Behind The Lens

I want to be real with all of my clients. Before booking with me I always encourage clients to research their other options, and in Nome there aren’t many for custom photography. However, I still want clients to look into other photographers and what they have to offer. What I can offer are photos that capture you and your loved one’s in the moment. My photos are honest and original.
Now, custom portrait photography is relatively new to our community and it is growing! The rates for quality custom portrait photography are also new and somewhat surprising to our community as well. I want to give a break down of what it takes behind the lens for a successful photo shoot and images so that you have a better understanding of what you are paying for 🙂
Time break down:
session prep time 30 minutes (includes equipment and travel to location)
15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home or on location
90 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
15-30 minutes discussing prints, images, time frames with client and travel back home
15-20 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
1-1 1/2 hours converting RAW images to JPEG (including the first steps to editing)
30-45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
2-5 hours editing time to present you with your edited images {or 5-10 depending on photographers
editing preferences}
1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering and placing order
**personally hand delivered photos to client**
any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues
As you can see, average client time for a session ranges from just under 11 hours to 15 hours dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to your session. When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 11-15 hours complete time for your session.
{might I add that weddings are going to be TRIPLE that amount of time-these are just the specs for a general session}
I hope this helps you get a better understanding of the work we put into your session 🙂

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