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Pricing for Maternity photography

 
BJ_Nguyen
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Feb 28, 2017 19:09 |  #1

Hi all,I have a few clients who would like maternity photos. Do you have any suggestions on how much I should charge? I plan to shoot for about 2 hours and will have about 10 edited Digital photos for each client. I am also thinking of printing 2 large size pictures (13" x 19" and 8" x 10") in my packet. Thank you in advance.




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Feb 28, 2017 19:53 |  #2

BJ_Nguyen wrote in post #18288276 (external link)
Hi all,I have a few clients who would like maternity photos. Do you have any suggestions on how much I should charge? I plan to shoot for about 2 hours and will have about 10 edited Digital photos for each client. I am also thinking of printing 2 large size pictures (13" x 19" and 8" x 10") in my packet. Thank you in advance.

No idea what you should charge but locally in my small town of 80,000 people maternity photos can run from $45 all the way up to $645. I know for a fact the $45 is basically some lady with a camera who just gives you all the images she takes, and the $645 package includes five photos and one 11x14 print.




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Feb 28, 2017 22:08 as a reply to the flying moose's post |  #3

Thank you for your infos !




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Mar 01, 2017 13:44 |  #4

One thing to note is that the 645$ package may not be getting bought by anyone. At the same time, your clients may also be the types that think 45$ is too much. I took a look at your photos and they are great quality, I think you can get away with charging 250-300$ and get takers, but again up to your market. People want value, set yourself a base of what you give (say defining a 300$ package) to work from, and ask them about their budget and adjust accordingly.




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Mar 02, 2017 11:44 |  #5

BJ_Nguyen wrote in post #18288276 (external link)
Hi all,I have a few clients who would like maternity photos. Do you have any suggestions on how much I should charge? I plan to shoot for about 2 hours and will have about 10 edited Digital photos for each client. I am also thinking of printing 2 large size pictures (13" x 19" and 8" x 10") in my packet. Thank you in advance.

I don't have any different pricing strategy for maternity than I have for other portrait types. Product choice ranges differ, but the products themselves cost me the same thing to produce, whether maternity, senior, family, or whatever.

Generally, the sessions most often resemble a small family session. Two hours of shooting is quite a bit for a late-pregnancy woman. I'd recommend no more than an hour, and she'll be getting cranky before then. You're dealing with a mother and a baby, whether the baby has actually been born or not...and maybe a father and older children as well.

I'd be prepared to show about 30 proof images. A small album or book of twelve or so images sells best for me, but make it a nice one to make it financially worth your while. Wall portraits are rarer than for other types, but I've sold some. Notice that maternity portraits can fall into a family-type image (father and siblings present, belly usually covered), an engagement-type image (father present, belly covered or uncovered), or a boudoir-type image (father not present, belly usually uncovered)--packages and sales tend to go the same way.




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Mar 02, 2017 14:26 as a reply to RDKirk's post |  #6

Great ! Thank you for your Tips Sir.




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