How much is an 8x10?
Our most common question. It seems reasonable, but it's sort of like asking a restaurant, "How much is a piece of beef?" What kind of beef is it? A steak, prime rib, hamburger- and how do you want it cooked? Do you want just the piece of meat? Or an entire meal? You also want to know about the restaurant itself. Is the meal on a plate, or in a paper bag? Are meals prepared to order by a chef, or waiting under heat lamps? What style of food is it? You may want to ask:
- "What is the style of portraiture at this studio?"
- "Are there session fees in addition to the price of the portrait itself?"
- "Am I required to order per-determined packages or can I get whatever I want?"
- "Am I able to have a meeting with the photographer before hand to discuss my ideas? Is there a charge for this consultation?"
What are session fees?Session fees are also called "Sitting" or "Creation" fees. These are the charges to create the images - they are in addition to the price of the portraits themselves. A few of our portraits have session fees, but most don't. Most simply require a minimum Initial Investment. You pay the Initial Investment prior to the session, to reserve your appointment time. When you order, your Initial Investment is applied to your purchase.
How much is my Initial Investment?
The amount is based on the type of portrait you schedule (child, family, individual, couple, etc.) and availability. High demand times require a larger Initial Investment than off-peak times, but in all cases, the entire amount is applied toward the portrait order.
Do you have packages?
Yes...no... sort of. We call our packages "Collections" or "Assortments" because they are more flexible than typical packages - all the images don't have to be the same pose or size, you can mix and match as you wish. Collections are the best way to get more portraits at a better price.
Can I get 400 pictures for $9.95?
No. We don't play those games.
Our emphasis is different. While our prices are reasonable, they are not cheap. The emphasis at Coonrod Photography is on spending time with you and creating a special expression of who you are.
People tell us that one of the unique things about our studio is just that - our portraits are unique. Your child's portrait won't be like your friend's, because we don't just have one certain "children's pose" that we use for every 6-year-old. We design your portrait when we meet you, and get to know you a little bit - then together we decide how to create your unique portraits.
When do I pay?
You pay your Initial Investment when you schedule your appointment. Have a credit card ready if you are making your appointment by phone. (If you don't have a card, call for instructions.)
Soon after your portrait session, you will see your images at your viewing session and place your order. After your Initial Investment is applied, we ask that you pay half the remaining balance. The rest is due when your order is finished.
How much will it cost?
Obviously, "It depends."
It depends on what kind of portraits you want and how many you want. We will tell you the Initial Investment when you call to inquire. We may suggest you come in for a free consultation before you schedule a session, so we can discuss the images you have in mind - particularly when you are planning a family portrait that involves several people. After we know what you are looking for, we'll be able to give you a good idea of the range of prices to expect.
Typically, a portrait collection for a young child or a simple anniversary portrait will range from one to a few hundred dollars. A large mufti-generational family with portraits of the whole group, as well as portraits of the individual families, grandchildren, Grandma and Grandpa, etc., might be several hundred to a few thousand (although usually, the cost is spread out over several families). Everyone has different portrait needs, and we are looking forward to discussing yours. Please call the studio to start planning your portrait today!