Shooting photo sessions and retouching those photographs for printing is the main job of a professional photographer. Basic requests for this kind of photography are solo and family portraits, maternity, newborn, children, graduating senior portrait, modeling and professional headshots. All of this work required form photographers to understand their clients in a small period, to shape their ideas into masterpieces, and to find that special look, angle and lighting for each person to capture their essence.
These photographs can be taken outdoors, in a photo studio, in a clients office or a home, or at a location of clients choosing. If your shoot requires traveling it may increase the price because transporting entire equipment is extra work, and that equipment is very fragile and expensive. But it is not just about technical stuff. The professional photographers dedicated their time to sharpen their talent, to learn and master various skills, both regarding photography as practical work and as an artwork. Their sense of details and knowledge on how to place them in a composition that will take your breath away is a pure form of art. And they need to do it in a specific period.
There are some factors that are affecting the total cost of this type of photography. Hiring the same photographer for multiple shoots can over time decrease session cost overall. Renowned professionals can command rates that are higher than average because their experience and knowledge is what separates their work form a work of an average accomplished professional. Spending a little bit more money on a work of a professional is what guarantees that your memories will be presented in the form of an art.
The pricing for this kind of work on average is somewhere between 200 and 400 USD dollars. It doesn’t always include printed photographs, and it depends on a location, the number of people in the photo-shoot, special demands you might have, the time it takes to do the work, and on a number of the photographs you will get.