
Let’s look first at what will drive up your baby photography costs, and then we can look at what will bring them down.
Aspects that can drive baby photography costs up
A studio based photographer is always going to be more expensive than a photographer that runs their business from home. They are going to have running costs, rates and possibly even VAT if they are a larger studio that must be absorbed in the baby photography cost. For a studio session you can expect to pay between £40 and £100 with a good sized print included.
Booking a full photoshoot. A photoshoot is very labour intensive for the photographer, they will spend an hour to two hours photographing your baby, then they will edit all the images they have created. They will prepare you a viewing so you can choose your favourites. Then they will edit your chosen images, send them to print, package them and possibly deliver them to you.
Products such as good quality canvas, framing and books can really drive the price up. Not only does the physical product have to be paid for, but also the labour of the craftsperson who makes it. You can expect to pay £100 to £1000 and more for luxury finished pieces.
Choosing a collection that is spread over multiple visits. This can drive the overall spend up and appear like a lot of money at first glance. But a good package will give you lots of photography time and images, translating to good value for your money.
Choosing lots of images! Creating the photograph is only the start of an images journey. Each image will be worked on until it is perfect and a work of art for you to cherish. The more images you choose. The more photoshop work your photographer will have to do behind the scenes. On the plus side though, most photographers work on a sliding scale, so the more you get, the more value you will be getting!
If you are sure you want to visit a studio but keep prices down, book a mini session. This will give you a shorter amount of time but still all the variety of options and smooth service that a studio can offer. Expect to pay around £20 -£30 for a mini session with a small print included.
Choosing digital images over printed work, will always be the cheapest option a photographer can offer. A lot of editing time still goes into finishing these images for you, and a photographer’s time must be paid for. So expect to pay for digital images on a sliding scale; The more you buy, the cheaper each image will be. Depending on the photographer, digital images can be priced between £50 and £100.
If you know you are going to be wanting more photoshoots in the future, choose a package. Packages are always going to be cheaper than stand alone pieces when you work it all out. Divide the number of images/pieces you get by the price to work this out.
Limiting how many images you are going to get is a simple way to keep your baby photography cost down. For example a popular choice at our studio is to go for a set of five images. These are priced at £60 each so the total set is £300. A price like this ensures all our studio running costs are covered, our photographers get paid a fair fee and it doesn’t break the bank for you either. And if you want to break up the total, you can always look at something like Paypal pay in three.
If you have a tight budget for your baby photography, choose a home based business over a studio. They will have lower running costs and will be able to offer lower prices. Remember though, that the photographer you choose, is working hard to make their living from their talent. And what you pay them will be paying their bills, so don’t haggle. For a home based sitting you can expect to pay between £40 and £60.
If you have a really tight budget, and want to keep your baby photography costs even lower, choose a photographer that is working at an event. These photographers will be creating a high volume of images in one day and will therefore be able to offer a lower rate for a smaller volume of images. Your session will be short and sweet and you can expect to choose your images there and then. Costs per image are likely to be between £20 and £40.
Your final spend really will depend on your budget, the photographer you choose and what products you decide on. But to give you a good idea, clients that visit PhotoBaby on average spend between £300 and £500 each visit and go away with a good collection of images.