What’s the deal with Session Fees?

January 24, 2010

Session fees are often a sore point with clients. The majority of professional photographers charge some sort of session fees. These fees might range anywhere from $20 to $300 or more.

As a Beaufort Photographer, many of our customers are military. Since the military machine is not known for its financial largess, we keep our session fees at a reasonable $50. In fact, we even do away with session fees if you purchase a  portrait package.

Clients might question the reason for charging those fees. Shouldn’t this be included in the price of the photographs you get? Let’s take a look at the time involved in doing a photography session.

  • Initial consultation (30 minutes)
  • Travel time to and from location (30 – 60+ minutes)
  • Time for the session (60+ minutes)
  • Backup & Import Images (15 minutes)
  • Initial image processing & sorting (30 minutes)
  • Prepare photo gallery (30 minutes)
  • Travel to/from customer home for showing (30 – 60 minutes)
  • Photo selection session (45 minutes)

Thus far, we have invested anywhere from 5 5to 7 hours of our time, without any guarantee the customer will purchase anything.  At best, this works out to $10/hour.  Not so extravagant.

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