Sunday, September 19, 2010

How I Got Started and How It Works

About 4 years ago, very early on in my parenting career, I was already getting fed up with portrait studios and the prices and restrictions of ordering prints through them. I felt herded through, just a nameless customer in their busy day. Then, at my Big Guy's Christmas picture appointment in 2008, I noticed that they were using the same camera I already owned at home! So, I swore off all chain studios, invested in some lenses and equipment, spent a lot of time experimenting and self-teaching, and voila! I am having such a wonderful time, I feel like I've found what I was meant to do!

My session fee is $200, which includes up to 2 hours of actual photo shoot time , processing of the photos, and a CD of 40-50 full-resolution images which you are free to print, share, email, etc, as you wish. I'm happy to travel for on-location pictures. Travel beyond twenty-five miles of Martinez will incur an additional charge of $25.00.

The main benefit to taking pictures this way, as opposed to a traditional studio, is that you have full access to your pictures and are free to make as many prints as you want, without the inflated studio prices. Plus, you end up with many more usable images at your disposal, not just a dozen or so that the studio might have you choose from. And, they will be on a CD that is yours forever. Many studios will delete your portrait session after one year unless you buy more prints. You will also get a more personal experience, and the pictures will come out looking more relaxed and natural because your family will be in the comfort and familiarity of home, and/or a fun location like a park or garden! I spend a lot of time after the shoot, going over every image to ensure they look the best that they can. Many images will be returned to you in black and white as well as color. If, for whatever reason, we don't capture what you're looking for the first time around (or if the little ones aren't having a good day), we can try again at no extra cost.

If you would like me to handle your printing needs, beautiful, professional prints are also available through Stinkyface Portraits. Prices are as follows:

8 wallets $8.00
4x6 $5.00
5x7 $8.00
8x10 $15.00
11x14 $25.00
16x20 $45.00

If you have a special project in mind, such as canvas prints, calendars, holiday cards, collages, etc, please contact me to inquire about pricing.

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