Client Q: What you are paying for when you pay your session fee?

I thought I’d blog today about what a photo shoot session actually entails, approaching it from a time standpoint. It’s a good question, and it may give you a better idea about what goes on before you receive those lovely images on CD.

 Here is a rough time break down of a custom photographer’s session with you:

  • session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment checks, location checks and shoot style ideas)
  • 15-30min travel time TO session
  • Sometimes there’s prep time (15min or so) when doing a shoot at clients house
  • 60 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
  • 15-30min travel time FROM session
  • 30 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
  • 30 minutes time spent backing up the original images (important!)
  • 30 min to 1 hour sifting through all the images (can be a LOT) to find the best images of the session.
  • 15 min per photo, editing (where I can resize the images and retouch blemishes, use colour enhancements, adjust contrast and brightness levels, convert to black & white images, etc. to make them more aesthetically-pleasing). 30 photos would take roughly 7 hours.
  • 5 min per photo to complete some final post-production work to ensure the quality of the finished product. 30 photos would take roughly 2 hours.
  • Roughly 30 minutes prep time for delivery (writing CD, preparing packaging)
  • any phone/email time spent organising the session and meeting up to hand over the final images.

So, the total time involved from start to finish is typically anywhere from 11-15 hours, depending on your session. This is time dedicated only to your session.  I also maintain high standards for every image I produce which ensures that my client receives only the best photos from each shoot.  

Hope you found this interesting, and have a better idea of the labour of love we photogs put behind your session to give you the best images we can produce!

Thanks for looking, Paige.


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