Package Pricing

I have some amazing newborn photos to share with you next week, but since I will be out of town beginning tomorrow, I decided this week to just update you all about package pricing.  I’ve been been getting a lot of requests, (YAY!) so I hope this clears it up.  

I currently offer 2 packages:

MOMMY PACKAGE~ Includes 6 sessions for $500 (you’re getting one free!) that are usually used for maternity, newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year photos.  I am flexible on this though!!  So if you are interested and want to substitute a session; for example you book Christmas photos instead of 3 month photos, that is perfectly OK.  

WEDDING PACKAGE~ Includes 5 hours of coverage of the ceremony and reception for $750.  Additional time can be added at a rate of $50/hour.  AND if you also want engagement photos, those are $75 (25% off) when scheduled with a wedding package.  

**Package pricing includes the session fee, editing of photos (number depends on the session and length of time booked), a dedicated blog & Facebook post, a print release and the disc(s) so that you can do whatever you would like with the images.  

All packages require a deposit.

I hope this answers some questions, but if not, or if you would like more information, or if you didn’t see a package you were looking for, please don’t hesitate to email me!  

ajclicksphotography@gmail.com or use the form below!  

Thank you and I’ll be back from vacation next week… hopefully with a tan 🙂 

A.J.

New Pricing for 2013

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Happy Tuesday to all!  I want to start by thanking everyone for making A.J. Click’s Photography’s 1st year in business a huge success!  It has been a pleasure working with each and every one of you and feel that I have grown as a photographer and a person through each of your sessions.

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I wanted to take this time to announce that pricing will change for 2013.  As of Tuesday, January 1st the Pricing Tab here on the blog will be updated to include the new individual and bundle package pricing, as well as some new packaging options.

HOWEVER, if you book a 2013 session before Midnight on 12/31/2012, you can still get 2012’s prices.  That’s right, if you book any session for 2013 now you will still get the introductory price.  Just contact me and let’s get your session on the calendar.

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE for your support.  Whether you follow the blog, Facebook page, have booked a session or just made a comment or suggestion, you are all an integral part of my success and I look forward to a bigger and better 2013.  🙂

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From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

A.J.

7 Things A Photographer Should Ask YOU

Alright, so we’ve covered what you should ask your photographer, but how about what the photographer should ask you?  You may be 100% certain about what you want, but how do you transfer that vision to your photographer?  Hopefully the questions below will help two fold:

  • They will keep you from being disappointed when you receive your proofs because you’ve discussed style/expectations/concerns beforehand.
  • Will ease your mind that you have chosen the right photographer for you.

1.)  Are there any shots, or sessions, that you’ve seen of ours that really stand out to you?

This is a great question to be asked specially if the photographer you are considering has a broad range of styles displayed in their portfolio.  This will help them hone in on exactly what you are looking for.

2.)  Do you prefer posed shots, candids, or a mixture of the two?

Wildly, drastically important.  Whether you are having an intimate session for you and your fiance, a fun family shoot, or a reception/party shoot, you do not want to the day to have passed and you realize that you have lots of great shots, but no one is looking directly at the camera.  I speak from experience.  If you notice your photographer’s style tends to lean one way or the other and they don’t ask your preference, please make sure to discuss this with them before your shoot.

3.)  Are there any must-have photos?

Since you may have already asked if the photographer will allow you to supply a list of specific photos to be taken, this could be repetitive, but it is a subject that needs to be initiated by one of you.  The Photographer’s job is to do their best to put you over the moon with your session and the final product, and covering the poses/shots you really want is a huge part of that.

4.)  Is there someone I can thank for referring you?

Many Photographers offer referral incentives, but its their job to ask you if you were referred.  Word of mouth is an invaluable marketing resource.  If the photographer doesn’t want to honor the incentive, they shouldn’t have one.  Plus, what kind of message does this send you if they don’t want to reward someone who is sending them business?

5.)  Have you thought about the lighting or time of day you would like to shoot?

Many photographers prefer to shot either early in the morning,  before the midday sun is blazing down on you, or about an hour before sunset.  The indirect light makes the photos softer and avoids dark shadows.  If any time of day if fine with you, great!  But you need to discuss this early on to avoid any scheduling issues.

6.)  Does she ask you questions that illustrate her preparedness?

OK, so this is a repeat from 7 Things You Should Ask a Potential Photographer, but it’s really that important.   A good photographer should have nearly as may questions for you as you have for them.  If they don’t, it may be a sign that they are not totally prepared or that they are not completely stoked about your session.  Either way, you may want to consider moving on.  Having a photo session is exciting!  You deserve someone who is just as excited as you are and who is dedicated to getting shots that will make you happy.

Think a question is missing?  List it in the Comments section and if there is a story to go along with it, do tell!!

7 Things You Should Ask a Potential Photographer

 

Let’s face it, hiring a photographer can be stressful.  You are trusting the person you hire to accurately portray your personality through the art of photography in a flattering and aesthetically pleasing way.  That is a pretty tall order when you think about it.  So picking the right one is really important.

 
Because you may not know what you need to ask, I’ve put together a few questions you should inquire of your photographer before your session. They may save you a BIG headache later.

 
1)  Is what Im seeing some of your most recent work?

Find out if the work on their website/blog/Facebook page is up to date.  You don’t want a to hire a photographer who was great 2 years ago and when they were really into it, but hasn’t done much recently.  There are a lot of steps that go into taking each photograph, you want a photographer who is working through those steps frequently.  Practice makes perfect, after all.

 
2)  Will he/she be the one taking the photos at your shoot?

With small photography companies, this is not nearly as important, but for larger ones, make sure the person you are meeting with is the actual photographer and that the work you are viewing is theirs.  Imagine how shocked you would be if on session day, someone walks up you have never seen before.

 
3)  What is the refund/cancellation/reschedule policy?
In most contracts, photographers allow themselves the right to cancel or reschedule on you for various reasons… Unforeseeable acts of God, Illness, etc. but your valid reasons for cancellation are usually almost non-existent, so this is something you want to make sure everyone is clear on up front, especially if there is no contract.
Does the photographer offer refunds?  What happens if the session is canceled by the photographer?  How is that different if the client cancels it?  Is there a time frame for reschedules? When you have had to reschedule your session because your child has the flu, the last thing you want to find out is that the photographer only takes reschedules within 5 days of the original session.


 
4)  Will they accept a list of specific photos to be taken from you?
This is a big one.  A picture is worth a thousand words right?  So may people want to be able to show their photographer an example of a shot they love instead of trying to describe it.  Finding out before you hire someone if they will allow this, and if they will be able to look at the images before your session, could make a big difference in the final pictures.  Some photographers are strict about this, so if it’s something you want to be able to do, just ask.  Better to find out early on.

 
5)  Are they comfortable in providing direction, especially in shots with several people? In other words, are they willing to guide people into better, more flattering positions?
This is one I personally did not ask and had an issue with.  I have a professionally photographed family shot that has a gap right in the middle big enough to edit the photo in two.   If the photographer had just asked everyone to “squish in” it would have been perfect.  You are relying on the person you hire to produce the most perfect shot possible… They may not be able to make a baby stop crying, or get your Uncle Ned to crack a smile, but they are dang sure responsible for getting people to stand in the right place.

 
6)  How long after the session or event will the proofs be ready?

This can vary drastically, from a week or 2, to 6 months.  If the photographer doesn’t offer up a time frame, be sure to ask.  It is their job to set your expectations accordingly.

 
7)  Does she ask you questions that illustrate her preparedness?

In a different blog post I’ll cover the questions the photographer should ask you, but in the meantime… A good photographer should have nearly as may questions for you as you have for them.  If they don’t, it may be a sign that they are not totally prepared or that they are not completely stoked about your session.  Either way, you may want to consider moving on.  Having a photo session is exciting!  You deserve someone who is just as excited as you are and who is dedicated to getting shots that will make you happy.

 

 

And finally and maybe most importantly, before making your finally selection, ask YOURSELF

 
***Is it going to be easy for me to work with this person?

 
You would assume so since such a HUGE part of photography is customer service, but this may not neccessarily be the case.  A couple of tips to help you determine if the photographer’s is a good fit for you:

  • Have a face to face meeting with the photographer to discuss your session ideas.  It is so much easier to see if you are a good fit in person rather than through email or even over the phone.
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  • Take into consideration things like response time to emails or phone calls.  This may not be an issue for you, but I am an extreme type A personality, so when I send an email as a prospective client, I expect it to be answered within 24 hours, if it’s not, that’s a problem for me.
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  • Evaluate the Costs and be honest with yourself. I had someone once say to me “Well the session is only $50 but the prints are $35 each, so we’ll just pic our favorite two or three.” This is not realistic. Once you see that great photo of you and your fiance or the adorable smile of your children, you are going to want the photos. If the photographer doesn’t offer a package that works with your budget, ask for alternatives. If there aren’t any, you should probably keep looking.