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Is a Professional Photographer worth the money? | Makeover and Photoshoot Photographer Hampshire

Is a Professional Photographer worth the money?

“A CAMERA DOESN’T TAKE A GREAT PICTURE ANYMORE THAN A TYPEWRITER WROTE A GREAT NOVEL.” 

~ PETER ADAMS

Makeover and Photoshoot for her with You Deserve This. You'll LOVE the portraits we create for you. www.youdeservethis.com

Makeover and Photoshoot for her with You Deserve This. You'll LOVE the portraits we create for you. www.youdeservethis.com

Makeover and Photoshoot for 2. Share this amazing experience with your Mum, Daughter, Sister, Best Friend or Partner. www.youdeservethis.com

Makeover and Photoshoot for 2. Share this amazing experience with your Mum, Daughter, Sister, Best Friend or Partner. www.youdeservethis.com

Your Wedding Day is one of the most important days in your life. As the Bride you will love beautiful photographs of yourself wearing your gorgeous wedding dress. Would you LOVE to wear it again? Book a Makeover and Photoshoot with our team at You DeserveThis and create even more fabulous memories! www.youdeservethis.com

"The added attention and quality that a professional photographer gives, is worth every penny; your portraits will be admired by your family for generations to come - worth hiring a professional?

We think so to...."

In this digital age where everyone has DSLR cameras, mobile phones with cameras, scanners, and home “photo printers,” we hear this all the time:

“How do professional photographers charge so much for an 8×10 when they cost much less online?”

Your pregnancy is one of the most precious times in your life, you will only look this beautiful for a short time before your baby is born. Capturing the love you share for your eagerly awaited newborn is such a privilege for us. You'll Love a Maternity Makeover and Photoshoot with us at You Deserve This. www.youdeservethis.com

Your pregnancy is one of the most precious times in your life, you will only look this beautiful for a short time before your baby is born. Capturing the love you share for your eagerly awaited newborn is such a privilege for us. You'll Love a Maternity Makeover and Photoshoot with us at You Deserve This. www.youdeservethis.com

The customer is not just paying for the actual photograph;

They’re paying for their time, expertise and the investment that the photographer has put into their business to create a successful company. 

At You Deserve This we have a fabulous Studio Wardrobe of accessories that you can add to any of your Photoshoot outfits. Hats, Tulle, Jewellery, Scarves & Wraps, Vintage Flowers and more... We love creating beautiful art from your photoshoot. Contact Michelle at the Studio for a consultation. 01189 811867 www.youdeservethis.com

At You Deserve This we have a fabulous Studio Wardrobe of accessories that you can add to any of your Photoshoot outfits. Hats, Tulle, Jewellery, Scarves & Wraps, Vintage Flowers and more... We love creating beautiful art from your photoshoot. Contact Michelle at the Studio for a consultation. 01189 811867 www.youdeservethis.com

We have undertaken, at huge expense, years of personal one to one training by some of the photographic industry's finest photographers; these include location and studio lighting specialists, business mentors and also specialists in posing women, men, newborns, children and families. Training never ends and we continually refresh and revitalise our creative skills. All of this has cost thousands of pounds but is worth every penny.

Beautiful, natural Newborn Photographs. We love using natural and soft muted tones when we photograph newborns, it's all about your precious little one and the love and connection you have with them. Contact Michelle at our studio for a consultation. 01189811867 www.yourfamilydeservethis.com

Beautiful, natural Newborn Photographs. We love using natural and soft muted tones when we photograph newborns, it's all about your precious little one and the love and connection you have with them. Contact Michelle at our studio for a consultation. 01189811867 www.yourfamilydeservethis.com

Here are a few of the jobs required for the average custom portrait session and the costs soon mounts up:

Photographers time - “time is money” true for all businesses. 

16-18 hours for a 2-4 hour portrait package may sound unbelievable but here is a list of some of the tasks required;

  • Phone calls, emails and Pre-consultation via Skype or FaceTime. 
  • Equipment preparation and cleaning. 
  • Make up and hair styling for two - advice and the pamper session.
  • The portrait session - 2-4 hours
  • Download cards and create back ups. 
  • Choosing selects/culling. 
  • Retouching and enhancing images
  • Prepare image files for client viewing. 
  • Review and Order session at studio
  • Design album/wall art/collections.
  • Prepare images for print, upload and order with pro lab.
  • Create client gallery online and send links and passwords.
  • Receive and review prints, album, wall art from lab on return to studio.
  • Package ready for client pick up or arrange courier, archive images and back up again.

So, we have looked at the photographers time and not even considered the time allocated for marketing the business or accounting activities, handling follow up calls and enquiries.

Now lets look at running costs and other variables:

  • Telephone, mobile and Broadband costs.
  • Equipment insurance, Public Liability & Professional Indemnity.
  • Costs of studio/premises, electricity, rent, buildings overheads.
  • Accountants fees.
  • Public Relations and Marketing costs (print material, email marketing, social media).
  • Cost of goods, high quality Boutique products.
  • Cost of purchasing and contingency for replacement every 3 years of camera bodies, lighting, generators computers and external RIAD drives for archiving.
  • Depreciation and cost of purchase for high end lighting equipment, professional cameras, L series lenses, light modifiers, backdrops, props, Apple iMacs, iPads, external RAID hard drives for backups and archiving.
  • Cost of software subscriptions, Creative Cloud memberships and professional associations.
  • Website design and updates, cost of web hosting and website protection to comply with EU laws.
  • Tax on profits as a Limited Company, costs associated with compliance of data protection and privacy policy.
  • Ohh yes, not forgetting the photographers salary.

This is just scraping the surface of the costs involved but you get the picture.

A wonderful day to feel pampered and cared for. We love meeting every lady we photograph and the transformation that takes place is our studio is so empowering. We see the difference in the way you view yourself, our photoshoots can be life changing for a lot of women. When did you last have a photograph of yourself that you really LOVE? We would love to hear from you. Michelle and Charlie xx www.youdeservethis.com

A wonderful day to feel pampered and cared for. We love meeting every lady we photograph and the transformation that takes place is our studio is so empowering. We see the difference in the way you view yourself, our photoshoots can be life changing for a lot of women. When did you last have a photograph of yourself that you really LOVE? We would love to hear from you. Michelle and Charlie xx www.youdeservethis.com

So, you can see how a one-hour session easily turns into an eight-hour day or more from start to finish. So when you see a photographer charging a £150 session fee to hire/commission them for a one-hour photo shoot, the client is not paying them £150 per hour.

And don't forget the products you order are not free...

Ordering via your photographer's chosen professional print lab will ensure your wall art and albums are true to colour and printed with inks that stand the test of time. 

Professional studios also invest in examples of their products to show you, which are not free either.

Offering a professional photography service is a skill acquired through years of experience and training. Even though an entry level DSLR now costs under £500, taking professional portraits involves much more than just a nice camera.

So what are the real costs a professional photographer has to allow for, in the normal running of a successful business?

In addition to the financial investment, photographers actually have to have people skills to make subjects comfortable in front of the camera. Posing people to look their best is a skill by itself. 

For example, posing a woman who is not a professional model, requires a great deal of knowledge, confidence and proficiency, which takes years to learn and implement. You could argue that posing is a more important skill than actually knowing how to use the camera. Lighting your subject is just as important, photographers use different lighting techniques for a range of styles of portraiture. So much training goes into learning how to light people. Lighting a woman for beauty, will be different to lighting children or families. A poorly exposed photo can be saved, but a badly posed or lit photo cannot.

Beautiful Makeover and Photoshoots for women of all ages with You Deserve This Makeover and Photoshoot Studio, Tadley, Hampshire UK www.youdeservethis.com

Beautiful Makeover and Photoshoots for women of all ages with You Deserve This Makeover and Photoshoot Studio, Tadley, Hampshire UK www.youdeservethis.com

Sadly, we often hear horror stories from our clients about voucher sites and photography. Vouchers and coupons, offering discounts and savings have their place, but only if pricing is transparent and there are no huge hidden costs. Customers should know what they cover, so they don't leave feeling that they've been held to ransom and ripped off. Not good customer service at all... Beware the deal that is too good to be true... 

The high volume studio business model, also has it’s place. For a very cheap price you can run in, shoot some quick photos, and be done with it.

But you get what you pay for…

Creating art is our passion, we love to take your portraits to the next level, something for you that's really special. Book your photoshoot with us today because... You Deserve This. www.youdeservethis.com

Creating art is our passion, we love to take your portraits to the next level, something for you that's really special. Book your photoshoot with us today because... You Deserve This. www.youdeservethis.com

Professional Photographers are just that— professional. A personal photographer often becomes a friend, someone who documents a family for generations with professional, personal photographs of cherished memories and documents your life with images.

Maybe we need to help clients look at it this way:

A pair of scissors costs £1.50 at the supermarket. Still, most people will gladly pay a lot more to hire a professional hair stylist to style their hair.

"The added attention and quality that a professional photographer gives, is worth every penny; your portraits will be admired by your family for generations to come - worth hiring a professional?

We think so to...."