The B Word

07th January 2018
In: Blog


I recently ran a poll on my Instagram account asking which of two reasons people had for not having a portrait photo shoot. Time or Budget. The leading reason, with 63% of the vote (unsurprisingly in my experience) was.....the B word. Budget

Budget

It's a sticky subject. Particularly when portrait photography is mentioned. Like you, I've heard the horror stories. An excited and eager photography client visits the portrait studio to view their proofs. Instead of photographs, the first viewing is of the payment plan, followed by the sinking feeling that they won't be able to afford what they would dearly love to have.....this is justified when the prices are quoted, usually after falling in love with the portrait images that have been put in front of them. It's heartbreaking. And (in my opinion) wrong.
I don't mean the pricing. Everyone has their own business model, and therefore pricing structure to suit their chosen market. It's the not knowing, the being kept in the dark until the lights are suddenly switched in leaving you blinded.


What's the solution?

If you're like me, you want to know what you'll be spending on a purchase before diving in. To many, including myself, a portrait photo session is seen as a major purchase. More importantly it's an investment in emotion, and something that should last you many years. It can also be difficult to put a real financial value to.
I understand this all too well. So customers should know what their portrait experience should cost. It's not an unreasonable request?
I'm so passionate in my belief that everyone should be able to have a portrait experience, so I try to do my best to make them as accessible as possible.



How can I help you with your investment?

Simply by being upfront with what your portrait session investment may be.
Understanding what you want is key. From that, I can advise on required products and final price, all before a single shot is taken. I offer a selection of collections based on popular combinations of products, and am happy to break down the balance into smaller interest free payments. You can even build your own collection too. Tell me what you need, and I'll work out something that may help.

No risk to you

Despite payment in instalments to smooth the way, your investment in a portrait session may still seem like a bit of a risk. What if you don't like the images?
I'm confident that this will not be the case, but for your peace of mind I do offer a no-quibble, money back guarantee. It's a win-win for you!

Making an informed choice

Although budget and price is clearly important, I would suggest you look a little deeper into the portrait photographer and what they offer. Everyone is different and unique, and not all price tags reveal their true value. Price shopping for portrait photography isn't necessarily the best move. To help you choose a suitable photographer, this post is worth a read. 7 Things To Look For In A Portrait Photographer

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If you are interested in my portrait work, please download my Portrait Introductory Brochure, if you like what you see, please contact me to organise a chat about how I may be able to help.




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